Local athletes get exposure
Baseball, softball combine comes to area
It’s the day and age of self-promotion when it comes to getting noticed by college recruiters and a local baseball and softball combine is assisting in that process for local athletes.
The Maryland baseball combine put on by Team Maxbat, coach Pat Hallahan and the College Scouting Bureau will host a baseball combine from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Riva Area Park in Davidsonville.
This year a softball combine has also been added to the schedule. It will take place at St. Charles High School on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27. There are spots still open for the softball combine, which is run by Cortney Hallahan, daughter of Pat Hallahan.
The baseball combine is run by college coaches, including St. Mary’s College of Maryland assistant baseball coach Drew Willard.
Some in attendance will be coaches from Goshen College (Ind.), Elmira College (N.Y.), George Mason University (Va.), Eastern University (Pa.), New York University, Lincoln University (Pa.) and St. Ambrose University (Iowa) just to name a few.
The college coaches work closely with the athletes to build relationships needed in the recruiting process. The athletes will come away with online profiles and can add video to their profiles if they chose. They will also have access to the College Scouting Bureau.
There will be time for a free recruiting seminar with a question and answer period for players and parents. Every player will receive a MaxBat Wood bat in their size along with a Team MaxBat jersey.
Team MaxBat National Recruiter Greg Roberts, a Mechanicsville native, said this combine gives local talent an affordable option.
“You’re taught by current college coaches and shown what they look for while being shown the modern techniques that they’re looking for in today’s player,” Roberts said. “Part of the camp is a recruiting seminar where they’ll be taught how to write to coaches and how to get yourself out there. While they’re doing their pro-style workout we film a recruiting video for them that shows them running, throwing, arm speed, 60-yard dash speed, them in the batting cage, stealing and if you’re a pitcher, we’ll film you on the mound.”
Roberts said it’s very important for each athlete today to start promoting themselves early on in high school.
“It’s very important because the coaches want to hear from the players themselves,” Roberts said. “It shows their personality and show that they have a good work ethic because they’re trying to do this on their own. College recruiters really like to hear from the players personally.”
2015 Thomas Stone High School graduate Ty Hoefferle, an All-Charles County selection his senior year, will be attending the combine for the first time. Hoefferle was medically redshirted this past spring at the College of Southern Maryland due to an injury early on in the season. He has chosen to transfer to Division I junior college Pratt Community College (Kan.).
“I chose to transfer out to give me the best opportunity to be successful,” Hoefferle said. “I think transferring to this school will help me become a better player as I’m inspiring to play Division I baseball after Pratt Community College. I’m from the West Coast and so I’d like to attend Brigham Young University and one of my biggest dreams is to attend BYU and play baseball for them.”
Hoefferle said this combine has a different meaning for him.
“I want to go showcase my talent, but since I’ve already committed to a college, I’d like to go out and if I catch the attention of a four-year college — that would be a great opportunity, but I’d like to go out and help the younger players if they have any questions and help them get better at their game. I love teaching my game and helping the younger kids out to help them get better and better.”
North Point rising senior Cody Bottorf, a twoyear varsity player for the Eagles, played third base and will be attending the combine for the second consecutive year.
“Last year it went pretty well. I only got a few comments on how I need to improve,” Bottorf said. “It was a pretty decent combine. I picked up a lot skills from the combine. They had a trainer there. He taught us the correct way to plant and run. He taught us basically physically agility and different way to stay in shape.”
Bottorf said he’s been able to transfer what he’s learned from the combine to the field at North Point.
“I’m just hoping to get maximum exposure to any colleges this year,” Bottorf said. “Last year there was about 10 to 15 colleges there. It’s very important to promote yourself. Colleges really can’t reach out to you until your senior year. You really want to put yourself out there the summer of your sophomore year going into your junior year because I guess NCAA rules say that colleges can only contact you in your junior year after you contact them first.”
Bottorf said he would like to go to Coastal Carolina (S.C.) after high school.
“It’s a very good baseball college,” Bottorf said. “I was going to reach out to them over the summer.”
College of Southern Maryland infielder Ty Hoefferle will attend the Maxbat combine for the first time with his goal to assist the younger players. After medically redshirting his freshman year, Hoefferle is now transferring to Pratt Community College to further his baseball career in hopes of attending a Division I program in the future.