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Spalding selected to Kentucky Baseball Club

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By Josh Veatch

Former Marion County Knight baseball standout Paul Spalding has been selected to play on the under 18 Kentucky Baseball Club this year. This team is made up of some of the elite players from around the Commonwealth, and only a select few are picked each year.  Spalding's performance at a tryout in Nicholasville last fall earned him a spot on the team. The scouts liked what they saw in the fall, and asked Spalding to play on the summer team. Spalding noted that the scouts complimented him on his ability to hit the ball and his sound baseball fundamentals.    

Spalding batted over .400 for the Knights this past season, and was one of the most consistent performers for Head Coach Chad Spalding's squad. Recently Spalding was also selected to the Coaches Fifth Region First Team, and signed a letter of intent to play baseball at St. Catharine College this fall. 

The Kentucky Baseball Club (KBC), will be coached by Kris Trautwein who played four years of baseball at Western Hills High School from 2000-03, then went on to play at Transylvania University from 2003-05. The team is comprised of 20 juniors and seniors from around the state.

The KBC is based in Lexington, KY with the headquarters being in the confines of Champions Sports Academy, and currently has eight teams under its direction.  Those eight teams range from age 13 through 18, with the 13 and 16 year old teams being split into two divisions. 

KBC is an elite summer baseball organization that showcases some of the most talented players in the Ohio Valley Region.  The KBC is focused on the charitable and educational purposes of competition through baseball.  Some of the best coaching, instruction, and competitive play are some of the things that the KBC offers.

Spalding commented that this experience will prepare him for college baseball.  "Being selected means a lot to me because it is a great experience and will give me a heads up on what I will be facing at the next level." 

The team's schedule has already began, but will continue through the end of July.  The team travels through Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Georgia to compete against some very tough competition. There are two separate occasions when this team will be playing in Lexington.  On June 23-26, the KBC will be taking part in the Bluegrass Championships and July 8-10, the KBC will take part in the Midwest Tournament of Champions.  The remaining schedule for the KBC under 18 baseball team can be found online at http://www.leaguelineup.com/kentuckybaseballclub/files/18u.pdf.

Kentucky Baseball Club is an elite summer baseball organization that showcases some of the most talented players in the Ohio Valley Region. Established in 2006, its headquarters lie in central Kentucky, in the confines of Champions Sports Academy, a state-of-the-art indoor facility located just outside Lexington in Nicholasville. Serving as Kentucky's premier summer baseball program, KBC is focused on the charitable and educational purposes of competition through baseball.

KBC provides players with some of the best coaching, instruction, and competitive play available in the Ohio Valley region. For example, KBC teams compete in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association, whose World Series events have featured players such as Alex Rodriguez and Todd Helton. They are also showcased in front of college and pro scouts at Perfect Game and World Wood Bat Association tournaments and showcases.

KBC currently has eight teams (13U Blue, 13U White, 14U, 15U, 16U Blue, 16U White, 17U, and 18U), which operate independently within the organization. Most team schedules involve traveling throughout the Ohio Valley Region and beyond, with the goal of showcasing KBC players' abilities. KBC's resources allow every possible opportunity for athletes to improve their skills and play at the next level. Many KBC graduates have gone on to earn college scholarships, with a select few signing professional contracts.

KBC contributes its success to the invaluable contributions of players, their families, and KBC coaches. The future looks bright and we invite you to join us.