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2016-2017 Season

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Preseason   [ top ]

Offseason Training (September 6 - October 27, 2016)

The 2016 Off-Season training program will be held from September 6 through October 27 at Barton Park in Conroe. This twice-a-week regimen is designed to get players in shape and help them build the skills that are difficult to work on during the season. Specific training will be carried out for all aspects of the game itself, including pitching, hitting, fielding, baserunning and more. Conditioning work will consist of baseball-specific drills, plus strength and conditioning, agility, vision and speed training. This is a great opportunity for your son, whether he intends to play organized ball or not. Full details are available at: Northside Baseball Academy

Note that for this year the first week sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday; the rest of the weeks will be on Mondays and Thursdays.


Fall Mini-Camp (November 4-5, 2016)

This year's Fall Baseball Mini-Camp is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th, 2016 at Barton Park in Conroe. We will be focusing again this year on position play, but will also have separate clinics for pitching, hitting and baserunning. Don't miss this unique training opportunity. For full details, including registration information, please call 936-756-2292 or visit the Northside Baseball Academy website.


Tryouts (Thursday, November 10, 2016)

Initial tryouts for the Falcons 2016 spring baseball teams have been completed and initial selections have been made. However, we are still considering additional players for both our High School and Junior High squads. If you are interested in setting up an individual tryout, please contact Fred Watt at 936-443-1969. Or use our contact form.

Other Information about Tryouts and Team Selection

Tryouts consist of individual evaluations in hitting, running, fielding, pitching and catching, plus additional drills as determined by the coach. Team selection -- which is not based exclusively on tryouts -- will begin immediately after fall tryouts and a preliminary squad will be announced within a week or two. Those who are not selected during the fall tryout session may be invited to attend a supplemental tryout session in January (stay tuned to this website for more information). A light practice schedule will begin shortly after the preliminary team selection and will become more regular as the Spring season approaches.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Players who are selected for the team will need to attend a mandatory parents meeting. Date, time and location will be announced later, but it will likely be sometime in early January. At that meeting, each player needs to bring a copy of his birth certificate (if we do not already have it on file), the season fee, and a snack or drinks. We will also need to get a signed Participation Agreement / Medical Release Form at that time if we have not already received one for the current season. At least one parent must attend. Players who do not meet these requirements may not practice or play with the team until they do.




Other Important Dates Coming Up

January Practices: 1/5, 1/9, 1/12, 1/19, 1/23, 1/26, 1/30

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO PRACTICE ON 1/16 (more practice information will be provided by email)


100-Inning Game Results

               Runs     Hits     Errors
Orange         40       121      16
Black          30       104      20





Spring 2017 High School Schedule   [ top ]

This schedule is subject to change for rain dates, new games, tournaments, etc. Stay tuned for regular updates and be sure to verify all games with your coach. Also, please note that the posted times are for the starting times of each game. Players should plan their travel arrangements so as to arrive one hour prior to game time, or whenever the coach has indicated. Unless otherwise noted, all home games will be played on the Blue Field at Barton Park.

Key to abbreviations:
TBA = To Be Announced     W = Win     L = Loss     C = Cancelled     RO = Rained Out
DH = Double-header     MAP = Map     DIR = Directions     WEB = Website
GM = Game Minimum (e.g. 3GM means we are guaranteed at least three games)
TL = Time Limit (e.g. 2.5TL means it has a 2-1/2 hour time limit)
NTL = No Time Limit (i.e., full 7-inning game)

