Closser has Alexandria focused on work ethic, respect for the game

  By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Tigers — in the wild — are known for being focused, determined and patient. On the baseball field, the Tigers of Alexandria-Monroe High School are expected to display some of these characteristics and more. Jeff Closser, a 1976 Alexandria graduate, is in his 11th season as the Alex Tigers head coach. “We … Continue reading Closser has Alexandria focused on work ethic, respect for the game

Indiana baseball teams coping with COVID-19 separation

BY STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com UPDATE: Since this story was published, the spring sports season has been canceled by the Indiana High School Athletic Association. The announcement came shortly after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced that there would be no more in-person classes for the 2019-20 school year. This was supposed to be the first week … Continue reading Indiana baseball teams coping with COVID-19 separation

Lowery fondly recalls Maloney’s first tenure at Ball State

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Rich Maloney has been a head coach in college baseball coach for 24 seasons with 22 campaigns of 30 wins or more and 832 total victories. Maloney has developed dozens players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. John Lowery Jr. was there at the beginning, serving as assistant … Continue reading Lowery fondly recalls Maloney’s first tenure at Ball State

IHSBCA Futures Showcase at Madison

As a way of getting college exposure for uncommitted underclassmen, the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association conducts a showcase in conjunction with its annual North/South All-Star Series for selected seniors (dinner and all-star practices Friday, two games Saturday and one game Sunday, June 21-23). This year, the IHSBCA has heeded the request of college … Continue reading IHSBCA Futures Showcase at Madison

IHSBCA North/South All-Stars revealed for 2019

BY STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Madison Consolidated High School and Hanover College will be the site of activities for the 2019 Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association North/South All-Star Series. All-stars chosen from around the state will meet have workouts at the high school and a banquet at the college Friday, June 21. The keynote speaker … Continue reading IHSBCA North/South All-Stars revealed for 2019

Drosche, ‘coachable’ Avon Orioles enjoying the game

BY STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Troy Drosche has been coaching baseball for 17 seasons at Avon (Ind.) High School — the last 11 as head coach. The Orioles are one victory away from competing in the IHSAA State Finals for the first time. Avon (20-13-1) plays Columbus East (24-4) Saturday, June 8 in the Class 4A south … Continue reading Drosche, ‘coachable’ Avon Orioles enjoying the game

Todd entering second season in charge of Wes-Del Warriors baseball

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Defense is a priority for head coach Bob Todd and his Wes-Del Middle/High School baseball team. Entering his second season in 2019, Todd is emphasizing defensive communication and execution at the school in Gaston, Ind., northwest of Muncie. “If you’re defense is bad, it’s hard to win even if you do … Continue reading Todd entering second season in charge of Wes-Del Warriors baseball

Quinzer pushes work ethic for Mount Vernon Wildcats baseball

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Paul Quinzer instructs students about rocks and athletes about playing hard. Quinzer is a teacher of earth space science, integrated chemistry and physics at Mount Vernon (Ind.) High School. He is also the head baseball coach at the Posey County school, a position he has held since the 2002 season. “My … Continue reading Quinzer pushes work ethic for Mount Vernon Wildcats baseball

Stanley wants confidence, consistency for Shenandoah Raiders baseball

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Confidence and consistency. They are the foundation of the baseball program Bruce Stanley has built as head coach at Shenandoah High School in Middletown, Ind. Taking a cue from Tug McGraw and Stanley’s last college coach, Rich Maloney, the Raiders carry the motto: Ya Gotta Believe! “I’m big on consistency. Make … Continue reading Stanley wants confidence, consistency for Shenandoah Raiders baseball

Baseball Academics Midwest emphasizes the six-tool player

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Developing the six-tool player is the focus for Baseball Academics Midwest, an Indianapolis-based travel organization which will field 19 baseball and softball teams in 2019. “We have the five physical skills of baseball (speed, arm strength, fielding, hitting for average, hitting for power), but the most overlooked part is the mental … Continue reading Baseball Academics Midwest emphasizes the six-tool player