Fort Collins, CO -- While YouTube and social media standout Domingo Ayala continues his quest for a deserving spot in the big leagues, Triple Crown Baseball is refusing to wait around with the announcement that the all-category All-Star will appear at four TCS events in the summer of 2022.
The 2022 Domingo Ayala Tour will include stops at the Omaha SlumpBuster festival nights of June 16 and June 24, along with appearances at the TC World Series in Colorado’s Vail Valley on July 19 and July 26.
Ayala, who is said to have burst on the baseball scene in his native Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic at age 2, commands respect for his game today as (approximately) a 17-year-old phenom of the highest degree, with shocking pitching and batting stats to go with these other impressive numbers:
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“A home run is only as good as you make it look. That’s why you gotta pop the chain ERRYTINE,” Ayala said.
Ayala has performed in a variety of baseball settings over the years, from MLB clubhouses to youth fundraisers to corporate events. This will be the sixth year Domingo has displayed his wit and wondrous skillset at Triple Crown tournaments.
“Even though Domingo has a Hall-of-Fame resume, he’s always been happy to offer his insight and help players become great, although certainly not as great as he is,” said Brandon Hardy, SlumpBuster event director. “We’ll have him do the countdown for our Burning of the Bats fireworks show and stick around to visit with his adoring fans.”
Here’s the schedule for the 2022 Domingo Ayala TC Tour:
June 16 – Omaha SlumpBuster, Session 1
June 24 – Omaha SlumpBuster, Session 3
July 19 – TCS World Series, Vail Valley, CO
July 26 – TCS World Series, Vail Valley, CO
Six-Team Field Fires Up NCAA D-I Season Starting Feb. 10
FORT COLLINS, CO – Tournament officials continue to put the finishing touches on preparations for the 2022 PV College Challenge, which runs Feb. 10-13 and welcomes six NCAA D-I softball programs to Puerto Vallarta, MX and kicks off the 2022 season.
This year’s field for the event features Arkansas, Lamar, Long Beach, Memphis, Rutgers and Washington. Games are played at the refurbished Nancy Almaraz Field. Fans can purchase their all-tournament passes here: Triple Crown Sports
Here’s the schedule for the 2022 PV College Challenge:
Thursday, Feb. 10
10 a.m. – Rutgers vs. Arkansas
12:30 p.m. – Rutgers vs. Memphis
4 p.m. – Memphis vs. Lamar
6:30 p.m. – Lamar vs. Washington
Friday, Feb. 11
10 a.m. – Memphis vs. Long Beach
12:30 p.m. – Memphis vs. Arkansas
3 p.m. – Long Beach vs. Washington
6 p.m. – Lamar vs. Rutgers
8:30 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Washington
Saturday, Feb. 12
10 a.m. – Rutgers vs. Lamar
12:30 p.m. – Long Beach vs. Memphis
3 p.m. – Washington vs. Rutgers
6 p.m. – Long Beach vs. Arkansas
8:30 p.m. – Washington vs. Arkansas
Sunday, Feb 13
10 a.m. – Lamar vs. Long Beach
ARKANSAS (43-11) – The Razorbacks won the SEC last year for the first time, topping a daunting field of teams and reaching the NCAA Super Regionals. Three fifth-year seniors (Danielle Gibson, Hannah McEwen and Linnie Malkin) are the top returning hitters – Gibson had 15 home runs and 51 RBI, McEwen had a .476 on-base percentage and Malkin added 18 homers and 45 RBI. Classmate Mary Haff is back at pitcher; she was 26-7 last year with a 1.55 ERA. Head coach Courtney Deifel enters her seventh season; the team was 1-23 in the SEC her first year.
Arkansas Roster: Roster | Arkansas Razorbacks
LAMAR (8-43) – The Cardinals have impressive outfield speed and sharp batting eyes with sophomore Audry Fleming and senior Aleka Xayaseng; they are the top two returning players in terms of batting average and combined to steal 15 bases in 17 attempts. The roster features seven pitchers as Lamar tries to bring some clarity in the circle; senior Shelby Mixon has the most seasoning, getting 20 starts with nine complete games last season. Head coach Amy Hooks is entering her fourth season; she graduated from Texas as the program’s all-time leader in home runs.
Lamar Roster: 2022 Softball Roster - Lamar University Athletics (lamarcardinals.com)
LONG BEACH STATE (30-11) – The Beach had another strong year under head coach Kim Sowder, going 22-2 in the Big West and qualifying for the NCAA tournament for the 25th time in program history. A new primary pitcher needs to emerge; junior Samantha Fowler and sophomore Shannon Haddad combined to throw 112 innings last year, both showing promise. Naomi Hernandez appears ready to take advantage of her fifth-year option; she hit .383 last season and led the Beach in on-base percentage at .483. There are nine freshmen on the roster.
Long Beach Roster: 2022 Softball Roster - Long Beach State University Athletics
MEMPHIS (9-41) – The Tigers are hungry for a rebound year, with seniors Alyssa Dean and Kendall Lee ready to pounce after solid 2021 campaigns. Dean started all 50 games and hit .300 to go with six home runs, 24 runs and 19 RBI; Lee hit .286 in 46 starts and added 26 RBI. Senior outfielder Gracie Morton has started every game of her Tigers career and stole 10 bases in 2021. Things are wide open in terms of pitching; top returner is sophomore Hallie Siems, who started 13 game last season. Head coach Natalie Poole is in her 10th season.
