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The 10th Annual Battle of the Border Middle School Baseball Games are set for June 11th and 12th at the historical Dave Jones Field at East Mecklenburg High School.   This special event proudly moves into year ten with a long list of college, professional and major league baseball players listed as alumni.   The event provides a unique opportunity for players from the Greater Charlotte area to compete with and against many of their friends from other schools and travel teams.

Each player will participate in two nine inning games, extended defensive In’s and Out’s, informative talks with coaches and other fun activities.    The relaxed day of baseball provides the opportunity for many players to re-ignite past friendships and enjoy lots of fun both inside and outside of the dugouts.

The event is structured to insure each player receives the same amount of time in the field and at the plate.  Adding to the fun are a public address announcers to recognize all the players and a very active day of Social Media mentions to promote the players and their accomplishments.

Many of our alumni over the last ten years still enjoy talking about their participation in the Battle of the Border Showcase.  Why?  Because it’s fun for the kids and the kids come first.  The parents are given the chance to relax and sit back and enjoy watching their kids compete with friends from all across the area.

We hope you will activate your son’s invitation to play in the Battle of the Border Showcase as soon as possible.  This event has sold out in all nine previous years and we expect another early sell out.   To enroll, please visit

The Battle of the Border Showcase brand was founded in 2009 to provide top level baseball players the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Greater Charlotte region.  The annual showcase event has been an outstanding success to date with an alumni list filled with nearly 3 dozen major league draft choices and over 400 successful NCAA student-athletes.   Eight players in the 2013 College World Series participated in the Battle of the Border Showcase Games as high school players.

The Battle of the Border Showcase Games are designed to place these highly skilled baseball players in front of college coaches and professional scouts.  In the six year history of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games, an average of over 25 colleges and professional scouts have attended each event.

“Jeff Schaefer and I are very excited to bring the Battle of the Border Showcase Games brand to such first-class college baseball venues. We take great pride in delivering a quality, affordable event with a strong focus on communication and customer service. We are very proud of all the baseball players that we have helped find college baseball opportunities for through the Battle of the Border Showcases.” said Battle of the Border Co-Founder Tripp Roakes. 

“We have spoken to so many college coaches and student-athletes in NC and across the Mid-Atlantic region that enjoy participating in the Battle of the Border Showcase Games.   Our main goal with four events is to provide additional exposure for the student-athletes to the colleges located across the entire region.  We also know that other schools across the entire Eastern Seaboard are interested in recruiting kids from these regions,” said Battle of the Border Showcase Games Co-Founder Jeff Schaefer, a lifelong member of the baseball community, having played 14 years professionally, 5 in the MLB with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics. 

“From the beginning of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games our purpose was to create opportunities for the high school baseball players who dreamt of playing at the college or professional levels.  The quality name brand of Battle of the Border has spread up and down the East Coast; I’m really proud of this event because it continues to prove what Tripp and I meant it to be…a show of talent and a great opportunity. We started with players from two states (NC & SC). Last year had players from 17 different states and Canada to participate. We are looking forward to another great summer of helping kids to land a college playing opportunity.”


“I was a young player just beginning to catch the eyes of college scouts and winning the Battle of the Border Showcase MVP was one of my steps toward earning college scholarship. It's an event I’ll never forget because I was a last minute addition because someone dropped out. I proved to myself that I could be successful with the best players in North and South Carolina. I verbally committed to NC State six months later." —Jake Fincher, NC State & Chicago White Sox prospect, played in first two Battle of the Border events.

“The Battle of The Border was a great event and showcase and it allowed me to compete with great players from the area while getting second to none exposure.  There were a ton of coaches there including Army, so it really helped with giving me the opportunity to play at Army.”—Alex Jensen, Army Baseball games played record holder, played in first three Battle of the Border events.

"The Battle of the Border showcase I attended was well run at the beautiful Appalachian State facility, it attracted some top player talent and gave me a great opportunity to impress schools when I hit three triples in a single game and clocked the fastest 60-time among all prospects. The Division I offers came rolling in not long afterward." —2014 OF/C Trey Bridis of Woodbridge, Va., MVP at 2013 at Battle of the Border Appalachian State, Youngstown State University signee.


What is the history of the Battle of the Border Showcase Games?
“The Battle of the Border Showcase Games were founded in 2009 to create an opportunity for top players in North and South Carolina to showcase their skills in front of dozens of college baseball coaches and professional scouts.   The event has been held at Winthrop University, Belmont Abbey, Liberty, James Madison, Appalachian State and Duke.  Over three dozen Battle of the Border alumni have been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft and over 400 former players have competed for NCAA baseball teams.”

What do I do if I want to play in this event?
“Fill out your nomination form immediately.   We will begin issuing invitations as the nominations come in for the top players at each position?

Can I play in more than one event if selected?
“Of course, especially if you have a high desire to showcase yourself to colleges located in different regions.  While we expect colleges from across the Carolinas and the Southeast to attend each event, there will also be regional colleges at each location. More and more high school baseball players across the country are indicating a desire to attend schools in the Carolinas and Virginia.”

What schools normally attend the Battle of the Border Showcase Games?
“While college recruiters often build their schedule based on where the talent is playing, it is impossible to predict who will be at this event, but we expect a very solid turnout with this being an event with a great history for high level talent.  In 2015 over 120 college coaches and pro scouts combined attended the four events.”

Biographical Information

Jeff Schaefer: Jeff has been around the game of baseball his entire life.  Following a 14 year professional career, five as a Major Leaguer, Jeff has continued to give back the sport.  He is the owner of Virginia Sports Complex, Carolinas Baseball Center and a Regional Director with USA Baseball National Team Identification Series.  Jeff was an All-American baseball player at the University of Maryland, A Suffolk County, New York Hall of Fame Inductee (2010) and the only player in Charlotte baseball history to win a championship with the Charlotte O’s and the Charlotte Knights. Jeff’s reputation has been built on helping boys who love the game achieve their dreams

Tripp Roakes:  Tripp founded the South Charlotte Sports Report, a youth sports newspaper, events and marketing company in 2006.  Over the last nine years he has worked hard to establish opportunities for youth in the Greater Charlotte region and to promote the Student-Athlete concept.  Tripp also operates the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Awards Banquet, an event that honors the top baseball and softball players in the Greater Charlotte region.  He also owns South Charlotte Sports Photography, the Charlotte Football Awards Banquet and operates 15 sports camps annually. Tripp graduated from East Carolina University in 1990.