SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Stampede Baseball League is back for another fall program of training, developing and strengthening up and coming local players.
Saratoga Stampede is recognized as the oldest travel baseball program in Saratoga, since it’s conception in 2001. This year, the league is expanding to have a U13 team, alongside it’s U 14, U16 and U19 teams.
"We started it with the intention of trying to almost become a preparatory program for when kids advance age wise into college,” said Paul Mound, founder and one of the league coaches.
Alongside Mound, the baseball coach for Union College, Coaches Alfonso Lambert and Dale Long, the head and assistant coach of Saratoga Central Catholic varsity baseball team are the main coaches of the Stampede program. Aside from the expansive years of experience between the three of them, they are also in the New York State Hall of Fame.
Expert coaches lead to valuable training and educational opportunities for those who make it into the league.
"Ninety-five percent of the boys who had played Stampede baseball over these 19 years have gone on to play college baseball," said Mound.
Many of those players are former students of Ballston Spa High School, Saratoga Springs High School and Spa Catholic, who have gone on to play baseball at various colleges such as Siena and U Albany.
"This program is designed for the player that really wants to continue to develop and excel in the game of baseball," said Mound.
Throughout the program, the athletes will focus on developing their instructional skills, hitting, defensive baseball, base running as well as playing in a handful of games throughout the northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
This past summer new coaches, and Stampede alumni joined back into the league as coaches including Schuylerville High School’s head and assistant varsity baseball coaches Darin Renner and Tyler Green.
Tryouts for the U13 and U14 teams will be held at the Eastside Recreation field at 6 p.m. August 19 and 21. The following week, August 26 and 27 at 6 p.m. at the Eastside Recreation Field, will be the U16 and U19 team tryouts.