Welcome To The South Oakland A's Baseball Organization

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The History of the South Oakland A’s

 

The South Oakland A’s were started in 2003 by Buster Sunde and Randy Baldwin. At first it was just one team of 8 and 9 year olds. By 2007 there were 6 teams and 2011 there were 13 teams. Today, we carry 10 teams ranging in ages 9 -18. Throughout the years we have stayed true to Buster Sunde’s vision of developing skills through hard work and quality training, while maintaining a positive and competitive atmosphere.

In 14 years of existence the South Oakland A’s have won over 75 tournaments including 3 Cooperstown Championships, several NIT’s and Super NIT’s, numerous CABA World Series, and the Battle of the South. We have been to the Semi Final of the World Wood Bat Tournament in East Cobb, Georgia twice and the Final of the Perfect Game World Series in Fort Myers, Florida.

The combination of hard work, quality training, and competitive environment has shone through to College and beyond. Since 2009, our first graduating class, we have had over 200 A’s play college baseball. Over 60 players have gone to play at Division 1 Universities. We have had 3 College All-Americans, and 7 former players drafted.

A year in review for the South Oakland A’s

2016 proved to be a significant year for some former A’s. A few of our pro-level prospects moved up classes this year, while others broke records at the collegiate level. Some of our high school players committed to major programs and our younger ages had success winning big tournaments. Although there are many accomplishments to talk about, here are a few we would like to mention.

Luke Ortel of Hillsdale College led the NCAA in hitting this year for Division 2. Luke hit .475, earning him the GLIAC Player of the Year. He had 103 hits this year, breaking the Hillsdale College record by 33! He also hit 10 home runs and batted in 48. Luke went on to play professional baseball this summer for the East Side Diamondhoppers.

Brad Baldwin of Wayne State University broke the programs record for doubles with 24. He hit .370 with 48 runs scored (10th all-time in program history). He also had 29 extra-base hits which is 4th all-time in program history. He won the top hitter award at Wayne State and was 1st team All-GLIAC. He was also named to the GLIAC all-academic team as well.

Garrett Schilling also had a breakout year in 2016. Garrett was the closer at Xavier University this spring and put up some extraordinary numbers. He led his team in ERA with a 1.91 ERA. He also saved a Big East best 14 games, 7th best in NCAA. Garrett carried his success into the summer playing for the Rapids Rafters of the North Woods Collegiate League. Garrett not only made the All-Star team, but also won the World Series! Look for Garrett to be drafted high in 2017.

Some of our high school alumni also had a big year in 2016. Many of our current and former players committed to major universities this year. Mason Minzey 2018 graduate, committed to Texas Tech to catch for the Red Raiders. Justin Campbell 2017 graduate, committed to Tulane University to pitch for the Green Wave. Caleb Balgaard 2017 graduate, committed to Indiana University to play infield.