New Prairie’s Robinson earns All-American honors
Reed Robinson, a 10-year-old going into the fifth grade at Olive Elementary in New Carlisle, who plays for the New Prairie Ironmen 10U travel baseball team, was selected for the Baseball Youth All-American Games August 2-5 in Louisville, and the USSSA All-American Games August 5-11 in Florida. He was nominated by a scout for Baseball Youth at a tournament this year. He has never participated in the Baseball Youth All-American Games. He’ll attend these games this year, instead of USSSA, because he was also chosen as a Game Day MVP and was invited to participate in their All-Star weekend in Indianapolis at Grand Park August 11-12. He was selected based on play at a GameDay tournament in Midlothian, Ill., in April.
Robinson tried out in Indianapolis for the USSSA All-American Games. There are three tryouts throughout the Midwest to make the Great Lakes Region Team. These tryouts are in Canton, Mich., Indianapolis, and Chicago. Kids from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Iowa compete for a spot on this team. He made this team for the second straight year. He competed last year in Florida for the Great Lakes Region Team in the 9U division. During his tryout this year in Indianapolis, they are evaluated at two positions along with hitting, exit velocity, and speed. Robinson chose to be evaluated at catcher and left field. Of all the kids at the tryout, 26 in Indianapolis, Robinson had the highest hitting exit velocity. He is profiled in the 2017 USSSA book that just was released as “The Best of USSSA Baseball.”
Robinson and the New Prairie Ironmen 10U travel baseball team train at Bombats in La Porte in the offseason. Currently, Robinson is batting .573 with 89 at-bats. He has two HRs for the season, has thrown out 11 base runners as catcher, and has a slugging percentage of .944.