Travel Team Spotlight — Team Colorado Bardo’s 12U
The 12U Majors Team Colorado – Bardo’s travel team is comprised of 12 ballplayers from throughout the state of Colorado. The 12 young men are the top players at their age in the state and joined together to compete in the 2012 Fall / Winter season for four elite out-of-state tournaments.
The team amassed an overall 18-2 record despite playing every game out of Colorado. Team Colorado won their last 10 games by a combined 84-23 margin and won their last two tournaments, the Triple Crown Sports San Diego Showdown in November and the USSSA Winter Nationals Championship in Gilbert, Arizona, in December.
Dedication and a strong commitment to each other was a major strength for these young men as they practiced twice a week at the Bardo’s Diamond Sports indoor facility in Parker, Colorado. Some of the boys had to travel more than an hour each way for practice. The team also practiced 2-3 hours each weekend outdoors, braving the dropping temperatures that can make practicing baseball in Colorado during the winter months very challenging.
While most of the team had already won a State Championship, these amazing young men and their coaches knew that winning a national-level championship tournament would take even more energy and effort, and they worked tirelessly to achieve their goal. While other kids their age prepared for the holiday season, the 12U Team Colorado –Bardo’s boys simply kept working on baseball.
Rallying behind their motto, “We are the Men in the Arena,” Team Colorado – Bardo’s finished their season ranked No. 8 nationally in the USSSA 12U Majors power rankings.
Team Colorado – Bardo’s
#1 Justin Olson
#2 Geno Macias
#3 Jett Hoggatt
#5 Reese Lansville
#6 JoJo Estes
#11 Brady Renck
#17 Caleb Stubbings
#18 Hank Bard
#23 Zach Goodman
#33 Murphy Gienger
#44 Sammy Ireland
#58 Riley Cornelio
Coaches: John Cornelio, Kent Lansville, Craig Gienger, Gene Macias and Mike Bard
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