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by Coach Best on 06/12/13

The Daubers defeated the Dallas Texas by a score of 11-3 on 6/2/2013 in the championship game of the Piney Woods Baseball USSSA State Tournament in Greenville, TX thanks to big bats, great pitching, stellar defense, and an awesome work ethic.

The Daubers finished undefeated in the event, having defeated the Yard Dogs 3-2 in the semi-finals, in addition to wins over the Dallas Patriots (9-1) and the Texas Dukes (8-3). Following the presentation of their championship rings, the Daubers took photos on the field and celebrated their victory. Congratulations, Daubers. You definitely earned it!


by Coach Best on 05/24/13

The Dirt Daubers take their 22-11-2 record, one championship and two runner-up finishes to the DFW area for consecutive weekends in May and June 2013. They will play in the "Support the Troops" Memorial Day Weekend tournament at the Triple Creek Academy in McKinney, TX. The following weekend, the Daubers travel to Greenville, TX to participate in the 13U-AA USSSA State Tournament.

You can follow their progress right here on dirtdaubers.com.

Daubers Open Spring Season, Post 3-1 Opening Weekend

by Coach Best on 02/26/13

The Daubers opened the Spring 2013 season at the Piney Woods Baseball USSSA Winter War the weekend of 2/23-24 in Longview. They posted three wins against one loss. The Daubers defeated the ET Regulators 4-2, the Bayou Gators 8-2, and the Texarkana Hawks 6-5, before falling to the Bossier Bulldogs.

The Daubers were paced offensively by hot bats from AJ Brown (5 for 11, 3B, 4 RBI, 4 R), Luke Alfaro (3 for 7, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R), Nene Dessesaure (4 for 10, 2B, 2 BB, 4 RBI, 3R) and Landon Dorman (3 for 8, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R).

Strong pitching performances were turned in on the hill for the Daubers, who posted a team 1.75 ERA in 20 IP and surrendered just 12 hits in the four games while posting 16 strikeouts.

Look out East Texas. The Daubers are back!!!

The Dirt Daubers return to action in the USSSA "Make a Wish" Cancer Benefit Tournament on March 9 in Tyler.

Daubers Prepare for Spring 2013 Season, Announce Roster Moves

by Coach Best on 02/25/13

The Dirt Daubers will open the Spring 2013 season at the end of February in the PWB Winter War Tournament in Longview, TX. Returning to the scene of their latest two championship game contests, the Daubers look to continue their winning ways against a challenging field of teams.

Roster moves: The Daubers are pleased to announce the addition of Parker Hintz, Luke Alfaro and Tyler Williams, all of Tyler for the spring season. All experienced tournament players, these additions solidify an already-strong core of returning talent.

Returning to the team are Josue Rea and Ray Cook, both of Atlanta, TX. Josue and Ray both played for the Daubers in the spring of 2012 as part of their DETBA 12U runner-up season. 

We are thrilled to have each of these players on board for the spring season. They join Pokey Best, a charter member since 2008, Daniel Wilbanks (joined 2011), Landon Dorman (2011), Nate Gibbons (2012), AJ Brown (2012), and Nene Dessesaure (2012).

Daubers Finish Second in Lumberjack Classic

by Coach Best on 11/05/12

The Dirt Daubers finished as the runner-up in the Lumberjack Classic in Longview the weekend of November 3, falling to the Bossier City Bulldogs 5-0. The Daubers made it to the championship game after they rallied from a 5 run deficit against the Texas Drillers in the semi-final game. A thrilling final inning propelled the Daubers into the finals.

Trailing 5-0, Oliver Tomboni led off with a singl

e to right-center. Red Jones took a walk, and Luke LaFoy singled to center to load the bases with no outs. Aron Jahr drove in one run with a base hit to left, and a single on a slow roller to short by Josh Henry plated a second run. Nene Dessesuare then singled home two runs to get the Daubers back to within a run at 5-4, forcing the Drillers to bring in their ace pitcher, Hunter Neal. Daniel Wilbanks took four straight balls to load the bases again with no outs. Neal then found the zone and struck out Pokey Best. Landon Dorman then flied out to right, and with two outs, the Daubers were in danger of leaving the tying run at third. But Oliver got his second hit of the inning, driving in two runs and giving the Daubers a 6-5 lead.

