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December Baseball Weekend Location changed to Helen McCall Park
Get Fit and Fabulous! While you wait!
College Prep and Exposure Programs

11u / 12u/ 13u/14u Tryout Helen McCall Park

November 21, 2013

We will be hosting a tryout for the spring season for the Florida Rays and the Emerald Coast Rippers on Saturday at 2 pm. Helen McCall Park. Make up tryouts will be Wednesday Dec. 11 and Wednesday Dec. 18 at 6 pm...

14u will be held on Sunday Dec. 15 at 2 pm and make ups will be on wed. Dec. 18th.



Trevor Stephan, Magnolia West High School 2014 Grad

November 19, 2013

My son Trevor played for Coach LC Smith this summer at a Perfect Game event in Florida.  We really didn't know what to expect, but it couldn't have been a better exoerience.

After the tournament, Coach Smith created an assessment and evaluation for my son for his online profile.  After this assessment, Trevor recruitment activity was outstanding (20 times the activity than Trevor's profile)  When Trevor verbally committed to Hill Junior College, I called the recruiting service (Fieldlevel) to downgrade and compliment their product, their representative told me to thank Coach Smith for the activity because his assessments are highly respected and he thought highly of your son.  I don't know what Coach Smith wrote because it is confidential, but we're very appreciative!

We've been a travel baseball family for a long time and our son is blessed to have an opportunity to play baseball beyond high school (we have seen a lot of good and bad coaches/teams).  Coach Smith's love of the game is easy to see and he's one of the really good guys we've came across on this journey.  

I highly reccommend Coach Smith and feel free to call me directly with any questions.



Bill Stephan

Trevor Stephan, 2014 Grad

Magnolia West High School, Texas

Hill Junior College

Florida Rays Want to thank their sponsors!

October 19, 2013


-The off-season is critical to staying on top of your skills while also allowing for the best time to improve on weaknesses and continue growing as a player in preperation for the upcoming Spring Season.

- Coach Ryan Lanpher is now setting up individual lessons as well as partner and group lessons covering anything from catching, to hitting and fielding, to all things baseball on Tuesdays, Fridays, and weekends. If one of these days does not fit your schedule, he will work to figure something out. If interested, contact him at or his cell at (816) 518 - 0648.

Florida Rays Elite have been busy!

New Elite Event Annouced! Prospectwire Fall National Championships! In Partnership with the Emerald Coast Baseball Academy. Click this link for more info!


Over the past several months.  The Florida Rays have fielded several rosters for events around the southeast.  Players from all over have had the opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in the country on some of the best fields in the United States.  It is very exciting to watch the guys go out everyday in 100 degree weather to work hard as they can to get exposure to the next level of baseball.  The Florida Rays are very excited and work hard to put a quality team on the diamond of the best players from our local area.

Tourneys played

  • WWBA Perfect Game National Championship at East Cobb, Marietta, GA
  • Prospect Wire/World Scout League East Coast Finals at NY Mets Complex, Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Chipola College, Marianna FL
  • University Of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
  • Northwest Florida State, Niceville, FL
  • WWBA Perfect Game Labor Day Classic, Terry Park, Ft Myers, FL
  • Under Armour Fall Classic Roger Dean Complex, Jupiter, FL


Sage Roberts- South Walton High School

Darren Hasch- Fort Walton Beach High School

Spencer Rackley- Niceville High School

Casey Wehrhahn- Fort Walton Beach High School

Alan Weidenhammer- Baker High School

Cody Moore- Niceville High School

Ashton Rogers- Mosley High School

Logan Meadows- Niceville High School

Taylor Fought- Choctawhatchee High School

Nick Boswell- Fort Walton Beach High School

Bowen McGuffin- Mosley High School

Nate Gilmore- Choctawhatchee High School

Drew Dungan- Niceville High School

Zach Lance-South Walton High School

Kevin Jones- Fort Walton Beach High School

Reilly Reitsma- Arnold High School

Connor Greene- Mosley High School

Brett Hale- Choctawhatchee High School

Chris Crotzer- Louisville, KY

Frazier Shultz- Fort Walton Beach High School

Tyler Megill- Choctawhatchee High School

Nick Rathke-Fort Walton Beach High School

Zach Shields- Niceville High School

Trevor Stephan-Magnolia West High School, Magnolia, TX

Darren Hasch- Fort Walton Beach High School

Tyler Do- South Fork High School, Stuart, FL

Marc Thomas- Port St. Lucie High School

Lance Hopper-Fort Walton Beach High School

Dakota Middleton-Navarre High School

Peyton Calhoun- Mosley High School

Michael Carver- Niceville High School

Carson Cooke- Conway High School, AR

Jordan Frederick- Minnesota

Angelo Winings- Dallas, TX

Ethan Hess-Mosley High School

Kevin Moreno-Alonzo Mourning High School, Miami, FL

Hunter Christensen- Provo, UT 

Emerald Coast Fall Round Robin

September 26, 2013

Congrats to The Emerald Coast Rippers for Winning the Emerald Coast Round Robin Tournament!!


12u Fall Rays Announced

September 6, 2013

Great Job Guys!! See you at practice on Sunday at 1!


