Drillers Baseball Club Team Wins Home Championship • Atascadero News

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The team received a certificate of recognition from Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham

PASO ROBLES — On March 22, the Drillers Baseball Club 9U (nine-year-old team) earned a Major Championship win at the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Spring Championship in Arizona. On Thursday, March 24, the team received a certificate of recognition from Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our kids with their determination to compete at a high level. It’s really amazing, ”said the coaches of the drillers.

The Drillers Baseball Club is a non-profit organization that was established in December 2019. Based in North County, the program is run solely by volunteers and their donation of time. Their coaches provide exceptional training while instilling the value of sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty and respect in a safe, fun and competitive environment.

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Driller coaches add, “We instill teamwork, work ethic, how to deal with baseball stressors with a positive attitude – we teach kids that it’s a learning process and that change doesn’t happen overnight.”

The Drillers Club started with an 8U/9U team in early 2020. Their vision was to bring together the best athletes from North San Luis Obispo County and beyond. Their 8U team won a National Championship Sports (NCS) World Series Championship in July 2021. They hold an NCS record of 17-4 in the 8U division and a 21-6 aggregate record for the 2021 season, including including the 9U tournament. The 8U Drillers ranked first in points for the 2021 NCS 8U Division 1 season with 5,500 points.

After seeing the success of Drillers 8U/9U, they decided to expand the roster by adding a 6U team in December 2020. The boys played their first two tournaments last summer. They are now 7U and play tournaments on a monthly basis.

In March, the Driller team traveled to Arizona, where they became the USSSA 9U AAA National Points Leader. Prior to that, the team won several championships across California. Their success in Arizona came with an invitation to the USSSA Elite World Series in Viera, Florida in July. The World Series event lasts almost a week with the best teams in the world competing for the title.

“The boys are learning to play the game at a high level, but they’re only nine years old and under,” the drillers’ coaches said.

9U Drillers are looking for support throughout the community to bring the team to Florida. They will be hosting a cornhole tournament fundraiser with a silent auction on Sunday, May 22 at The Backyard on Railroad Street in Paso Robles. More fundraising information will be available soon.

The team has set a goal to raise $25,000 which, if reached, will pay for the cost of all round-trip airfare for players and coaches. Funds raised will also help pay for tournament entry fees and other tournament-related expenses.

List and current 9u coaches:

Landon Berry

Deagan Brady

Jay Flores

Cooper Freitas

Jackson Jeckell

Ethan Lansford

Hudson Rodriguez

Mays Sorrentin

Sorrentine Husbands

Huntton Teague

Aidan Wahlberg

Coach Andrew Berry

Coach Aaron Sorrentino

Coach Johnny Flores

Coach Matt Jeckell

For more information about the team or to become a team sponsor, visit foreursbaseballclub.com

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