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High Honors!!! Words cannot express how proud my wife and I are of this young man.  While most of my posts about him are about baseball, PJ is just as dedicated and hard working in the classroom.  High Honor Roll! Congratulations PJ @pjplaysbaseball !  To God we give the glory. #Jaag2020 #BaseballFactory #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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High Honors!!! While most of my posts are about baseball, I’m just as dedicated and hard working in the classroom.  High Honor Roll! To God we give the glory. #Jaag2020 #BaseballFactory #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound #cretinderhamhall


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Practicing daily! No time off!⚾️⚾️⚾️ #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Control Freak... Controlling what I can control and letting go of what I can’t is an essential part of my process. Developing the #awareness to take the time to recognize what I can control and what I cannot is the challenging. Uncontrollable things or aka (Red Lights) = Umpires, coaches and coaches’ decisions, fans, social media, what others say and think about me, weather, field conditions, politics of the team, scouts, drafts, postseason teams, winning, losing, the outcome, batting average or other useless stats, injuries, parents and their actions, the other team, how your teammates play. Things I am able to control or aka (Green Lights) = Myself, my actions, my attitude, my appearance, my body language, my perspective, my presence and #focus , my #performance , how I play, my process, how I go about my business, my #preparation , my effort, #energy , and emotions. I remember what I can control by using the acronym APE – #attitude , #perspective , #effort . I am giving myself the best chance to be successful by responding appropriately to what I can control and letting go of what I cannot, and by locking in on the factors of my performance where I have the most influence. Learning and working to be my own best #coach . My work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #process #highlights #mlb @mlb #baseballyouth @baseballyouth #baseballamerica @baseballamerica #espn @espn #diamondkrew @diamondkrewapparel #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #athlete #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸 @usabaseball #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis #fastballusa @fastballusa #ranchdude @txbaseballranch #nxlevel @nxlevelathletics #k25baseball @k25baseballsoftball


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Try Softer... A young boy traveled across Japan to the school of a famous martial artist. When he arrived at the dojo he was given an audience by the sensei. “What do you wish from me?” the master asked. “I wish to be your student and become the finest karateka in the land,” the boy replied. “How long must I study?” “Ten years at least,” the master answered. “Ten years is a long time,” said the boy. “What if I studied twice as hard as all your other students?” “Twenty years,” replied the master. “Twenty years! What if I practice day and night with all my effort?” “Thirty years,” was the master’s reply. “How is it that each time I say I will work harder, you tell me that it will take longer?” the boy asked. “The answer is clear. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the Way.” - Anonymous Learning and working to be my own best #coach . My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #daily #process #hitting #highlights #mlb @mlb #baseballyouth @baseballyouth #baseballamerica @baseballamerica #espn @espn #diamondkrew @diamondkrewappearal #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #athlete #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸 @usabaseball #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis #fastballusa @fastballusa #oatesspecialties @oatespecialties #ranchdude @txbaseballranch #nxlevel @nxlevelathletics #k25baseball @k25baseballsoftball #stiks @stiksbaseball @shouldersphere #shouldersphere


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Working to be better everyday. I really miss practicing with my teammates and playing the game I love so much. ⚾️⚾️⚾️ #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Fun baseball memories at Perfect Game and enjoying time at the beach with my family in Fort Meyers FL. This was a great week. I look forward to playing and competing again soon. ⚾️ @perfectgameusa @dhogg__ @reggie__sharpe @jarren_purify #PerfectGameusa #PGMainEvent #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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200 Feet = Today Living in the present moment by focusing all of my time, energy and attention on the process of here and now. I reinforce my present moment focus and the process by locking into the next 200 feet. If I were old enough, I could drive anywhere I want in the country in complete darkness because my headlights let me see the next 200 feet. By focusing on the next 200 feet, I keep my mind focused on the present and what I can do today to give myself the best chance for success. Learning and working to be my own best #coach . My work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #process #hitting #highlights #mlb @mlb #baseballyouth @baseballyouth #baseballamerica @baseballamerica #youthprospects @youthprospects #baseballlifestyle @baseball_lifestyle101 #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #warstic @warstic #athlete #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸 @usabaseball #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis #attakid @attakidbaseball #numbersdontlie @numbersdontl1e #nxlevel @nxlevelathletics #spiderzbattinggloves @spiderzbattinggloves #k25baseball @k25baseballsoftball #fastballusa @fastballusa