DJ Smith

Cameron Bruce

Tommy McCoy

Ethan Parker

Clayton Hoskins

Warrick Walmont

Matthew Rusnak

Thayne Strickland

Collin Fuller

Ethan McVey

Ethan Karian

Austin Estes

8u Rays Fall Baseball 2013

8U Rays Fall 2013 Baseball Team

Gavin Garrity 
Trey - bashers 
Payton - bashers 
Gavin - bashers 
Practice - Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SWHS Softball Field - 5:30 to 7:30
Contact Coach Ross - 850-974-2375 - if you are unable to make it.

MLB Endorsement

L.C. Smith has played, coached and trained with some of the biggest names in baseball. His integrity and passion for the game of baseball has provided him with opportunities to coach all over the planet.


If your interested in your son getting quality baseball instruction and guidance through the recruitment process, then LC Smith is your guy. I have known him for years and the passion he has for the game and the players is second to none.

Jonathan Papelbon - Closer - Philadelphia Phillies
World Series Champion
5 time MLB All Star
Boston Red Sox career saves leader
Fastest Pitcher in MLB history to 200 saves

If you are interested in a training session please contact at and secure your spot. 

Dominican Republic Blog

Oriet Supple one of Team Avenues International Coordinator's kept a blog while in the Dominican Republic.  Click or cut and paste the link to your browser to see some good photos.  Enjoy

18u Florida Rays Elite

The Florida Rays will be fielding an 18u Elite Team this summer to compete in some of the most highly scouted events in the southeast.  If you are interested in playing for the 18u Florida Rays Elite please submit a player information sheet located in our handouts section along with a video to

Upcoming Events: PG and PW events are almost full, still looking for a few players!


June 19- Team MaxBat Showcase- Jet Stadium- Fort Walton Beach, FL

June 28-July 2 Perfect Game WWBA National Championship - Marietta, GA - East Cobb ComplexJuly 12-16 Prospect World Finals East - Port St. Lucie, FL - New York Mets Complex 


July 26-28 University of North Florida- Jacksonville, FL - UNF and Jacksonville Univ.

August 30-July 1 Perfect Game Labor Day Classic- Ft Myers, FL- Red Sox

September 21-22 Under Armour All American-Jupiter, FL-St Louis Cardinals Complex

18u Rays Elite Roster: Roster changes per event-please check

Team MaxBat and ECSA Team up for College Exposure Showcase

June 19, 2013 – 02:00 PM

One of the main goals of the Emerald Coast Sports Academy is helping players achieve their dream of playing baseball at the next level.  The past several seasons has seen over 100 players from our area get an opportunity to play at the next level.  Recruitment and getting the proper advise during this process is critical to maximizing your players overall opportunities.  The ECSA’s recruiting program is second to none.  Continuing on our success the ECSA has partnered with Team MaxBat to bring our area a rare opportunity.  All players grades 9th -12th and Junior College are invited to participate in the Emerald Coast Collegiate Showcase at Jet Stadium, Fort Walton Beach, Florida on June 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

·         Team MaxBat is a nationally viewed recruiting database that links players to colleges and scouts all over the United States

·         Team MaxBat helps players understand eligibility for all levels NJCAA, NAIA, NCAA

·         Team MaxBat hosts showcases and camps year round looking for players to get to the next level and participate on their national teams

·         Players will receive an evaluation, online profile and video that can be used for recruitment

·        Seattle Mariners, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Minnesota State-Mankato (D2), Southwest State-Marshall (D2), Grand View University (NAIA), Holy Cross (NAIA), Jefferson Davis CC, Wallace State-Selma, Peru State (NAIA), Bethany Lutheran College and more…

·         The ECSA has reserved a special rate for this event:

·         original price $200-charged at all other events        ECSA Price $75 (add $25 for video!!)

·         All Players grades 9th -12th and Junior College Players are welcome

·         Where:  Jet Stadium, 11 Jet Dr. Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548

·         When:  June 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Follow the 12u Florida Rays in Cooperstown!

June 6, 2013

Follow the Rays by going to the Cooperstown on viewing and register to watch all the games live! We are Rays Baseball. Go Rays!

The 12u Florida Rays are in Cooperstown to play at Dreams Park.  The top 100 12u baseball teams in the country are all headed to Cooperstown, New York this week to play.  The Rays will play 7 pool play games at one of the best complexes in the country.  Our boys have been working since November 2012 towards getting to this tournament.  We are the only organization in the panhandle that has a bid and playing in this event.  The hard work, long hours of fundraising, practicing, playing tourneys and organizing travel and uniforms will pay off this week.  Thank you to all the sponsors, parents, friends, coaches and partners who have made this possible.  Our favorite local umpire Cornell is also going with our boys to Cooperstown.  Good Luck guys and have fun!  GO RAYS!

Coach Ryan Lanpher recognized as the first ever player to return as a head coach and bring a team!

9U Rays win USSSA Cinco De Mayo

May 5, 2013

The 9u Rays go into Panama City and clobber the competition and win their 3rd straight championship at the USSSA Cinco De Mayo Tourney.  The Rays Scored 50 runs and gave up 8 over 4 games.


