Sunday, March 31, 2019

2019 SBC Team Rosters






Cavs' McCullum Will Feel at Home for the SBC


Robert E. Lee Academy's Jenkins McCullum will have a longer ride to school in the mornings than he will home from his games during the week of April 15.  McCullum and his Cavalier teammates will be participating in the 2019 Southeastern Baseball Classic at The Jimmy.  McCullum lives in Ashland, which is mere minutes from Kelleytown.

As McCullum makes his place in the pantheon of Robert E. Lee baseball legends that includes dominant pitchers Brian & Darren Adams, the longball launching slugger Chad Wilkes and current North Greenville University coach Tyler Jackson (among many others), it's worth noting the incredible accomplishments McCullum had as a youth player in Hartsville.

McCullum was a member of the 2013 Minor League and 2015 Majors Dixie Youth World Series Championship Teams at Hartsville Northern.  Among his teammates on those teams were current Hartsville players Owen Taylor and Roddi Morris. On those teams, McCullum was just as likely to hit a home run as he was shut a team down on the mound or make an outstanding play in the field.  His versatility was critical for the team's success as they ran through competition from all over the Southeast. 

Jenkins familiarity with The Jimmy and Hartsville's team should make him feel right at home during the Southeastern Baseball Classic.  

You can see Jenkins and his Cavalier teammates at the SBC:

Tuesday, April 16 vs. Georgia Premier at 1pm
Wednesday, April 17 vs. Hartsville at 6:15pm
Thursday, April 18 vs. Queen's Grant at 6:30pm
Friday, April 19 vs. Northwestern at 11am

Join Us At The Jimmy!

Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  



For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 


2019 Southeastern Baseball Classic Game Schedule


The 2019 Southeastern Baseball Classic is right around the corner!  Don't miss any of the action from The Jimmy in Kelleytown.  Below is the game schedule for the week:


Join Us At The Jimmy!

Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play. 

For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

Why We Call It The Jimmy


Locals know why we call it The Jimmy.  It's our responsibility to make sure our visitors do, too.

Officially, technically, however you want to say it, the Hartsville High School Red Fox Baseball Team plays at Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium.  Coach Jimmy White was the head of the Hartsville Baseball Program from 1975 to 2002.  During his tenure, Coach White won 519 games, 12 region titles and two state championships.  Coach White has also been instrumental in the Southeastern Baseball Classic since its inception in 1997.

It's customary for legendary coaches to have their names adorn spaces where their leadership was monumental.  Dean Smith has the Dean Dome.  There's Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium.  Coach K has Krzyzewskiville.  Coach White has The Jimmy.  It's as simple as that.

Join Us At The Jimmy!

Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  


For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

Reynolds has Georgia Premier Primed for SBC Competition


Coach Gene Reynolds and the Georgia Premier Sox will be making their inaugural SBC appearance in 2019.  Having played in prestigious tournaments all over the country, his players won't be intimidated by the deep fence and peculiar infield at The Jimmy. At the time of this post, the Sox had a record of 14-2 on the 2019 season. 

Reynolds has an ace in the hole with high-profile pitcher Daniel Espino, an LSU-commit and likely top draft pick in the 2019 MLB draft.  The Sox aren't just a one trick pony though.  Pitchers Dylan Ross (RHP, Eastern Kentucky) and Andrew Washington (RHP, South Florida) are also D1 commits.  Outfielder Miles Bowen, INF/C Brandon Washington and 2B Dimerson Nunez are all high profile recruits as well.  With 18 seniors on the roster, Reynolds has the Sox poised to make some noise at The Jimmy. 

Georgia Premier has four games scheduled during the SBC:

Tuesday, April 16 vs. Robert E. Lee Academy at 1pm
Wednesday, April 17 vs. Queen's Grant at 3:45pm
Thursday, April 18 vs. Northwestern at 4pm
Friday, April 19 vs. Hartsville at 2pm


More About Georgia Premier:

Georgia Premier was founded in 2017 to provide exceptional player development and training for young men, both in their local area and abroad. The goal of Georgia Premier is not only to train young men in the game of baseball but also in the game of life. Their instructors are dedicated to coaching young men to become better baseball players, but more importantly they are driven to teach young men to grow into responsible and contributing members of their communities. Their instructors are dedicated to making a difference in a young person's life by teaching them to honor Christ in all that they do.  Georgia Premier is different than most baseball organizations because of its emphasis on building Christ likeness in all its players.

Click here to visit the Georgia Premier website. 

Join Us At The Jimmy!


Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  


For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

Coach Walters, Northwestern Trojans to travel to The Jimmy for the 2019 SBC


Coach Mitch Walters will be bringing his young Northwestern Trojans to Hartsville for the 2019 Southeastern Baseball Classic.  Coming off of a 25-4 2018 season that saw his team run the table in Region play, Coach Walters 2019 team lacked experience heading into the season.  With the state playoffs beginning only one week after the SBC, lack of experience will no longer be a crutch the veteran coach allows his team to use.

That said, it's hard to deny the youth movement in Rock Hill.  An 8th grader and a 9th grader are in the team's starting nine and five underclassman are seeing regular playing time. Of the team's seven seniors, three are POs (pitchers only).  At the time of this post, the Trojans were 7-8 overall and 4-6 in region play.

Regardless of experience; regardless of overall record; any Northwestern team that steps foot on the field under the tutelage of Coach Walters will know the game and be prepared to play.  Georgia Premier (with its 18 seniors), Hartsville, Queen's Grant and Robert E. Lee Academy better be ready for the young Trojans.

Northwestern has 4 games at The Jimmy during the 2019 SBC:

Tuesday, April 16 vs. Hartsville High School at 3:45pm
Wednesday, April 17 vs. Queen's Grant at 1pm
Thursday, April 18 vs. Georgia Premier at 4pm
Friday, April 19 vs. Robert E. Lee Academy at 11am

Join Us At The Jimmy!

Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  


For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

Queen's Grant to make first visit to the SBC!


Coach Dan Kerr and his Queen's Grant High School Stallions will make their first trip to The Jimmy for the 2019 Southeastern Baseball Classic.  Located in Matthews, NC, Queen's Grant's baseball program is in its infancy compared to longtime Palmetto State powers Hartsville and Northwestern.  Don't let the program's lack of longevity fool you.  Coach Kerr and the Stallions will stampede into Kelleytown Stadium ready to write their own piece of SBC history.  Led by P/INF Bryce Gorospe, the Stallions finished as their conference runners-up in 2018 and had 5 players named all-conference.

Gorospe had a sensational 2018 season, hitting .421 with 12 doubles and 15 stolen bases.  On the mound, Gorospe was clocked in the low 90s, while racking up 35 Ks in 34 innings.

Queen's Grant has four games scheduled at The Jimmy:

Tuesday, April 16 vs. Hartsville at 6:45pm
Wednesday, April 17 vs. Northwestern at 1pm
Wednesday, April 17 vs. Georgia Premier at 3:45pm
Thursday, April 19 vs. Robert E. Lee Academy at 6:30pm

Join Us At The Jimmy!

Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  



For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 


Georgia Premier's Espino To Bring Heat to the SBC


Lots of young players idolize Mariano Rivera.  Nearly all young pitchers growing up in Panama list Rivera as their all-time favorite.  However, few have realistic expectations of playing on the same stage as Rivera.  For Georgia Premier's Daniel Espino, duplicating Rivera's path from Panama to the pros is, not only realistic, but right around the corner.

With a fastball clocked in the high 90s and a dynamic array of breaking and off-speed pitches, Espino, an LSU-commit, is expected to be drafted early in the first round of the 2019 MLB draft.  We're pleased to know that Espino's route to the draft brings him to The Jimmy.

While the number of Division 1 & 2 players to play in the Southeastern Baseball Classic is too numerous to name, the hype and anticipation that comes with Espino's visit in April 2019 hasn't been seen since the days of Corey Patterson (Cubs, 3rd overall pick in 1998) and Jordan Lyles (Astros, 1st round, 2008).

Espino and his Georgia Premier teammates have four games scheduled during the SBC:

Tuesday, April 16 vs. Robert E. Lee Academy at 1pm
Wednesday, April 17 vs. Queen's Grant at 3:45pm
Thursday, April 18 vs. Northwestern at 4pm
Friday, April 19 vs. Hartsville at 2pm

Links to Articles featuring Espino:

Daniel Espino poised to go early in MLB draft

Georgia Premier Academy RHP Daniel Espino hits 99 mph at Perfect Game All-American Classic

2018 Under Armour All-America Road to Wrigley – Daniel Espino

Daniel Espino Pefect Game Profile 

Join Us At The Jimmy!


Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  


For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

Honoring Our Future Foxes on April 17: Dixie Youth & Dixie Angels State Champions


On April 17, the Southeastern Baseball Classic will be honoring two 2018 state champions at The Jimmy.  The 2018 Hartsville Area Recreation Department Dixie Angels All Stars and the 2018 Hartsville National O-Zone All Stars will be recognized for their accomplishments last summer.  Both teams were state champions and competed in their respective World Series tournaments.