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Big Tuna Rules... 1. Blame nobody. 2. Expect nothing. 3. Do something. - Bill Parcels If I go to work today and blame nobody for my struggles, expect nothing in return for my services and efforts, and I am constantly doing something to get better, I will consider it a successful day. Today, I will blame nobody, expect nothing and, I will definitely do something. Learning and working to be my own best #coach . My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #daily #process #hitting #highlights #mlb @mlb #baseballyouth @baseballyouth #baseballamerica @baseballamerica #youthprospects @youthprospects #baseballlifestyle @baseball_lifestyle101 #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #warstic @warstic #athlete #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸 @usabaseball #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis #attakid @attakidbaseball #numbersdontlie @numbersdontl1e #nxlevel @nxlevelathletics #spiderzbattinggloves @spiderzbattinggloves #diamondkrew @diamondkrewapparel #espn @espn #k25baseball #stayreadychallenge @k25baseballsoftball


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My daily grind continues during this social distancing period! Practicing at home. If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready. ⚾️⚾️⚾️ #BaseballFactory #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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The Habit Poem... I am your constant companion, I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed - you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great people; and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human. You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin - it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, And I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me, and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am #habit - Author Unknown #learning and #working to be my own best #coach . Developing patterns of #elite habits. My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #mlb @mlb #espn @espn #sportsillustrated @sportsillustrated #diamondkrew @diamondkrewapparel #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #baseballamerica @baseballamerica #baseballlifestyle @baseball_lifestyle101 #youthbaseball @baseballyouth #youthprospects @youthprospects #stayreadychallenge #k25baseball @k25baseballsoftball #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸 @usabaseball #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis


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Hot box with my mom and our neighbor’s dog Hugo. Enjoying the weather and having fun getting baseball in every day! ⚾️⚾️⚾️ #BaseballFactory #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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My grind never stops! When the season starts, I will be ready mentally and physically; dailys and hitting. My dog Tyson is always watching, along with my mom and dad. ⚾️⚾️⚾️ #BaseballFactory #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Don’t count the days; make them count. Turn my have-to’s into get-to’s. Every opponent is just another player. In competition, anyone can win and the best player never wins. The #winner is the guy who plays the best. #failure is always an option. Failure is the most readily available option most times. Failure and quitting is a choice. So is success. I’ve #committed to do whatever it takes to be successful. Failure is always an option, the easiest one, but it is never a good option. I embrace the suffering that comes with my #training , and when I am tired, I carry myself through with confident body language. I’m learning how to act differently than how I feel. Walk with confidence and #swagger . I live in a cold world that will give me nothing; I have to go out and battle for what I want. I believe I can accomplish anything if I am willing to #sacrifice for it. I’m aggressive in all I do. The best defense is a great offense. I can only control my #offense and how aggressively I work and push the envelope. Good players find openings; great players make them. I create my own flow. #confidence is a #choice . Everyone has self-doubt and that negative voice in the head. I embrace it, realize it will always be there, recognize it, release it and focus back on the process and what I need to do in that moment to be successful. Focused on the #process , step by step, moment by moment. #learning and working to be my own best #coach . My work continues.... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #stayready #stayreadychallenge #k25baseball @k25baseballsoftball #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸 @usabaseball #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis #baseballyouth @baseballyouth #baseballlifestyle #baseballlifestyle101 @baseball_lifestyle101 #diamondkrewapparel @diamondkrewapparel #youthprospects @youthprospects #baseballamerica @baseballamerica


