Rawlings Moment of the Month Winner for September 2019

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Great hit down the first base line, but Delaware Wolfpack 12U right fielder gets the ball in to 11-year-old catcher Ryan Perkins for the tag at the plate! Wolfpack advanced to the Play It Forward tourney championship game at Sports at the Beach on 9/1/19. Congratulations to our winning HiCast User: @Catcher247 Marissa scored the Rawlings bat of Ryan’s choice.

HiCast Sports Network selected one winning moment from highlights shared in our app’s HiCast Feed each month all summer long. Winners scored their pick from an incredible lineup of Rawlings Sporting Goods bats. Learn more our Rawlings Moment of the Month contest and see the winners.

This month, we kick off our 2nd Annual MVP Awards Presented by Rawlings so now’s the time to share your highlights to our app’s HiCast Feed to get them eligible to win!

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Remember Your First Kid-Pitch Homerun?

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Deacon Eldridge with a go-ahead home run to seal the Houston Warriors 8U 10-9 win in the bottom of the final inning of the 9U Astros Baseball Festival World Series Championship Game, a tourney organized by Texas USSSA at Baseball USA Powered by Marucci Elite Texas on 7/28/19. Deacon’s dad and HiCast User shared that this was his son’s first kid-pitch home run, and that Deacon also won the 9U homerun derby that weekend. 

Deacon has been a founding member of his team since Spring 2016. Baseball has been his passion since his late great grandmother started him on a tee in the back yard when he was just a toddler. You’ll find him on the field at 1st base, 3rd base, catcher or pitcher.

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These are the Moments That Matter™ and we’re proud to cover them for users across our network. Remember to save and share your summer game highlights before we archive them. You can access games three months from date of play, so for example, as of today (October 15), you can access games as far back as July 15. This month, we kick off our 2nd Annual MVP Awards Presented by Rawlings so now’s the time to share your highlights to our app’s HiCast Feed to get them eligible to win! Check out our 2018 winners.

Gage Saresky Scores Three Homeruns for the Clippers

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The Nor’ East Clippers 12U were playing against 33Rodz in the Labor Day Championship on September 1st at Baseball Heave in Yaphank, NY. It was a high energy game. Gage Saresky steps up to bat for the Clippers and sends it over the left field fence! This was the first of two home runs for Gage in that game. He had three total that weekend during the tournament.

His mom shared, “There were a group of younger players watching from behind the backstop. My son Gage heard them say to him ‘Hey Kid, hit a dinger’ which made him smile. He took the moment in, had fun and hit a home run for them. The kids cheering in the background were the young players. You can see Gage point to them at the end of his celebration as a way to acknowledge their support.”

Gage is a passionate baseball player (mostly playing at catcher) with an IQ to match. He loves to support his teammates in the dugout to rally, is often the first player to practice and the last to leave or stay after to run laps or hills. Gage has been training with Coach Ryan Roman since he was 8 years old and is currently developing his skills to play third base. Gage made the Perfect Game All Tournament Team and was distinguished with MVP honors in a Cal Ripken tournament.

These are the Moments That Matter™ and we’re proud to cover them for users across our network. Remember to save and share your summer game highlights before we archive them. You can access games three months from date of play, so for example, as of today (September 24), you can access games as far back as June 24. Beginning in October, we’ll kick off our 2nd Annual MVP Awards Presented by Rawlings so now’s the time to share your highlights to our app’s HiCast Feed to get them eligible to win! Check out our 2018 winners.

Rawlings Moment of the Month Winner for August 2019

Congratulations to HiCast User @dmf423 Darren M. Fullone II, left fielder for the South Shore Sharks 15U team for sharing the winning Rawlings Moment of the Month for August 2019.

South Shore Sharks were top-seeded in the Bash at the Beach tourney at Sports at the Beach. In this semi-final game, Sharks were up 1-0. Richmond Titans came back w/a 2-run home run, so the game is tight… 2-1 and the Sharks are down. Bottom of the 7th and it’s the Sharks last opportunity to score. First batter strikes out. Next batter, Mikey Furst walks, so one man’s on base when Justin Delgado walks up to the plate. Strike one… then Justin nails it to center field over the fence! Two runs score for the South Short Sharks securing the win and trip to the championship game, which they won decisively on 8/18/19.