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM GAME TIME NOTES / RESULTS
Monday
Jan 30
Falcons @ Covenant 4:00 scrimmage
Saturday
Feb 11
100-INNING GAME! (Everyone attends)
Fri-Sat
Feb 17-18
Texas Homeschool Round Robin
Barton Park, Conroe
(1:45 TL / Coin flip for home)
(Blue Field, 1B dugout for all games)
vs. San Antonio Wolverines
vs. Austin Royals
vs. Dallas Spartans
vs. College Station Mustangs
Fri / 7:30
Sat / 10:00
Sat / 3:00
Sat / 5:30
W
W
W
W
Tuesday
Feb 21
Falcons @ Orangefield High School
(Orange, TX)
6:00 C
Thursday
Feb 23
Falcons @ HCYA
Missouri City Little League (High School Field)
7:00 W
Monday
Feb 27
Falcons @ Covenant 4:00 W
Tuesday
Feb 28
Falcons @ Hardin-Jefferson 4:00 W
Friday
Mar 3
Falcons
vs. Atlanta @ Lufkin HS
vs. Lufkin @ Lufkin HS
Falcons
2:00
4:15
L
W
Monday
Mar 6
Falcons JV
Falcons
@ Thunder JV
@Thunder
5:00
7:00
C
Thu-Sat
Mar 9-11
West Brook Tournament
(Beaumont)
map
vs. Central
vs. West Brook
vs. Ozen
vs. Hamshire-Fannett
Thu / 12:15
Thu / 2:30
Fri / 10:00
Fri / 12:15
W
W
W
W
Saturday is rain date only. All Games at West Brook. 2-Hour Time Limits (finish the inning). Can end in ties. Coin flips for home/visitor, except West Brook is always home.
Thursday
Mar 16
Falcons JV
Falcons
@ Houston Power JV
@ Houston Power
4:30
7:00
L
W
Tuesday
Mar 21
Falcons JV
Falcons
@ Shepherd JV
@ Shepherd
4:30
7:00
W
W
Thursday
Mar 23
Mustangs JV
Falcons
@ Falcons JV
@ Mustangs
4:30
7:00
W
W
Saturday
Mar 25
THESA Riders @ Falcons 12:30
3:00
W
W
Tuesday
Mar 28
Falcons @ Houston Christian 6:00 W
Saturday
Apr 1
Falcons JV
Falcons
@ Houston Power JV
@ Houston Power
11:00
2:00
W
W
Monday
Apr 3
RIDE NIGHT at the Montgomery County Fair!
Thursday
Apr 6
Thunder JV
Thunder
@ Falcons JV
@ Falcons
4:30
7:00
W
W
Saturday
Apr 8
Falcons JV
Falcons
@ HCYA JV
@ HCYA
1:00
3:30
L
W
Tuesday
Apr 11
Falcons JV
Falcons
@ Hudson JV
@ Hudson
4:30
7:00
C
Thursday
Apr 13
Falcons @ Rosehill 4:30 W
Friday
Apr 14
Falcons JV
Falcons
@ Hudson JV
@ Hudson
12:00
2:30
L
L
Thursday
Apr 20
Houston Power JV
Houston Power
@ Falcons JV
@ Falcons
4:30
7:00
L
W
Friday
Apr 21
Falcons @ Legacy Prep 7:00 W
Tuesday
Apr 25
HCYA JV
HCYA
@ Falcons JV
@ Falcons
4:30
7:00
W
W
Sun-Sat
Apr 30 - May 6
World Series
(Auburndale, Florida)
vs. Spring Mustangs
vs. Dallas Spartans
vs. Plano Chargers
vs. Raleigh Warriors
vs. Tulsa Jaguars
vs. Oklahoma City Broncos
Mon / 1:30
Mon / 6:30
Tue / 10:00
Thu / 9:00
Fri / 10:00
Sat / 12:30
W
W
W
W
W
W
NORTHSIDE WINS THE BIG ONE...FINALLY!
Falcons Fly Through Florida Tourney En Route to First Ever National Championship


AUBURNDALE, FLORIDA - Saturday, May 6, 2017:

The Northside Falcons (Conroe, TX) finished off their amazing 2017 season with six straight wins at the Homeschool World Series Tournament in Auburndale, Florida to capture the championship and bring home the Cochran Cup for the first time in the program's history.

After a dominant regular season against public school, private school and homeschool teams, the Falcons (31-2) took their show on the road as twenty teams from around the country converged on this Orlando-area town to determine the best homeschool baseball team in the country. Representing programs from as far away as Wisconsin, the tournament also featured teams from Georgia, Michigan, Missouri (2), North Carolina (2), Oklahoma (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (8), and Virginia.

Monday, May 1 - Pool Play

It may seem strange to travel a thousand miles and then play a game against a team that hosts its home games at the same park that you do, but such is the nature of the pool play draw. Our first matchup was against cross-town rivals, the Spring Mustangs. The Mustangs had struggled a bit during the regular season due to injuries, but they were healthy now and Falcons coach Shelby Thomas knew better than to take them lightly. Thomas started his big lefty, senior Christian Springfield, who was able to hold the Mustangs to just three runs (two earned) over four innings, giving up one hit while striking out six batters and walking three. Senior Jacob Slaten started for the Mustangs and Connor Christian contributed two hits. But it would not be enough as the Falcons scored nine, including two off of a monster home run* by junior Oscar Kanada. Senior Rene Ramirez closed out the game for the Falcons, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up one hit, with no walks and one strikeout.