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I really miss being out playing the game I love, baseball is life. Until we all can get out and play, I will enjoy some of the amazing memories this game has given me. ⚾️⚾️⚾️ #BaseballFactory #PirateCity #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Working everyday. Got out and threw a little bit today. My mom is funny catching for me. 😆 The grass is wet and the street needs the street sweepers. Corona 🦠 quarantine social distances 😳⚾️⚾️⚾️ #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Great moment meeting Adley Rutschman, @adleyrutschman 2019 first round pick to the Orioles. The coolest thing is, after this picture was taken, he hit his first home run in the minors. #BaseballFactory #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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First time doing this drill today. Keeping my dads fungo game strong. #fungohittersneedpracticetoo #catcher #demarini #usabaseball #ntis #midwestntis #allstarcatching #stayhome #quickfeet #instagood #fyp #explore


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I just want to go outside and play baseball with my HTP teammates. 😢 Go Away Corona 🦠 #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Keeping my social distance. I got a little bit of everything in today. My mom is a good sport😜😂. I really do miss playing baseball with my friends. Go away Corona 🦠 #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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To Whom It May Concern, whenever baseball season starts, I will be ready. No time off! #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #Axebat #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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The cage is closed, so we set up shop at home. Thanks Mom and Dad, my daily work will still get done. Whenever baseball season starts, I will be ready. #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #PJPlaysBaseball #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Baseball is an analogy of the digital world. There is nothing quick here. You have to pay your dues. That’s why I respect baseball players so much, because you have to have the courage to persevere. You have to learn your craft. You have to learn your skills. You can’t buy them. As the Greeks used to say, as an athlete, you stand naked before the gods fully exposed. There is nothing or nowhere to hide. So what? Deal with it and move on. Learning and working to be my own best coach. My work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #baseballyouth @baseballyouth #diamondkrewapparel @diamondkrewapparel #k25baseball @k25baseballsoftball #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸 @usabaseball #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis #highlights #stayready #stayreadychallenge


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No time off! School work earlier and now working in the cage. #CretinDerhamHall #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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No snow days here, no taking time off, daily schedule set, home school all set up and in full affect for me. #NoFear #NoCovid19 #PJPlaysBaseball #BeFearless #CretinDerhamHall #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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I can’t get anywhere without my team. It’s all about teamwork! ⚾️⚾️⚾️ 🎯❤️💯 #TeamPlayer #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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All Saints 8th grade boys, WE ARE CHAMPIONS!!! My All Saints team has been fun to play with all season. Making it to the championship game was good, but to win it is the icing on the cake. Matt, Jack, Jackson, Joseph, Jake, Connor, and Henry, it has been a blast playing with all of you! #CretinDerhamHall #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Great playoff win tonight with my All Saints team. My whole team played great! Now on to the Championship game. I love playing with these guys! #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #CretinDerhamHall #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Ready for high school. @jakequinn_baseball and I play together at HTP Sports Academy and we look forward to playing high school baseball together at Cretin-Derham Hall. #CretinDerhamHall #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #mlbbound⚾️


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Too much clashing info out there nowadays. I can't afford to assume any coach knows what he is doing. If I am going to be a #player , I need to become my own best #coach . No way around it. I take #ownership of my #swing , my #process , and my #results . I work to become a master at problem solving, and a master at making #adjustments . My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #fastballusa @fastballusa #stiks @stiksbaseball #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #usabaseball @usabaseball #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis


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We compete, not so much against an opponent, but against ourselves. The real test is this: Did I make my best effort on every play? - Bud Wilkinson #winning pitches. My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow #stiks #usabaseball #midwestntis #teammizuno #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸


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Somewhere in the world there is someone training when you are not. When you race him, he will win. - Tom Fleming My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow #stiks #fastballusa #usabaseball #midwestntis #teammizuno #teamusa🇺🇸 #forglory🇺🇸


