The predecessor of 6-4-3 DP Athletics, 6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy, was started in 2007 by Danny Pralgo, one of the most highly sought after instructors in the Atlanta area. Pralgo has been a student of the game throughout his life – from his time playing youth, high school, and college ball – and throughout his many successful years as a coach. Over the years Pralgo has watched the game of baseball change into a business which has become more interested in gaining profits than in teaching, developing, and assisting our youth to realize their potential in the game and in life itself. It was through his “old school” values and perspective of the game that fostered the beginning of the 6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy.
6-4-3 DP placed third in the 2016 US Club Nationals, with the 11u and 12u teams taking first place.
Quotes from Media Day:
Dawson Radashafski: My team has always had an attitude that we could do it. We didn’t win a tournament, but we’ve always competed. This tournament is like a second chance for us.”
Coach Kevlin Knight: “We started out really well. We’ve been able to come together and really grow as a team this year. Everyone comes to practice and works hard. The kids have been great, and the parents have been awesome. I couldn’t ask for any better group to work with.”
Drew Jones: “As a team as a whole, we’ve been playing well. We’ve got a lot of energy on the bench. To win this week, we’re going to have to work hard, play well, get good pitching and good hitting.
Kenny Streck: “These guys have played together for three or four years now, and they genuinely love each other. It’s a huge honor to be here. There’s so many great teams here. To just be on the same field with them and know we can compete with them. There’s some great baseball in the [Atlanta] area, and it’s great to be able to be out here and represent that.”
Parker Ladd: “We have a lot of friendships on this team. Everybody plays and has fun together. I’ve really enjoyed playing with them and having fun with this team.”
“Playing good competition really helps. Getting to go out there and play against the best of the best really helps you get better, increase the skill level and learn how to win.”
Coach Nelson Pedraza: “The number one goal in sports is to have fun. When we go out on the field [at this tournament] we know both dugouts are going to have really good teams. We want to help these kids get better and be ready to go at the next level.”
Coach Kyle Deering: “Being able to stay at home and play in this tournament is great. There’s definitely a lot of good teams and good organizations in this tournament. Looking back over the years, they’ve all come out and competed highly. We’re going to have to come out and do our best.”
Evan Warren: It’s been a good season. I think we’re going to play really well this tournament. The team has come together and worked really hard coming in to this week.”
“We’re all just going to have to come together and keep bringing positive energy.
Coach Dennis Yancy: “This has been an incredible year. We’ve been to eight championship [games] and finished first four times and had four runner-up finishes. We’ve met and exceeded a lot of expectations that we had at the start of the year.
This is going to be a great tournament. People are going to be coming from all over the state to watch us. The place is going to be packed. There’s going to be a lot of energy.”
Ben Medley: It’s just been a fun year. We’ve had a few ups-and-downs, but when we play well, we think we’re one of the best teams in the nation. It’s just been a lot of fun.
Coach Josh Gazaway: “We would have liked to have finished the year stronger than we did. Everytime they think they can’t do something, they seem to be able to do it. What they’ve been able to do on the field has been better than what I’ve seen some older kids do. This is one of the few opportunities that we have for all of our kids to be able to compete together at the same time.”
Conor Carlson: “It’s been a good year. We’ve developed more, and we’ve become a dominant team at the end. The older kids want us to grow up to be like them. It would be great to be able to win a trophy for the organization and not just for our team.”
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