In addition to honoring these two World Series teams, any youth baseball player wearing their jersey will be given free admission to the SBC games on April 17.

Members of the Dixie Angels All Stars are: Myah Harvey, Allie Bailey, Sydnie Matthews, Lily Beasley, Carter Shumate, Imari Rivers, Maddie Oliver, Anna Claire Weatherford, Savanna Wallace, Kendra Chestnut, Emmakate Hudson and Kyleigh Hopkins.

Members of the Hartsville National Dixie Youth O-Zone All Stars are:  Ace Gibson, Grayson "Weezy" Weekley, McKendrie Douglas, Andrew Askins, Drew Andrews, Dewsy Meadows, Nate Harry, Treion McFarland, Dawson McKimmey, Evan "Turfy" Young, Quez Hadley and, Hartsvillian turned Texan, Cole Winburn.

The teams will be honored prior to the start of Hartsville's game at 6:15pm.

Join Us At The Jimmy!

Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  


For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

Dylan Adams to Throw Out First Pitch at The Jimmy on April 17

Dylan Adms with his parents, Mike & Jennifer

On Wednesday, April 17, Dylan Adams will join us at The Jimmy to throw out the first pitch prior to the Hartsville-REL game at 6:15pm.  Dylan was an instrumental part of two Dixie Youth World Series championship teams for Hartsville Northern.  Dylan's personal accomplishments during those runs led to his induction into the South Carolina Dixie Youth Hall of Fame.

On top of being a great baseball player, Dylan is just a great kid.  His family also has ties to the Southeastern Baseball Classic.  In 2018, they were the host family for Peter's Township (PA).

Off the field, Dylan is also a champion.  He's currently battling pediatric cancer and has become a hero to all of us.  His fight began this past Fall and he's been showing us all how to remain positive in the face of adversity and uncertainty every since.  Dylan, it is an honor for the SBC to have you be part of it.  We can't wait to see you at The Jimmy!


Join Us At The Jimmy!


Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  


For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

Charismatic on the Mic: Don't Miss John Wall at the 2019 SBC!


In baseball, coaches love hard-working players who run out every ground ball and back-up every throw.  In baseball, coaches also love players with natural talent.  For generations, the natural abilities of players have left us in awe.  From the behemoth blasts of Babe Ruth to the sheer speed of Rickey Henderson and from the sweet swing of Ted Williams to the overpowering fastball of Aroldis Chapman, coaches and fans of the game have been mesmerized by players' natural talents.

At the SBC we have a similar talent to Williams and Ruth at the plate, Chapman on the bump and Rickey on the bases.  We have John Wall; a natural talent with the microphone in his hand.  His commentary and colorful narration throughout the week provide a unique experience for players, coaches and fans.

John, a fixture on the SBC Board since its inception in 1997, brings equal parts SVP, Bob Uecker and John Saunders when the mic's in his hand.  He's entertaining, spontaneous, yet relevant, and insightful.  He's a fan of the game, knowledgeable of its nuances and, above all, loves the people who are involved with it.  John also does a great job of passing along the legend of Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen to younger generations who haven't been exposed to the "Woooooooo" in any of their previous YouTube searches.  

Without fail, every coach and player who comes to The Jimmy for the SBC, leaves with a friend named John Wall.  Don't miss him at the 2019 SBC.  Click here for the 2019 game schedule.

Join Us At The Jimmy!


Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play.  


For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

Join Us At The Jimmy!


The sole purpose of this blog is to create content to make you want to Join Us At The Jimmy for the Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The dates for the 2019 SBC are April 16-19, with Hospitality Night being held on April 15.  Hospitality Night is fun-filled evening that includes a home run derby, base-running competition and a Coaches' Fungo Challenge.

Join Us At The Jimmy!


Jimmy White Park at Kelleytown Stadium, aka The Jimmy, in Hartsville, SC is the host site for the annual Southeastern Baseball Classic.  The mission of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play. 


For the 2019, Southeastern Baseball Classic game schedule, click here.  To visit the official SBC home page, click here.  "Join Us At The Jimmy" is a blog associated with the Southeastern Baseball Classic and its goal is to make people more aware of teams and players visiting Hartsville for the SBC, as well as introducing our guests to the traditions and uniqueness of our town and tournament. 

2019 SBC Scores

Below are the scores from the 2019 Southeastern Baseball Classic: Tuesday, April 16 Georgia Premier 13 REL 5 Hartsville 3 Northweste...