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Help Your Favorite Grinders Player Win an iPad!

The Arizona Grinders currently have an ongoing “used clothing” fundraiser that doesn’t require anyone to write a check or spend a ton of time. What’s neat is that friends, family, neighbors and anyone else can help the kids win prizes simply by donating their used clothes or shoes. 

Our goal is to have all our players collect at least 1,000 pounds of clothing and shoes.
Here is what they can win if enough clothes are collected….
  • 6,000 Pounds  =   NEW iPAD
  • 4,000 Pounds  =   Top of the line baseball glove or their dues paid for the next season
  • 2,500 Pounds  =   New Bat
  • 1,000 Pounds  =   $50 Gift card to Big League Dugout2

Already, a few players have started collecting and have turned in over 500 pounds! This is one of the easiest fundraisers for Arizona Grinders players because they don’t have to sell anything.
They can ask friends and family for clothes, go to garage sales around their house, or brainstorm other creative ways to collect clothes and shoes. The pounds will start adding up. And before they know it they’ll own an iPad (which will help them with their schoolwork).
So….. contact your favorite Arizona Grinders player today and give them your old clothes and shoes.
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12U Grinders Only Team from Arizona in Triple Crown Spring Championships

March 1, 2012 (Phoenix, Ariz.) The Arizona Grinders are the only 12U team from Arizona in the Triple Crown Spring Championships III. The tournament, scheduled from March 22-25, will most likely be contested at Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park, according to representatives from Triple Crown Sports. Fifteen other teams are traveling to Arizona from California, Colorado, Calgary, Las Vegas and Omaha.  The event was started in the late 1990’s in Tucson.

The Arizona Grinders will probably play one game on Thursday and two on Friday. Games will also be held on Saturday and possibly Sunday.

1. AABC Crusaders (Wildomar, CA) 
2. Arizona Grinders (Phoenix, AZ) 
3. Brighton Bulldogs (Brighton, CO) 
4. Calgary Coyotes (Okotoks, CN) 
5. Colorado Double Angels Navy (Parker, CO) 
6. Dirt Dawgs Elite (Chino, CA) 
7. DP Sluggers (Goleta, CA) 
8. HB Vikings (Huntington Beach, CA) 
9. Las Vegas Extreme (Las Vegas, NV) 
10. Longmont Storm (Longmont, CO) 
11. No Fear (Carlsbad, CA) 
12. Nor Cal Titans Blue (Discovery Bay, CA) 
13. Omaha Pacesetters (Omaha, NE) 
14. So Cal SKLZ (Poway, CA) 
15. So Cal Storm (Fontana, CA) 
16. Thousand Oaks Bulldogs (Thousand Oaks, CA) 

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Hall of Fame on the Horizon: 10U Arizona Grinders Will Travel To Cooperstown

February 10, 2012 (Chandler, Ariz.) The Arizona Grinders announced today that the 10U Arizona Grinders will travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., the birthplace of baseball, in June, 2014 (when they are 12) to compete in the National Cooperstown Tournament of Champions. The Cooperstown All Star Village is located on the outskirts of Cooperstown, just minutes from The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. Teams from across the U.S. and around the world participate in the tournament.

The player’s package includes five days and six nights stay, three meals a day, uniforms, tickets to the Hall of Fame and a minimum seven games (weather permitting).

Field dimensions for 12U: 50-foot pitching distance; 70-foot base paths and 8-foot high fences and 200-foot fences.

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10U Grinders Beat Stealth 7-6 in Championship Game

(December 11, 2011) Peoria, Ariz. — The 10U Arizona Grinders baseball team won its fourth championship of the Fall season on Sunday, edging the Stetson Hills Stealth 7-6 in the championship game of the USSSA Toys For Tots tournament (10U Major Division) at Rio Vista Park in Peoria.

Mitchell Tiedemann and Antonio Passmore, who earned the win, combined to pitch six innings. The Grinders scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 7-3 lead and held off a Stealth rally in the bottom of the sixth to finish 4-0 in the tournament. Passmore induced a ground ball to shortstop Ryan Springborn with runners on second and third to end the game. Cade Verdusco had two hits and two RBI with a double and triple and Bo Deskins added two hits to lead the offense.

In a 11-3 win over the Anthem Firebirds in the semifinal game on Sunday, Deskins earned the win, while Passmore went 3-3 with two RBI. Sammy Spindler, who had four RBI, contributed two hits, as did Springborn and Verdusco.

Tiedemann had two hits on Saturday in a 8-5 pool play win over the Scottsdale Heat, while C.J. Glenn knocked in two runs. In a 12-5 pool play victory over the Desert Cats Saturday evening, the Grinders offense was led by Tyler Bracy’s three RBI, Dawson Davis‘ two hits and two RBI from Verdusco and Tiedemann. Springborn, the starter and winner, and Ryan Blech, pitched for the Grinders, who had 10 hits total.

The team is now 19-7-3 and will compete again this weekend in the USSSA Winter Nationals Warm-Up at Big League Dreams in Gilbert.

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10U and 12U Grinders Kick Off Busy Month This Weekend

Chandler, Ariz. (December 8, 2011) Both the 10U and 12U Arizona Grinders continue a busy month this weekend in the popular USSSA Toys For Tots tournament in Peoria and Gilbert. Sporting a 15-7-3 overall record, the 10U team competes at Rio Vista Park at 4 and 8 p.m. in the Northwest Valley. Meanwhile, the 12U team, currently 13-8-1, plays at Big League Dreams at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Single elimination playoff action begins on Sunday. Each player is asked to bring an unwrapped toy.

In addition, both teams are competing in the AZUSSSA Winter Nationals Warm Up on December 17-18 at Big League Dreams. They’ll return to Gilbert and BLD for the USSSA Winter Nationals Super NIT, a prestigious national tournament that will attract more than 200 9U to 18U teams from Arizona, California, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado. Arizona USSSA and Top Choice Baseball will use six different baseball facilities in Maricopa County for the tournament.

Both Grinders’ teams are entered in the Major division.

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7U Grinders Win Championship Game

(November 30, 2011) Chandler, Ariz. –Only the Warriors stood in the way of an unblemished season for the 7U Arizona Grinders. The upset didn’t happen.

The Grinders, Division regular season champions and a team that was formed only four months ago, won its last game to go 15-0, adding a post-season championship to its resume in the Rookie AA East Valley Fall League (EVFL) playoffs. The Warriors, who had come through the loser’s bracket, competed with the Grinders on Wednesday at Espee Park, but the Little Grinders prevailed again in the end. It was the third time the team had beaten the Warriors this season.

The Grinders get ready to go during a late October game at Espee Park.

The EVFL, run by Mike and Joanna Fritz, created a championship game atmosphere. It hired John Wakefield to announce each player. The players and coaches were introduced and lined the base paths prior to the game before the National Anthem was played. First place awards were given to the Grinders after the win.

7U Grinders Line Up

1.       34       Brian Higuera
2.         3       Dylan Gordon
3.       32      Josh Barney
4.        2       Stephen Hernandez
5.        5       Noah Redmon
6.        7       Ethan Lane
7.       22      Jake Porter
8.       19     Caleb Bedenkop
9.       29      Tyler Redmon
10.      8      Josh Tiedemann
Manager: Tony Tiedemann
Coaches: Mike Barney, Mark Gordon, Trent Lane, Ryan Bedenkop, Steve Redmon
Map to Espee Park in Chandler
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