Buddy Baseball Newsletter
November 2017
Hello Buddy Baseball Fans, 

We have just one more game left in our season. It sure went by fast!  Our end of season party will be Sunday, November 12th, at Pin Chasers on Armenia Ave. from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. There is more information below.  
The next season will start on Saturday, February 17, 2018 and go until April 7, 2018. Registration is now open on our website.
Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers for their support in making Buddy Baseball a success.  
Have a nice Thanksgiving and a great holiday season.
Russ Oberbroeckling
Executive Director

End of Season Party

Join us for our End of Season Party - The Buddy Baseball Bash, on Sunday, November 12th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Pin Chasers, 4847 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33603. There will be bowling, pizza, salad, desserts, balloon artists, a face painter, raffle prizes, music and fun!
Suggested donations:
$20 per family with 5 or more people
$15 per family up to 4 people
Individual - $5
Or - your donation amount
(Donations are not required to attend.) 
Please register by Thursday 11/9/2017 so we can have an accurate head count for the party. You can register on-line by clicking the link below.  

Buddy Run

We had a great turnout for our 7th Annual Buddy Run.  It was a huge success!   Our Buddy Baseball family really represented with players, buddies, coaches and parents running and volunteering. Congratulations to parent Doug Rohrer, fifth overall and first in his age group. Buddies Gabe Colbath and Kade Lefort finishing 12th and 15th overall. First and third in their age group. Buddy Chloe Rohrer got first place in her age group. Coaches Sarah Knodle and Sara Nutting finishing second and third in their age group respectively. Parent Rick Lefort was 33rd overall. Great job to all the runners and volunteers!  Thanks to Suncoast Credit Union for your title sponsorship!  

Registration is Open
Next season will start on 2/17/2018 and end on 4/7/2018.  
The Meet and Greet will be on Saturday, 2/10/2018.
The registration deadline is Friday, 1/5/2018 at 6:00 pm 
Below is the link to register.

Player Spotlight - Robin Harris
Robin Harris
Robin is 17 years old and this is her third season of Buddy Baseball.  She attends Middleton High School and her favorite subject is art. She has a dog named Pepper, loves to sing and listen to music.  If Robin had a $1000, she would buy clothes.  Robin would like to meet, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Drake.
Buddy Spotlight - Max McLeod
Max McLeod
This is Max's fourth season in Buddy Baseball.  He will be 15 years old in December.  Max attends Carrollwood Day School and plays center midfield on the school soccer team and started as a freshman in high school.  Hs favorite ice cream flavor is cookies and cream.  Max's favorite restaurant is Chick Fil A and if her were famous, it would be for making faces. 
Rookie Spotlight - AJ Hudock
Player AJ Hudock
AJ Hudock is 8 years old and attends Claywell Elementary.  AJ was born on St. Patrick's Day.  He loves baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, sports, playing in a bounce house and any outside activities.  He also likes Mickey Mouse, Handy Manny and the Bucanneers.  AJ's favorite musical artists are Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Adam Levine, and Shawn Mendes.
Coach  Spotlight
Michelle Vaughan
Michelle Vaughan
Michelle has been with Buddy Baseball for ten seasons. Michelle and her husband Wayne volunteered as coaches after their son Sammy spent a season as a buddy. They have coached the Mustangs ever since. They love that they have been able to keep their core team for years. They consider those families valued friends now. Michelle sends out a Mustang Mail newsletter on a weekly basis with pictures from the last game and highlights of our players' accomplishments.  Michelle also assists with the End of Season Party, the Buddy Training and leads our coaches meeting before the season starts.

Michelle and Wayne just celebrated their 20th anniversary on a cruise with 17 friends and family. They have four children.  Michelle works at Ceridian as a benefits manager and has worked in the Human Resources field for over 10 years.  Michelle is a big Rays fan and in her spare time she loves to read - preferably at the beach.
Volunteer Spotlight - Dave Wills
Dave Wills
Dave has generously donated his time by announcing Buddy Baseball games since 2014. He has been the Tampa Bay Rays radio broadcaster for the past 13 seasons.  Dave grew up outside of Chicago in Oak Lawn, IL. He is the oldest of five children. Dave played one year of basketball and three years of baseball at Elmhurst College. His first job was a newspaper delivery boy.  When Dave was 22, he did his first baseball broadcast.  It was an eight year olds All Star game on Multimedia Cablevision.  At age 25, Dave was the head baseball coach of the University of Chicago.  Another fun fact about Dave, he ALMOST worked for Jerry Springer.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, have a son, Alex, and a daughter, Michelle. They reside in Lutz.  It's always a pleasure to have Dave out to the games.
Where are they now?
Andy Hannaway
Andy began playing Buddy Baseball when he was 10 years old in the fall of 2010 as a player on the Hawks.  Andy played through the spring 2012. Playing Buddy Baseball was the beginning of Andy's love and passion for the game. He went on to play youth league in his home town of Brooksville and in high school.  Andy tried out and made the junior varsity baseball team playing two years and is now in his senior year and second year of varsity baseball. Andy loves the game of baseball with it all beginning with his participating in Buddy Baseball.

Sponsor Spotlight
Rotary Club of Tampa North

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Tampa North for their sponsorship and for having a cookout for the league at the end of October.  Their motto is: Service Above Self. The mission of Rotary International for over 110 years is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.  

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile
When shopping on line. Consider using Amazon Smile. A portion of the the sale will be donated back to Buddy Baseball, no extra cost to you. Just use  https://smile.amazon.com/  selecting Buddy Baseball as the organization that you are supporting the next time you are shopping on Amazon. Thanks.

Contact Us
(813) 416-5742
Until next time...   PLAY BALL!!

Russ Oberbroeckling
Executive Director
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