News from the Dallas Tigers Baseball Club

Ryan Vilade Selected to the 15U USA National Team

Congratulations to Ryan Vilade for making the USA Baseball 15U National Team!  Ryan is a current Tiger and played on the 15U team this summer coached by Kyle Woods.  Ryan heads to Mexico next week!  Wish him luck.

Way to go Ryan!

Ryan Vilade - USA Baseball

VIDEO: 2 Former Tigers – Kluber and VerHagen Square off on Mound in MLB

Corey Kluber vs Drew VerHagen

Two Dallas Tigers Alumni will square off on the mound today at Detroit Tigers Comerica Park.  Drew VerHagen will make his Major League debut today against another former Dallas Tiger, Corey Kluber.  What a day for the Dallas Tigers in the MLB!

Check out Drew’s video interview leading into today’s Major League debut. Click to play video.

Former Tiger Dazzles MLB All-Star Futures Game

Jake Thompson Dallas TIgers

Jake Thompson, former Tiger from Rockwall, Texas, is ranked the Tigers’ No. 3 prospect by fangraphs.com and pitched in Minneapolis, MN this week at the MLB All-Star Futures game. Check out the story …

MINNEAPOLIS — Tigers outfield prospect Steven Moya has heard all about Jake Thompson, Detroit’s highly touted right-handed pitching prospect.

He’s read about Thompson’s pinpoint fastball, and he’s heard stories about his deceiving slider. But Moya never had the chance to face the 20-year-old Thompson. Until Sunday.

It didn’t take long for the 6-foot-7, 240 pound Moya to witness firsthand what the hoopla surrounding Thompson, the Tigers’ second-round pick in 2012, was all about.

Thompson needed just three pitches to dispose of Moya in the sixth inning, capped by an 83 mph slider for a called third strike in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game, an annual showcase featuring baseball’s best minor leaguers.

“I had heard that he had been doing really good in the Florida State League,” Moya said. “But I never expected him to be that good.”

In all, Thompson needed just eight pitches to strike out the only two batters he faced in the United State’s 3-2 win over the World at Target Field in Minneapolis. It extended a five-game winning streak for the U.S.

[Continue reading the full story here]

Congratulations Clayton Kershaw on NO-HITTER!!

Clayton Kershaw Dallas Tigers BaseballThe Dallas Tigers want to congratulate a former Tiger, Clayton Kershaw, on his no-hit performance!  If you had never seen Sandy Koufax pitch, then Clayton Kershaw is the next best thing.  This was the 12th no-hitter thrown in Dodger history and was only 1 play away from being a perfect game.  Only 1 Colorado Rockies batter reached based on error.

Congratulations Clayton and Ellen Kershaw!

Check out the video of the last batter here.

Former Tiger, Corey Kluber, Needs Your MLB All-Star Vote

Corey Kluber Dallas Tigers BaseballThat’s right, former Dallas Tiger Corey Kluber is on the MLB All-Star ballot and needs your vote.  Don’t wait to vote!  The Final Vote will end at 4 pm ET on Thursday, July 10.  Click the link below to vote.

Corey Kluber 2014 season:

  • 8-6 record
  • 2.86 ERA
  • 125.2 Innings Pitched
  • 137 K
  • 1.18 WHIP

Corey was a 2004 graduate of Coppell High School, attended Stetson University, drafted 2007 in 4th round by San Diego Padres, and major league debut with Cleveland Indians in 2011.

Corey needs your votes.  Click here to vote now!!  Best of luck Corey!  We’re trying to make you an MLB All-Star!

See Corey Kluber’s Perfect Game profile here.

Dallas Tigers Baseball Club Named #4 Org in Nation

The Dallas Tigers Baseball Club in Dallas, Texas, was recently named to the short list of top national baseball programs in the United States by Perfect Game.  “It is a great honor to get named on this national list by Perfect Game and our club is very appreciative of PG.  Since 1993 we’ve had so many people contribute to the success here and more importantly the development of these young men who have come through the program,” commented Dallas Tigers President, Tommy Hernandez. “We are grateful and honored.”

To read the full story on Perfect Game website click here.

10U-Polk Finish Strong at USSSA Global World Series

USSSA Baseball World SeriesThe 10U Dallas Tigers coached by Chad Polk and Brett Bergman, continued their winning ways this past week at the USSSA Global World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  With 2 one run wins in bracket play against Team Mizuno and East Cobb Mets, the 10U Dallas Tigers emerged as champs.

In the championship game, there were 6 lead changes in the back-and-forth affair.  In the bottom of the last inning the Tigers were down by 1 run and were able to tie it up to send the game into extra innings.  With an international tie breaker in the top of the 7th inning, the East Cobb Mets scored 1 run to take the lead.  In the bottom half of the extra inning, the Dallas Tigers answered back with a 2 out RBI base hit by Ryan Radtke and hustle got him to second base.  Ultimately with an 0-1 count, 2 outs, and runner at second base, Jonah McCormack doubled to right center for the game winning hit and RBI.

