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Baseball training with YSPN360: The Bag-Strike Drill

If you have watched any of the MLB teams’ “summer camps” this past week, chances are, you’ve seen players lined along the basepaths working on baserunning. Like most aspects of the game, it’s a fundamental part that needs fine-tuning, whether we’re talking about major league ballplayers or the next generation of base-path blazers down in the youth leagues.
YSPN360’s Tarrik Brock, who will help the Pittsburgh Pirates with their baserunning in 2020, took time to break down a wonderful drill that helps younger players work on getting down to first base—which sometimes could be the difference between safe or out.
Check it out!

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Taylor Ewert named 2019-20 Gatorade National Girls Track and field Athlete of the Year

To say that Taylor Ewert is one in a million downplays how extraordinary the track and field standout from Beavercreek High School (Ohio) truly is—and it took about 30 seconds chatting with the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year to understand that.
An hour removed from getting a surprise she’ll never forget—when a seemingly simple interview turned into a celebration—Taylor found herself in territory alongside names like Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach. But the calm that resonated through the phone wasn’t what you’d expect, especially considering what she had just experienced:

“My mom said I had a casual interview with ESPN, so got on the Zoom call—I was doing the interview—and then all of a sudden, she was in the corner with the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year trophy,” Taylor explained to USA Today Sports.
With the help of Taylor’s mom, Teri, the in-home presentation took on a feel-good moment that sometimes only the impromptu can create. Taylor laughed a bit, and then paused, when asked if the top secret operation went down without any hitches—”I’m not someone who is very big on surprises, she admitted, “I always know what’s going on, I always have a plan

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Baseball training with YSPN360: The Hunter Pence drill

Batter up!
To help high school ballplayers get back into the swing of things—whether it’s to stay sharp for a possible restart on the summer calendar or even training for fall ball—we’re featuring a variety of training videos from our partners at YSPN360.
We’ll have both softball and baseball instructional videos throughout the summer, lead by professional and collegiate coaches, as well as athletes.
First up from the batting cage is an excellent drill to improve the swing mechanics and gathering to power: The Hunter Pence Drill.

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Prized recruit Cade Cunningham staying true to probation-riddled Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State basketball is on probation, meaning the Cowboys won’t be going to the NCAA tournament in 2021. That hasn’t deterred a star recruit from deciding he wants to play for OSU.
Cade Cunningham, a 6-foot-7 point guard from Texas who plays at Montverde Academy (Florida), will honor his commitment to Oklahoma State.
“Loyalty,” Cunningham said in an Instagram video. “It’s more than a word

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USA Today High School Sports Awards series premiere – The annual events are transforming to an on-demand awards show broadcast

The show must go on—especially when it comes to honoring some of the top high school athletes across America.
While many events have been canceled since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the hardest-hit groups has been high school student-athletes. Entire sports calendars were upended, with seasons postponed and then canceled, leaving seniors without a final hurrah.
But what’s been lost has not, and will not, be forgotten.
Thanks to the tremendous efforts and some incredibly creative maneuvering, USA Today’s High School Sports Awards series will take place