Panther Duo Invited to Exclusive National Baseball Tournaments
James Chancey ’21 and Jackson Reed ’22 were invited to play in preseason baseball tournaments hosted by Under Armour’s Baseball Factory. Baseball Factory is an organization that specializes in player development and college placement for elite high school players. Only 175 of the nation’s top high school baseball players competed in these invitation-only tournaments last year.
James was selected to attend the 2019 Pirate City Christmas Tournament in Bradenton, Florida, this month and the upcoming 2020 Omaha National World Series. Jackson was selected as a preseason All-American. He will be recognized in Mesa, Arizona, in January 2020 and play with other top atletes from all over the country. These student-athletes have the opportunity to compete in tournament play against top players from around the country and train each day with professional scouts, former professional players, and former college coaches.
In addition to learning from the industry’s most talented and knowledgeable players and coaches, James and Jackson receive training for hitting, pitching, defense, base running, and team fundamentals. They also learn how to approach hitting above average off-speed pitches, which is crucial at the college level, improving mental performance, baseball-specific weight training tips, and post-event exposure to secure a scholarship to continue their passion at the collegiate level.
The Under Armour Baseball Factory invitations are significant achievements for these student-athletes and PCA’s baseball program.