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Fall Ball Series: SUNY Maritime

Our Fall Ball Series continues at SUNY Maritime–the reigning Skyline Conference champs pic.twitter.com/p2cXZNgebb — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 17, 2017 Coming off the best season in program history, the Maritime Privateers have a right to be confident and playing loose as they attempt to defend their Skyline Conference title. They held a 3-2 lead into the fifth inning of the NCAA Regionals against powerhouse Shenandoah, who spent eight consecutive weeks as the No. 1 ranked Div-III team in the country. They ultimately had their season cut short but they are in great position for another successful season. In addition to returning seven of their nine starters, they are also returning their entire starting rotation led by Rookie of the Year Travis Bruinsma and Anthony D&#...

Pick Up Your Axcess Baseball Gear

We have re-launched our online apparel store for Axcess Baseball! You can shop for a variety of gear by clicking here! In addition to t-shirts, shorts, baseball caps, polos, we now offer a coaches bundle and baseball equipment. That’s right–baseball equipment as well as a coaches bundle! That means ball bucket, pitch count, lineup cards, dry erase boards, fungo bag, etc. Players can also purchase Easton and DeMarini bats as well! This is our best online store sales to date, make sure you strike while the irons hot!

PODCAST: Special Guest Earl Stroman

Listen to this week’s podcast with special guest Earl Stroman, father of Toronto Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman. We discussed everything from Marcus’ childhood all the way to his 2017 season in which he set a career-high in wins with 13.  

Recap of Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament

Walk off hit gives Team Citius the championship 2-1 ! pic.twitter.com/m4tfxEvrVw — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 16, 2017 The 11th annual Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament was a tremendous success. The two champions were Long Island Baseball and Team Citius. I bounced back-and-forth monitoring both games tonight. LIB put on a great offensive showing, defeating LI Storm by the score of 9-5, while Team Citius defeated Next Level Baseball 2-1 on a walk off hit by Adam Conte. Here are some other of my takeaways from the weekend: On Friday, Next Level defeated Motus Academy 4-1 behind a stellar performance by Ryan Martin (St. Francis Prep 2019) on the mound and another great offensive game from Aidan Larkin (Chaminade 2019). They played a clean game with strong defense and pit...

Recap of Mariano Rivera Clinic at St. John the Baptist

Mariano teaching the proper technique to cover first pic.twitter.com/8jD6meeLka — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 14, 2017 What an unbelievable experience it was for 50 young ballplayers this afternoon at St. John the Baptist‘s baseball clinic. Major League Baseball’s all-time save leader (652) and five-time World Series Champion Mariano Rivera spent nearly three hours signing autographs, speaking to the players, running drills and even providing personal pitching instructions. Everyone in attendance marveled at Rivera’s incredible down-to-earth demeanor despite the massive success he’s attained in his illustrious career. With rain in the early portion of the morning, the clinic began inside with Rivera taking plenty of time to sign an autograph and take p...

Ryan Martin Dominates, Next Level Cruise Past Motus Academy 4-1

Next Level gets on the board first on an RBI single by Aidan Larkin pic.twitter.com/yVA7qqSTFU — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 13, 2017 by Hailey Julian Tonight kicked off the 11th annual Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament at Baseball Heaven. Next Level Baseball 2019 took on Motus Academy in a match up of two star-studded teams, but it was Next Level who came away with a 4-1 victory thanks to a three-run first. The first three batters reached base for Next Level and they cashed in when Aidan Larkin (Chaminade 2019) ripped an RBI single to left field. They added two more runs on a steal of home by Will Kennedy (Smithtown East 2019) and a sac fly by Roman Dorosh (Sachem East 2019) who just narrowly missed an opposite field grand slam. The offense was more than enough for sta...

