Our teams are designed to meet the needs of all players. We feel maximum exposure can be obtained by adhering to some simple guidelines. These rules are the reason we are successful in exposure and why we have had the great success we have had placing players to the next level:
- Rosters will consist of 14-15 position players per team in the month of June to accommodate everyone's high school schedule and showcase obligations.
- If you don’t start one game, then you will always start the next game as a position player during June.
- Each team will carry primary and secondary position players which will allow for exposure at multiple positions.
- Each player will have the ability to attend break out sessions, that are free, to get one on one instruction from the Sox staff.
- ALL position players will have the opportunity to represent the Sox at the highest level of events in which we play. We have Directors and Site Coordinators at every game to ensure we see the highlights of all our players and every game.
- Starting Pitchers will not throw over 60 pitches a weekend in college showcase events (WWBA events are exception to rule)
- All pitchers will call their own game to learn to develop a game plan on the mound (WWBA events are exception to rule)
- Pitchers will not hit the game they pitch. We want max effort, energy, and focus on pitching. (WWBA events are exception to rule)
- Pitchers will have the opportunity to attend break out sessions and practices with their teams throughout any given weekend if they chose to stay and participate.
- Pitchers primary focus will be on arm care and maximizing innings for development and exposure
The 2018 season was another banner year for the Sox finishing in the Final Four of 2 World Wood Bat National events, while winning the Marucci Invitational 17u Championship in walk off fashion.
With great success comes great young men and players. Here is a look into the National rankings of some our top players in 2018:
Bobby Witt Jr. 2019 Ranked #1 in entire class
Rece Hinds 2019 #8
Kelly Crumpton 2021 #24
Maurice Hampton 2019 #25
Ryan Bruno 2020 #46
Hayden Dunhurst 2019 #48
Jackson Fristoe 2019 #76
TJ McCants 2020 #81
Jake Holland 2019 #92
These top 100 ranked players were the catalyst for many teams and their success this summer. In the WWBA 17, 16, and 15u the Sox fell short for the 1st time in 3 years not bring home a National Championship, but we are proud to have had multiple teams make the playoffs once again this year.
The Sox highlights were stolen by the elite 2019 class that took:
3rd WWBA 17u National Championships
3rd WWBA World Championships
1st Marucci Inivational
For the 2021 teams, they made the playoffs at every event they attended last summer. This group maybe one of the deepest classes we will have moving forward in the Sox program. Big things to come.
Finally, the Sox finished with 4 Perfect Game All-Americans and 2 USA Gold Team members.
PG All Americans: Bobby Witt Jr, Rece Hinds, Maurcie Hamtpon, and Hayden Dunhurst
USA Gold Members: Bobby Witt Jr. and Ryan Hawks
The class ended with 95 collegiate players and 18 MLB drafted players.
The highlighted player was the #2 overall pick, Bobby Witt Jr, who was the staple SS for the Sox select team.
East Coast Sox (Tenn./Miss.):
A title at the 15u PG WWBA National Championship was enough to lift the Sox into the No. 3 position in the final 15u national rankings and was one of many highlights during a very successful year for the Cordova, Tenn.-based organization; 2020 infielder Cade Crosby was named the MVPlayer at the 15u WWBA.
The upperclass East Coast Sox Select team was also lights-out during the summer and the fall, recording a third-place finish at the 17u PG WWBA National Championship and a quarterfinal-round finish at the PG WWBA World Championship.
It was an EC Sox team that finished No. 4 in the final 17u national rankings and one that enjoyed the services of three PG All-Americans: corner-infielder Bryce Bush, right-hander J.T. Ginn and catcher Christopher Willis.
The East Coast Sox Select landed at No. 15 in the final 16u national rankings – five East Coast Sox teams were in the top-160 at the 16u age-division – after reaching the quarterfinals at the 16u PG WWBA National Championship and the round-of-32 at the PG WWBA Underclass World Championship.
Willis, ranked No. 55 in the class of 2018, also played on the 16u Sox Select Squad. Other standouts included top 2019s Hayden Dunhurst (No. 66) and Ryan Hawks (No. 90).
15u ranked teams:
No. 3 East Coast Sox Select
No. 83 East Coast Sox Diamond
16u ranked teams:
No. 15 East Coast Sox Select
No. 45 East Coast Sox Diamond
No. 46 East Coast Sox Bomb
No. 76 East Coast Sox Elite
No. 160 East Coast Sox Prime
17u ranked teams:
No. 3 East Coast Sox Select
No. 173 East Coast Sox Elite