-The off-season is critical to staying on top of your skills while also allowing for the best time to improve on weaknesses and continue growing as a player in preperation for the upcoming Spring Season.

- Coach Ryan Lanpher is now setting up individual lessons as well as partner and group lessons covering anything from catching, to hitting and fielding, to all things baseball on Tuesdays, Fridays, and weekends. If one of these days does not fit your schedule, he will work to figure something out. If interested, contact him at or his cell at (816) 518 - 0648.


The 12U Rays were able to put together another nice weekend of baseball going 5-0 in the South Alabama USSSA Wood Bat Tournament at Orange Beach winning their third consecutive tournament championship

Upcoming Events for the Rays!

The Florida Rays players have been hard at it since January and are coming up on the summer quick!  Several of our players are having a blast and playing all over the Emerald Coast with South Walton Recreation League, Destin Little League, Freeport Dixie, Niceville Little League, Bruner Middle School, Pryor Middle School, Meigs Middle School, Davidson Middle School, Destin Middle School, Seaside Neighborhood School, Freeport Middle, Walton Middle, Ruckel, Emerald Coast and Lewis Middle Schools.  Overall alot of baseball is being played and we are so happy to be a part of these players growth in baseball.  During this busy time we want every player to remember to get their school work done on time and stay on top of their grades!  School always come first!

This summer the Florida Rays will be fielding their 18u Rays Elite that will compete for the Perfect Game WWBA National Championships at East Cobb in Atlanta Georgia.

Several players will also be heading to the Dominican Republic to train with some of the best coaches and players on the planet!  Spots are still available for this unbelievable trip!  Contact Coach LC Smith if you are interested.

The 12u Rays will be headed to Cooperstown in June and compete against the best teams in the country and visit the Hall of Fame!

There will also be players going to Beijing, China for the International Boys Baseball Championships this August.  The Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and 8 days of baseball on an international stage will be in store!  Ages 12u, 15u, 18u are all welcome please contact LC Smith

Florida Rays Travel Baseball 2013

The Florida Rays Travel Baseball teams are off to a great start of the 2013 Spring!  We have played in several tournaments already and the 8u, 9u, 11u, 12u and 13u have all brought home some hardware and played some very good baseball in all age groups.  Thank you to all the great parents who get these boys to practices and tournaments every week! Please visit our facebook page or our page


The ECSA would like to thank all the teams that played in the Second Annual Spring Training at the Beach!  The sportsmanship and kind words are very much appreciated.  Even though it was cold we saw a lot of smiles on kids having fun playing baseball.

Also a BIG THANK YOU to Nicole Smith for her tireless efforts to make this tourney run smoothly as it did.  Steve Gornto was magic as usual and we could not have pulled this off without you.  Coaches Brad Beauchamp and Gil Tussey made sure the fields were ready to play and kept their respective age groups running on time. 

The rain got us this year at first but we stuck to it and gave these kids a great local opportunity to play ball!

We hope to see you all again real soon and next year at our 3rd Spring Training at the Beach!

Taylor Fought Signs with Jeff Davis Community College!

18u Florida Rays and Choctawhatchee Senior Shortstop signs with Jeff Davis Community College!  We are very proud of Taylor and he will make a huge impact both offensively and defensively for the War Hawks in 2013-2014!




Get Fit and Fabulous! While you wait!

January 29, 2013



Tired of just sitting and waiting on practice to finish or wish you had something to do for those hours every afternoon spent at the park?

The ECSA and Kendyl Mygatt have a great opportunity for you to get fit while you wait!  Get motivated and do the exercise your body needs to stay healthy.  Please contact Kendyl Mygatt at to set up an appointment.  Simply tell her when and where your practice is being held at and get your body moving!  This will be a high intensity type of workout with alot of total body exercises and cardio vascular training to get your heart and overall body in shape.


Florida Rays Travel Baseball Team

The Florida Rays Travel Baseball (FRTB) Teams are organized to develop motivated players and compete in regional and national events.  FRTB Teams range from 8u-14u during the Spring Season and 8u-19u during the Summer and Fall Seasons.  FRTB is proud to have professional coaches that have played/coached at an elite level.  These instructors are the backbone of our organization and they show it every practice with their wealth of knowledge that they pass on to their players. FRTB continuously preaches hard work and good sportsmanship above all else.  A team play philosophy is carried on at every age level.  Since the inception of the Rays Youth Sports Program we have had over 200 players wear the Rays emblem into competition and over 500 games have been played.  We may not win every game or tournament, but our players understand that they must reflect and work toward their goals at all times.  Ted Williams said it best, "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed 3 times out of 10 and be considered a good performer."  At FRTB we love baseball and it shows in our passion out on the field!  GO RAYS!

Emerald Coast Sports Academy to Host 2nd Annual Pitch Hit and Run Competition

April 27, 2013 – 10:00 AM

Make plans to be at Morgan Park in Destin Florida

Saturday, April 27th

for the MLB Pitch Hit and Run Competition!

Hosted by Emerald Coast Sports Academy

Registration begins at 10:00 am

Last year we had 4 regional finalist, 2 state finalist and

Samantha Sherer was the National Champion

from our Destin competition

and competed at the MLB All Star Game!

