FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kevin Ritter (740)
Ballplayer Chosen to Represent the USA Overseas!
Smith, has been chosen to represent the USA
a member of an elite baseball team traveling to the Netherlands
this summer. As a member of
Coast to Coast Baseball he will compete in the 15th annual Apeldoorn Baseball Series (July 3 - 12, 2004)
against top amateur teams from around Europe.
Smith showcased his skills
for the Coast to Coast staff at a recent tryout held at Marietta
At the tryout he was evaluated in four areas: hitting, fielding, arm strength
and speed. Each year Coast to Coast sees 1500-2000
at a series of nationwide tryouts. Additionally, the organization evaluates
hundreds of applications from players unable to attend a tryout event. From this
pool approximately 300 roster spots - comprising 20-25 teams - are filled with
players seeking to play at one of the game's highest levels.
to Coast Baseball is a national baseball
and youth development program. Based in Marietta,
the 7-year old program has taken over 1000 players from 46 different states
compete in Germany,
and Puerto Rico.
Geared toward serious players interested in pursuing a career beyond high school,
Coast to Coast's goal is to provide amateur ballplayers with outstanding:
- by top coaches who have played or coached at the collegiate or professional
COMPETITION - against
some of the world's best international talent
EDUCATION - during
seminars on topics like the college-recruiting
process and the negative effects of performance-enhancing drugs and alcohol.
CULTURE - an
opportunity make international friends
and to learn about a foreign culture
and way of life
addition to his love for baseball, Smith is a member of the National Honors Society
at Washington HS and the church youth group at
He hopes to attend either Ohio
he would like to play baseball and major in Chemistry.
order to maintain his amateur status, Smith will be seeking to raise his share
of the team's cost. Persons interested in making a donation can contact the Smith
family at (xxx) xxx-xxxx or Coast to Coast Baseball directly.