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June 22, 2013

Heartland Classic provides a learning experience

Social media plays big part for Troutt family in Georgia

NORMAN — It was a tough week on the diamond for Team Colorado at the Heartland Classic. It racked up a 1-6 record and was beaten 16-3 in the first round of the playoffs Friday. Part of that lack of success stemmed from the team being without five players due to wild fires in the state. Four of their top players lost their homes in the fires.

However, one of the bright spots to come out of the week was second baseman Brett Wallace. The Chapparral High graduate came to the tournament without an offer to play college baseball. But after batting .400 and stealing eight bases, Northeastern Oklahoma has shown interest in making him part of their program, according to Colorado coach Scott Hormann.

“That’s what it’s all about for me,” Hormann said. “This is by far the best baseball experience I’ve had as a coach or player, other than going to the Connie Mack World Series.”

Social following: With six of the seven teams competing in the Heartland Classic coming from outside Oklahoma, a majority of the players’ parents were unable to be at the tournament. But that didn’t keep some of them from following each game intently.

For the parents of Alpharetta High’s Evan Troutt, social media has been a useful tool. Jake Troutt was a constant visitor on Twitter during Team Georgia’s game. He often responded to any tweet that mentioned his son.

“I think that’s awesome,” Evan Troutt said. “My dad comes to almost every game. I think it’s great that he’s able to get updates on everything.”

Dead week: Team Arkansas finished its run through the 2013 Heartland Classic Friday when it lost to Team Oklahoma 3-2 in the first round of the playoffs. Arkansas went 0-7 over its four day stay.

Some of the team’s problem had to do with just not having the same talent level as the other teams competing. But it also has to do with certain rules for high school in the state.

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