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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 23, 2013
Former MLB player Bill Ripken will headline a new charitable gala in Columbia May 9. The Grand Slam Gala also will include live and silent auctions, and athletic challenges. The Baseball Factory, a Columbia-based player recruitment and development operation, launched the gala event to support its Factory Foundation, a nonprofit designed to assist underprivileged student athletes. Dress is casual, and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite jersey or hat. Food will be provided by Clyde's, with desserts from Elkridge Furnace Inn, Georgetown Cupcakes and Milk 'N Cookies.
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By Pete Pichaske | June 10, 2014
As an all-county baseball player at Columbia's Atholton High School and a two-year starter at the University of Pennsylvania, Steve Sclafani had hopes of being drafted by a Major League team after college. That didn't happen, so he returned to Howard County and took a marketing job with the Patuxent Publishing Co. But Sclafani wasn't quite ready to quit the game he'd loved since elementary school. So in 1994, a year after graduating from Penn with a communications degree, he started the Baseball Factory, a business aimed at helping high school baseball players - like himself a few years earlier - make it as college players.
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By Melinda Rice and Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 5, 1998
Diamonds can be a boy's best friend.Columbia native Steve Sclafani is staking his career on it.In 1994, one year after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Sclafani combined his bachelor's degree with his lifelong love of what he calls "the thinking man's sport" to create the Baseball Factory.The Howard County company markets top high school baseball players who have diamond dreams to colleges nationwide, matching the skills of the players to the needs -- and scholarships -- of the college teams.
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January 15, 2014
Doc and Sandra Barstow, of Bel Air, announce the engagement of their daughter, Cora Violet Barstow, to Thomas Drew Baldwin, son of Thomas and Janice Baldwin of Winston-Salem, N.C. The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Bel Air High School and a 2011 graduate of Salisbury University, Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She was a member of the Sea Gulls cross country team. Barstow is employed with Montgomery County Public Schools as a second grade teacher at Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring.
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By M.K. Livengood and M.K. Livengood,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2001
There's a factory tucked away in Columbia where hard work is the rule, and young minds are filled with advancement and dreams of one day making it big. It's what comes off the production line at The Baseball Factory that is different. Founded in 1994 by Steve Scalfani, a 1989 Atholton High graduate, The Baseball Factory is a recruiting service whose mission is to find scholarships for baseball players to colleges that match the athletes - academically, socially and athletically. "Our service is completely different than anything out there," said Scalfani, who estimates that his company has generated $50 million in scholarships for 4,000 athletes since opening.
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By Pete Pichaske | June 10, 2014
As an all-county baseball player at Columbia's Atholton High School and a two-year starter at the University of Pennsylvania, Steve Sclafani had hopes of being drafted by a Major League team after college. That didn't happen, so he returned to Howard County and took a marketing job with the Patuxent Publishing Co. But Sclafani wasn't quite ready to quit the game he'd loved since elementary school. So in 1994, a year after graduating from Penn with a communications degree, he started the Baseball Factory, a business aimed at helping high school baseball players - like himself a few years earlier - make it as college players.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2004
Even a baseball coaching veteran such as John Jancuska admits to being as excited as a teenager these days as UMBC prepares to open a new era of night ball at the school. "There's always been something special about playing under the lights," said Jancuska, who is in his 27th season as UMBC's head coach. "It will add so much to our program and help our recruiting. Our players won't have to rush out of classes to get to games and hopefully we can draw larger crowds." UMBC signed a 10-year contract with The Baseball Factory, giving the Columbia organization use of the UMBC field for 75 dates a year in exchange for a lighting system, new playing surface and warning track around the entire field.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2002
SidelinesLast weekend's Baseball Factory Showcase high school baseball tournament at Arundel High School and Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans was such a success that the group likely will be back for an encore in 2003. "It went really well, and there is a very good chance we will do it again next year," said Jeff Brazier, the Baseball Factory's recruiting director. "The teams have asked us if we are going to do it again, and it's a pretty good shot we will. The caliber of teams was outstanding."
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2003
There are baseball tournaments, and then there is the Baseball Factory High School Invitational, April 11 and 12, in Anne Arundel County. Played at Arundel High in Gambrills and at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, the Baseball Factory event is a cut above the rest in only its second season. The brainstorm of Jeff Brazier of the Baseball Factory, the self-acclaimed leader in college placement and player development, the tournament was set up to bring attention to prep teams in the mid-Atlantic area.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
Jeff Brazier is keeping his fingers crossed in hopes of good weather for this weekend's second Baseball Factory Invitational at Arundel High and Joe Cannon Stadium. Brazier, the tournament director, has assembled eight quality teams, including four ranked teams in The Sun, for the Friday and Saturday tournament at the two Anne Arundel County sites. While he had control in lining up the impressive field that includes No. 2 Old Mill (6-1), No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (9-1), No. 6 St. Paul's (6-4)
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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 23, 2013
Former MLB player Bill Ripken will headline a new charitable gala in Columbia May 9. The Grand Slam Gala also will include live and silent auctions, and athletic challenges. The Baseball Factory, a Columbia-based player recruitment and development operation, launched the gala event to support its Factory Foundation, a nonprofit designed to assist underprivileged student athletes. Dress is casual, and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite jersey or hat. Food will be provided by Clyde's, with desserts from Elkridge Furnace Inn, Georgetown Cupcakes and Milk 'N Cookies.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
Orioles reliever Pedro Strop assembled with his new World Baseball Classic Dominican teammates three weeks ago for their first workout in Tampa, and that's when the tone for an undefeated championship run was set. The Dominican Republic has become the world's biggest baseball factory outside the United States, but the Dominican's first-round exit in the most recent WBC in 2009 was a disappointment that resonated throughout the entire Caribbean nation....
