KC Ambush 07 – OMC Fall Invitational – Runner Up (10uC)

 

KC Ambush 07 entered the Olathe Medical Center Fall Invitational over the weekend.

We went in with the expectation of doing well, but we really just wanted to use this tournament to gauge what we needed to work on in our quest for world softball domination.

I don’t know what it is, but Ambush seems to not play to their full potential during pool play.  We won all pool play games but they weren’t won decisively.  I always wonder if it’s us coaches attitudes/demeanor portraying onto them by not demanding enough of them during pool play.  Or if the girls just don’t feel the sense of urgency because they know the pool play games are virtually meaningless.

Whatever the case, the girls tend to “turn it on” in bracket play.  During bracket play, these girls were highly focused.  More so than I’ve ever seen them in the past.  They played some really stellar defense to the point, other teams parents were coming up and bragging on how good they played in the field.

All in all, we came away holding our heads high with the 2nd place finish as we ran across a pitcher that had NO business playing “C” ball.  Despite that, it was an AWESOME experience for the girls that’ll probably motivate them to work harder as I’ll more than likely tell them they’ll face that type of pitching all the time when we move to B going forward.  However, the truth is, they won’t!  The pitcher we faced was a top of the line A pitcher.  Rumor has it she was brought in from out of town for that C tournament.  I hope it’s just a rumor.

Either way, KC Ambush girls played their hearts out and I’m actually glad we got to face that awesome pitcher.  We now know where we stand and what we need to work on.  Things are trending up for ALL Ambush teams.  I’m loving it!

#KCAmbush #TrustTheProcess

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This is Kaylee Diggs: Be like Kaylee Diggs!!!

One of my favorite KC Ambush 03 players I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching finally got the chance to brag about no-longer having “warning track power”.  During their high school game,  she launched a 2 run opposite field “SHOT!” (from what I hear).

Back story: Kaylee Diggs (P,  CI, OF, 2021) is a consistent power hitter leading our team with 24 extra base hits and is on the fast track to certain stardom.  She has consistently hit the ball close to the fence all year long.  Every time she ends up on 2nd or 3rd, I’d jokingly yell to her, ” you should’ve used a different bat!” or “you only have warning track power!”

8/27/2018 @ 8:51 pm, I received the best text I’ve received in a while…

“I hit a homer! No more warning track power!”

I could sense the excitement in her text as she assured me that’s the very first thing she thought of.  Later in the conversation she admitted she almost caught a “seasonal allergy” at the very moment the ball cleared the fence.

Congratulations Kid! Keep doing YOU! Looking forward to many more (FOR AMBUSH THOUGH)!

Note from dad… “Kaylee is always putting in the extra work with little complaint no matter the day or time.  I don’t know many kids her age with her work ethic.  I’m glad to see it paying off!  YOU earned it kid!”

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The Average Player – Bring them our way

I BY FAR  am NO expert in softball.  However, I’m a realist and realize that being KC Ambush, we’re fighting an uphill battle in getting top talent which usually aim for more larger (name dropping) organizations – definitely no knock on those organizations as their model works exceedingly well for them.

In that process, I’ve learned that I have to develop the talent I currently have, and to stop trying to entertain the rat race of worrying about obtaining stud players.  Instead, we make the average player a stud instead of recruiting top talent.

So our “recruitment process” is simple.  Get families that have long term potential to buy in, develop and retain those families.  Notice I said “families.”  For me personally, it’s no fun if the relationships aren’t there with the families.  Of course the girls are what makes the team go but the families sharing the experience is what makes the ride awesome!  Ambush is fortunate to have that luxury with all teams within the organization.

This off-season (and it never fails), our younger teams have picked up players from teams that have literally killed us when facing each other head to head (one team beat us 15-0).  When probed with, “why come to us when you’ve thrashed us”, the stories are usually the same.

  • I’ve seen what you’ve done with your ’03 team by taking a bunch of rec players and making them a household name at the highest level.
  • Winning isn’t everything and my daughter just wasn’t being developed

The 2nd bullet point is the one that shocks me the most.  These teams hammer us and the player that’s been in the outfield the entire time is wanting to make the change.  Now usually their permanent outfielder is an average to below average player for THEM.

What I’m finding is, those underestimated players are usually total STUDS in the making but the trophy team (that wasn’t winning trophies) didn’t take time to grow the player.  With minimal Ambush development and technique honing they become a force to be reckoned with in a very short time.

I’m literally hurt by the lack of development with the players we get from these “good” teams because of the short term trophy hunting mentality these coaches instill in the minds of these 10 year olds and their families.  The stories are almost always the same as it’s certainly happened with my 03 team.

They kill us at the 10u level. We’re neck and neck with them at the 12u level.  By 14u-18u (when it counts), we’re out of their league and being labeled trophy hunters.

This is possible by 2 things happening.

  • Getting families to buy in long term and to trust the process!
  • Develop these kids as if they’re my own kids increasing techniques and fundamental growth year after year based on maturity level.

I would give advice but who’s to say my way is the gospel?  I’m just upset at the teams that are “killing it” with these STUD players  and how they should really work on developing their “average” player in the outfield as well.  After all, you’re only as strong as your weakest player.

