|BG youth picked for Disney baseball event (10-24-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:15|
At the time, he simply thought his baseball season was over.
But in reality, the season had just reached its peak, for one local youth baseball player.
Logan Loeffler had just finished up a successful weekend all-star tournament, playing for Game Day USA, a sports event management organization based in Naperville, Ill.
The 11-year old do-it-all type player was selected by his travel coaches at Next Level Baseball to participate in the tournament hosted by Game Day USA at Pacesetter Park in August. They picked a good one.
Before even competing in the all-star game itself, Loeffler had compiled some serious hardware. He won the home run derby in a landslide, even beating all of the 12-year olds, too. Casually, the catcher-by-trade went on to place second in the accurate pitch competition. Yes, he is a catcher, who happens to play a little bit of third base, shortstop and pitcher.
Never mind the actual game, Loeffler had done enough to catch the eye of many bystanders. But he performed well in the game as well and got the attention of a few more important people.
Not even knowing it, the right-handed batter had been selected for yet another all-star game. Only this time, he would be traveling to Florida to play in the Disney New Year's Baseball Classic, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.
"They sent us an email. They said they would be sending the letters in the middle of September," said Jennifer Loeffler, Logan's mother. "Good thing I check my spam because that's where it went. I read it and then I had to read it three or four more times."
The team, which was selected from over 1,000 players in 12 states, plays in the tournament held from Dec. 29-Jan. 1, 2014.
The soft-spoken Detroit Tigers fan simply said "Awesome," when asked about the reaction to being selected.
"There were thousands of kids to choose from and they were going to pick 12 or 13 for the trip to Disney," Jennifer Loeffler said. "We never thought in a million years this would happen."
Now, with the fall baseball season winding down, Logan Loeffler has a reason to keep his baseball skills sharp. But the sixth-grader at Bowling Green Middle School will have to balance his baseball time with basketball.
Logan Loeffler continues to work with Joe Hall, owner of Next Level Baseball, and with his pitching coach Dave Perez in order to prepare for the trip to Disney.
The tournament is comprised of eight different age divisions and includes teams from all over the United States.
Logan Loeffler's Game Day USA team will compete against teams from Ohio, Florida, New York, Texas, North Carolina, Indiana, New Jersey and Puerto Rico.
"I asked him if he was excited that he gets to go to Disney World, and he said, 'I'm just excited that I get to play baseball in the winter,'" Jennifer Loeffler said of Logan.
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