The Event is 100% FREE of charge!

Mark your Calendar and see you Saturday March 16th!

Florida Rays Shine in USSSA!

The 2012 Spring and Summer season was a great experience this year as our organization expanded to several new age groups and added dozens of new players and very supportive parents and coaches.
The following Rays teams were recognized by USSSA in the Rankings:
8u Rays #1 in North Florida
10u Rays #8 in North Florida
11u Rays #3 in North Florida
12u Rays #17 in North Florida
13u Rays #2 in North Florida and #16 in Nation!

We are very thankful of everyone who brought water, gatorade, washed uniforms, car pooled players and sacrificed to make their teams succesful. We are continually trying to improve our teams and could not do it without our support system and sponsors. Sunburst Beach Vacations, 98 BBQ, Mand Services, Boswell Properties of NW Florida, Hensel Phelps Construction, Cherry Financial, Coastal Business Products, Cheeseburger In Paradise, Aireserv, Destin Plastic Surgery and many more sponsors and parents went out of their way to help these kids. Thank you.

Former Rays Coach Scott Kirby Wins Homerun Derby vs MLB Stars!

December 9, 2012

Softball pro defeats major leaguers in home run derby

Scott Kirby takes Home Run Derby

Scott Kirby out-blasted Chris Gatewood 5-3 in the final round to win the event's title. Over three rounds, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Kirby, who said he is a contract player for Easton, belted 17 home runs. Gatewood, a big, 6-foot-3, 295-pound slugger, also hit 17 home runs in the event – only coming up short in the final round.

“This was awesome,” Kirby said. “It was a lot of fun.”

While Gatewood might not have taken home the title, his towering shots – he hit several that seemed to still be rising as they cruised over the lights and out of the park – may have been the night's highlight.

“He was bombing them,” Kirby said. “Anybody that did not get to watch this missed Chris putting on a show.”

Count St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina as one who was impressed.

“It was amazing to see the ball flying that far,” Molina said. “It was unbelievable to see how they could do that.”

Molina was the only major leaguer to advance past the event's first round. He hit two home runs in that round, but managed just one in the second round. His brothers – Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Molina and retired major league catcher Bengie Molina – did not fare as well. Bengie hit one home run in the first round while Jose went homerless. Fellow St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz also went homerless in the first round.


The 11U Rays finished the Fall season off right by winning the USSSA End of the Year Battle over the weekend in Pace. The Rays went 3-1 over the weekend on their way to bringing home the hardware. The Rays came back from a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the sixth of an elimination game before rallying and winning. The Rays maintained their focus and played great in an intense and exciting championship game and came out on top 6-4.


Advanced Preseason Baseball Camp

Sting Rays win TBUSA Fall Championship! 13u Rays finish Runner up

November 4, 2012

The Florida Sting Rays went out and won the Travel Ball USA Fall Championship this past weekend. Our boys punded out hits and scored runs to capture the Championship. Stone Bailey dominated opponents again as the 11u LHP maxed out his innings and become the TBUSA 11u Fall Championship MVP.
The 13u Rays represented well too, Bryson Mitchum won the HR Derby and the infield brought home the around the horn championship. The 13u Rays also finished runner up in the tourney. Great job coaches and players! We are sooo proud of you!

Pitcher Catcher Camp December 15, 2012 10 am

November 13, 2012 – 10:00 AM

Aaron Barrett selected to Rising Stars Game on MLB

November 3, 2012
Rising Stars Game rosters packed with prospects!

AZ Fall League's showcase set for Saturday, airs live on, MLB Network at 7:00 pm CST.

Aaron Barrett a RHP for the Washington Nationals was selected to the elite group of Rising Stars in the MLB. The Arizona Fall League is an invite only for the MLB's top prospects and there are only 6 teams in the league. He has had a great Fall and is on the #1 team (Salt River Rafters) in the league. Aaron Barrett will be working with the Emerald Coast Sports Academy and the Florida Rays upon finishing the season and will train locally during the offseason.

The ECSA 2nd Annual Winter Warmup Baseball Camp will feature Aaron Barrett this year along with other highly qualified instructors.

Good Luck Aaron!

Emerald Coast Sports Academy to Host Fall Ball Round Robin

October 21, 2012
The Emerald Coast Sports Academy is proud to host our second Fall Ball Round Robin Tournament. These events are organized to promote baseball education to dedicated young players who have chosen to work on their game year round. This event will be held at the beautiful Freeport Regional Sports Complex in Hammock Bay near Freeport FL on October 21, 2012. There will be no entry fee, no gate fees but a tasty concession stand will be on site for your enjoyment. Umpire fees will be split between the teams and we will play ball! Thanks to all the teams for their support and the families donating their time to the preparation of the event.

Rays bring home the Championship!

Congrats to the Rays! Coach Brad Beauchamp and the gang bring home another trophy in Marianna, FL at the Travel Ball USA "Around the Horn" going 3-1 on the way to winning the Championship Trophy scoring 19 runs to finish the tourney! GO RAYS!

Stone Bailey No-Hitter

Coach Jon Sintes and Stone Bailey enjoy a the tournament hardware with Stone's game ball from his no-hitter!

