News from the Dallas Tigers Baseball Club

Tiger Alumni Bring Home NCAA All-American Honors

Dallas Tiger Baseball Club is proud to honor several of our alums in their current college careers.

Cole-Green-UTFormer 7 year Dallas Tiger, Cole Green of Coppell, Texas – RHP at University of Texas, was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and 1st Team All-American by NCAA Baseball.  Check UT Bio here.W L ERA IP H BB K10 1 2.64 99.6 77 23 66
Jordan-Swagerty-ASUFormer 7 year Dallas Tiger and Tiger teammate of Cole Green, Jordan Swagerty of Sachse, Texas, is now the Arizona State University All-Time Single Season Saves Leader was named 3rd team All-American.  Full Bio click here.W L ERA IP H BB K
1 0 2.12 29.6 29 10 39
Justin-Howard-New-MexicoFormer 5 year Tiger Justin Howard of Ennis, TX, University of New Mexico, lead all division 1 schools in hits (119) this season. WOW!! Justin was injured in Friday nights game against Minnesota in the regional on a collision at home plate. Hope all of us can say a huge Tiger prayer for Justin’s speedy recovery.  Full Bio click here.
Austin Elkins, freshman Shortstop at Dallas Baptist University (DBU) and graduate Coppell High School was named Lousiville Slugger All-American section.
To see a full list click here.  www.baseballnews.com/allamericans/currentfrallamericans.htm

Sports Illustrated Coverage of Dallas Tiger Jake Thompson

Rondo-Sports-IllustratedThe Dallas Tigers Baseball Club’s very own Jake Thompson of Rockwall is in the current issue of Sports Illustrated (5.31.2010)!

Jake Thompson

ROCKWALL, TEXAS > Baseball

Jake, a sophomore pitcher at Rockwall-Heath High, is 2–0 with 23 strikeouts and six hits allowed through three rounds of the state Class 4A playoffs. He also has two postseason home runs for the Hawks, the nation’s top-ranked team. This season Jake is 9–0 overall, with 93 strikeouts and a 0.74 ERA, and has thrown a no-hitter.

To see Jake on SI.com Faces in the Crowd click here.

To see Jake’s video, go to http://www.MaxPreps.com/videofaces

Congratulations Jake!  Tiger family is proud of you!

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11U Tigers-Cecil Upgraded to Nationals (Majors)

Congratulations to the 11U Tigers coached by Ernie Cecil who have been upgraded from American to National (Majors) with Super Series Baseball.  This shows the hard work the boys put into their game and the progress they have made this year.  Congratulations Ernie and the 11U Tigers!

Dallas Tigers Softball Gives Back

Dallas-Tigers-Soldiers-DFW-AirportDALLAS TIGERS ~ HERNANDEZ softball team understands that investing in their community is a great way to give back to those who may need a little helping hand. While the Dallas Tigers ~ Hernandez host a number of Volunteer effort and non-profit organizations that widely support our community, the DALLAS TIGERS recognize that they can’t do it alone.

The Dallas Tigers ~ Hernandez team is made up of successful members of the surrounding communities, and has made a committed to accept the responsibility to help those that are less fortunate and contribute to the common good. “The Dallas Tigers players and families understand that while they may not always be able to provide dollars, giving their time is just as important and often times much more in need than money”, said Nesa Grider team administer.

One of the Dallas Tigers recent community project was in support of Books for Troops. Camp Al Sayliyah is the main R&R base for troops throughout the Middle east; including Iraq, Kuwait and, Afghanistan. Troops who arrive here for their 4 day R&R visit are an amazing mix of Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. They have four brief days to relax, try to remember what being a civilian is like, often just wanting to kick back and enjoy a good book.

The Dallas Tigers ~ Hernandez collected in excess of 900 books for the US Troops and were thrilled to provide some enjoyment to our Troops, even for a short time. The Dallas Tigers ~ Hernandez anticipating a triumph spring season, but more importantly are excited at the prospect of being united to making a difference in the our community one step at a time.

Tiger Fundraiser : Act Fast!!

Dallas-Tigers-ShirtThe 13U Tigers team is having a fundraiser. The team is selling Dallas Tigers shirts (pictured here) for only $20 each. The shirts come in small, medium, large and XXL.

Email your order with number of shirts in each size to rick.gatt@sbcglobal.net, and make check payable to Rick Gatt. Team parents Lonnie and Lisa Morse generously donated the shirts and the embroidery work. All proceeds benefit the 13U Tigers.