The win over the Mustangs put us into a game against the Dallas Spartans, who had thoroughly crushed the Branson Warriors (23-0) in their first pool game. Apparently it was the Falcons turn to do some crushing as Ramirez pitched a complete game with 7 strikeouts, 2 walks, and no earned runs over five innings. Dallas did manage three runs on an error, but the game was not close as the Falcons strung rallies together and run-ruled the Spartans 13-3.

Tuesday, May 2 - Qualifying Game

The 2-0 record in pool play, combined with a low "runs allowed" stat, gave the Falcons the #3 seed going into the Q-Games, which determine bracket play for the remainder of the tournament (winners go to Division I and losers go to Division II.) In the Q-Game, the Falcons faced yet another Texas opponent, the Plano Chargers. Junior Garrett Mullican took the mound for the Falcons, pitching two scoreless innings with three strikeouts, one walk, and one hit over two innings. Meanwhile, the Falcons bats came alive as they scored 10 runs early to build an insurmountable lead. Relief pitching struggled, but the Falcons held on to win 14-8, sending them to the Division I bracket for the fourth straight year.

Wednesday, May 3 - Off Day

Thursday, May 4 - Division I, Game 1

In the Division I bracket, the Falcons road to the championship had to go through last year's runner-up and last year's champion. The Raleigh (NC) Warriors were the 2016 runner-up, and home team Northside's first challenge in bracket play.

Up until this point in the tournament, the Warriors had given up a total of only two runs, and those against good teams. Fortunately, the Falcons had solid pitching of their own. Senior Drake Pierson got the nod for this critical first-round contest...and didn't disappoint. Pierson allowed just five hits over 6-1/3 innings, with no earned runs, three walks...and 13 strikeouts! Junior Treet Williams hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the third to drive in the Falcons first run, giving them an early lead that would hold for most of the game. After Pierson recorded one out in the top of the seventh, Mullican took over in relief, getting the last two outs of that half inning, but not before allowing the Warriors to score on a wild pitch, tying the game at 1-1. Even so, as the home team, Northside still had the upper hand...and they made the most of it. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Junior Felipe Cruz drilled a walk-off single through the gap between short and third, scoring Pierson from third, and sending the Falcons on to the semifinals.

Friday, May 5 - Division I Semifinal

The victory over Raleigh set the stage for a matchup against the defending champion Tulsa (OK) Jaguars, who on Thursday had beat the St. Louis Patriots 11-4. It would prove to be another tight game where the Falcons would need strong piching and defense as the Jaguars pitching was itself excellent, holding Northside to just three runs over six innings. That would turn out to be enough, however, as a trio of Falcons pitchers effectively shut down the Jaguars scoring, allowing just one run over seven innings. Mullican got the start and pitched the game of his life, allowing just three hits and no earned runs over 6-1/3 innings. He also walked just three Tulsa batters while striking out 14! Junior Oscar Kanada pitched 1/3 of an inning, recording a strikeout of his own, and Ramirez closed out the game with a strikeout as well. The Falcons scored early on a passed ball, and increased their lead with a two-run opposite field homer by Kanada, his second of the tournament. The final result was a 3-1 win and a trip to the championship game.

In the upper half of the bracket, the Oklahoma City Broncos had wrestled their way to a couple of wins as well. In their first game, they beat the Fort Worth Riders 10-7, leading to a matchup against the always-strong, five-time champion Dallas Angels. They won that semi-final as well (4-1), which set the stage for the championship game against the Falcons.

Saturday, May 6 - Division I Championship

Northside lost the coin flip, so they were visitors for this, the most important game of the season. After a scoreless top of the first, the Falcons would once again rely on strong pitching while taking advantage of the other team's errors and a couple of timely hits.

Cruz, DHing for freshman Joe Johnson (left field), hit safely in his first two at-bats. In the top of the second inning, Cruz hit a single up the middle and scored from first on a line drive shot by Mullican down the left field line. In the fourth inning, Cruz reached first again on a single to right. He advanced to third on a Bronco error, then scored on a passed ball. In the fifth inning, Kanada scored on a sacrifice fly by Pierson. In the seventh, Kanada reached first base safely on an errant throw from the Broncos shortstop. He moved to second on a passed ball, then reached third on a single by Williams. With two outs, Kanada scored when Ramirez hit a line drive to left center.