HiCast Sports Network has selected one winning moment from highlights shared in our app’s HiCast Feed each month all summer long. Winners score their pick from an incredible lineup of Rawlings Sporting Goods bats. Learn more our Rawlings Moment of the Month contest. We’ve got one more winner to be named in September, then on to the 2nd Annual HiCast Sports MVP Awards in October.

Justin Delgado hit the game-winning home run for South Short Sharks

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HiCast User and South Shore Sharks Left Fielder, Darren Fullone II

Duryea Twins Double the Home Runs for Hudson Valley Renegades

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Nicky Duryea (9) plays third, short stop, and pitcher. Nicky is a righty.

Danny Duryea (24) plays left field, first base, and relief pitcher. Danny is a lefty.

These twin brothers play for Hudson Valley Renegades 14U Blue and they have never been on a team without each other. During the East Coast Nationals tourney at Baseball Heaven on August 10, they each hit a home run in the same game, contributing to the Renegade’s win!

Nicky pushes Danny mostly on the practice field or in the batting cage. Nicky will point out the areas that Danny needs to tweak to improve, such as his swing. Nicky admires Danny’s ability to stay calm and focused in the most high-stake situations. He often will say that Danny has ice in his veins because he can handle any situation with a focused and intense approach.

Danny pushes Nicky with their competitive approach to everything. Danny admires Nicky’s pitching ability, his never-give-up approach, his ability to get out of very difficult situations, and his intense competitive nature.

Their mom shared that the boys were arguing over who’s ball went further and who’s home run had more significance. But their Aunt Diane (watching the game at home on our HiCast Sports Network) noted that the first person out of the dugout to congratulate each batter was his brother. These are the Moments That Matter™!

Bottom of the 7th, game’s tied... Danny Duryea w/a walk-off Grand Slam HR for Hudson Valley Renegades 14U Blue for the W. East Coast Nationals at Baseball Heaven on August 10, 2019.

Rawlings Moment of the Month Winner for July 2019

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Congratulations to HiCast User @kbcokratts for being our Rawlings Moment of the Month for July 2019. Chase Kratts for Olean Bombers 16U nails it with his very first grand slam contributing to the Bombers 10-1 win in the Sizzling Showdown Tournament at Sports at the Beach on 7/28/19. This was the team's first grand slam of the season.

HiCast Sports Network selects one winning moment from highlights shared in our app’s HiCast Feed each month all summer long. Winners score their pick from an incredible lineup of Rawlings Sporting Goods bats. Learn more our Rawlings Moment of the Month contest.

HiCast Sports Network Teams Up with JockJive Sports to Deliver the 2019 Dixie Youth World Series On-Demand

We’re proud to partner with JockJive Sports to deliver the Dixie Youth World Series – the AA series (July 27 - 30) and Ozone, AAA and Majors series (Aug 3 - 8) from Ruston, LA. Players, coaches, families and fans can replay the memories on the field, and save and share their favorite game highlights. JockJive’s pro sports announcer and integration of game scores and stats makes the viewing experience ideal. Couple that with our tools to save and share your favorite game highlights with friends, family and social media followers and you’ve got the ultimate on-demand youth sports experience.

Sign up to create your HiCast Sports account, then use our web viewer or mobile app for iOS to watch games as often as you like during your pass purchase timeframe (a 7-Day Pass or a Monthly Pass). When you use our mobile app to share your game highlights to our HiCast Feed throughout August, your highlights are automatically entered in our Rawlings Moment of the Month Contest for August. We’ll pick one winner on September 10 and that winner chooses the Rawlings hot bat of their choice. Show us your Moments That Matter™!

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Rawlings Moment of the Month Winner for June 2019

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Congratulations to HiCast User @socalenforcers for being our Rawlings Moment of the Month for June 2019. Nathaniel Arellano for So Cal Enforcers 12U crushes it with a 3-run homerun in the All American Invitational Tournament at Ballparks of America on 6/30/19. Nathaniel, from California, had been working hard getting ready for the tourney in Missouri and when he hit that ball over the Green Monster, he said that all the hard work was worth it!

HiCast Sports Network selects one winning moment from highlights shared in our app’s HiCast Feed each month all summer long. Winners score their pick from an incredible lineup of Rawlings Sporting Goods bats. Learn more our Rawlings Moment of the Month contest.

