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Under The Gun: Cory Wood
Written by Trey Daly


Impact Baseball traveled to Sanderson High School in Raleigh, North Carolina for this edition of “Under The Gun” with Junior Phenom Cory Wood. Wood is excited and gearing up for big 2015 campaign, he looks to help the Spartans win a Cap 8 conference title. Ladies and Gentleman if you haven't seen Mr. Wood play, he is a must see this spring! 

Name:
Cory Wood
High School: Sanderson
Year: Junior
Position: INF
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height: 5'10
Weight: 170
College Commitment: Coastal Carolina

How was your offseason? What parts of your game did you work on?

My offseason was great, I've worked very hard on my arm strength and trying to perfect my swing to get off to a good start this spring.

How did you begin playing baseball?

It didn't take long after I could walk, I began hitting off a little tikes baseball tee. I also remember waiting for my father to get home from work so we could go in the back yard and hit.

What are the strength of the 2015 Sanderson baseball club?

It starts with our coaching staff, they always have us prepared. We lost some pieces in 2014, but we look to our younger guys to fill those shoes. From top to bottom, I think we will have a very balanced team.

When people come to watch Sanderson play this year, what should they expect?

Game in and game out we are able to bring in great crowds filled with parents, middle schoolers, and students. Sanderson has the best spirit around. Also every game will be a great one to watch because of the competitiveness of the CAP 8.

What is your best tool?

I like to think my best tool is my speed.

Who do you try to model your game after?

Dustin Pedroia and Trea Turner.

Who is the best player you ever played with?

It's hard to say. I've played with many great players on many great teams. Growing up in West Raleigh, I played with five kids that are going to play Division I baseball. Tough question!

Who is your role model?

Josh Hamilton. He has taught me that anyone can overcome a great fall.

We interview Eric Jenkins (EJ) the other day. When you hear his name, what comes to mind?

Speed! He makes the game look so easy due to his athleticism. 

Both of your parents were college athletes, how has that helped you become the player you are today?

I am very fortunate to have great parents, they have given me guidance on and off the field to steer me down the right path. I would say I got my speed from my mother and my baseball mindset from my dad.

What are your plans for this upcoming summer?

I will be playing with the Dirtbags.

What are you looking forward to most about going to Coastal Carolina in 2016?

I am excited to get down to Coastal in the new stadium and meet my teammates. I am really looking forward to becoming a better player with the great coaches and furthering my education with all that Coastal Carolina has to offer.

Quick Facts:

Favorite Movie: Miracle 

Favorite Music: Country 

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite TV Show: Sports Nation

Favorite NFL Team: Steelers

Favorite NBA Team: LA Clippers

Favorite Quote: "Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical" -Yogi Berra

Impact Baseball would like to thank Cory Wood for his "Under The Gun" interview. We would like to wish him and the Spartans the best of luck in the 2015 Season!

Stay tuned, another exciting interview coming on Thursday!

 
Under The Gun: Eric Jenkins
Written by Trey Daly


Impact Baseball traveled down to the big city of Cerro Gordo, North Carolina to kick off the 2015 season of "Under The Gun" with Eric Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins is entering his senior season for the West Columbus High School Vikings. Eric resides in a small town just north of the South Carolina line, but don't let this small town boy fool you. He can flat out play!! Eric also known as "E.J." is very excited to get this season underway in hopes of guiding the Vikings to a state championship in 2015.

Name: Eric Jenkins
High School: West Columbus
Year: Senior
Position: OF
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height: 6'1
Weight: 170
College Commitment: UNCW

How was your offseason? What parts of your game did you worked on?

My offseason has been going great, I play basketball during the winter months but I still manage time to go to the cages and get my lifts in.

What are your strengths as a baseball player?

My biggest strength as a baseball player is my speed. My speed plays as big role in the outfield as I am able to cover alot of ground. I also feel that my bat is a big part of my overall game as well.

How do you get yourself ready for a game? Any superstitions?

Before every game I always have to listen to rap music and a little bit of pop, this always gets me hyped and ready to play!

What are your goals for your Senior year at West Columbus?

My goals this year is to have the best season I have ever had and do whatever it takes to help my team win. Most of all have fun and leave it all on the field!

What are the strengths of the 2015 Vikings baseball club?

Our pitching will lead us this year behind Junior East Carolina Commit Trey Benton. Our lineup should be solid as well.

Who do you try image your game after and what do they bring to the table?

I try to image my game after Los Angeles Dodgers Infielder Dee Gordon. Gordon has a nice short compact stroke and brings alot of energy in between the lines.

When did you begin playing baseball?

I started playing baseball at the age of 3.