15U TEAM AVENUE ACES Runner Up 4-2-0 RECORD AT 22nd BEIJING International Championships

August 10, 2012
Coach LC Smith lead the 15u Aces into Beijing China along with 2 other Florida Rays Brandon Edelman and Jeff Leach. It was a great experience and will change our lives forever.
Game 6: Continuing their winning streak, the Aces beat first place team Beijing 13th, 9-2.
The Aces blew out Beijing 13th 9-2 on Sunday at Beijing China after pouring on seven runs in the fourth inning. Parker Allen racked up 2 RBIs when he homered in the fourth inning. Cole Ensing had 3 runs triple. Matthew Mino went 2-2 with a walk and scored a run. DaXavier Lasane walked twice, had a double and scored a run.
Game 5: The Aces 15U fourth-inning burst enough to top Japan Chiba, 7-0.
The Aces beat Japan Chiba 7-0 in six innings on Saturday at Beijing, China after a four-run explosion in the fourth inning. Matthew Mino had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. He tripled in the second inning and homered in the fourth inning. Mino and Lasane DaXavier teamed up for six hits and four RBIs while Jesse Aghadjian-Newbrough RBI single scored the first run of the game. Japan Chiba's lineup had no answer for Aces pitchers Liam McKenzie and Cole Ensing. McKenzie gave up just one hit in three innings, and Ensing held Japan Chiba hitless over the next three innings, allowing no runs.
Game 4: Early lead gives the Team Avenue Aces 15U easy victory over Beijing Fengtai, 12-2.
The Aces shut the door early on Beijing Fengtai, capturing a 12-2 victory on Saturday at Beijing, China. The game was decided quickly as the Aces exerted their will early with 3 runs in the first inning. A groundout by Cole Ensing and a two-
run single by Parker Allen in the first inning helped the Aces put some runs on the board early. The Aces increased their lead with seven runs in the third. A single by Matthew Mino ignited the offense scoring Liam McKenzie. Jeffrey Leach racked up three RBIs on two hits. He singled in the first inning and tripled in the third inning. Parker Allen walked, had two hits and scored 2 runs. Brandon Edelman had two hits, reached base on error and scored two runs. Starter Griffin Sharp allowed just one earned run, while Cole Ensing was in control on the mound. Ensing gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his 2 1/3 innings of work.
Game 3: Edelman, Hankes, and Leach team up for no-hitter in 11-5 victory over Beijing Fengtai.
Ten runs in the first three innings helped the Aces secured the first win over Beijing Fengtai on Friday at Beijing, China. The Aces took an early lead, 2-0, but Fengtai quickly matched with a four-run inning of its own in the first. The scoreboard lit up again for the Aces when DaXavier Lasane, Matthew Mino, Cole Ensing and Liam McKenzie combined for seven hits and seven RBIs. An RBI double by Ensing and an RBI single by Edleman during the first inning, and a fielder's choice, a two-run double by Cole, and an RBI triple by Liam McKenzie in the second inning fueled the Aces's offense early. The game was back-and-forth heading into the second, with four lead changes. The Aces piled on four more runs in the top of the third. A hit into a fielder's choice scored Parker Allen and Matthew Mino to get the Aces on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Lasane's triple, bringing home Dent Cooper and Griffin Sharp. After pushing across one run in the bottom of the fourth, Beijing Fengtai faced a 10-5 deficit. An error sparked Beijing Fengtai's rally, but the Aces closed the game out when Jeffrey Leach got the Beijing Fengtai’s cleanup hitter to strike out.
Aces’s pitchers Brandon Edelman, Devyn Hankes and Jeffery Leach joined forces to throw a no-hitter in five innings.
Game 2: The Aces and Beijing 13 played to a 7-8 loss on Thursday.
Beijing 13 jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first. #20 kicked things off for Beijing 13 with a single. An error then moved #20 from first to third. Beijing 13 added more runs when scored on a two-run double by #18 and scored on a groundout by #11. After a quick strike from Beijing 13, the Aces responded with four runs in the first. The Aces scored on a three-run home run by Cole Ensing and an RBI single by Dent Cooper. The Aces answered Beijing 13's top inning with two runs of their own in the second. The Aces scored on a solo home run by Cole and an RBI single by Brandon Edleman.
Game 1: Despite hit advantage, Team Avenue Aces 15U drops 4-3 game to Japan Chiba.
The Aces lost 4-3 in six innings at Beijing China on Thursday, despite outhitting Japan Chiba eight to six. Cole Ensing was hot from the plate for the Aces. Cole went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the third inning and tripled in the fifth inning.

Rex Rutledge signs with Springhill College

South Walton High School All Star Catcher Rex Rutledge has committed and signed a scholarship to attend Springhill College in Mobile, Alabama. The 6'5" standout catcher and pitcher has a bright future on and off the field. He is truly a testament that if you work hard and focus on your goals you can accomplish them. Rex will be a big assett and has a huge upside athletically for Springhill College. Rex has anchored the 18u Rays catching position and been a crucial part of our success over the past year. Good Luck Rex!