In each of those four innings, the Falcons were only able to manufacture one run before the Broncos put the brakes on. But those four runs would be plenty as the Falcons pitching again dominated the competition. Springfield took the mound in the championship game, pitching five scoreless innings while racking up nine strikeouts. Ramirez again came in as a closer in the sixth, and immediately recorded two strikeouts of his own. The inning ended on a highlight-film 6-3 put-out by Kanada. Ramirez returned to the mound in the bottom of the seventh, and put up two more Ks, including the climactic game ending strikeout that would set off a wave of celebration...on the field...in the bleachers...and back in Conroe, Texas where friends and family were glued to the live stream broadcast. What a day!

Final Score: 4-0 Falcons

---------------------------------

Notes:

The home run by Oscar Kanada in the first game may be the longest ever hit at a World Series tournament, leaving the park at fifty feet above the scoreboard in left field.

The win by the Falcons completed a Houston-area sweep of the tournament's three divisions. The HCYA Eagles won the Division II Championship, and the West Houston Thunder won Division III. "Houston, we do not have a problem".

Thursday
May 11
WBA 16u @ Falcons JV+* 5:30 L
* The Falcons team for this game will be made up of JV players, dual-eligible players, and two other players from the Junior High team. Invited players have received an email to this effect.





Spring 2017 Junior High Schedule   [ top ]

This schedule is subject to change for rain dates, new games, tournaments, etc. Stay tuned for regular updates and be sure to verify all games with your coach. Also, please note that the posted times are for the starting times of each game. Players should plan their travel arrangements so as to arrive one hour prior to game time. Unless otherwise noted, all home games will be played on the Green Field at Barton Park.

Key to abbreviations:
* = An asterisk after the start time indicates that the game is an NHAL district game.
TBA = To Be Announced     W = Win     L = Loss     C = Cancelled     RO = Rained Out
DH = Double-header     MAP = Map     DIR = Directions     WEB = Website
GM = Game Minimum (e.g. 3GM means we are guaranteed at least three games)
TL = Time Limit (e.g. 2.5TL means it has a 2-1/2 hour time limit, rather than 7 innings)
NOTE: All games have 1:50 time limits unless otherwise noted

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM GAME TIME NOTES / RESULTS
Saturday
Feb 11
100-INNING GAME! (Everyone attends)
Saturday
Feb 18
Falcons @ WBA 14u 12:00
2:00
W
L
Saturday
Feb 25
Falcons @ Mustangs 1:00
3:00
W
W
Tuesday
Feb 28
Conroe Knights 13u @ Falcons 6:00 W
Saturday
Mar 4
Falcons @ CCS 5:00 C
Tuesday
Mar 7
CCS @ Falcons 5:00 C
Thursday
Mar 9
Falcons @ Ft. Bend Christian
(at the school)
4:00 W
Saturday
Mar 11
Falcons @ WBA 13u 12:00
2:00
C
C
Tuesday
Mar 14
Falcons @ West Houston Thunder 5:30 W
Saturday
Mar 18
Falcons @ WBA 14u 12:00
2:00
C
C
Tuesday
Mar 21
Falcons @ St. Francis 8th 4:00 T
Saturday
Mar 25
Falcons @ Bay Area Christian 2:00
4:00
W
L
Monday
Mar 27
Falcons @ Lutheran South 5:30 L
Thursday
Mar 30
Falcons @ Rosehill 4:00 W
Friday
Mar 31
West Houston Thunder @ Falcons 5:15 W
Monday
Apr 3
RIDE NIGHT at the Montgomery County Fair!
Tuesday
Apr 4
Falcons @ Conroe Knights 13u 6:00 W
Wednesday
Apr 12
Falcons @ Trinity Klein A 4:00 C
Saturday
Apr 15
Falcons @ WBA 14u 1:00
3:00
W
L
Monday
Apr 17
Falcons @ Covenant 4:00 C
Tuesday
Apr 18
Falcons @ Covenant Prep 4:00 C
Fri-Sat
Apr 21-22
Homeschool Mini-Tournament
Barton Park
vs. San Antonio Patriots
vs. MtB Mustangs
vs. W. Houston Thunder
Fri/7:00
Sat/12:00
Sat/4:00
W
W
W
Full tournament information is available here.
Tuesday
May 9
WBA 14u @ Falcons 5:30 W




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