But they would have to hold off the top of the Drillers order to be victorious. Dalton Roberts led off with a bunt single, followed by a strong at bat from CJ Biggs, who worked a walk. Nene came in to pitch, getting Ethan Harris to ground back to the pitcher. Following an intentional walk to Hunter Neal, Nene got cleanup hitter Dillon Morris to ground to third, with a 5-3 FC getting the second out and allowing the infield to play straight away with two outs, but the winning run still on second.

Josh came in to face Michael Crutcher and on a 1-0 pitch he hit a soft pop that looked certain to fall in short center. But Red ranged deep from second an caught the ball to preserve and awesome comeback. It was one of the most thrilling Daubers victories of the season.

The Bulldogs were too much to handle in the final game, but great sportsmanship and a good game were enjoyed by all. The Daubers missed having some of their teammates there who were out of town, but really appreciate Oliver, Aron and Red for filling in.

The Daubers travel to Tyler next weekend for a USSSA tournament.


by Coach Best on 10/08/12

The Dirt Daubers took home the hardware on the weekend of October 6 in the Super Series tournament held in Longview, TX, defeating the East Texas Impact 2-1 in an incredible baseball game that had everyone in attendance on pins and needles. You couldn't ask for a better championship game.

Daniel Wilbanks pitched 7 full innings of solid baseball, surrendering just five hits while striking out nine and allowing just one unearned run. He kept the Daubers in the game with an assortment of breaking pitches, mixing up speeds and locations to keep a solid Impact lineup off balance. It was a big time performance from the Dauber pitcher.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh, Josh Henry drew a leadoff walk after falling behind 0-2. Nate Gibbons followed with a double to the left-center gap to give the Daubers runners at second and third with nobody out. Pokey Best pounded a 3-2 breaking ball to the opposite field over the right fielder's reach for a 2-RBI double. It was the Daubers third extra-base hit of the game, and gave them the lead for the first time. It would be all Wilbanks would need.

Earlier in the ballgame, a single to right by the Impact looked to give them a two-run advantage with a runner in scoring position at second. Micah Chapman fired a shot Pokey Best at first, who relayed a perfect throw to Luke LaFoy at home plate. LaFoy tagged the runner out as he slid into home, a perfectly executed 9-3-2 out to keep the Daubers within a run.

The Daubers had previously defeated the Texas Drillers 8-3, the and Twin City Drillers twice by scores of 6-5 and 8-3. It was the Daubers first 4-0 tournament of the fall season.

Wood Bat Tournament Rained Out

by Coach Best on 09/15/12

Piney Woods Baseball has announced that the Wood Bat tournament scheduled for this weekend has been rained out. We will be discussing our plans for the remainder of the season in the next few days.

Daubers Website Updated!

by Coach Best on 08/21/12

The site has been updated to include the newest members of our team. Check them out on the "Meet the Daubers" page! We will include more photos as we can get them ready so you can see your favorite Daubers in action!

Tryouts Scheduled

by Coach Best on 07/11/12

The Dirt Daubers will hold a tryout and practice, weather permitting, on Thursday July 12 in Longview at 5:30 PM. Please contact Coach Best if you would like to try out. We will have only 2 tryouts and want to have the final roster set by the end of the following week.

Contact Coach Best at 903-445-3617 via text or phone call, or e-mail jbest@marketmybusiness.net. Thanks!

Wanna Be a Dirt Dauber? 13U Fall Season Just Around the Corner!

by Coach Best on 05/25/12

The East Texas Dirt Daubers will play 13U baseball this fall in DETBA and area tournaments. We will be holding practices this summer in preparation for a huge fall season. We would like to play in a Winter National tournament as well. If you are interested in trying out for an established, competitive team with lots of family support and a great environment, and are interested in learning more about playing baseball the right way, please e-mail Coach Best at jbest@marketmybusiness.net or call/text 903-445-3617. DOB must be between May 1, 1999 and April 30, 2000. 