Pensacola State College Tournament

July 13, 2012
The ECSA and Florida Rays 18u Baseball will be hosting a tournament at Pensacola State College July 13-15, 2012. This will be 4 game guarantee with 5 teams maximum. Bull Pen Bulls from Warner Robins, Crusader Baseball, Green Sox and Titus Sports from Tallahassee are already committed.
3:00PM Bulls vs Green Sox
5:30PM Rays vs Catholic
8PM Catholic vs Bulls
9:30AM Rays vs Bulls
12PM Bulls vs Titus
2:30PM Rays vs Green Sox
5PM Catholic vs Titus
7:30PM Green Sox vs Catholic
10AM Titus vs Rays
12:30PM Titus vs Green Sox

13u Rays USSSA World Series Runner Up

July 7, 2012
The 13U Rays started the World Series off with two demanding victories to earn themselves the overall number 1 seed headed into bracket play with a combined score of 19-2 in pool play. The first bracket game was a nail biter as the Rays fought to come from behind in the last inning to get the win 4-3 over the Texas Warriors. Day 2 of bracket play fell nothing short of a nail biter as well. Game 2 against the Alabama Thunder was close all the way through. Hagen Brown pitched an unbelievable game of 6 innings with a total of 12 strikeouts. However, the Rays just couldn’t hold the 2-0 lead and ended up losing a heartbreaker in the last inning. Facing elimination from that point on the Rays just never quit and never said die. It came down to the Rays last out in the bottom of the seventh against the Kentucky 9 Strong ball club to scratch their way back into the game and eventually win it in extra innings.(Jeff Leach and Hagen Brown both had multi-hit games including Hagen’s walk-off double).
The Rays were now faced with what seemed to be the impossible task of winning 4 consecutive games in a day to make it to the championship with game times at 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. GAME ONE of this treacherous path meant beating the Atlanta Southside All-Stars. With their backs against the wall the Rays were losing 2-0 headed into the bottom of the sixth but refused to lose; scoring 4 runs in the 6th to seal the victory 4-2 with a great team win as there was nobody with multiple hits. (Mathew Boswell and Judd Barth combined to get the win). GAME TWO the Rays faced off with the Georgia Dragons. The Rays wasted no time in this game as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back sealing the victory with a score of 6-1 and eliminating the Dragons. (Stanford Beauchamp, Hagen Brown, and Bailey Miller all added RBI’s). GAME THREE was against a much bigger WireGrass Cardinals team but again the Rays refused to be intimidated or looked past. The Rays jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Judd Barth’s RBI double and Chandler Carlisle’s RBI single in the 1st inning but the Cardinals fought back to gain a 6-2 lead before the Rays answered back with a huge 6-run third inning to make it an 8-6 ball game. The game didn’t change a much until the top half of the 6th inning when the Cardinals hit a 2-run homerun to tie the game at 8, but yet again, the Rays refused to go down as they continuously showed their giant hearts to compete. In the bottom of the sixth, again facing their last out, the Rays scratched a run across for another walk-off victory winning 9-8. (Stanford Beauchamp had multiple two-strike hits and RBI’s). GAME 4 of the afternoon was against the Georgia Elite to go to the championship. The Rays were quickly down 4-1 but were able to limit the damage and keep Elite from scoring anymore as the Rays scratched their way back into the game before tying it up at four against the Elite’s ace pitcher (who was genuinely one of the bigger guys in the whole park, parents included). AGAIN, the Rays faced their last out of the inning before putting the pressure on the Elite and making them falter as the Rays won again in a walk-off victory 5-4! (Austin Lawnicaak, Mathew Boswell, Peyton Calhoun, Judd Barth, Austin Garofalo, and Chandler Carlyle all added clutch base-hits to get the win). GAME FIVE – THE CHAMPIONSHIP. The Rays facing their 5th game in a row in ONE DAY were unable to get the wheels rolling in this one against the Atlanta Elevate squad. The Rays still refused to go down quietly and without a fight but were simply too tired and too exhausted to continue to compete at their highest level and eventually fell to the Elevate and received the 13U USSSA World Series Runner-Up.
This 13U Rays team showed everything and more in what it is to compete and never give up. During this World Series run the Rays fought from behind to get comeback victories in 5 games, including 4 walk-off victories. To see these kids so happy and constantly rushing out of the dugout victorious is something to grab hold of. As a coach and watching all of this unfold in front of me I was truly amazed. I don’t think I have ever seen such heart and endurance in a group of guys, let alone 13 year old kids. These kids stuck together and believed in themselves when all odds were against them, and for that, I am thankful to have been a part of it and been able to watch it happen. Each and every one of these Rays players are the definition of a champion. These kids left absolutely nothing on the field and gave it everything they had and then some. Without a doubt, this is something these kids and I will be remembering for a very, very long time.
Special thanks to all the parents, family, and friends that came out to support the Rays while supplying food, water, drinks, and wet towels during such a long Saturday. I know it was an extremely long day for all involved but I know appreciated the help and support as I know the kids all appreciated it as well…

Congratulations Addison Russell, Miguel Paulino, Patrick Ervin and Mac Seibert IV