At the end of the day, give me 10 average coachable players that’ll run through a brick wall for us coaches and I’ll give you a championship team in return (When it counts).

#KCAmbush #TrustTheProcess

 

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KC Ambush 06 – “A” New Beginning…

VERY excited and  proud of this group as we’re hitting practices HARD and they’re really responding.  I’m really throwing  A LOT at them in a short amount of time. There’s just so much promise in this group as a whole.

Before tryouts, we were tinkering on if we should be a B or an A team as we didn’t want just an average A team.  I believe the 9 to be announced will certainly allow us to compete as a legit A team.  I could be wrong but one thing I do know is that it’s not a matter of IF, but WHEN with this group will be what I envision for them.

Intially, after a really personal and honest talk with the girls about how I see them & their potential, they’re really starting to getting comfortable with each other. The communication is coming out and it’s a joyful thing witness.  Before, I had to stress to them the importance of communication.  NOW I’m hearing TONS of “nice Jobs”, “Awesome dive” and “Nice Try’s”.

Can’t stress enough how excited I am for this group.  However, we’re still looking for that 1 special player to compliment this squad.

Without further ado & sorry for the no team picture (as of yet), please join me in welcoming  the newest members of KC Ambush 06.


  • Jaelynn Tunley (P, MI)
  • Madaline Sharp (P, 1st, OF) *
  • Maddison Moore (2nd, C, OF)
  • Madelyn Reed (Utility)
  • Elizabeth Malicoat (P, 1st, OF) *
  • Amya Graybill (P, Utility) *
  • Kamryn Sariah (2nd, OF) *
  • Alexis (Red) Mitchell (C, utlity) *
  • Addison Gardner (Utility)

    * Denotes new player

#KCAmbush #TrustTheProcess

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PGF Midwest Regional Championship 14uA – Runner Up!

PGF Midwest Regional Championship – Runner up – out of 66 teams. We were one of 2 teams to receive these shirts.  This has turned out to be one of the best weekends I can recall in a VERY long time.  It validates my thoughts completely that we’re becoming a powerhouse team.  The journey has been AWESOME!

I went into the season wanting to play half 16uA & the tougher tournaments at the 14uA level.  Our season ending total in the win loss column amounts to: 54-25-4 (.683 winning percentage).  I wanted to be .750 at the 14uA level and above .500 at the 16uA level. We’ve surpassed both goals.  I can throw out a bunch of “wow” stats but the proof is in the pudding.  This weekend, before we ended up losing the championship game to a very good Nebraska Gold team, we had only given up 3 total runs in our first 6 bracket games.

Words cannot describe how proud I am of these girls. They’ve consistently put it all together from the start this year.  Not only that… the parental support for these girls has been AMAZING. This is, by far, the best season I’ve had as a coach.  We’re getting to the point, where all I have to do now is fine tune things and not feel so overwhelmed about having to do everything.

These girls make it all worth it!  I know it’s cliche but I really couldn’t ask for a better group of girls (unless another one of them pitched).  Win or lose, we’re doing it TOGETHER and they’re so loyal to each other, they wouldn’t have it any other way. Perfect mixture of great families (not just kids).   The entire week, the parents were getting stopped and complimented about how awesome these girls were.

I wish I could give them more as they deserved every compliment the received.

The best part…

The girls are all huddled up with tears down their faces while trying to make the best of losing the championship game.  I’m giving our season ending speech telling the girls they’ve “done a good job”, they “have absolutely nothing to be upset about as they tried their best”  and “I’m absolutely thrilled about where we are at that moment”. I’m running out of things to say and one player interrupts with, “are you proud of us Roger?”  I wanted to group hug at that point as it made my mindset completely shift from consoling to assurance that I couldn’t be more happier for them.

That question shows that in the midst of their disappointing loss, all they’re worried about is if they made me proud.  The true definition of selfless.  I LOVE MY TEAM!

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KC Ambush 2018/19 tryout dates

Pre-register – Click here

All tryouts will be held at Raytown Baptist church unless otherwise noted.

*For individual tryouts please click on “click for more info” for the team below to contact the coach.

Raytown baptist Church – 10500 E State Rte 350, Raytown, MO 64138

KC Ambush 03: Wednesday 7/25, 6-8pm (Pitcher only) – click for more info

KC Ambush 06: Tuesday 7/24, 6-8pm & Wednesday 7/25, 6-8pm – click for more info

KC Ambush 07:   Monday 7/30, 6-8pm – click for more info

KC Ambush 08:  Monday 7/30, 6-8pm & Tuesday 7/31, 6-8pm – click for more info

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KC Ambush 03 – Summer 6 Game SMASH Champions!!!

There you have it… The results of a perfect 8-0 weekend.  These girls played an almost flawless weekend in scoring 53 runs while only giving up 8 in the process.  This is our second complete 14A tournament of the year as we’ve been playing 16A the rest of the time. The other scheduled 14A tournaments have been rained out. The first 14A tournament we played in, we brought home the silver (2nd).

