Welcome to the online home for the Mars Baseball Association!
With the help of this website, we are hoping that everyone is able to know what's going on in Mars Baseball generally and with your team specifically.
Registration for our Fall In-House Programs is now open. To register, click on Register Now.
Mars Baseball is about to embark on a major fundraising project for the purpose of installing lights and making other fields improvements at Adams 1&2 (fields next to the Mars Area Primary Center). The goal is to install lights in 2015 and to begin making other field improvements shortly thereafter. To find out how you can help us to fund the project, please check out the Light It Up page.
Because there is always a baseball program to register and pay for, read up on our new Giant Eagle gift card fundraising program. If earning 4% in Mars Baseball Bucks on many of your purchases sounds good to you, then read about the program so you can start earning money today.
So, take a few minutes and look around our website. Any comments, thoughts or suggestions are welcome - just click on the Feedback tab to the left and follow the tabs.
Thanks to everyone who supports Mars Baseball Association.
WORLD SERIES BOUND!!!!!
PONY EAST ZONE CHAMPIONS!
The 2014 11U Mars Dust Devils employed clutch hitting, outstanding pitching and solid defense to beat Bonnie Seals, New York 6-5 and advance to the 2014 PONY East Zone Tournament and advance to the 2014 PONY Bronco-11 International World Series in Chesterfield, Virginia. The World Series appearance will be the first time that a team has represented Mars, Pennsylvania in a PONY World Series.
The Dust Devils went 3-0 in the East Zone Tournament beating Washington 15-5 and Bonnie Seals twice. In the first game versus Bonnie Seals, Mars rallied from an 8-2 deficit behind the strength of a seven-run fifth inning. A two-out, two-run single by Ethan Pendarvis scored Mitchell Schultz and Caiden Schmitt to put the Dust Devils up 9-8. The Dust Devils added two runs in the sixth and held on to win the game 11-8. Nolan Kush pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings to close out the game and earn the victory.
In the final, Mars engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Bonnie Seals. Alex Heavner provided a strong starting effort for the Dust Devils, going four innings and leaving with a 5-3 lead. However, Bonnie Seals tied the game in the 4th inning. With Mars down to its last at-bat and tied 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning, Teddy Ruffner drew a lead-off walk and then scored on a double to the fence by Brett Palmer. Teddy Ruffner earned the win pitching three shut-out innings to close the game. Dawson Cadamore had a strong hitting performance, knocking in four runs in the effort.
The Dust Devils will now compete in the PONY Bronco-11 International World Series in Chesterfield, VA. They will begin tournament play on Thursday, July 24 at 5:30 pm against a team from Manila, Philippines. Mars will also face teams from Los Alimitos, California and Veracruz, Mexico in the tournament. For more information on the brackets (i.e. when and where the team will play), see www.pony.org.
The 2014 Dust Devils are coached by Edwin Palmer, Jon Schlegel, Todd Ruffner, John Pawlowicz and Brett Schultz.
The eleven boys who competed the East Zone tournament this past weekend and who are shown in the picture are as follows:
FIRST ROW (Left to right) Zach Schlegel and Mitchell Schultz. SECOND ROW:Max Totzke, Brett Palmer, Dawson Cadamore, Jack Pawlowicz, Nolan Kush, Alex Heavner, Caiden Schmitt, Teddy Ruffner and Ethan Pendarvis. THIRD ROW: Manager Edwin Palmer, Coach Todd Ruffner, Coach Jon Schlegel
Mars 11U Dust Devils Win PONY Super Regional Tournament
Congratulations to the 2014 Mars 11U Dust Devils for winning the PONY Bronco 11 East Zone, West Super Regional Tournament. This was the second year in a row that the Dust Devils have won the PONY Super Regional Tournament; last year they won the PONY Mustang Super Regional Tournament.
The Dust Devils will now compete in the PONY Bronco 11 East Zone Tournament in Cranberry Township, PA. If they win the Zone Tournament, they will advance to the PONY Bronco 11 World Series in Chesterfield, VA. They will begin tournament play at Cranberry Park on Friday, July 18 at 3 pm against Washington PA. For more information on the brackets (i.e. when and where the team will play), see www.pony.org.
This tournament team also hit another milestone this weekend as they won their 100th game since 2009 when the team was first formed. Five of the boys on this year’s team have been playing tournament baseball for Mars since they were 6U players in 2009 - Alex Heavner, Nolan Kush, Brett Palmer, Teddy Ruffner and Max Totzke. Most of the other boys on the Dust Devils began playing tournament baseball for Mars when they were 7U players in 2010. During the summer of 2009 when the boys were six, they were on a tournament team that won 6 games and lost 13 games. But the coaches knew they had something special and the boys have taken first place in 19 tournaments and second place two other times including two first place finishes and one second place finish this summer. Almost all of the tournament victories have been in A level tournaments against teams from baseball associations that are much bigger than Mars. Coach Palmer attributes the success of the team to the fact that every player on the team does some level of baseball training during the winter. In fact, many of the players work exceptionally hard at improving their skills in the winter and the spring so they show up at the first tournament team practice ready to compete at a very high level.
