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THOMAS, COLEMAN, KATZ, LaPLANT, & PASTERNAK TAKE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS AT NCDB AWARDS BANQUET  

A crowd of 400 packed the Blue Devil Tower Club inside Wallace Wade Stadium on the Duke campus on Sunday, November 12 for NCDB's annual end of season awards banquet.

Jeff Gravley, Sports Anchor at WRAL in Raleigh served as Master of Ceremonies and NC State head coach Elliott Avent was the special guest speaker.
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Awards for outstanding offensive, defensive, and pitching skills were presented to the leaders on each of NCDB's teams.  A complete list of thosw winners can be found by going clicking on  Skills Awards in the History and Records tab.
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During the banquet, Ian Coleman and Blake Whitmore became the 11th and 12th players to be inducted into the NCDB Players Honor Roll.
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For the first time in 2017, Player of the Year Awards were divided into two divisions:  the Junior division for 8U-12U teams and the Senior Division for 13U-17U teams.  NCDB awards Player of the Year honors for offense, defense and pitching.  This year's winners were:
                    Offense:  Conner Thomas - 10U (Junior) and Christopher Katz - 15U  (Senior)
                    Defense:  Dylan Pasternak - 11U  and Ian Coleman - 15U
                    Pitching:  Conner Thomas - 10U  and Parker LaPlant 15U
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The evening's final awards, the Fred Ruskie Memorial Top Teammate Award, were presented to the player on each NCDB team that was considered the best teammate as voted by his teammates.  The list of Ruskie Award winners can also be found under the History & Records tab. 

KATZ COMMITS TO PLAY COLLEGE BASEBALL AT WAKE FOREST

Christopher Katz, a member of the NCDB 16U team, announced at the NCDB awards banquet November 12th that he is committed to play college baseball at Wake Forest.

Katz entered NCDB's development program as an eight year old and has consistently been one of the organization's top performers.
  
Katz, who catches, pitches, and plays corner infield for NCDB, had been considering several ACC schools and one in the SEC before deciding on Wake Forest.  He said his comfort level with head coach Tom Walter and his staff, Wake's baseball facilities, academic reputation, and desire to play in the ACC as the major factors in deciding to join the Demon Deacons.
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Katz is currently first in NCDB career games played at 341. He is also currently ranked first in several career NCDB  offensive, defensive, and pitching  statistial categories:
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Offensive:  Plate apperances (1,003), hits (404), doubles (83), home runs (33), RBI (324), runs (320), walks (147), and batting average with runners in scoring position (.402).  His career NCDB batting average is .481
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Pitching: Wins (34), strikeouts (286) and batting average against (.249).  His career ERA is 3.86.
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Fielding: Total chances (1,029), and put outs (788).
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Katz was inducted into the NCDB Players Honor Roll in 2015.  He is also a two-time winner of the Fred Ruskie Memorial Top Teammate Award in 2014 and 2016.
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He is a three-time NCDB Offensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016, and 2017) and in 2015 was also named Pitcher of the Year.
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As a 12 year old, Katz was a member of the US National Team which captured the Gold Medal at the WBSC World Championships in Taiwan.
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Katz becomes the 14th NCDB player to secure a college baseball playing commitment.
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Congratulations Christopher!!!
  

2,000 GAME MILESTONE REACHED 

NCDB reached the milestone of 2,000 games played when the 14U team topped the Carolina Mud Dogs 3-2 on November 3rd.  Congrats to all players and coaches who have participated in the 2,000 games!

NCDB Alumni in College Baseball

Congratulations to NCDB Alumni Playing College Baseball!!

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Hicks

Cooper
Porter

Branden
Kunz

Landon
Choboy

Noah
Almond

Dennis Delgado
JP Roque

Will
Jones

JD
Burrows

Chase
Brantley

Hunter Dickerson
Max Ruskie

Cole
Leneschmidt

THE NCDB DIFFERENCE?
STAFF EXPERIENCE & RELATIONSHIPS 

NCDB was founded by individuals fortunate to have acheived careers in the Game as a way of giving back to the Game. NCDB was established as a non-profit due to the founder's concern over the rising cost of participation.  NCDB is one of the few, if only, development and/or recruiting assistance programs in the region that is not focused on maximizing revenue or profit.

NCDB helps players develop their physical skills and teaches the mental approach to the game. When age appropriate, the staff helps guide the players throughout the evaluation and recruiting process and uses its vast network of relationships throughout collegiate baseball to assist with placement in a college program.
"Players are fortunate to be part of NCDB because the people involved with the organization are experienced and the fact that they do things the right way.  I wish I had access to an organization like NCDB when I was playing high school & travel ball.” - Elliot Johnson
Total players that have secured college scholarships as a result of instructional & placement assistance provided by members of NCDB staff
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Years of amateur baseball coaching experience
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Years of collegiate playing experience
58
Years of professional playing experience
31
Years of MLB executive experience
Years of working with muliple NCAA conferences & athletic programs
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Years of working with MLB & USA Baseball on youth & amateur participation growth initiatives
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"NCDB is a premier organization.  The NCDB staff is dedicated to your son, not only making him a better player but teaching life lessons along the way.  The extensive experience and knowledge the NCDB staff provides will prepare your son for the highest level of baseball." - Adam Libertore