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Sports Digest | January 26, 2013
Et cetera Moon Philly favored in Laurel Park's Morse Moon Philly is the morning line favorite to win today's feature at Laurel Park, the $125,000 Nellie Morse Stakes for fillies and mares. The 1 1/16-mile test drew 12 runners. Ten can face the starter. Trained by Mike Trombetta , Moon Philly (9-5) drew the rail. The Malibu Moon filly had a troubled trip in the Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 6, her most recent start. After stumbling at the gate under Jeremy Rose , Moon Philly had to jump a fallen horse in the stretch but still managed to take second.
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By STEFEN LOVELACE AND PAT O'MALLEY | May 7, 2008
The inaugural Adidas National Lacrosse Classic will be held July 18-20 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown. Tryouts for the event will be held at Calvert Hall on May 21 and May 27. The event is part of a partnership between Adidas Lacrosse and Level 2 Sports and will feature 20 teams consisting of 500 high school lacrosse sophomores, juniors and seniors from around the country. The top players at the tryouts will be chosen for Mid-Atlantic Regional teams. Eight regions will field teams, with the Mid-Atlantic Region having the most, with four.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2004
Gloucester Catholic, a perennial New Jersey power, put on a crowd-pleasing infield pre-game show at the Baseball Factory Invitational, but No. 12 Arundel put on a better show once the game began. Arundel routed the Rams, 11-3, at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans last night to go to 3-0 and take the Baseball Factory tournament title. No. 8 Old Mill took the consolation at Arundel High, beating Steinert (N.J.), 12-5. Alex Buchholz went all the way on a seven-hitter for the Patriots (6-3) while Shawn Summers hit his third double in two games and had three RBIs.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2004
Even a baseball coaching veteran such as John Jancuska admits to being as excited as a teenager these days as UMBC prepares to open a new era of night ball at the school. "There's always been something special about playing under the lights," said Jancuska, who is in his 27th season as UMBC's head coach. "It will add so much to our program and help our recruiting. Our players won't have to rush out of classes to get to games and hopefully we can draw larger crowds." UMBC signed a 10-year contract with The Baseball Factory, giving the Columbia organization use of the UMBC field for 75 dates a year in exchange for a lighting system, new playing surface and warning track around the entire field.
NEWS
January 15, 2014
Doc and Sandra Barstow, of Bel Air, announce the engagement of their daughter, Cora Violet Barstow, to Thomas Drew Baldwin, son of Thomas and Janice Baldwin of Winston-Salem, N.C. The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Bel Air High School and a 2011 graduate of Salisbury University, Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She was a member of the Sea Gulls cross country team. Barstow is employed with Montgomery County Public Schools as a second grade teacher at Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2004
Gloucester Catholic, a perennial New Jersey power, put on a crowd-pleasing infield pre-game show at the Baseball Factory Invitational, but No. 12 Arundel put on a better show once the game began. Arundel routed the Rams, 11-3, at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans last night to go to 3-0 and take the Baseball Factory tournament title. No. 8 Old Mill took the consolation at Arundel High, beating Steinert (N.J.), 12-5. Alex Buchholz went all the way on a seven-hitter for the Patriots (6-3) while Shawn Summers hit his third double in two games and had three RBIs.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
Jeff Brazier is keeping his fingers crossed in hopes of good weather for this weekend's second Baseball Factory Invitational at Arundel High and Joe Cannon Stadium. Brazier, the tournament director, has assembled eight quality teams, including four ranked teams in The Sun, for the Friday and Saturday tournament at the two Anne Arundel County sites. While he had control in lining up the impressive field that includes No. 2 Old Mill (6-1), No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (9-1), No. 6 St. Paul's (6-4)
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2003
There are baseball tournaments, and then there is the Baseball Factory High School Invitational, April 11 and 12, in Anne Arundel County. Played at Arundel High in Gambrills and at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, the Baseball Factory event is a cut above the rest in only its second season. The brainstorm of Jeff Brazier of the Baseball Factory, the self-acclaimed leader in college placement and player development, the tournament was set up to bring attention to prep teams in the mid-Atlantic area.
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