- Marc Herrick
The East Cobb Yankees are built with a core group of players that have played together for several years, and we consider ourselves a Baseball family. We strive for no drama, friendships formed, players developed and learning the great game of Baseball while competing at the highest level. Our coaches are: Jason Burgamy (Baseball Operations) and Marc Herrick (Team Manager), with assistance from Jay Ratner (strategy), and John Westmoreland (hitting). With Pro Coaching assistance from East Cobb Academy & Ben Blumenthal we strive for excellence in all areas. We are firm with our expectations but we don’t yell, belittle, embarrass, or humiliate our players to “get more out of them”, we simply treat them like young men and explain how we do things and what we expect of them once they step across the chalk line. We teach effort, respect, focus, discipline, determination, and to honor the great game of Baseball. There’s “No crying in baseball” and those who do, don’t play.
Our 10U season ended well with a winning record of 40-29-2, USSSA 3A State Championship followed by an Open World Series Championship in Destin, FL. In FL we competed against some of the best teams from all over the country, including AL, MS, LA, OK, FL, TX, and GA. Our boys went 7-1-1 over 4 days and capped off the Championship with a 13-5 win over the Oklahoma Elite, who traveled a very long way to go home disappointed. The East Cobb Yankees were Champions!
After a great 10U World Series we stepped up to play an even more competitive 11U Major Season competing against the best teams in Georgia and beyond. Playing in tournaments with USSSA, Triple Crown, and Perfect Game we got to face some awesome teams with great pitching, yet still finding a way to come out ahead with a 35-31-3 record. With our step up to play some of the best the state has to offer, we were proud of how we competed every weekend. We learned a lot, improved steadily, and found a way to win more than lose. Our team traveled to AL for our travel USSSA Major World Series at Gulf Shores. Starting out 2-1 in Pool play we battled into the Gold Bracket and then lost our first game to drop into the Losers bracket and knew after last year we had a tough road ahead. We woke up the next day on a mission and went on to win our next 6 games, finishing 8-2 playing teams from GA, AL, MS, TX, and TN . We played a fantastic team of really great boys from Mansfield / Dallas, TX in the Championship game and had a back and forth battle. We ended with a dream finish, Home Run by our stellar Catcher in the 5th inning, played amazing defense and held on for a final 6-2 Win. The East Cobb Yankees were USSSA World Series Champions once again.
Our 12U Season will take us to Cooperstown, NY to play the best 12U teams in the country. We have established a history of success at multiple levels and plan to continue that success as we head North. Adding a couple of great Major players will certainly help as we will continue our rise to dominate at the Major level. We finished our FALL with a 8-1 record, 2 Tournament Championships, playing our final Tournament in a 13U event at East Cobb. Looking forward to a great 12U season.
For information about the Yankees feel free to email Marc Herrick: ECBYanks@gmail.com