Providence Sports and Leadership (PSL) will be hosting their annual Providence Slugfest Tournament this August, with a special event added to this year. Every summer, teams from all over New England, as far north as Maine, travel to some of the best baseball fields in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for this very competitive tournament. This year, the tournament features 14U, 16U, and 18U teams. The tournament is scheduled for August 5th through August 8th. According to their website (www.pslinc.org), “the showcase is open to ALL TEAMS including AAU, American Legion, Sr. Babe Ruth, Connie Mack and Independent Travel Teams.” You can find out more information about registration, game locations, and more at http://www.pslinc.org.
In addition to the Providence Slugfest Tournament games, there will also be a College Showcase Camp hosted by Firecracker Sports on August 5th on the campus of Johnson and Wales University in Providence. According to the PSL website, “all players will receive a pro style workout, a sublimation jersey (customized if registered prior to July 1st) and a statistical data driven evaluation performed by college and professional coaches. These evaluations will be made available online and distributed to our college scouting and contact database. We hire college and pro coaches to be on the field instructing but also providing evaluations on each player so we guarantee 25+ coaches at our events. All subsequent stories and highlights written about a player will be linked to the player’s social media profile along with the Firecracker Sports website and social media platforms, ultimately creating a one-stop shop for a college recruiter.” You can find out more information about this exciting College Showcase Camp by going to the Firecracker Sports Showcase page by clicking here – 2021 Providence Slugfest College Showcase.
Providence Sports And Leadership (PSL) has produced top baseball talent in Rhode Island for years and this year is no exception. Just this morning, I read that PSL Alum Raimiel Rodriguez was named the Johnson and Wales Male Athlete of the Year. Here is more from the JWU awards page on Raimiel, “The 2021 Male Athlete of the Year went to baseball’s Raimiel Rodriguez. Rodriguez led the league in home runs and was in the top 35 in the country with .32 home runs per game. The Providence native was also top five in the GNAC in RBI and total bases on the season en route to his first all-conference first team selection. In the programs first GNAC championship since 1998, Rodriguez launched his eighth and final homerun of the season, a three-run homer that pushed the Wildcats in front before they went on to sweep the best-of-three series. Rodriguez is now the second baseball player to earn the department’s athlete of the year award.” Congrats Raimiel on this incredible award.
In addition to Raimiel, several Rhode Island High School Varsity baseball players from PSL have made huge contributions to their team’s success this year. This season, Times 2 Academy Baseball’s Carlos Santos pitched a complete game, 2 hitter, with 14 strikeouts against Blackstone Valley Prep. Central High School has a number of PSL players including Jose Sierra, Anderson De Los Santos, Jason Fana, and Arturo Reyes. Central, having just defeated Smithfield High School and backed by an awesome pitching performance by Anderson De Los Santos, is now in the Semifinals of the 2021 Rhode Island Division 1 Baseball State Tournament. Amazing performances by these current and former PSL Tigers!!! And good luck to Central as you face Coventry in the Semis!
For more information on Providence Sports and Leadership, including their Providence Slugfest Tournament and College Showcase Camp, visit their official website at www.pslinc.org. Their website bio says it all, “While baseball is at the heart of our mission, PSL is focused on developing outstanding student-athletes. We have been blessed to be exposed to exceptional students, athletes, and young men and to assist them as they grow into exceptional adults.” There are a lot of great things happening with Providence Sports and Leadership and I’m looking forward to seeing some great baseball once again at Providence Slugfest this August.
Providence Slugfest – August 5th through August 8th, stay tuned for the fields, schedules, and more information
Providence Slugfest College Showcase Camp – August 5th at Johnson and Wales University, Providence
Website – Providence Sports and Leadership
Twitter – PSL Tigers