Coach Dave Schreimann

Today we have to say goodbye to a brother, father, grandfather, friend, mentor and coach.  Coach Schreimann passed away earlier this week.  For the past several years I’ve had the great fortune to coach alongside Dave Schreimann and it’s been an experience I’ll carry with me always.  I learned more about baseball than I ever thought I’d know.  I learned more about coaching a group of young men than I ever expected to know.  And my son, he was touched in ways that’s just plain difficult to explain.

Coach always set the bar high and he expected you to reach it.  If you screwed up, you’d hear about it.  If you succeeded, you’d hear about it. And, if you gave it your all… he’d pull you aside and praise you for your effort. He did what good coaches do every day – motivated kids to be better than they think they are.

For me, I occasionally got to spend time with Dave when he wasn’t in coach mode…  Whether on the road to BC for a coaches meeting (boy he sure loved those “coaches meeting”) – after practice – in between games or outside of baseball altogether, he loved the game and he especially loved the boys he coached.

Thanks Coach!  Thanks for all your time, effort and dedication.  Thank you for teaching us.  Thank you for your impact on our boys and being a part of our family.  Best of luck and Godspeed, you’ll be missed.

Whew… 2010 JC baseball tryouts are over.

Congratulations to all who made the teams. For the incoming freshmen, whom I’ve spent a great deal of time with over the years, I’m so happy and excited for you guys. You’re going to have a blast this year and I can’t wait to sit in the stands and watch you guys play. A heart felt congratulations to each of you on a job well done!

2010 JCBI Tryouts

It’s that time again, JCBI will be holding open tryouts on Saturday, August 22rd for the upcoming 2010 baseball season.  All teams have openings — 12U, 13U and 14U.

JCBI operates three developmental competitive baseball teams in which the Jays Baseball Coaching staff helps prepare you for high school baseball.  This program is open to all baseball players whether or not you attend Jefferson City Public Schools and isn’t apart of the schools system whatsoever.  So grab your gear and we’ll see you on the field.

Tryouts for the 12U and team will be held at 10:00 am on Vivion * Lions field.

Tryouts for the 13u and 14U teams will be held at 12:00 pm on Vivion * Lions field.

Whatever your childs age on April 30th determines the youngest team your child can play for.  Example; if your son is 13 years of age on April 30th, he could play for either the 13U or 14U teams, but not 12U.

For more information, please email JCBI here:

* The exact field isn’t certain at this time.  I’d recommend that you go to Lions first, some one will be there to redirect you if necessary.  Both fields, Lions and Vivion are within walking distance of each other.

JCBI takes 3rd at Show-Me Games

via John Haynes:
The JCBI 14U baseball team took third place in the Show-Me State Games Competitive division last weekend, beating the Washington Rookies 4-3 on Sunday in Columbia. JCBI won 3 and lost 2 for the tournament.

In the third place game against the Rookies Cam Carroll pitched a complete game, picking up the win with 8 strikeouts and gave up 2 walks. Trevor Rucker had 2 RBI and Sam Atkinson had an RBI. Alex Johnson was 2-2 with 2 runs scored.

JCBI lost the first round of bracket play to the Mid-America Blue Devils 5-3 on Sunday. Steven Coots took the loss. Carroll was 2-3 with a double and 1 RBI. Johnson had an RBI and Dylan Brauner scored twice.

JCBI was 2-1 in pool play beating the Southwest Missouri Pride 3-2 and the Washington Rookies 5-4 but losing to the St. Louis Express 4-3.

JC opened pool play with the 3-2 win over the Pride, Carroll pitched the complete game for the win picking up 7 strikeouts. Brauner was 2-3 with a triple and run scored, Johnson was 2-2 with an RBI and run scored, Rylie Klosterman picked up an RBI.

In the second pool game Austin Kneeskern pitched the 5-4 complete game win over the Washington Rookies. Kneeskern picked up 3 strikeouts and gave up one walk. Brauner was 2-3 with a double and run scored. Corey Beard picked up 2 RBI and run scored, with Coots, Johnson and Kneeskern each having one RBI for JC.

JC lost a pool game to the St. Louis Express 4-3 with Johnson and Coots pitching, Coots took the loss. Johnson hit 2-3 with an inside the park home run and Coots also had an RBI for JC. Brauner and Rucker also scored for JC.

The team played 59 games for the year under Coaches Dave Schreimann, Jake Johnson and Phil Atkinson. The team also finished second at the Missouri State AA Tournament in early July.

Congratulations JCBI 14U

JCBI 14U took 2nd place in this weekends USSSA Missouri State Tournament.

JCBI a 20 seed going into bracket play had to defeated their opponents one by one. First the 13th seed, then the 4th, 5th and 1st. In the championship game, JCBI was down 10-0 in the third, but fought back to gain the lead. In the end, JCBI fell to the Blue Sox’s in the 7th with bases loaded. Final 16-14.

10 things that can help your season

I realize I shouldn’t shares these, but here’s a list of the top 10 things that helped us this season.

  1. Never wear a white uniform, not only does it get dirty, but it’s bad karma –burn it instead.
  2. Everyone and I mean everyone needs a lucky penny.
  3. Never wash your cap.
  4. Never drink from the water cooler without examining the cup for holes.  You bunch of smart-asses.
  5. Between innings, never allow the baseball outside the lines — NEVER!
  6. If you find a lucky tent stake, toss it out the window on the way to the ball bark, then go back and find it.  It doubles your luck.
  7. Warming up before the game — never step on the line.
  8. Rally caps are for sissies, instead hum and wiggle your fingers.  It works much better and you don’t look as stupid.
  9. Don’t let the kids play with your fungo.
  10. And finally, a trip to Hooters can’t hurt. finally beats out

It’s been a bit comical for the last several years, that was constantly beating out in JCBI’s own Google rankings. Not so much anymore. The new website I put together for them is beginning to take hold and that’s a good thing. Hopefully they’ll catch the bloggin’ bug soon – we’re just getting started.

New JCBI website

It took a little longer than anticipated, but the new JCBI website is online.

Because of several ongoing projects at work I choose WordPress over Drupal for this website. I sort of have mixed feeling about that decision, I feel a little trapped by WordPress and miss the flexibility that Drupal offers me. Some of that could be lack of experience, I have years of experience with Drupal and only a few months with WordPress.

Anyway, the deed is done and I expect that some of my baseball blogging will take place there, especially when it come to JCBI.

Hitting mechanics

A great video of Manny Ramirez’s swing mechanics narrated by former MLB catcher Don Slaught. I purchased Don’s Right View Pro software several years ago and it provides insight to a batters swing mechanics you can’t get any other way.

Cold start to the season

A tough night at the ole ballpark last night, it was cold… and I mean cold. And too make matters worse, the Crusaders and the Blue Devils handed us losses in our first league games.  But, with that said both Jake and I were happy with the boys.

It was a close game against the Crusaders all the way.  And for this early in the season, I thought our pitching, fielding, hitting — everything looked pretty good and will only get better as the season continues.  I’m not sure what we would’ve or could have done differently.

Blue Devils – same deal.  Gang we were in that game the whole time until the 5th inning.  And as Jake told you, us coaches take responsibility for this loss.  We should have better prepared our pitchers.  Dylan and Steven – you guys were brought into a tough spot with no warm up and did the best you could.

Team – this is not a sign of things to come.  You played great last night.  Keeps your heads up.  Keep working.  Keep focused and you’re gonna wind up on top!  There’s no question about it.