July 15th 2019 – Orange Youth Baseball is excited to announce that Dan Ambrose, head baseball coach at Heritage Christian School, will be joining Orange Youth Baseball as Director of Coaching and Player Development. Dan has been at Heritage Christian School for the past 22 years as a teacher and coach.
His Eagles have won eight sectionals, three regionals, two semistates and a pair of IHSAA Class 2A state titles (2009 and 2010) during his tenure.
“Having Coach Ambrose join our organization is such a gift,” said Orange founder and president, Steve Burzynski. “He will work with our coaches to develop and prepare our players for the next age group, for high school and college as well. Lastly, his appreciation for service within his teams is exactly what we preach too and we knew it was a perfect fit.”
Ambrose sees coaching as the opportunity to have even greater influence with players. Like Burzynski, Ambrose considers service a vital part of his baseball program.
He has led baseball mission trips to The Dominican Republic 10 times with his high school teams, even inviting players from area high schools to join. Ambrose continues to lead these trips every other summer to play ball against the Dominicans and serve in local orphanages and villages.
“I’ve been very impressed with Orange Youth Baseball,” said Ambrose. “I know this is where I want my son to play and I look forward to leading, guiding and coaching.”
We warmly welcome Coach Ambrose and his entire family to the Orange Family.
It was a hot but good weekend for the Orange! Many teams found themselves in championship games on Sunday with one of the matchups being all Orange.
10u Six brought home some hardware this past weekend winning The Great American Bash in Cicero. The boys ended up playing 4 games over 9 hours in 90+ degree weather on Sunday to secure their first tournament win as a team. Kaden Gentry pitched a complete game in the semi-final striking out 10 and only allowing 1 earned run. He also had a triple and an inside the park home run on the day! Drew Leeson continued to be a solid leadoff hitter collecting 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs scored. Mel Gideon had 3 hits on the day, including a triple, and logged 11 innings behind the plate over the 4 games. Caleb Johnson contributed 3 hits as well, including a double, triple, and 3 RBIs.
It was an all-Orange championship game with 10u Six playing the #1 seed 10u Proll. In a back and forth affair, 10U Six came out on top 10-8. Jack Combs pitched 5 innings allowing only 2 earned runs and striking out 6. Jack also had a tremendous day at the plate going 5-8 with 3 runs scored. Will Countryman had a big bat in the championship game going 2-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Julian Six recorded the last three outs to earn the save.
9u Sarver competed in the Sandlot Classic at Billericay Park in Fishers. The weekend ended with a bang for the Orange as the boys captured the Silver Bracket championship on Sunday!
The weekend was filled with offensive power starting on Thursday vs Express Black with a big game 1 win to start pool play. Saturday’s pool play saw a couple losses as pitching struggled vs Oakland Bombers and Express Red.
The Orange bounced back on Sunday by exploding on the offensive side and taking three convincing wins in a row vs Lafayette Squires, Indiana Braves, and Carmel Pups to win the bracket. It was a long, hot weekend but 9u Sarver managed to keep energy at an all time high throughout the heat. They went a combined 81-156 (.519) over six games. The Orange also managed to score 99 runs over that span, which is an average of 17 runs a game! They finished 4-2 on the weekend with a ring and some serious tan lines to show off their hard work!
12u Phillips won the silver bracket championship game in the NYB Wood Bat Classic tournament. The bats came alive in the tournament for the Orange, as they collected 30 hits in 4 games. Leading the way was Ethan Utzig, going 7 for 10 (.700) at the plate, knocking in 4 RBI’s while scoring 2 runs. Also hot at the plate was JT Duke, going 5-9 (.556) with 5 RBI’s and 4 runs scored. Anthony Benetti also got in on the hitting action, going 4-10 (.400) and scoring 6 runs from the leadoff spot. Pitching was spectacular on the weekend, led by Hayden Schwinn’s 5.1 innings. Hayden struck out 2 while posting only a 2.25 ERA for the tournament. Doland Cromer led all pitchers with 6 K’s over 4.2 innings pitched, also posting a fantastic 2.57 ERA. Grant Fellows got the biggest save of the season, coming in at the top of the 6th with 2 outs, holding a 2 run lead with the tying run at the plate. Grant forced weak contact to pick up the save and secure the win in the championship game. Grant also led all pitchers with only a 1.38 ERA over 4.1 total innings pitched. As good as the pitching and hitting were, defense was the key to the performance for 12u Phillips this weekend. The team had a fielding percentage of 90% or higher for all 3 pool play games, coming in at .886% for the entire tournament. Next up for 12u Phillips is the NYB World Series.
