Lo­cal ath­letes get ex­po­sure

Base­ball, softball com­bine comes to area

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @tam­lyn­nusa

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.”

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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.

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