The weekend was a pretty good experience, but what was even more impressive was the fact that the girls stated they never wanted to play 14’s again.  They want to play 16A from here on out because the competition is so much harder & better.

We quickly found out over the weekend that at the 14A level, we look like superstars.  At 16A we’re a smidget above .500 for the season.  Which is about where I expected us to be.

Not only that, but due to our great tournament run for the weekend I was happy to see this beauty on our USSSA team page.

We’re ranked the #1 team in the state at the 14A level and #17 nationally.

It’s a great acknowledgement to own but in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a ranking.

We have more 16A things to accomplish before we consider anything a success.  We have a great opportunity to do it in this weekends 16A College Showcase in St. Louis.  That should be a fun/competitive weekend.  Hopefully it won’t be too hot.

For now… Congrats girls!

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Taking Our Ambush Talents To Branson

KC Ambush 06 has decided to take their talents to East Las Vegas, A.K.A. Branson, MO.  The girls had a great time during their “play-cation”.

The tournament director gave us a pretty sweet schedule with having our only poll games on Thursday while giving us a Friday off to do whatever we wanted.

The girls came out  the first pool games of the tournament a little skittish.  They eventually lost the game in which they could’ve /should’ve won.  Once that game was out of the way, the girls strung together a couple of brilliant bounce back games with victories consisting of 14-1 & 13-0 scores.  The girls have been on a tear hitting the ball as it’s something we’ve started emphasizing in practice over the last month.

The Friday after the 2-1 pool play games was specifically for Silver Dollar City and taking in some of the Branson sites.

On Saturday we were to play our only bracket game and our bats seemed to have melted as we just couldn’t manage timely hits with runners on base.  We eventually lost that (single elimination) game 5-4.  We feel we had a very good chance of doing well in that tournament.  He have to chalk it up as a learning experience as we have more tournaments to get ready for.

The girls are really starting to become a very good team. Before, they were average with potential. Now, they’re “pretty good” and are starting to realize that they still possess loads of potential. By season’s end, I think they’ll be a VERY good team.  They already have a pretty good overall record and they’ve yet to scratch the surface.

Since we had a team heart to heart talk about a month ago, the girls stepped up their games and are 5-1, 4-1 & 2-2 for a combined 11-4 record. Way to go girls!  They “get it” and are responding.

– Small victories –

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Current situation: All things Ambush!

First things FIRST: A CONGRATULATIONS is in order for Mike Moore’s,  KC Ambush 06 for winning the USSSA Mother’s Day Goliath 12uB, lowerflight championship. They had a REALLY good practice Wednesday and some players are beginning to really step up.  They’re starting to understand, trust and believe in how good they can be AS A TEAM. We’re certainly not finished nor satisfied.  So excited for this group as they were a newly formed 1st year 12uB team in the fall. Can’t imagine where they’ll be this time next year.  Sky’s the limit

Next line of order goes to Timothy Burt’s, KC Ambush 07 team. They took 3rd overall in their first EVER 10uOpen tournament after only ever playing C ball.

This group tasted a little success in their 10uC VIP tournament in fall. Before the rumor mill gets started, the 2 front right are guest players as we were missing 1 for the weekend.  We thought another one was going to be too injured to play but she played through her injury the entire weekend.

Anyhow, last fall this team lost in their last VIP series tournament game in the Championship.  We still didn’t know what we had and hit the winter HARD with these girls. Their first spring VIP tournament, in 3 games they scored 30 runs and only gave up 2. That’s how we KNEW it was time! We didn’t know what to expect this weekend as this was our first open tournament outside of the C realm.  After an initial “nerves” first game, these girls freaking BROUGHT IT! All the way to a well deserved 3rd place finish.

KC Ambush 03-14uA: We entered into an 18uOpen tournament this weekend. I didn’t know what to expect and figured, we’d hold our own. Not a lot to report here as we did in fact hold our own. Lost one (possibly 2) we shouldn’t have and tied one we probably shouldn’t have.

Overall we ended up going 2-3-1 for the weekend. Learned a lot in the process and looking forward to continuing to raise the bar.

KC Ambush 08-10uC: Is currently having growing pains. This is a new team that is also young with loads of potential once they get out of their current mindset. There’s a little immaturity there but it’s coming and their problems (not all bad) are easily correctable.  This challenge is probably the most fun of them all because these girls are really impressionable. It’ll be interesting to see how they’ll respond after this weeks practice.

There you have it folks. State of Ambush.  Overall it was an awesome weekend of softball. Lots learned and lots accomplished. We’re currently in a happy place.

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This is Lily Wait – Be like Lily Wait

Lily Wait is a staple of KC Ambush 06. She hit her 3rd career home run during an eventual dominating win. This was her first home run over the fence in an Ambush uniform. This was also the first home run for KC Ambush 06.  I’m sure there will be many more to come.

Words from mom…

“We call you our own little “Salvy”… the team parents like to refer to you as, “Babe Ruth”. 

Either way, you have big things ahead for you! 1st legit over-the-fence homerun as part of the Ambush family!  We couldn’t be more proud! Keep’em coming and you will make a name for yourself… Big bomb Lily!”

Congratulations Lily!!!

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