Memphis Roster: 2022 Softball Roster - University of Memphis Athletics (gotigersgo.com)
RUTGERS (8-36) – The Scarlet Knights welcome back their two leading hitters in junior Payton Lincavage (starter at 3B for 42 games) and Gabrielle Callaway (44 starts at 1B). Lincavage hit .283 and led the team in runs (22), while Callaway hit .278 with team-best totals in hits, doubles, home runs and total bases. In the circle, primary pitcher Ashley Hitchcock (24 starts) is back, and the roster is looking for a boost at the position from freshmen Lilly Orozco and Georgia Ingle. Head coach Kristen Butler is entering her fourth season at Rutgers.
Rutgers Roster: 2022 Softball Roster - Rutgers University Athletics (scarletknights.com)
WASHINGTON (45-14) – The Huskies reached the NCAA Super Regionals before bumping into eventual champion Oklahoma. The team should again thrive thanks to graduate pitcher Gabbie Plain, 88-13 in four years at UW with a 1.41 ERA and opponents hitting just .168 overall. Senior Baylee Klinger hit .416 last season with 16 home runs and 53 RBI; classmate Sami Reynolds hit .321 and added 12 home runs. Head coach Heather Tarr (704 victories in 17 seasons at UW) was named the new head coach of the US National team last fall.
Washington Roster: 2022 Softball Roster - University of Washington Athletics (gohuskies.com)
FORT COLLINS, CO – Tournament officials with the Men’s Cancun Challenge have filled the final spot in the eight-team field for 2022, with Eastern Michigan heading to the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya to compete in the Mayan Division, with the games in Mexico slated for Nov. 22-23, 2022.
This will be the first trip to the Cancun Challenge for the Eagles; they will be joined in the Mayan Division with Purdue Fort Wayne, Southern Miss and Winthrop. The Riviera Division features Auburn, Bradley, Liberty and Northwestern.
The 2022 event marks the 15th annual Men’s Cancun Challenge. Games are played in a modified ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, a secure all-inclusive resort about 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen.
Fan packages are available -- learn more at this link or contact Sarah Molina at (970) 672-0533 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Discount expires soon for Colorado Baseball Series
Register by Friday, Jan. 7 for $50 price break
Happy New Year from the Triple Crown Colorado Baseball Division!
Be aware, we have an Early Entry Discount that expires this Friday, January 7, for entries in the upcoming Colorado Baseball Series. Only fully paid registrations are eligible for the $50 discount.
Right at 800 teams have already paid and penciled into our schedule, which kicks off with the March 12-13 DroughtBuster.
To secure your discount and for other TCS event info,
Joel De La Rosa
Seek and Deploy your 2022 Pathway Baseball plan
Start the new year by getting your program in step with Pathway Baseball, the 15u-18u solution for hundreds of players looking to find their best fit in the college game.
Pathway Baseball events are built on the fundamentals of offering great competition, with college coaches contracted and dedicated to tracking the action as they look for key additions to their roster. More than 500 players have signed out of our events since 2018!
It all begins with the popular Pathway Albuquerque event, set for June 14-18 (16u) and June 19-23 (17u/18u). You’ll see us all over the country (North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, Arizona, Utah) as we continue to connect talented student-athletes with the college programs that make the most sense.
Your 2022 softball season can take flight with a fun-packed trip to Oklahoma City for the Triple Crown OKC event, set for June 3-6 during the Women’s College World Series.
Not only are there opportunities to secure WCWS tickets, your team benefits in numerous ways by suiting up for this one:
In 2021, age group winners came from five states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas); it’s competition you might never see otherwise, making this a perfect way to kick off your summer schedule. Talk to your parents and clear the calendar!
Update on TC NIT; College Camps on hold
The TC NIT volleyball event (Feb. 18-21, 2022) has some fresh news we’d like to share.
First, our popular College Camp session set for Friday, Feb. 18 is subject to changes based on NCAA legislation, so we have suspended signups for the moment. We hope to have an update on this topic by Oct. 29.
Second, spectators at the TC NIT are required to PRE-PURCHASE their gate pass online before the event.
BUY GATE PASS
Tickets can be picked up at the KC Convention Center (Rooms 2205 and 2206):
Friday, Feb. 18 – 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19 – 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20 – 6:30 a.m.-noon
Chances are the bats, balls and uniforms are in storage, but you can still dream about next season. Triple Crown Baseball is right there with you!
For many 8u-14u teams, it all begins with the 2022 Arizona Spring Championships, played out in five sessions through March in greater Phoenix, right in the heart of MLB Spring Training. With a 4- or 6-game option, you can target the best fit around Spring Break and the MLB teams you want to see.
MLB SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
The Who’s Coming lists are now live; we have 100 teams already clearing their calendars! You can also start looking at hotel options; it’s always nice to get booked before the rush comes.
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With ideal sunny springtime conditions, there’s so much fun to be had at the games, hotel pool, team dinners – don’t forget the golf and shopping for the adults as well. Pencil in or secure your entry (no gate fees except for Session 3, and a dozen baseballs included) while it’s fresh in your mind!
We’re proud to make the Zoom Into June showcase event (June 10-13, 2022) an important tool to connect college programs and club softball student-athletes, which means we’re already adapting to how the new WCWS schedule affects everyone involved.
Here’s the tentative itinerary: Friday the 10th will kick things off with Showcase and All-Academic Games, while team games run the rest of the way, Saturday through Monday. We’ve moved the balance of our camps and clinics to Monday as well. Look for our Uncommitted 2021-22 Workout and our CSE session on Saturday, June 11.
What’s unchanged is the talent level and recruiting impact as we go to work (5 showcase games!) on fields in Chino Hills, Hemet and Riverside, CA. This is the first, best heavy-hitting softball showcase on the calendar, and we encourage you to secure your spot well ahead of the Jan. 31 deadline. FYI, the Zoom Juniors event (12u, June 11-12) is unaffected and will still take place in San Diego.