Sal Agostinelli: The Story of How An Undersized Long Island Catcher Became One of the Most Influential Men in Professional Baseball

(Editor’s Note: Story was originally published on Nov. 12, 2016. We will have coverage of the Agostinelli Memorial Tournament beginning tomorrow at Baseball Heaven.) It was 1993 when Jay Hankins approached the Triple-A catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies with a question. “Hey Sal, did you ever think about being a scout?” “The only thing I know about scouting is that it’s old guys in chairs,” Sal responded. “Well, I think you would make for a good one,” he stated. As fate would have it, that catcher was Long Island native Sal Agostinelli, who went on to accept a position as the area scout for the Phillies and his area would be New York and New Jersey. As time went on and he had success in his coverage area, the front office tasked him with more and more territory. The next year was ...

Andrew Primm Commits to LIU Post

The 2018 class is an especially strong one in terms of catchers. Already players like Dylan Judd, Anthony Carleo, Ryan Mullahey and Nick Ungar have committed. None of those players, however, have a Long Island Championship under their belt like Massapequa C Andrew Primm. Today his name went off the board as he chose to accept a scholarship to LIU Post. He had been weighing another offer, but ultimately chose to play for the reigning ECC Champs. I watched Primm last week, and he is certainly a standout player. He displayed his 1.9 pop time to second base by throwing out not one, but two runners in that game.Additionally, he can handle the bat very well for a catcher. He plays his travel ball for the Diamond Spikes. Catchers that can control the running game are valued high, especially in a ...

Upcoming Drama “Stano” to Feature Long Islanders

Actor Joe Manganiello will be starring in an upcoming drama film titled “Stano“, portraying an ex-star baseball player that spends 17 years in prison and returns to the Bronx. The film will be directed by Raymond Felitta, who also directed Madoff. The baseball portion of the film was shot last month at MCU Ballpark, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. A few recognizable names will be cast in the film as extras during the baseball scenes. Dom Scala (Adelphi University), Bryan Goelz (Motus Academy) and Andrew Florides (Glen Cove) can be spotted in the film. Scala will be a coach while Goelz and Florides will be players. Manganiello has been in TV shows such as CSI:NY, The Sopranos, One Tree Hill, True Blood, Scrubs and Two and Half Men as well as movies such as Spiderman and Magic Mik...

Nick Schwartz Commits to St. John’s

This weekend was filled with positive experiences for many people down in the WWBA Underclass World Championship in Fort Myers. For Massapequa catcher Nick Schwartz, it was potentially life changing as he gave his verbal commitment to one of the best baseball programs in all of the nation; St. John’s University. They are coming off a 42-13 season in which they made an appearance in the NCAA Regionals. Schwartz spoke with Vinny Messana about his decision and here’s what he had to say… Talk a little about your experience with the college recruiting process and how you wound up committing to St. John’s… The college recruiting process with St. John’s started last year when I went to their mini camp for the first time. After the mini camp, the coaches became ...

Creatine: Important for Baseball Players?

The Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Muscle Growth and Why It’s Important for Baseball Players Jarad Vollkommer, CSCS Has anyone ever told you to be careful with your Creatine supplementation because it “damages your kidneys”? Or, that it really has no effect on muscle growth and is clinically unsafe? These are some of the common misconceptions in the field of exercise science. Fortunately for you, this article is giving you the real science behind Creatine. Creatine has been the most widely studied supplement. It’s importance to muscle growth is well known, and has been backed by numerous scientific studies. In this article, we will review how Creatine is used by your cells, why it is important for baseball, and how it feeds your muscles to grow! So…What is Creatine? Creatine can be...

Motus Academy Ride Hot Bats to an 8-0 Victory Over Ontario Terriers

Well-struck double by Boston College-commit Travis Honeyman pic.twitter.com/tlJp4MpSiG — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 7, 2017 The bats of Motus Academy came out hot in their early afternoon victory over the Ontario Terriers, scoring five runs in the second inning. Lou Annunziata got it started with a single to left, and advanced to second when Frankie DiMartino was hit by a pitch. Brady Doran hit an RBI single to score Annunziata and Jason Vasil followed with a single of his own to score DiMartino. Boston College-commit Mikey Florides ripped a two-run single to extend the lead to 4-0 and Carlos Hidalgo followed with an opposite field RBI triple to right center to make it 5-0. “The guys really had a great approach,” said Head Coach Bryan Goelz. “They worked th...

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