STARKVILLE, Miss. – Head coaches Jesse Martinson and Doug Myers and assistant coaches John Petrie, Steve Amaya, Steve Harrington, Ed Kelly and Rob Baca of the Orange County Batbusters 16U (Calif.) have been named as the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Travel Ball National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced on Thursday.
Martinson and Myers piloted the Batbusters to one of the most successful seasons not only in club history, but nationally as well. After finishing in fourth place at the ASA California State tournament to begin the year, the team went undefeated in bracket play at three high-profile national tournaments. The Batbusters claimed titles at the Colorado Fireworks tournament, the ASA 16U national tournament and the first-ever ESPN Rise National Softball Championship.
“This has been one of the most ‘complete’ teams we have ever coached,” said Martinson. “Good pitching, excellent speed and solid defense made this a fun team to watch.”
Many of the players on this year’s Batbuster squad have already committed to college programs throughout the nation.
The Batbusters were selected by a vote of NFCA member travel ball coaches across the country from a list of 16 finalists. The list of finalists was compiled from nominations that were submitted by member coaches to the NFCA.