13u Coryell was in their State Tournament this past weekend in Columbus, Indiana. The Orange finished in 9th, and the only two losses they had came against the two teams in the Championship. Coach Coryell said this past tournament spoke volumes as the team has really bonded and come together to put a strong outing down in Columbus, IN last weekend.
13u Benbow received their rings this past weekend for their tournament victory in the USSSA Hit for the Cycle AA Championship!
11u Roach competed in the USSSA AA State Tournament this weekend in Columbus and Seymour. The Orange went 2-0 in pool play and got the #4 seed. To no surprise, bracket play was delayed once again due to the weather. The Orange’s first bracket game was Saturday night at 9:30pm and they beat Fall Creek 5-4. They then played Rossville at 11:45pm and lost steam at 1:30am in the morning with a loss. Some players who had themselves a great weekend offensively were: Owen Ingals (.375 avg and 7 runs scored), Carter Clemens (.600 avg and 9 RBIs), Jack Roach (.556 avg and 3 runs scored), and Nathan Hawkins (.375 avg, 4 stolen bases, and a HR). Hawkins also has a stellar performance on the mound in the Orange’s first bracket game, going the distance. He only gave up three earned runs while striking out six in his five innings of work.
10u Proll had some fun in the sun playing in an open tournament in Michigan City, IN over the weekend. The Orange went 2-2 in pool play, beating teams from Illinois and Michigan. There was great pitching in the first game that led to a 5-3 victory over Lakeshore Storm. The great pitching came from these candidates: Joseph LaCombe, Lukas Risser, and Austin Wilhite. Arley Saxon led the team in hitting going 2-3 with 3 RBIs.
The Orange unfortunately fell in their second and fourth pool play games. In the fourth pool play game, Owen Spidel led the way offensively with a double and RJ Katter was 1-2. But in the third game, they pulled out an impressive 10-9 victory over the Athletic Konnection out of Chicago. Jaxsen Demos led the comeback win by going 3-3 with 3 RBIs. Also Bo McVey was 1-2 with 1 RBI, Donovan Proll 2-3 with an RBI and 5 SB, and Arley Saxon went 2-3 with 2 RBIs. Austin Wilhite finished the game by pitching 3 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit and struck out 5!
Orange bounced back from their loss in pool play in a big way to start the tournament with a 13-3 win over the 3rd seeded Bolingbrook Rampage! JaxTwoBags Demos was 1-3 with 3 RBIs and a double, Blake Wilson went 1-2 with an RBI, Donovan Proll was 2-3 with 3 RBIs, Lukas Risser went 1-2 with an RBI, Sam Sponseller was 1-1 with 2 runs scored, and Joseph LaCombe went 2-3 at the plate while pitching 4 great innings for the win!
The Orange lost to a tough AAA/Major opponent in the semi final, who ended up becoming the champs. 10u Proll also enjoyed time off the field by having a pizza/pool party and a day at the beach!
Even with all the rain we had this weekend, many teams were still able to play!
10u Proll played in the Field of Dreams Frenzy Tournament this weekend. The Orange went 1-1 in pool play and in their 7-3 victory over Primetime Silver, Jaxsen Demos pitched a complete game only allowing 1 earned run and striking out 10! The Orange unfortunately lost a heartbreaker in the first round of the tournament, but Joseph LaCombe pitched terrific! In that game, Blake Wilson went 1-2 with 2 RBIs and Arley Saxon went 1-2 with an RBI. 10u Proll plays a doubleheader Wednesday against Express Blue before heading to Michigan City, IN for the Bombsquad 10u Baseball Championship Tournament.