Congratulations to Addison Russell of Pace High School on being selected as the 11th overall pick in the 1st round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. The Oakland Athletics selected Addison who played for Coach LC Smith when he was a 15u-16u player. It was truly exciting being a part of Addison's development and exposure on the national scene in 2009. Addison played SS and pitched for Coach Smith as the Mustangs competed for the Perfect Game World Wood Bat National Championships. It started in Fort Myers with the Memorial Day Classic and his baseball talents were exposed to numerous scouts throughout the southeast as we played major events every other weekend and he continued to produce at a high level. The Rays wish him continued success and good health as he becomes a professional MLB Star!
Miguel Paulino has been a standout at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach over the past 4 seasons. Miguel was drafted in the 27th round by the Detroit Tigers and has already committed to the University of West Florida to play baseball. Miguel is a talent both on the field and in the classroom. It was truly a blessing to have coached Miguel with the Rays and we are very proud of him!
Patrick Ervin was drafted in the 39th Round by the New York Mets. A standout middle infielder at Pace High School has always been smooth with the glove and a terror from the left side of the plate. It was very exciting helping Patrick and his family through the recruiting process. Patrick has signed a scholarship to play at the University of North Florida. Pat played for coach Smith as a promising young 15u player and most recently in the Panhandle Classic High School All Star Game.
Mac Seibert IV was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 36th Round as a 2B. Mac played for coach Smith on the same team with Patrick as a promising young 15u player and in the recent Panhandle Classic High School All Star Game. Mac caught and played every position he was asked growing up and is really a testament to hard work and heart. The Rays wish all of these fine young men the best of luck and good health on their future career paths.

Ryan Lanpher-12u Rays Coach and catching instructor

A native of Blue Springs, MO., Lanpher was a letter winner in baseball and football at Blue Springs High School. Lanpher began playing competitive baseball around the age of 8. After completing high school and twice being named to the All-Legion Team for the Kansas City metro area, Lanpher began his collegiate career as a red-shirt at Division II, Missouri Western State University before transferring to nationally-ranked Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Mo. After playing two years at Maple Woods, Lanpher transferred to Peru State for his junior and senior seasons. While at Peru State College, Lanpher was a MCAC Scholar-Athlete as well as team captain. Lanpher also played in the Colorado Mountain Collegiate Summer League as well as being named to the Ban Johnson Collegiate League All-Star team. Lanpher spent most of his 19 year playing career as a catcher, but also spent time at first base and on the mound.
Most recently, Lanpher graduated with a Bachelors of Science in English and certification in education while coaching the last two seasons at Peru State College, where they won their first conference championship before being eliminated in the semi-finals of the school’s first appearance at the National Tournament. Lanpher also spent time coaching a collegiate summer team in the Strike Zone Upper Deck League in Omaha, Nebraska.
Coach Lanpher will assist with all age groups during tournament play and all camps and clinics the Rays and ECSA will conduct throughout the summer and fall. We are very excited to have Ryan on board. Contact Coach Ryan Lanpher to schedule a lesson for catching, hitting or anything baseball related at

Bryce Farrar commits to Florida A & M University

Vernon High School standout and 18u Florida Rays shortstop Bryce Farrar has signed his national letter of intent and scholarship to play Division I baseball for the Florida A & M University Rattlers. Bryce has worked hard and has earned everything that has came his way. We are very proud of Bryce and wish him luck on his freshmen year!

10u Rays Runner up at USSSA Heat is On IV

May 20, 2012
Congratulations to the 10u Rays finishing runner up in Enterprise, AL at the USSSA Heat is On IV!!!

7th Annual Panhandle All Star Classic

May 29, 2012 – 04:30 PM
The 7th Annual High School All Star Panhandle Classic for baseball and softball will be held tonight at Arnold High School. There will be a HR derby held prior to the event. We are very proud that several Florida Rays Baseball players have been selected, Brendan Leach, Rex Rutledge, Angus Anderson, Alex Astin, Trey Marshall, Ian Hok, Ryan Gilbert, Miguel Paulino and Kyle Slingerland. Coach LC Smith has been asked for the 2nd year in a row to assist with the game and HR Derby.

18u Rays Alex Astin signs with Piedmont College

South Walton High School senior and Florida Rays Travel Baseball 18u player Alex Astin is headed to Piedmont College to further his baseball and educational career. We are very proud of Alex and all his hard work over the past few years. Good Luck Alex!

MLB Pitch Hit and Run Champs!

The Emerald Coast Sports Academy and Florida Rays Travel Baseball is very proud of our local players! Luke Edelman, Samantha Sherer and Drake Roberts all win the Tallahassee sectional! Jeff Leach is runner up. They await to see who will be invited to the Regional competition in June at the Tampa Rays game!!!

12u Rays and 13u Rays play for Championships!