Congrats to Our July 4th Weekend Home Run Derby Winner

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In honor of Independence Day, we ran a Home Run Derby that began on Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th! Users shared their HiCast home run highlights from venues across our network to our app's HiCast Feed and were automatically entered in our drawing to win.

Congrats to our winning HiCast User: bmjorgensen for his son Jake Jorgensen’s homerun on 7/6/19 from the Stars and Stripes Showdown at Ballparks of America in Branson, Missouri. Jake plays on the Dallas Bandits 13U team and scored the bat of his choice from the Rawlings lineup of hot bats.

And you’ve got more chances to win! Check out our Rawlings Moment of the Month contest running all summer long. You’ve got time to enter share your highlights to our app’s HiCast Feed, and we’ll pick winners for July, August and September.

Enter Our July 4th Holiday Home Run Derby

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Are you playing ball this weekend? In honor of Independence Day, we're running a Home Run Derby beginning Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th! Share your HiCast home run highlights to our app's HiCast Feed and you're automatically entered in our drawing to WIN the Rawlings BAT of your choice! Tag 'em #homerunderby

UPDATE: Winner to be announced by Thursday, July 18th. Find the Rawlings bat that's right for you!

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This Week’s Tourney Lineup – July 4 - 8, 2019

Baseball Heaven hosts Independence Weekend Championship

Sports at the Beach hosts Clash of the Titans

Diamond Nation hosts Garden State Invitational & DN Youth World Series

Ballparks of America hosts Hometown Heroes Salute & Stars & Stripes Showdown

Tyger River Park hosts USA Softball of SC & Senior Softball USA

The Shipyard Park hosts CABA Tourney & Greater MidWest Baseball

East Cobb Baseball Complex hosts Perfect Game 17U & 16U WWBA

Baseball USA Powered by Marucci hosts USSSA of TX Fireworks Festival & High School Showcase Series #5

See Our Complete Network Schedule of Events

Congratulations to Our Father's Day Weekend Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Father's Day Weekend Highlight Winners:

1. Home Run: 8-yr-old Fenton Morrissey for Morris County Cubs 10U knocks the ball hard to right field and scores in spite of the catcher in his path at home! Shared by HiCast User: @CowboyFen

2. Steal to Score: Look at this aggressive steal to score and tie up the game! Shared by HiCast User: @southeastelite in the Father’s Day Classic at Baseball Heaven on 6/16/19

3. Winning Hit & Run: Runners on 1st & 2nd and Deon Jackson nails it right down the 3rd baseline to send in the winning run for the TKP Huskies in the Perfect Game Youth 10U World Series on 6/16/19 shared by HiCast User @Cdevecchi

Winners receive a FREE 1-Year HiCast Pass. Keep sharing your highlights to our app’s HiCast Feed and you’re automatically eligible for all of our contests this year including the Rawlings Moment of the Month all summer long and our 2019 MVP Awards later this year.

Uniting to Support & Respect Umpires and the Game We Love

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Can we be real with you? Recently we received an email from Triple Crown Sports making clear their commitment for enforcing respect for umpires, and we applaud that wholeheartedly. The men and women in blue behind the plate and on the field calling the game we all love are often targets of abuse. You've heard it and seen it as we have. It's a problem.

Many umpires we've met have been players or coaches just like you, and most are parents just like you. Umpires do this work on the field because they love the game, just like us. We won't always agree with an umpire's decision, but let's always respect that the decision is theirs to make. Let it go and move on to the next play. Will you join us in supporting and respecting umpires across all of our venues? Let's hold each other accountable to that. 

Photo above shows Central Georgia Umpires watching their field work and improving their skills at East Cobb Baseball Complex.

Win a Free 1-Year HiCast Pass for Your Pop

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It's Father's Day Weekend and we're grateful for the dads, granddads, great granddads and coaches in your life. We're honoring all of them this weekend and happy to announce we'll award 3 FREE 1-Year HiCast Passes (valued at $155) to users with memorable highlights. Just share your highlight to our app's HiCast Feed this weekend (Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16) and you're automatically entered to win. Yes, dad, you're eligible to enter too! We'll announce winners on Tuesday, June 18.

Not sure how to tag, save and share a highlight to our HiCast Feed? Watch this video demo.