9u Kiger outhit Carmel Pups 16-10 in a high scoring comeback victory, with the final score of 27-22. Dominating on the mound for the Orange were Karch Brandes and Cooper Kiger, each allowing no hits or runs and striking out a combined 5 batters in two innings. Cooper faced three batters, striking out all three. Karch and Cameron Vaughn led the way for the Orange with three hits apiece, each having an extra-base hit as well. Ethan Minnich, Sam Rausch, Kaine Eberly, and Kiger all had two hits. Rausch, Brandes, and Kiger each had 3 RBI’s. Jack Powell and Max Graham combined for 9 walks in the game (Powell with 5 and Graham with 4). Vaughn led the team in scoring with 5 runs, with a host of Orange players each crossing the plate 3 times. Every Orange player had at least one walk and no one had more than one strikeout. The Orange are back in action in Columbus with two games on Friday.
8u Hite opened the Field of Dreams Frenzy Tournament with a win on Thursday night. Rain and lightning interfered Saturday as the Orange had two delays throughout their 6pm game. 8u Hite was able to get some baseball in on Sunday. In their game on Sunday, the Orange looked good and even turned a double play! Unfortunately the Orange fell in the contest, but they will be back in action this Thursday.
10U Six played in the School Breakout tournament in Cicero this weekend going 1-1 in pool play on Saturday before the rain set in on Sunday. In their second game of the tournament, the Orange were down 7-3 going to the top of the 6th inning. 10u Six rallied to take a 8-7 lead going to the bottom half of the last inning! Caden Frazier was spectacular on the mound and pitched the final three innings for the Orange. Frazier pitched a scoreless bottom half, striking out the final two Diamondcutters batters and securing the win! Caden Frazier finished the day with three scoreless innings, seven strikeouts, and did not allow a hit! His final strike out was followed by a huge fist pump and meeting on the mound by all his teammates and coaches.
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11u Thorne captured the NYB Indiana State Games Championship on Sunday with a 8-6 victory over Noblesville Millers Gold. The Orange battled all weekend and was able to secure the title with two impressive victories on Sunday. In the semi final game against Indy Titans White, Micah Cole and Eli Miller were dominant on the mound, as they combined for a one hitter! The great pitching carried over to the offensive end. There were many key contributors on offense: Brady Tisdale (.833 avg, 5 runs scored, and 6 stolen bases), Drew Fredenburg (.500 avg and 4 RBIs), Andrew Shepler (.429 avg and 3 stolen bases), Micah Cole (.833 avg and 3 RBIs), Carson Thorne (.571 avg and 4 RBIs), and Aaron Roberts (.500 avg and 3 RBIs). With the great showing this weekend, 11u Thorne now has double digit wins on the season!
11u Roach took a break from tournament action this weekend, but still got some games in on Sunday. The Orange took on Indiana Prime Time Silver in a doubleheader winning game one 9-4 and winning game two 11-2. It was a home run parade for the offense as the Orange totaled four homers on the day. In game one, Carter Clemens and Jack Roach both had three run bombs. In game two, Clemens and Izayah Mahaney had back to back first pitch bombs of their own. Not only did Carter Clemens have two homers on the day, but he was a perfect 7-7 at the plate in the two games!
9U Kiger had their best tournament yet to date this weekend at NYB. The Orange put together their best game of the season beating the number 1 seed Westfield Green 12-6 to advance to the Gold Bracket Championship. After playing 5 games, the boys just did not have enough left in the tank to beat a strong Zionsville team, but played them much closer than earlier in the season. Pitching was highlighted by Max Graham and Logan Maiden, each having their best outings of the year. Ethan Minnich, Karch Brandes, Cameron Vaughn, Kaine Eberly, and Sam Rausch all contributed multiple hits to keep the Orange scoring runs throughout the weekend.