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Chin-ups are a great way to strengthen the muscles involved in throwing a baseball. In fact, @drheenan lists the strength in the chinup as highly correlated to both increased velo and decreased risk of injury. Here, @joeydolenga is doing sets of 5 weighted chinups with 25 lbs having already demonstrated the ability to do 15 bodyweight chinups. We alternate grips - pull up, chinups, neutral grip to provide variation. #pullups #armcare #throwing #baseball #pitching #90mphformula #midwestntis #pbrillinois #perfectgame #baseballworkout #springtraining


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Another great win with my All Saints Basketball team. We won this one by 30 Points. Everyone on my team played great. #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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The weather was great, 75 and sunny with the mountains in the background. #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Great All Saints basketball game tonight. We are on a roll, getting another win. Everyone on my team played great! #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound


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Anyone can buy a ticket to watch a bullfight. It’s takes a different type of person to jump over the fence and fight the bull. - Unknown Learning to be my own best swing coach. Deliberately working on being intense without being tense. My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #sandlottotheshow @mlbnetwork #stiks @stiksbaseball #fastballusa @fastballusa #teammizuno @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #teamusa #forglory🇺🇸 #futures2020 #spiderzbattinggloves @spiderzbattinggloves #warstic @warstic #nikebaseball @nikediamond #midwestntis @midwest.ntis @midwestntis


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In the closing seconds of every game, I want the ball in my hands for that last shot - not anybody else’s, not in anybody else’s hands in the world. - Larry Bird #learning and #working to be my own #best #coach My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #baseball #goals #marriedtothegame #forglory🇺🇸 @mlbnetwork #sandlottotheshow @stiksbaseball #stiks @mizunobaseballnorthamerica #teammizuno @fastballusa #fastballusa @midwest.ntis @midwestntis #midwestntis @usabaseball #usabaseball #teamusa #assessmentforlearning #assessment


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Highlights from the Championship game and a great weekend of baseball.  Pitched 4 scoreless innings in the championship game and I was voted by the coaches to the USA Jr. All American “All Tournament Team.” 👏👏👏 I played with great friends and we won the championship game 15-9!  Thank you Game Day USA for the great experience. #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy  #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound #PGMainEvent #PerfectGameUSA


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We won the Championship game 15-9! It was a complete battle. I almost hit for the cycle. Single, Double and a Triple, with the RBI’s. I needed another at bat to go for the homer. ⚾️😜. More great videos to come over the next few days. #GameDayUSA #Jaag2020 #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound #PGMainEvent #PerfectGameUSA


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It kills me to lose. If I’m a troublemaker - and I don’t think that my temper make me one - then it’s only because I can’t stand losing. That’s the way I am about winning. All I ever wanted to do was finish first. - Jackie Robinson #learning and #working to be my own best #coach My #work continues... #barrelcatcher #usabaseball #goals #marriedtothegame #teamusa #forglory🇺🇸 #teammizuno #midwestntis #futures2020 #fastballusa #stiks #sandlottotheshow


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Honored to represent the Midwest at the USA Baseball Champions Cup in 2019! #usabaseball #midwestntis #usabaseballntis #b45academy


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Sunday Funday ⚾️ #b45academy #b45academy maroons #usabaseball #midwestntis


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Fun basketball game tonight with my All Saints team. Back to Baseball this weekend! 🏀⚾️🏀⚾️❤️💪🏾 #HTPSportsAcademy  #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound #Jaag2020 #PGMainEvent


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Team USA 12U National Open #usabaseballntis #usabaseball #teamusa #midwestntis


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Me at 10 years old, playing with Lakeville South. RBI-Triple that bounced off the centerfield wall. ⚾️⚾️⚾️ #HTPSportsAcademy #PJPlaysBaseball #USABaseball #NTIS #MidwestNTIS #MLBbound #Jaag2020 #PGMainEvent


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Ant spotted one of his favorite CUBBIES while at the Team USA Training Complex ⚾️ @albertalmorajr #baseball #usa #usabaseball #usabaseballntis #ntis #midwestntis #midwestntis11u #carync #wow #best #teamtenuto


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