Kent Island 12U Romps to AAU World Championship in Florida
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The day that changed Maryland AAU Baseball
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Days before the game that would start their dominance of AAU Baseball in the State of Maryland, the Ruth’s Baseball Ideals (RBI) Baseball Club 16-and-under team in 2012 were ready to bust a move. They were done with being overlooked in Maryland youth baseball.
Baseball’s Connor Graham Wins Maryland AAU Male HS Athlete of the Year!
Northern High School (Owings, Maryland) senior Connor Graham on November 8, 2015, became the first ever student-athlete from Ruth’s Baseball Ideals (RBI) Baseball Club (Annapolis, Md.) to win Maryland AAU Male High School Athlete of the Year honors.
The heat of that spotlight came into sharp focus when legendary Maryland AAU District Governor Ben Dubose surprised Graham with the 2015 Melvin “Mel” Parker Award presented annually to the top male and female athlete in Maryland who achieves a high standard of performance in AAU sanctioned district, regional, or national competition. The award is presented to the two individuals, under the age of 18, in recognition of their commitment and achievement in their individual or team sport.
A Letter of Thanks...
Dear Mr. Dubose, Pastor Dubose and Coach Pineau,
I am writing to express my gratitude for receiving the Mel Parker Award at last week's 2015 Maryland AAU banquet. I realize that Baseball is only one of many AAU sports, and so I especially appreciate this award. It is easy to see why Maryland AAU is so admired, and I feel very fortunate to be able to participate through Baseball.
This unexpected recognition of my efforts toward excellence in academics and athletics gives me a new sense of confidence. I will better my efforts in representing AAU, the District and Baseball to the best of my abilities.
Thank you so much for noticing my efforts and for giving me this award which I appreciate very much.
- Connor Graham
AAU Baseball: 2015 Report
It's unlikely anyone was working harder for AAU Baseball this year than John Pineau. And with reason. As Sports Director for Maryland AAU Baseball, Pineau is commissioner of the RBI Wood Bat League based in Anne Arundel, Kent, Prince George’s, Calvert, and Baltimore Counties and whose job is to get Maryland playing AAU Baseball—one of the sport’s so-called “Big 4” organizations at the national level: AAU, American Legion, USSSA, AABC.
How well he does with that could have far-reaching implications for both Maryland AAU Baseball and AAU Baseball in the Mid-Atlantic States region. "Our opportunity is to keep the players and teams that come along to our league for the first time, to keep them engaged, keep them excited," Pineau said. "That's a challenge, certainly. But I think it's one that we're up to as a league and national affiliation. AAU Baseball is a terrific foundation for that."
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