13u Coryell played two games in Seymour this past weekend. The Orange took on the Indiana Spirit and the Southern Indiana Venom. Unfortunately the Orange fell twice, but in their 9-5 loss, two players managed to make impacts. James Russell went 2-2 at the plate while Zeke Rohrer scored twice.
8u Hite got off to a rough start to their tournament this weekend, but Saturday morning the boys were firing on all cylinders, and beat Zionsville. According to Coach Chad Hite, Saturday afternoons game was the best the boys have looked all year. They were up two with two outs against a very good Indiana Nitro team, but didn’t get the job done and lost by one. Sunday morning they battled in the rain against another Zionsville team, but was beat by one in that game. The boys are right there, and hanging with some really good teams.
13u DeMann continued success from last weekend by winning the Indy Invitational Championship on Sunday. The Orange went 4-0 on the weekend and only gave up a total of three runs in four games! The pitching was phenomenal led by the arms of Quinton Black and Jace Plothow. The duo each pitched four inning shutouts in the semi final and championship games on Sunday. Both pitchers combined for 10 innings, 12 strikeouts, and no earned runs. Other pitchers that made major impacts on the mound were Jared Galema, Jacob Wilson, and Nolan Evers who all pitched more than two innings and did not allow a run. The Orange offense also stayed hot behind stellar performances from: Logan Shoffner (.750 avg and 5 stolen bases), Jace Plothow (.714 avg and 3 runs scored), Ethan Wood (.444 avg and 3 RBIs), Sam Deno (.400 avg and 5 runs scored), Jared Galema (.500 avg), Jacob Wilson (.800 avg and 5 runs scored), and Finnegan Holden (.600 avg and 5 RBIs). The Orange offense averaged 8 runs a game on the weekend and look to carry their success into the next tournament!
9u Sarver was in Mooresville this weekend for the USSSA Summer Showdown. The weekend started out rough with a blowout courtesy of the top USSSA 9u AA team in the state as Center Grove Red took them down 13-0. The Orange bounced back; however, with a dominant win over Zionsville White in the second pool game. 9u Sarver sported the throwback uniforms for the first time in the opening round of the bracket and the new threads sparked another dominant win. The Orange went head to head with the same Center Grove team in the second round and put up a strong fight but fell short of the win. Center Grove went on the win the tourney, dominating all of their opponents, except the Orange. 9u Sarver gave them their best game and toughest fight of the tourney and overall went 2-2 on the weekend. Strong outings on the mound this weekend from Xander Keeven, Bryce Bauer and Tucker Hunley led the defense. Brayden Sarver, Kallan Fox and Owen Taylor led the offense going a combined 18-36 in the four games.
13u Benbow traveled to Cincinnati this past weekend for a two game set. The Orange took on the Harrison Heat and SWOL Rams Baseball Club. The Orange also had fun off the field going to a Cincinnati Reds game, where the team name was shown on the videoboard.
12u Phillips split a double header against Indiana Arsenal in Markleville, Indiana on Saturday. In their 7-6 win the Orange ran wild on Indiana Arsenal, securing 17 stolen bases!
Orange 10U Proll went 3-1 over the weekend in the USSSA Class A Super Regional Tournament in Shelbyville. The Orange were the #1 seed after pool play and came up just short in the tournament, finishing 3rd. In 10u Proll’s last 6 games they have gone 5-1 while scoring in double digits in all six contests. Solid defense and aggressive base running have been the key to their success according to Coach Tim Proll. During this stretch every player has had significant contributions! Leading the offense during this 6 game stretch have been Donovan Proll (.636 avg and 10 RBIs), RJ Katter (.471 avg and 9 RBIs), and Austin Wilhite (.625 avg and 5 RBIs). Up next is the School Breakout Tournament in Cicero.
14u Johnson had themselves a stellar week of baseball going 4-1. The Orange knocked off Fishers (Baldwin) early in the week before their tournament at Hamilton Heights. The Orange racked up three impressive wins in the tournament, with one victory coming in walkoff fashion. In the bottom of the seventh inning against the Indiana Chiefs, Joe Shelly delivered. On a 1-2 count, Shelly singled scoring the game winning run and capturing the Orange’s third win of the tournament! Due to weather and school ball, this was 14u Johnson’s first tournament. They look to continue their early success moving forward!