When you were younger who was the baseball player you looked up to?

Robinson Cano

You are a very good athlete playing multiple sports, do you think this has helped you playing baseball and why?

I feel like playing basketball has helped me because I get alot of running and conditioning in every day. It keeps me in great shape and ready to go in the spring.

Describe what it was like playing for the Dirtbags your whole High School career? How did it make you a better player?

It was an honor to play for the Dirtbags and Andy Partin. It has opened many doors and opportunities for me and a chance to play against the best players in the country. I also feel that it helped me become a more responsible man not only in baseball but also in life

What was your favorite Dirtbag moment?

Playing with the Dirtbags I was able to meet some of my best friends and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Some of my favorite Dirtbag moments were off the field hanging out with the guys.

What are you looking forward to most about going to UNC-Wilmington in 2016?

I am excited to get a chance to continue my baseball career in Wilmington! I look forward to working hard and helping my team do whatever it takes to get to Omaha. #Omahawks

Quick Facts:

Favorite Movie: Bad Boys 2

Favorite Music: Rap

Favorite Food: Spaghetti

Favorite TV Show: Martin

Favorite NFL Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite NBA Team: Trail Blazers

Favorite Sports Quote: “I love to play this game of baseball. I love putting on this uniform.” -Stan Musial

Impact Baseball would like to thank Eric Jenkins for his “Under The Gun” interview. We would like to wish him and the Vikings the best of luck in the 2015 Season!

Stay tuned, more exciting interviews here to come!

 

 
IMPACT 2014 Tournament Champions
Written by Lee Land

2014 IMPACT Tournament Champions:

14U Round Robin Championship (American Division)
Champion - WC Angels

14U Round Robin Championhsip (National Division)
Champion - Concord Diamond Dawgs

16U Wood Bat Championship
Champion - SBA Ducks
Runner Up - Triad Bulls

18U Wood Bat Championship
Champion - Dirtbags All Blacks
Runner Up - FBI Fungo 17's

14U State Championship
Champion - Carolina Rage
Runner Up - Carolina Vipers 14's Gold

17U Wood Bat Championship
Champion - Dirtbags All Blacks
Runner Up - Mid-Atlantic Red Sox 17's

14U National Championship
Champion - Carolina Rage
Runner Up - Triad Bulls

16U World Series
Champion - Dirtbags 16's Black
Runner Up - Cangelosi Blacksox

18U Firecracker Classic
Champion - Dirtbags All Blacks
Runner Up - Hampton Road Hurricanes

15U World Series
Champion - Dirtbags 15's Black
Runner Up - Express Baseball

16U State Championship
Champion - Dirtbags 16's Black
Runner Up - Triad Bulls

14U Championship - Triad
Champion - Concord Diamond Dawgs
Runner Up - SBA Canes 14's Long

14U Championship - Greensboro
Champion - Wake Rays
Runner Up - Triad Bulls

17U World Series
Champion - Dirtbags All Blacks
Runner Up - 6-4-3 DP Cougars

16U Fall Championship (American Division)
Champion - Richmond Braves 16's Stadler
Runner Up - Dirtbags 16's Camo

16U Fall Championship (National Division)
Champion - Carolina Cubs 2017
Runner Up - Dirtbags 16's Gold

18U Fall Championship (American Division)
Champion - Carolina Rockies 17's Black
Runner Up - Stallions Elite

18U Fall Championship (National Division)
Champion - GBC 2015
Runner Up - Carolina Rockies 18's Gray


Thanks to all teams that participated in IMPACT Baseball tournaments in 2014. We look forward to the opportunity to work with your organizations again in 2015.

Check out our 2015 summer tournament schedule by clicking the link below.

IMPACT 2015 Summer Tournament Schedule


 

 
IMPACT 2015 Tournaments
Written by Lee Land

The IMPACT 2015 summer tournament schedule has been released. Click the link below to view our full schedule for 2015.

IMPACT Baseball hosted over 600 teams and set a record number for scout attendance in 2014!

IMPACT 2015 Summer Tournament Schedule

 
IMPACT 16U Fall Championship
Written by Lee Land

Impact Baseball closes out the fall season with the IMPACT 16U Fall Championship in the Greenville, NC area

American Division Champions: Richmond Braves 16's Stadler

National Division Champions: Carolina Cubs 2017


East Carolina University


Locations:
East Carolina University: 102 Clark LeClair Stadium, Greenville, NC 27858
Hunt High School: 4559 Lamm Rd, Wilson, NC 27893
Grainger Stadium: 400 E. Grainger Ave, Kinston, NC 28501
Guy Smith Stadium: 1000 Moye Ave, Greenville, NC 27834
Pitt Community College: 1986 Pitt Tech Rd, Winterville, NC 27835


Tournament Pass: $15 (includes all games)
Day Pass: $10


Notes/Rules:

NO CLEATS until game time.
NHSF rules with exception of mound visits (one per inning) and DH/EH/XH.

