Coach Thornton has worked in the Oakland A's, Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, and Tampa Bay Rays organizations and has coached travel baseball for over 15 seasons in California, Ohio, Maryland and Indiana. Aside from playing baseball himself for many years, he worked alongside Cal Ripken, Jr. to help develop and manage Cal's youth baseball camps, clinics and tournaments and he co-authored the book "The C.O.M.P.L.E.T.E. Player" with sports...
Westfield, IN, July 3, 2012 -- The US Athletic Kings claimed the championship in the inaugural season of the Central Indiana Travel Baseball League.
With temperatures hovering around the century mark, the Kings won the title by defeating the Westfield Indians 6-4 in the semifinals, then knocking off the Carmel Bullets 6-2 in the championship game.
The championship game marked the fourth time the Kings faced off against the Bullets this season, with the Kings taking three out of four.
Carmel reached the final by defeating the Hoosier Diamonds 7-6 in a nail biter in the other league semifinal.
The US Athletic Kings advanced to third round of USSSA International Championships with 14-7 win over Woodstock Thunder (Wisconsin). The victory was the KIngs second playoff round game and seventh game overall in the tournament featuring 44 of the top teams from around the country and around the globe. The Kings international opponents included Brazil and Puerto Rico and potential matchups with the Dominican Republic and Japan.
USAthletic Kings are actively involved in giving back to the community. Kings players volunteer and help distribute over 3,000 coats for the local Coats 4 Kids each year. Some of the other outreach and community programs Kings players have been involved in over the past year include assisting with NFL Running Back Steven Jackson's "39 Wishes" holiday event, Habitat for Humanity, Boulevard Food Pantry, and the Cathedral Soup Kitchen, If you have non-profit organization that you feel could benefit from our help, please let us know!
"After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases."
- Mickey Mantle
"I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats."
- Bill Veeck
"It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course."
- Hank Aaron