“This game may be one of the most dramatic games I’ve been a part of with all the lead changes,” commented Chad Polk, 10U coach.  “This group of boys have demonstrated this type of grit and determination all year.  For this “team personality” to come into play in our season finale was just remarkable to be a part of and experience.  What this group of boys experienced this week was off the chart.  Very proud of them all.  When playing at this level, it is very hard to win the last game of the season and they did it.”

The 2014 Dallas Tigers had an incredible run winning 3 major tournaments to finish the season with USSSA State Championship, Travel Sports World Series, and USSSA Global World Series.  In that span, they won 27 of 28 games which including a 21 game winning streak to end the season!

In the USSSA Global World Series they lead the entire tournament with Best Scoring : 10.5/game and Best Run Differential: 7.125/game.

Congratulations boys and parents on an incredible season!
USSSA Baseball World Series

10U Chad Polk Dallas Tiger

11U Runner-Up in TravelBall Select National Championship

The 11u Dallas Tigers traveled to Atlanta, GA last week to compete in the Travel Ball Select National Championship Series. 30 of the best 11u teams in the country all ranked in various polls playing at the prestigious East Cobb complex made for a great tournament.

The Tigers kicked off pool play with 14-2 win vs. West Florida Thunder (FL) and finished day 1 with a 7-1 win over Titan Baseball Club (GA). On day 2 the Tigers went 1 – 1 – a big 13-2 win vs. Alabama Elite (AL) followed by a tough 3-2 loss to the Dulins Dodgers (TN). The Tigers finished pool play 3-1 and would be the #7 seed heading into the double elimination championship bracket.

The Tigers would head into bracket play focused and determined to make it thru bracket play without a trip to the loser’s bracket. An 8-3 win over Team Halo (GA) got things started. They would battle the SBA Canes (NC) for a 5-4 win and a 7-3 win over Cory Lidle Baseball would put the Tigers in semi-finals against Spartans Pro (FL).

Arguably one of the best games of the tournament. After going down by 4 runs the Tigers battled back to score 4 to tie the game. A walk off bases loaded single would give the Tigers a 5-4 victory and a spot in the TBS National Championship.

The championship game, which was streamed on Travelballselect.com, saw the Tigers matched up against the Lamorinda Knights (CA). The Tigers were undefeated navigating thru the winner’s bracket. While the Knights had battled back from the losers bracket after a second round loss. The game would see five lead changes. The Tigers would give a great effort but would fall short 6-2 in six innings at the East Cobb Complex.

Next up for the Tigers is the 11u USSSA Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series in Orlando, FL. Best of luck in the upcoming tournament boys!

11U-Autrey Runner-Up in TravelBall Select National Championship

The 11u Dallas Tigers Autrey traveled to Atlanta, GA last week to compete in the Travel Ball Select National Championship Series. 30 of the best 11u teams in the country all ranked in various polls playing at the prestigious East Cobb complex made for a great tournament.

The Tigers kicked off pool play with 14-2 win vs. West Florida Thunder (FL) and finished day 1 with a 7-1 win over Titan Baseball Club (GA). On day 2 the Tigers went 1 – 1 – a big 13-2 win vs. Alabama Elite (AL) followed by a tough 3-2 loss to the Dulins Dodgers (TN). The Tigers finished pool play 3-1 and would be the #7 seed heading into the double elimination championship bracket.

The Tigers would head into bracket play focused and determined to make it thru bracket play without a trip to the loser’s bracket. An 8-3 win over Team Halo (GA) got things started. They would battle the SBA Canes (NC) for a 5-4 win and a 7-3 win over Cory Lidle Baseball would put the Tigers in semi-finals against Spartans Pro (FL).

Arguably one of the best games of the tournament. After going down by 4 runs the Tigers battled back to score 4 to tie the game. A walk off bases loaded single would give the Tigers a 5-4 victory and a spot in the TBS National Championship.

The championship game, which was streamed on Travelballselect.com, saw the Tigers matched up against the Lamorinda Knights (CA). The Tigers were undefeated navigating thru the winner’s bracket. While the Knights had battled back from the losers bracket after a second round loss. The game would see five lead changes. The Tigers would give a great effort but would fall short 6-2 in six innings at the East Cobb Complex.

“I am very proud of how all the boys played against the best teams in the country. Everyone should be proud themselves. We represented their families and the Dallas Tigers Organization well. Thank you to all the parents for your support” Coach Heath Autrey commented.

Next up for the Tigers is the 11u USSSA Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series in Orlando, FL. Best of luck in the upcoming tournament boys!

11U Polk Win 12U Suns Out Guns Out Championship

Dallas Tigers 11u Polk won the 12U Suns Out Guns Out this past weekend in Mesquite.  The Tigers battled all weekend going 6-0 on their way to the championship.  The boys fought back from a 6-0 deficit in the Championship game and won 7-6 on walk off HBP.

Congratulation on a great weekend boys!