This is a BBCOR bat tournament.
Each team is to provide THREE balls at the start of each game (after that teams supply balls evenly)
Each team MUST exchange line-ups with the opposing team and umpires.
Teams can use up to 11 hitters (DH, EH, XH)
Pool Winners will be decided by overall record, head to head, runs allowed, and runs scored.
Age Eligibilty:
16U - All players must be 2017 graduates or born on/after May 1st, 1998.
Run Rules:
15 after 3, 12 after 4, 10 after 5, 8 after 6
Time Limits:
Pool Play - All games will be no more than 7 innings. No new inning will begin after 2 hours.
There is no time limit in the championship games. If tied after 7 innings, teams will load the bases with the last three outs from the previous inning. The inning will start with one out.
Twitter:
To stay current on updates/scores from the IMPACT 16U Fall Championship follow us on twitter @impactbaseball_


American Division
Pool A W L T RA RS
DBC Expos 2 1 0 13 24
Dirtbags 16's Camo (Pool Winner) 2 1 0 11 22
Rawlings Prospects Jarmen 2 1 0 15 25
TPA Athletics 15's 0 3 0 36 4
Pool B W L T RA RS
CCHRH 1 2 0 22 11
Dirtbags 16's Steel 0 3 0 25 8
Rawlings Prospects Lane 2 1 0 4 21
Richmond Braves 16's Stadler (Pool Winner) 3 0 0 7 18
National Division
Pool A W L T RA RS
Carolina Cubs 2017 (Pool Winner) 3 0 0 5 23
FBI Fungo 15's 1 2 0 14 9
RCHRH 1 2 0 15 12
Virginia Venom 1 2 0 17 7
Pool B W L T RA RS
Dirtbags 16's Gold (Pool Winner) 1 0 2 10 13
FBI Fungo 16's 1 2 0 16 17
Rock Solid 15's 0 1 2 15 10
Virginia Cardinals 2017 1 0 2 14 15

Saturday - October 25th
East Carolina Home Runs Runs Visitor
2:00 Richmond Braves 16's Stadler 10 2 CCHRH
4:20 Rawlings Prospects Jarmen 4 9 DBC Expos
6:40 FBI Fungo 16's 5 6 Virginia Cardinals 2017
9:00 Rock Solid 15's 2 2 Dirtbags 16's Gold
Guy Smith - Prep Field Home Runs Runs Visitor
10:20 CCHRH 7 2 Dirtbags 16's Steel
12:40 Rawlings Prospects Jarmen 15 2 TPA Athletics 15's
3:00 Rawlings Prospects Lane 11 1 Dirtbags 16's Steel
Grainger Home Runs Runs Visitor
8:00 TPA Athletics 15's 0 11 Dirtbags 16's Camo
10:20 Dirtbags 16's Camo 7 5 DBC Expos
12:40 Virginia Venom 1 5 RCHRH
3:00 FBI Fungo 15's 3 4 Virginia Venom
5:20 RCHRH 3 8 Carolina Cubs 2017
Guy Smith Home Runs Runs Visitor
10:30 Carolina Cubs 2017 6 0 FBI Fungo 15's
12:50 Dirtbags 16's Gold 6 3 FBI Fungo 16's
3:10 Rock Solid 15's 4 4 Virginia Cardinals 2017
5:30 Rawlings Prospects Lane 0 1 Richmond Braves 16's Stadler

Sunday - October 26th
East Carolina Home Runs Runs Visitor
3:00 Richmond Braves 16's Stadler 5 3 Dirtbags 16's Camo
5:20 Carolina Cubs 2017 8 2 Dirtbags 16's Gold
Pitt Community College Home Runs Runs Visitor
9:00 Dirtbags 16's Steel 5 7 Richmond Braves 16's Stadler
11:20 CCHRH 2 10 Rawlings Prospects Lane
1:40 Virginia Cardinals 2017 5 5 Dirtbags 16's Gold
Grainger Home Runs Runs Visitor
9:00 Carolina Cubs 2017 9 2 Virginia Venom
11:20 DBC Expos 10 2 TPA Athletics 15's
1:40 RCHRH 4 6 FBI Fungo 15's
Hunt Home Runs Runs Visitor
9:00 Dirtbags 16's Camo 4 6 Rawlings Prospects Jarmen
11:20 FBI Fungo 16's 9 4 Rock Solid 15's

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