After a long offseason Imavex Orange Baseball is back! Despite the rain, there has been some good baseball played and more yet to come.
So far this season teams have made impacts both on and off the field. 10u Six took time to give back to the community and gain valuable team bonding.
A few weeks ago several Orange teams celebrated Mother’s Day by wearing pink. 10u Proll rocked pink wristbands to honor their moms while 9u Kiger wore special MOM jerseys.
In this week’s news, Haydn Burzynski (14u Lupke) received high honors after being directly selected to the USSSA Great Lakes Region All American Team. Only 12 players are selected for the team from 3 tryouts (Indianapolis, Chicago and Canton). The USSSA All American Games will be held at the USSSA Space Coast Complex (Viera, Florida) from July 28 – August 3, 2019. At this event players will get the chance to be evaluated by top players and coaches in baseball based on their skill and athleticism.
Orange 13u DeMann had a stellar weekend of baseball becoming the USSSA Hoosier Classic runner ups. The Orange added a 4-1 record to their slate, with their only loss on the weekend coming in the championship game. Over the five game span the offense had many key contributors: Sam Deno (.364 avg and 7 runs scored), Austin Hastings (.556 avg, 8 runs scored, and 9 RBIs), Jace Plothow (.400 avg and 6 runs scored), and Brian DeMann (6 hits, .750 avg, and 4 RBIs). The pitching was led by Quinton Black who was lights out all weekend. Black combined for 7 IP and 9 strikeouts in the two games he appeared on the mound, with a five inning shutout performance in the semi final game against the Indiana Dirt Dawgs. 13u DeMann also enjoyed time off the field eating food and watching games at BDubs.
11u Roach surpassed the double digit wins mark on the year with more success this past weekend. The Orange have played well along the way with many impressive stats displaying how well they have played. 11u Roach on average outscore opponents by three runs a game, along with averaging eight hits per game. With the weather heating up, the Orange bats look to stay hot the rest of the way.
April 19th 2019 – The 2019 photo sessions are in the books and we want to send a special thank you to Brian Brosmer of Brosmer Photographic for his great work as well as his flexiblity of coming in 3 separate days.
Just a quick reminder that you have until April 30th to order your Orange photo packages! The designs are going to be awesome (as always) and we know you’ll love this professional-quality memory for this season!
9u Castro capped off their season with a runner up finish in Zionsville this past weekend. The Orange caught fire, winning six of their last seven games while outscoring opponents 60-25 (35 run differential). The pitching staff collected 52 strikeouts in 32.2 innings, for 1.65 strikeouts per innings pitched. The dominance did not stop there; however, as the Orange hit .399 as a team on the weekend. Throughout the weekend, many players shined at the plate: Lukas Risser (.714 avg and 5 runs scored), Pedro Castro (.417 avg, 4 runs scored, and 3 stolen bases), Luis Castro (.333 avg and 4 runs scored), Jaxsen Demos (.571 avg and 3 RBIs), Bo McVey (.429 avg), and RJ Katter (5 hits and .625 avg). In their last two games of the tournament, 9u Castro’s pitching was lights out. Pedro Castro, Jaxsen Demos, Zach Tansel, and Donovan Proll combined for 11 innings pitched, 19 Ks, and 0 runs allowed. The Orange finished with a .531 winning percentage on the year.
10u Roach captured their fourth tournament championship on the season after winning the Billericay Double Elimination Tournament. The Orange offense could not be stopped, especially after they reached base. They ran wild, totaling 59 stolen bases in four games. Key contributors to the offense included: Nick Nasser (.333 avg and 6 runs scored), Izayah Mahaney (.625 avg, 9 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases), Quinn Smith (.333 avg and 3 RBIs), Nathan Hawkins (.538 avg, 6 runs scored, and 7 RBIs), Peyton Auler (.583 avg, 7 hits, and 7 runs scored), Jack Roach (.455 avg, 5 RBIs, and a HR), and Riley Davison (.375 avg, 4 runs scored, and 5 stolen bases). Not only was the offense outstanding, but the pitching was great too. Nick Nasser threw 5 innings, with 7 strikeouts, and did not allow a walk. Jack Roach threw a total of 5.1 innings, with 12 strikeouts, and closed out the championship game. 10u Roach completed the season winning 60% of their games, while also finishing ranked fifth by USSSA for Class A.