Here’s this weekend’s tourney lineup across our network:

Baseball Heaven hosts Father's Day Frenzy

Sports at the Beach hosts Pappy Palooza

Diamond Nation hosts Supe 10 & 11 Invitational & Supe 17 Invitational

Ballparks of America hosts Branson City Lights Classic & Father's Day Classic

Tyger River Park hosts Carolina Premier's Super 78 & AYSO Section 5 Games

The Shipyard Park hosts Prep Baseball Report

East Cobb Baseball Complex hosts Perfect Game Youth WWBA 18U

See Our Complete Network Schedule of Events

Rawlings Moment of the Month Winner for May 2019

Congratulations to HiCast User @Baby12 for being our Rawlings Moment of the Month for May 2019. About the moment: Richard Becher Memorial Tournament at Baseball Heaven on 5/19/19. It’s the 10U Championship game between Brooklyn Falcons vs. Madison Tigers. Two outs, two balls, and two strikes... runners on 2nd and 3rd. Joshua Diaz crushes it sending in teammates Christian and Ulysses to score, contributing to their big win!

HiCast Sports Network selects one winning moment from highlights shared in our app’s HiCast Feed each month all summer long. Winners score their pick from an incredible lineup of Rawlings Sporting Goods bats. Learn more our Rawlings Moment of the Month contest.

We've Teamed Up with Rawlings to Bring You Some Big News and a Crack at Winning a Rawlings Bat

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We're proud to announce that Rawlings Sporting Goods has joined our team as an Official Network Sponsor. What's in it for you? Awesome prizes, player tips, and great visibility for your Moments That Matter™! We'll award a Rawlings Moment of the Month starting this month and all summer long. Each monthly winner receives your pick from the Rawlings lineup of bats. Woo hoo! Check 'em out.

Who's eligible?
All HiCast Sports Network users. You must have a HiCast Sports account tied to a valid email address as this is how we'll communicate with you. If you don't respond to our winner notification email within 48 hours, we'll pick another winner, so be ready!

How do I enter?
Using your HiCast Sports account, tag, save and share your HiCast highlights (baseball or softball) to our app's HiCast Feed. We'll review all highlights and select winners from the HiCast Feed. Provide details like player's name(s), team name and age division in your caption as we'll ask for this information if you're selected as a winner.

Who gets the prize?
The HiCast User who shared the winning highlight in the HiCast Feed is the prize winner. The winner is welcome to gift the prize to the player featured in the highlight, but that's at the winner's discretion.

What's the monthly deadline?
We'll review highlights throughout the month up through the last day of each month. The date of your highlight share determines the month's eligibility. For example, if your highlight occurred on April 28th, but you shared the highlight to the HiCast Feed on May 1, your highlight is eligible to be a May winner. The monthly winner will be announced on the 11th of the following month. For example, our May eligibility will run through May 31st and we'll announce the winner on June 11.

Covering the ACCC Baseball Championship Series in Partnership with JockJive Sports

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May 9-14, 2019 – We’re excited to announce that we’re delivering college baseball in our HiCast Sports Network in partnership with JockJive Sports and thanks to their video coverage and commentary of the Alabama Community College Conference Baseball Championship at Historic Eagles Stadium in Ozark, Alabama. Fans can watch games live at no cost, and create a HiCast Sports Network account to view games on-demand any time, and use our mobile app for iOS to save and share their favorite game highlights with the people who matter most. Email a diving catch to Grandpa, text that double to Aunt Penelope, or post the game-winning home run to share with your social media followers.

Get ACCC Baseball schedule and details here

View live games this weekend and create your account here to watch on-demand and save and share the Moments That Matter™

Covering the ACCC Softball Championship in Partnership with JockJive Sports

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May 3-6, 2019 – We’re excited to announce our first opportunity to deliver college softball in our HiCast Sports Network in partnership with JockJive Sports and thanks to their video coverage and commentary of the Alabama Community College Conference Softball Championship at Veteran’s Park in Alabaster, Alabama. Fans can watch games live at no cost, and create a HiCast Sports Network account to view games on-demand any time, and use our mobile app for iOS to save and share their favorite game highlights with the people who matter most. Email a home run to Grandma, text that great catch to Uncle Ralph, or post the game-winning run to share with your social media followers.

