New Additions and Positive Attitude has EM Majors Rolling through Fall
Through fifteen games, the 12U EM Majors are boasting a 14-1 record and already have more tournament-wins by early October than they did all of last season. Team manager Brett Huskey has been thrilled with the way his team has been performing so far this year.
“These kids have really bought in to what we’ve been trying to teach and the results are there,” he said. “They’re a really special group, and we’ve got a ton of talent.”
Since late August, the Majors have won the Turn2 Back to School Classic, Cobra Clash III, CASM ARK USSSA Fall State Warm Up, and this past weekend the Arkansas Fall State Championship.
At the Fall State, the Majors combined to score 38 runs, and allow only three in four games; both totals are season bests so far. With wins over the Rawlings Arkansas Prospects, Team Nitro, and two over the Snipers by a combined 20-1, the Majors are looking like the team to beat in Arkansas.
The Majors added a couple kids for this year that used to freelance for them on occasion, but adding them full time has made all the difference. Huskey attributes much of the team’s success to the addition of these new players, and says their real strength lies in their speed on the bases.
“My one and two hitters have been absolutely incredible. Leadoff man Kamron Hunt must be hitting somewhere around .800 this fall. Last season him and Ollie Reddick stole a combined 160 bases at the major level.” Said Huskey.
Huskey also attributes the team’s successes to its pitching ability, and gives a ton of credit to assistant coach Rick Croushore, a former MLB reliever who played for the Cardinals, Red Sox, and Rockies.
The Majors seem to have all the pieces for success, and their only loss so far this season came against the Arkansas Mighty Ducks in pool play of the Fall State Warm Up, which they later avenged with a 3-1 win in the championship game.