Daubers 2-2 in DETBA as Martin sets record

by Coach Best on 04/22/12

The Dirt Daubers moved to 2-2 in DETBA play this spring on Saturday April 21 as they traveled to Atlanta, TX to take on the Texarkana Longhorn Elite. The Daubers fell to the Longhorns 5-3 in a great game after defeating them 25-2 in the first game.

Andrew Martin was the offensive leader of the day, going 5 for 5 with 5 homers, including a trio of two run shots, a three run shot, and a grand slam. He posted 13 RBI on the day. He became the first Dirt Dauber to hit 4 homers in a single game and 5 in one day.



by Coach Best on 02/19/12

The Dirt Daubers will kick off the spring season next weekend (Feb 25-26) in Nacogdoches, TX with a Super Series tournament that already includes a ten team field. The following weekend (Mar 3-4), they are heading to Tyler to play in another Super Series event. The Dirt Daubers are about to be back on the field East Texas - and they are bringing consistent success (160-50-4 all time record) and a high level of play with them as always. Look out East Texas - HERE COME THE DIRT DAUBERS!!! GET DIRTY!!!

First Daubers Practice Signals Start of Spring 2012 Season

by Coach Best on 01/23/12

The Daubers hit the field on Sunday January 22 for a workout that can mean only one thing: Spring 2012 is here. The calendar may say winter, but a 77 degree afternoon full of sunshine and blustery winds sure seemed to indicate that mother nature was ready for some baseball.

So, consider it to be spring.

And the Daubers are already making national headlines. Check it out here.

Here it comes - Best Daubers season ever! GO DAUBERS - GET DIRTY!!!

Upcoming Daubers Events

by Coach Best on 10/19/11


The Daubers will face the Frankston Boyz and East Texas Cyclones this Saturday in pool play at the DETBA World Series at 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM. We will wear BLACK jersey and GRAY cap for these games. Please be sure if you wear undersleeves that they are BLACK. Warmup jackets will be ready on Saturday.

HALLOWEEN (10/29-30)

Daubers will play in the PWB Halloween tournament in Longview provided one more team signs up. If not, we will play in Greenville at their Super Series tournament instead. Should know for sure on Monday.

PARIS (11/5)

Daubers will play Saturday only 6-team event on 11/5.

Greenville (11/12-13)

Daubers will play in Greenville PWB Trophy Hunter tournament this weekend.

Daubers Seek 1 or 2 Players for Fall-Winter Tournament Season

by Coach Best on 10/17/11

12U Dirt Daubers are seeking 1 or 2 players for the Fall-Winter tournament season. Interested players must not turn 13 before May 1, 2012. Of particular interest is an experienced shortstop. Contact Coach Best at oobjvb@sbcglobal.net as soon as possible if you or someone you know is interested.


by Coach Best on 09/25/11

The Dirt Daubers swept a double header from the Swamp Donkeys on Saturday 14-4 and 13-3 to take sole possession of first place in the DETBA 12U American Division. Cade Hardin pitched six outstading innings across the two games and blasted a homerun and a 3-RBI double for a total of 5 RBI in game two. Andrew Martin hit two homers including a three run blast, and Pokey Best drove in 7 runs with a 2-RBI single, a solo homer, and his first career Grand Slam. Lance Albritton scored 3 runs, Landon Dorman scored twice and drove in a run, Daniel Wilbanks scored twice, Bradeon Sims had four hits and scored four runs, Jace Armstong reached base three times and score twice, Aron Jahr had two RBI and scored three runs, and Evan Mattox reached base four times and scored all four times. GO DAUBERS - GET DIRTY!!!


Saturday 9/10 in Van

by Coach Best on 09/09/11

The Daubers will face the Punishers in Van on Saturday 9/10 at 5:30 and 7:45. Arrival time is 4:30 and there will be a batting cage available. The Daubers will sport their BLACK jersey and GRAY caps this weekend. Landon Dorman will take the mound for game one.

Directions to Van field:

I-20 to 314 Van exit. Right on 314.

Come to four way stop and make a right onto HWY 110 (FM 16)

Go through blinking red lights and take a left on Chestnut St., the make the first right and you will see the ballfields.

