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Around the Horn

Fall BABL 2019 – Week 2

It was another beautiful Saturday for Koa baseball! We had some great match up this week, – Several nail biters, a couple dominant wins and the first “W” for our new BABL A expansion team The Hot Rods!

Daily Dingers: Nobody left the yard this week 🙁


Legends vs. Riverdogs

The Legends continued the hot start to the season with a big win over the Riverdogs, 21-1. Nick G., Jackson A., and Grant N. from the Legends combined to give up only 1 run. The Legends scored 12 runs in the third inning to put the game away. The Legends offensive firepower was led by Adam K., Jaymes A., Max R., Jackson A., and Nicholas G., who all drove in runs. Alex B. for the Legends played a great game with 3 hits, 2 RBI, and solid defense all day. Theo L. toed the rubber for the Riverdogs. He lasted two innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. Mac W., Paul T., and Mitchell H. each contributed in relief for the Riverdogs. Mitchell H. led the Riverdogs with one hit at bat. 

Legends Player of the Game: Alex B.

Riverdogs Player of the Game: Mitchell H.


Lugnuts vs. Hot Rods

Lugnuts defeated the Hot Rods 6-5 after an intense back and forth battle! Rafi D. from the Lugnuts pitched a great game. Brendan M. kept the Lugnuts in the game with a clutch two-run single, however it was not enough as the Hot Rods pitching got the job done. Jacob H. started on the mound for the Hot Rods and pitched two great innings while racking up 4 strikeouts. Erick B. came on the mound for one inning, striking out 2 then Owen G. followed with pitching two great innings with 4 strikeouts. Aaron S. closed it out for the Hot Rods to pick up the save in nail-bitter. Hot Rods drew 8 walks and collected key hits by Jacob H., Aaron S. and Caleb S.

Lugnuts Player of the Game: Brendan M.

Hot Rods Player of the Game: Jacob H.



Drillers vs. Thunder

Drillers came out strong in week two with a big win over the Thunder 20-4. Ian L. started the mound for the Drillers and pitched beautifully. It was the Drillers patience at the plate that helped get the victory with 16 scored runs in the top of the third to put the game out of reach. Ryan S. started on the mound for the Thunder, picking up 5 strikeouts in 2 ⅔ innings. Hunter M. relieved Ryan S. in the top of the third to end the inning. He had a great game with 2 singles and 4 stolen bases. 

Drillers Player of the Game: Ian L. 

Thunder Player of the Game: Ryan S.


Biscuits vs. Lookouts  

Lookouts fell to the Biscuits 4-1. Despite the great pitching by Jake R., Sam R., and Quinn W. for the Lookouts, the Biscuits were able to score 4 runs on scattered hits by Connor M., Grayson T. and Timmy V. The bats were quiet for the Lookouts as the Biscuits pitching outmatched them. Luke W-N. dominated on the mound as he fanned 8 batters of 4 no-hit innings.. Connor M. for the Biscuits had a great game behind the plate while also pitching two innings with 5 strikeouts, and had a great tag-out at home. 

Biscuits Player of the Game: Connor M. 

Lookouts Player of the Game: Sam R.



Bulls vs. Tides

The Tides lost a tough battle to the Bulls 15 – 3. Ryan K. started on the mound for the Tides and pitched 2 strong innings. Luke P. had a great game on the mound for the Bulls striking out four and only allowing 2 hits over three innings. The Bulls totaled 9 hits. Bobby B., Zachary B. and Will M. all collected multiple hits for the Bulls. Bobby B. went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bulls in hits. Kelly led the Bulls with 3 stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with a total of 6 stolen bases. 

Bulls Player of the Game: Luke P.

Tides Player of the Game: Ryan K.


Mud Hens vs. Iron Pigs

The Iron Pigs were able to pull out a 12-12 tie after being down 11-3 to the Mud Hens. Noah S. started on the mound for the Mud Hens and pitched three innings giving up 4 runs a with a couple of strikeouts. Noah S. also had 2 great hits to the outfield. Gabe S. came in for relief for the Mud Hens and closed out the game. Nathan M. for the Iron Pigs pitched 2.2 great innings. During the Iron Pigs rally, Jayden B. had 2 big hits driving in 4 runs. 

Mud Hens Player of the Game: Noah S.

Iron Pigs Player of the Game: Nathan M.

Around the Horn

Opening Day Fall 2019


After a long summer, baseball is back at Koa! All our teams took the field for what turned out to be a beautiful Saturday for baseball. Opening day was packed with playoff rematches and some outstanding performances on the mound and at the plate!

Daily Dingers: Adam K. from the BABL A Legends and Justin G. from the BABL AAA Red Wings with a pair of three-run homers!