The 2014 Dust Devils are coached by Edwin Palmer, Jon Schlegel, Todd Ruffner and John Pawlowicz.
The nine boys who competed this past weekend and who are shown in the picture are as follows:
Kneeling from Left to Right: Alex Heavner, Zach Schlegel and Teddy Ruffner
Standing from Left to Right: Nolan Kush, Dawson Cadamore, Ethan Pendarvis, Jack Pawlowicz, Brett Palmer (behind Jack) and Caiden Schmitt
Mitchell Schultz and Max Totzke are also on the team.
Congratulations to the 2014 Dust Devils. Good luck in Cranberry next weekend!!!
Earn money for YOU while supporting Mars Baseball!! Giant Eagle Gift Card Fundraiser
This fundraiser will give you the opportunity to sell/purchase Giant Eagle gift cards to earn money to offset your baseball related fees, including baseball fees, Spirit Wear, Winter Training, outside baseball lessons, or AAU fees. This program is OPTIONAL and the money will be applied directly to YOUR son’s account while raising money to support the Mars Baseball Association.
How does the program work? When you purchase Giant Eagle gift cards from the Mars Baseball Association your son will earn credit of 4% of the amount of Giant Eagle gift cards that you buy. Mars Baseball Association will earn 1% of the value of the cards purchased. You decide the level of participation depending on the amount of money that you would like to make and the amount of effort that you want to put forth.
How much money can I earn? Mars Baseball started this program one year ago on a trial basis for a Mars travel team. During the past year, 15 families purchased $180,000 in cards. At 4%, this is $7,200 in savings to these families, an average of nearly $500 savings per family. The program is easy and allows you to earn money without having to change your current spending habits!
You can use Giant Eagle gift cards in several ways. You will still earn fuelperks when you USE your Giant Eagle gift cards.
Personal shopping at Giant Eagle/Get Go - If you shop at Giant Eagle, determine the amount that you expect to spend over the next several weeks at Giant Eagle for groceries, prescriptions, etc. and/or Get Go (don’t forget fuel purchases!), and simply purchase that amount of Giant Eagle gift cards prior to going shopping. For example, if you expect to spend $500/ month at Giant Eagle (for groceries, gas, car, etc), you will earn $20 per month for your son’s account. Over a six month period, you would earn $120 just for buying your groceries and gas as you usually do. This is an easy way to participate without having to do anything other than use Giant Eagle gift cards for your usual purchases.
Gift Cards to other retailers – If you know that you are going to eat at a specific restaurant or are going shopping at a specific store or are planning to purchase a large item from a specific retailer, plan to stop at Giant Eagle to pick up a gift card for that retailer. Use your Giant Eagle gift card that you purchased from MBA to pay for the gift card for that particular store or restaurant. You can purchase gift cards for over 150 retailers at Giant Eagle. A list of gift cards that you can currently purchase at Giant Eagle can be located on the Giant Eagle website. Say you are looking for a new bat and/or glove at Dick’s and plan to spend $200, purchase $200 in Giant Eagle cards from Mars Baseball, then use them to purchase Dick’s gift cards at Giant Eagle, you will earn $8 (4% of $200) toward your son’s fees. (Note that if you use your Advantage Card you would also earn $0.40 in fuelperks, or up to $12 savings on $30 gallons of fuel). If you take the time to plan ahead and determine the amount that you will spend, you can earn additional money to offset the baseball fees.
Friends and Family – Ask your family, friends, and neighbors if they would buy some Giant Eagle gift cards to support your son. Grandparents love to help! Cards are currently available in denominations of $25, $50, $100, and $200. Your friends and family will still earn fuelperks since they are earned when you pay for your groceries and gas (when the Giant Eagle card is used). Again, for every $100 card that you sell your son will earn $4. If you sell $200 in cards to friends and family each month, you will earn $48 in six months.
The following is an example of the amount of money that you could easily earn to offset YOUR son’s baseball fees over a six month period. Obviously, the amount that you earn is dependent on your individual level of participation. You can increase or decrease the amount of cards that you purchase at any time.
Personal groceries/gas etc $500 x 6 months = $3,000 x 4% = $120
Gift cards $1,000 x 4% = $40
Friends/family groceries $200 x 6 months = $1,200 x 4% = $48
Friends/family holiday $500 x 4% = $20 $228
Remember that you will also earn fuelperks ($0.10 off per gallon of gas for every $50 that you spend at Giant Eagle – you will get this credit when you USE the Giant Eagle gift card even if you use it to purchase gift cards to other retailers)
How do I purchase Giant Eagle cards? Contact Meredith Heavner via text (724-553-6546) or email (
) to make arrangements. Include the cards that you would like to purchase (i.e. I would like $500 in cards as follows: 1-$200, 3-$100). We offer cards in $25, $50, $100 and $200 denominations. Please make checks payable to Mars Baseball Association.