We will play on the first field on the left.


Dirt Daubers News

by Coach Best on 09/06/11

The East Texas Dirt Daubers (7-6) are coming off of an excellent Labor Day Tournament in Greenville where they played in the semi-finals after defeating the Texas Drillers and North Texas Longhorns to advance. This on the heels of two tough losses on Saturday made for a quick turnaround and a successful event.

The Daubers will hold regular practice on Tuesday at 6:00 PM, to be followed this weekend by games against the Punishers in Van.

NOTES: Lance Albritton has reached base seventeen times in his last twenty plate appearances and boasts an insane .703 OBP. He has been on base in every game this season and scored at least one run in eleven of thirteen. . . Cade Hardin struck out twelve in six innings against the Texas Drillers and leads the team with a healthy .970 slugging percentage and 4 homers. . . Aron Jahr's eight walks is second on the team and has him reaching base at an excellent .556 clip. . . Daniel Wilbanks has given up just three earned runs in his last six innings pitched, covering a span of three games. During the Labor Day Tournament, he threw 86 pitches - 63 strikes and just 23 balls! His .520 batting average leads the team and he is slugging .840, second on the team. . . Landon Dorman has heated up at the plate again, having hit safely in six of the last seven games and reaching base safely in eleven of thirteen this season. His .429 average is currently third highest on the team. . .  Jace Armstrong has reached base safely in eleven of thirteen games this season and his .594 OBP is fourth highest on the team. He also leads the team in versatility, having appeared in games at six different positions this season. . . Andrew Martin has been on base in eleven of thirteen Daubers games this season. His slugging percentage of .714 is fourth on the team and he is also top four in doubles, homers, runs and extra base hits. . . Braedon Sims has reached base safely in eleven of thirteen this season and  has a .552 OBP, fifth on the team. He had several key hits in the Labor Day tournament and continues to play excellent defense at all OF positions and at 1B. . . Evan Mattox shows versatility by playing wherever defensive help is needed. He has logged multiple innings at LF, RF, 2B and SS this season. He is reaching base at a .423 clip. . . Pokey Best's 20 RBI lead the team. His .727 SLG% is third and his 14 hits second. Pokey threw out CJ Biggs twice to shut down the Texas Drillers' running game in a critical 8-4 win during the Labor Day tournament, and started a rundown that, with the help of Aron Jahr and Jace Armstrong, retired the tying run for the final out of the Longhorns game. . . DAUBERS. TEAM. GETTIN' DIRTY!!!

Daubers Take on Texas Freedom

by Coach Best on 08/27/11

The Dirt Daubers (4-2, 1-1 DETBA) will take on the East Texas Freedom at the Spring Hill fields in Longview on Saturday August 27, 2011 in non-divisional doubleheader action at 5:20 and 7:30. The Daubers will wear their blue DAUBERS jerseys and black caps for these contests.

Pokey Best (1-0, 3.00 ERA) gets the start in game one, with Cade Hardin (0-1, 10.00 ERA) taking the hill for the Daubers in game two. Daniel Wilbanks enters the game with the hot hand offensively, coming in batting .727 and slugging 1.364 with a homer, two doubles and 6 RBI. The Daubers are batting .431 as a team and reaching base at a .556 clip.

The Daubers and Freedom have faced each other 13 times in the past two years, with the Daubers going 13-0 against the Sulphur Springs-based team. Both clubs feature several new players and the games promise to be the most competitve, entertaining the two teams have played, so come on out and watch some great baseball in Spring Hill.



by Coach Best on 08/20/11

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Henry Ford

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Daubers defeat Impact 2-1 on 10/7/2012
Daubers runner-up in USSSA Wood Bat 10/2012
Daubers defeat Bossier Bulldogs 5-3 on 4/7/2013
Daubers finish runners-up on 3/24/2013
Daubers defeat Dallas Texans 11-3 on 6/2/2013
Daubers topple Bayou Gators 4-1 and East Texas Nationals 7-1 before falling to Center Riders in Championship game 9-8 in Longview on 6/23/2013
Daubers defeat Shreveport Eagles and LA Rage en route to a runner-up finish on 4/13/2013