Another team that finished their season on a high note was 10u Imes. They finished as runner ups in the Summer Savage Tournament in Cicero, where they fell to a very tough AA team. The offense led the charge with a variety of players: Roman Gralak (.636 avg, 3 RBIs, and 5 stolen bases), Graham Imes (.250 avg, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base), Noah Melvin (.556 avg, 3 runs scored, and 8 stolen bases), and Carlos Gallardo (.429 avg and 3 stolen bases). After a strong finish to the season, 10u Imes finished ranked twelfth by USSSA in Class A.
11u Staton also finished as runner ups in the Summer Savage Tournament in Cicero. The Orange picked up two wins against the Fall Creek Blues. 11u Staton finished ranked seventeenth by USSSA in Class A.
13u Lupke travelled to Cincinnati this past weekend to play at the Reds Urban Youth Academy. The Orange battled with great competition all weekend long. Besides tournament play, the team enjoyed time at the pool and catching a Freedom Florence game. The Orange enjoyed Super Hero Night at the ballpark and leading “Take Me out to the Ballgame.” They also met a new friend in Ricky Ramirez Jr who gave his game used bat to the kids at the conclusion of the game.
13u Lupke made fireworks of their own this weekend going 5-0 and winning the Bill Sturm Memorial championship. The offense created the spark they needed from a variety of contributors: Connor Hall (.667 avg, 11 runs scored, and 4 RBIs), Mike Lupke (7 runs scored), Haydn Burzynski (.583 avg, 5 runs scored, and 10 RBIs), Jake Kohlman (7 runs scored and 6 RBIs), and Joey Burgin (.429 avg, 4 runs scored, and 5 RBIs). The Orange pitching limited the opposing teams offenses with a group of five players who combined for 16 innings pitched, 16 Ks, and only 4 runs given up. Those pitchers were Jake Kohlman, Ethan Campbell, Luke Grubb, Ty Schwegman, and Joey Burgin. 13u Lupke has one more tournament left this season and look to finish strong.
Not only was it a great weekend for the 13u Lupke team, but for Haydn Burzynski and Tucker Mcvey it was another notch to their great six year Orange career. They represent the original Imavex Orange 8u team from six years ago.
Another team that played well this past weekend was 11u Schechter who wrapped up their season with a runner up finish in the Black Bracket of the NYB World Series. Pitching was key on the weekend, especially after a spectacular performance from Nate McGrath who produced five innings of work, while striking out four. Opponents struggled containing the Orange running attack as they ran wild tallying for a total of 58 stolen bases. Jack Jordan led the way with nine and Cole Schechter, Zach Mason, Tyler Sarver, and Ty Ruhl each swiped six of their own. On the offensive end, Jack Jordan again led the way with 6 hits and batting .500 on the tournament. Tyler Sarver had 4 hits and many others were right behind with 3 hits of their own. Callen Okerson and Cole Schechter led the Orange in RBIs with five and four on the weekend. 11u Schechter finished with double digit wins on the season and have a lot to look forward to next season.
13u Johnson wrapped up their season battling against many strong AA opponents, where they eventually ended up in the Bill Sturm Memorial semifinal. Coach Brent Johnson brought his trickery this weekend while completing a perfect steal of home with Mitchell Mainord and a suicide squeeze with Sam Johnson. The Orange capped off a marvelous season as they finished ranked fourth by USSSA in Class A.
In their final tournament of the season, 8u Sarver captured the NYB World Series Gold Bracket championship on a Wyatt Wilson walk off base hit! The Orange had a fantastic season, winning multiple tournaments and having a lot of fun along the way.