Get ACCC Softball Championship details here.

View live games this weekend and create your account here to watch on-demand and save and share the Moments That Matter™

May 6 Update:

1:00pm CDT Championship Final Game: Shelton State defeats Wallace Dothan 10-4

11:00am CDT Championship Game 1: Wallace Dothan defeats Shelton State 4-2

Covered in partnership with JockJive Sports

Announcing Our Hot Highlight Weekend Winners

We were blown away by your highlights submitted April 11-15 for our first 2019 Hot Highlight Weekend Contest. It was tough to pick just three winners, so we decided to award four! Each of our HiCast Users will receive a Rawlings Sackpack thanks to Rawlings Sporting Goods.

HiCast User: @cora for an over-the-fence home run by #1 in the USA Softball of SC tourney at Tiger River Park on 4/13/19

HiCast User: @adam.haber27 for Adam Saber’s diving catch at center field at East Cobb Baseball Complex on 4/11/19

HiCast User: @Paulmaida1 for Ryan Maida’s walk-off home run for the Long Island Hurricanse 11U in the Baseball Heaven Swing Into Spring Championship game on 4/14/19.

HiCast User: @Eagles007 for a fantastic double-play featuring two tags by the catcher on Field 6 at Diamond Nation on 4/14/19

Congratulations to our winners! Stay tuned for our next contest and keep sharing your Moments That Matter™ to our app’s HiCast Feed as it’s the source for our contest entries including our second annual 2019 Most Valuable Play Awards coming at the end of the year.

Weekend Contest Alert!

Let’s see your Moments That Matter™ this weekend! We'll pick 3 Hot Highlight Winners on Tuesday, April 15th. Winners score a Rawlings Sporting Goods Sackpack! Must be a HiCast Sports user to enter. Share your game highlights from Thurs. April 11 through next Monday, April 15 to our app's HiCast Feed. We'll announce the winners right here next Tuesday! Questions? Give us a shout: support@hicastsports.com

Good Luck!

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Central Georgia Umpires Are Improving Their Game with the HiCast Sports Network

Central Georgia Umpires, lead by founder John Turner, is using HiCast Sports Network technology at East Cobb Baseball Complex to improve their game. We sat it on their annual Barry Suttle Memorial Camp for umpires to learn more about how they were using our solution to train new umpires and coach more experienced umpires. John uses our mobile app to make sure that his umpires are in place on the fields and reviews game footage as needed when tournament directors express issues or concerns. He shares highlights to visually communicate issues and positives to his team of umpires for coaching purposes.

The first person that I watched when I turned the cameras on was myself. It was a huge eye opener. It’s a great way to get yourself back in the groove... and a great tool to be able to show (my team of umpires) what they look like. Having the ability to see ourselves on TV really gives us a huge advantage on looking more professional and doing it the right way.
— John Turner, Founder of Central Georgia Umpires

John started playing baseball at age five. His father, JP Turner, an umpire for youth and high school baseball for more than 40 years helped foster John’s appreciation and understanding of the game. At age 15, John transitioned from player to umpire, following in his father and older brother’s footsteps. He’s been an umpire for the bulk of his career and founded Central Georgia Umpires to share his love for baseball and improve the quality of umpires in Georgia. The Central Georgia Umpires team of 100 umpires officiates all games at East Cobb Baseball Complex including Perfect Game and Triple Crown tournaments, and ECB-hosted events. They also umpire southeast regional collegiate showcases.

John shares that the most difficult part of being an umpire is similar to that of most leaders in that the role requires one to take full responsible for moving the game forward and communicating direction to the teams, while maintaining a good rapport with players, coaches and fans.

Most of us played the game with the same goal, which was to hit the game-winning run in the final game of the World Series. These kids today are trying to live that same dream. For some kids they’re going to get as close to that dream as they ever will, so they deserve to have every game officiated like it’s game seven of the World Series. That’s what I like doing. I feel like I’m giving back to the game when I’m out there.”
— John Turner, Founder of Central Georgia Umpires

His advice to parents and fans on how to better support the game? “Read the rulebook and understand how it’s applied to the game. Some people look for loopholes to gain an advantage, but it’s our job to make sure neither team gains an advantage so that the game can be played fairly by everyone.”