Let’s support this team. And make sure you let us know about your team’s fundraiser, as well. If you have a fundraiser or special event coming up, let us know so we can get it on the website or in the newsletter. Also, make sure you post the info on our new forum.

Be sure and watch for our next community service project. As I said last month, we are fortunate to play select ball and we always want to be good citizens and give back to our community. You guys (and girls) are the best of the best and I’m so proud of each one of you!

Backpacks and Beanies on Sale Now!

Dallas-Tiger-BeanieWe now have string backpacks and beanies in stock. The beanies come in two styles with the fold over toboggan style or the simple beanie. Each comes in white or navy.  Backpacks are navy only. Please submit orders (preferably by team) to dtigertommy@hotmail.com with number and color of each.

Tiger Alum Blake Beavan Heads to Big League Camp

Blake Beavan who played his Dallas select baseball with the Dallas Tigers Baseball Club and was a 1st round pick in the 2007 MLB draft heads off the big league camp.  Check out the video.

UT Alumni Game, News, and More

By now, our older guys are gearing up to start their high school season while our younger guys should be getting started with pratices.  Scrimmages and first tournaments are just around the corner.  Good luck to everyone.
Our college guys are kicking off their seasons too, and I wanted to share this photo that a dad sent me today from Sunday’s UT Alumni game.  Below are former Dallas Tigers Curtis Thigpen (currently with the Oakland As) catching while Jonathan Walsh is hitting.  Walsh is the third Tiger catcher that has played for UT in recent years (Thigpen-’01 Tigers, Preston Clark-’04 Tigers and Walsh-’09 Tigers).  For me, it is awesome to watch Tigers of all ages still playing together.

By now, our older guys are gearing up to start their high school season while our younger guys should be getting started with pratices.  Scrimmages and first tournaments are just around the corner.  Good luck to everyone.

Our college guys are kicking off their seasons too, and I wanted to share this photo that a dad sent me today from Sunday’s UT Alumni game.  Below are former Dallas Tigers Curtis Thigpen (currently with the Oakland As) catching while Jonathan Walsh is hitting.  Walsh is the third Tiger catcher that has played for UT in recent years (Thigpen-’01 Tigers, Preston Clark-’04 Tigers and Walsh-’09 Tigers).  For me, it is awesome to watch Tigers of all ages still playing together.

Texas-Alumni-Game

Other big news came from Tusla with Dennis Bigley (Tigers ’01) was inducted into the Oral Roberts Hall of Fame this last weekend.  Dennis was drafted by the Blue Jays and played pro ball for several years.  His younger brother Evan is currently playing in the Twins organization.

That’s news from our older guys, and now to our youngest guys. I want to welcome our newest Dallas Tigers team – our eight year olds!  Think back to when each of you older guys were 8, playing coach pitch and just starting your baseball careers.  Remember, these guys not only look up to you, but you set the standard for them to follow in your footsteps.  Tigers, keep making us proud!

And what about the girls?  I am also proud to announce that for the second year, we are welcoming the Dallas Tigers Softball Club-yes, girls! My neice, Sara Hernandez, is heading up the Tigers Softball Club.  Sara is a graduate of UT-El Paso and is a four year letterman in softball and a two-year soccer letterman.  We are excited and proud to have the girls join us.

But it’s not all about baseball.  We are fortunate to be able to play select baseball and I expect every member of the Club to give back to our community.  Along those lines, we are participating in a new service project with the softball club. See the details below about the service project and please make an effort to participate.  Let’s turn out to help our servicemen and women!

Sincerely,
Tommy Hernandez, President
Dallas Tigers Baseball Club

Tigers Attend PG Showcase

Brett Byrum pitches to Zach Metzger (both Ingram 16U)

Tiger Battery Brett Byrum and Zach Metzger impressing scouts in Florida

Brett Byrum and Zach Metzer (Ingram 16U) attended the January 9-10 Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase in Ft. Myers, FL.

Tigers in International Power Showcase Home Run Derby

International Power Showcase, Tropicana Field, Tampa, FL

Jake Thompson (Ingram 16U) and Jackson Morris (Arias 17U)

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Jake Thompson and Jackson Morris were invited to compete in the 4th Annual International Power Showcase held at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.  The event consisted of workouts at the IMG Baseball Training Facility in Bradenton, FL,  a tour and batting practice at Steinbrenner Field (the New York Yankees Spring Training Facility), a banquet honoring the players and finally the competition. Check out the details at www.power-showcase.com.