May 6, 2012
The 12u and 13u Rays played in the USSSA Fun in the Sun II championship games on Sunday May 6th in Panama City, FL. Both teams played some solid games over the weekend and every player contributed to their success. The 13u finished champs and was lead by strong pitching and defense mixed with some timely hitting. Nash Rutledge, Hagen Brown and Chandler Carlyle all went deep for the Rays on their way to winning the USSSA Global World Series Qualifier hosted by USP. (above)
The 12u Rays Tyler Holland hit a HR to seal a victory vs the Benders on Saturday to secure the #2 seed and opened with a win early on Sunday morning vs the Bashers. They could not overcome an early deficit to the Cardinal Sports Academy and finished Runner up. (below)

10u Runners Up and 11u Champs at USSSA Troy Slugfest

April 29, 2012
The 10u Rays battled all the way to the Championship game on a hot Sunday afternoon in Troy. The 10u finished strong as the Runner Up.
The 11u went undefeated 4-0 and won the Troy Slugfest. It took every player contributing to get our Rays to the Championship games. This was an unbelievable baseball weekend with our players getting to run on the field for the national anthem of the Troy University Baseball game versus Florida Atlantic University. Several players got autographs, official game balls and pictures as well as a short speech from the Coach of the Trojans! GO RAYS!

ECSA to Host MLB's Pitch Hit and Run

April 21, 2012 – 09:30 AM
The Emerald Coast Sports Academy is proud to host the Local 2012 MLB Pitch Hit and Run sponsored by Aquafina


Each Event Champion advances to the Sectional Competition. You must provide me with a official Birth Certificate to advance. The venue and date will not be disclosed until all Local Competitions have been completed throughout the United States some time in May. Thank you all for your support. Please visit for all information.

13/14u Boys

All Around Champion-Jeff Leach 1057 points

Hit Champion-Jeff Leach 322

Run Champion-Grant Leuze 395

Pitch Champion-Jeff Leach 375

13/14u Girls

All Around Champion, Hit Champion, Pitch Champion, Run Champion- Laura Hydle 675 points

11/12u Boys

All Around Champion-Harrison Brice 846 points

Hit Champion-Tristan Keith and Adam Hydle tied 300 points (both advance)

Run Champion-Devin Young 331 points

Pitch Champion-Harrison Brice 450 points

11/12u Girls

All Around Champion,Hit Champion,Run Champion,Pitch Champion-Hannah Langston 568 points

9/10u Boys

All Around Champion-Peter Blech 656 points

Hit Champion-Hayden Hubbard 156

Run Champion-Drake Roberts 272

Pitch Champion-Peter Blech 300

9/10u Girls

All Around Champion-Emmalie Langston 692 points

Hit Champion-Emmalie Langston 158

Run Champion-Ashby Deep 316

Pitch Champion-Emmalie Langston 225

7/8u Boys

All Around Champion-Addison Gammons 659 points

Hit Champion-Luke Edelman 166

Run Champion-Judah McCoy 145

Pitch Champion-Addison Gammons 375

7/8u Girls

All Around Champion-Samantha Sherer 614 points

Hit Champion-Samantha Sherer 158

Run Champion-Samantha Sherer 306

Pitch Champion-Kerrstin Embry & Ellie Pavey & Samantha Sherer 150 pts. (tied and all 3 advance)

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Rays meet MLB players

The Rays players have been very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time this year. Above 8U Rays Cooper Richards spots CY Young Winner and World Series Champion Cris Carpenter at an airport. And below Tyler Beauchamp is hanging with David Wells (aka Boomer) lhp World Series Champion for the Yankees. Tyler and Stanford also met Hall Of Famer Goose Gossage!

Good Luck Guys!

Devante Taylor and JD Little have helped us out this winter with camps and clinics. Both are former players of coach Smith and we want to wish them good luck on their freshman seasons!

Florida Rays Travel Baseball

The Florida Rays Travel Baseball Team is dedicated to providing the youth of Okaloosa, Walton and surrounding counties with a safe and educational environment to learn the fundamentals of baseball and the core values of responsibility, integrity and accountability. We are very lucky to be blessed with wonderful weather, facilities, coaches and families that support a year round baseball program. The Florida Rays organization wants to continually thank our parents and sponsors for supporting and nurturing our program this past year and for years to come. Go Rays!

11U Rays Bring Home the Hardware

Front Row: Christian, Coley, Jared, Collin, HB, Kai
Back Row: Coach LC Smith, Cole, Nolan, Kyle, Chase, Taylor, Coach Rick Miles

The 11U Rays placed 2nd in TravelBallUSA's Big Stick Smash. They had wins over the Dothan Cardinals, Wiregrass Sluggers and The Benders before coming up short in the Championship Game against a team literally without a name. Kyle "Bisquick" Johnson pitched a gem in the semi with a save by Coley Embry to beat The Benders 4-3 on way to the Championship. The Rays took the lead in the Championship game on a 3 run homer by Chase "Meat" Miles. Although good pitching performances were turned in by Cole Varner, Coley Embry and Chase Miles, the Rays came up short. The 11U Rays have now placed in 2 of 3 tournaments on the season. Great job guys!

8u Rays win the ASP Presidents Day Challenge!

February 19, 2012
The 8u Rays win their inaugural tournament at the ASP President's Day Challenge in Niceville Florida this past weekend. We are really proud of our little champs! Way to go guys, great job to our coaches too, Brad Beauchamp, Ken Richards and Mike Kestner!
Congratulations to the 10U Boys. This was a great season opener. The team played an outstanding tournament.

Florida Rays Travel Baseball