Legends vs. Hot Rods

The Legends came out strong in their season opener with a 15-3 win over the Hot Rods. Nick G. for the Legends set the tone on the mound racking up 6 strikeouts. Adam K. had a three-run home run and Nolan N. came up with a big two-run single to lead the Legend’s hot bats. Eric F. came on the mound to finish off the game for the Legends. While the Legends came up on top, it was a close game for the first two innings with the Hot Rods up 3-2. Ari G. doubled in the top of the first to score a run. The Hot Rods struggled on the mound, giving up 10 walks, but are ready for this weekend! 

Legends Player of the Game: Adam K.

Hot Rods Player of the Game: Ari. G. 

Bees vs. Lugnuts

Bees fall to the defending champions, Lugnuts, 9-4. The Bees struggled to find the strike zone early in the game giving up 8 runs in the first inning. Ruby B. kept the Bees in the game, but the deficit was too large to overcome. Rafi C. of the Lugnuts showed great leadership by being the loudest in the dugout and brought the energy needed to kick off the season for the Lugnuts. 

Bees Player of the Game: Ruby B

Lugnuts Player of the Game: Rafi C. 

Legends vs. Bees

After being down 8-1, the Bees found a way to chip away but ended up falling short to the Legends 10-6. Max F. pitched beautifully for the Bees but struggled to get outs in his second inning of work. Unfortunately, some defensive mishaps allowed the Bees to give up 8 runs. Jaymes A. pitched 2 solid innings for the Legends with a two-run double. Jackson A. had 2 RBI and Alex B. added another with a run scoring double. The Legends whole team found a way to contribute as every player got on base!

Bees Player of the Game: Max F.

Legends Player of the Game: Jaymes A. 

Lugnuts vs. Riverdogs

Riverdogs watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 7-4 loss to the Lugnuts. Lugnuts got things moving in the first inning, when Flynn F. singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Jack got the start for Lugnuts; he lasted two innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out six and walking zero. Lugnuts big 4th inning was driven by singles from Lucas A., Zain S., Flynn, and Rafe D. Izaak F led Lugnuts with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases.  Lugnuts did not commit a single error in the field!


Riverdogs biggest inning was the fourth where they brought in four runs. Riverdogs offense in the fourth was led by Mitchell H., Topher T., and Eoghan M! Topher T. toed the rubber for Riverdogs as he went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out six, and walking zero. Daniel P.,Nathan W., and Mac W. each contributed in relief for Riverdogs.


Lugnuts Player of the Game: Lucas A. 

Riverdogs Player of the Game: Topher T.



Biscuits vs. Bay Sox

Bay Sox beat the Biscuits in a 8-6 competitive opening day match up. Bay Sox pitchers Taisei K. and Isaac M. tossed four scoreless innings that allowed the Bay Sox to take an 8-2 lead. Drew L. from the Biscuits hit a triple early on in the game getting the Biscuits on the board! The Biscuits rallied in the top of the 6th scoring four runs bringing it to 8-6. It was a merry-go-round of walks with two outs sprinkled in, until Baysox’s Keisuke K. came out of the pen to induce a flair to 2nd base to end the game with the bases loaded. Biscuits could not get off the big hit they needed with bases loaded to win the game. Grayson T. was forced to catch for the Biscuits after their starting catcher had an injury and he did an outstanding job!

Biscuits Player of the Game: Grayson T. 

Bay Sox Player of the Game: Taisei K. 

Lookouts vs. Thunder

Lookouts watched the game slip away after a 6-0 lead in the top of the fourth, losing to the Thunder 10-7. Led by Jake R. and Sam R., the Lookouts were dominating the whole game on the mound. However, the Lookouts collapsed in the last inning. In the bottom of the 4th, Thunder cut the lead to 6-4 with Hunter M. leading off with single followed a single from Ryan S. and a 2RBI single from Ethan H. Thunder took the lead in the bottom of the 5th with the help of hard singles by Marcelo S., Everett C., Hannah S. and Grant LGame was called due to time. 

Thunder Player of the Game: Hunter M. 

Lookouts Player of the Game: Jake R. 



Red Wings vs. Iron Pigs

The Iron Pigs struggled in the first game of the season, dropping their championship rematch to the Red Wings 18-2. Iron Pig pitchers struggled to silence the bats of the Red Wings, as Justin G. lead the way with a three-run homer. Nathan M. caught the entire game and had a great defensive game for the Iron Pigs behind the plate.

Iron Pigs Player of the Game: Nathan M. 

Red Wings Player of the Game: Justin G.

Bulls vs. Mud Hens

Bulls defeat Mud Hens after an intense back and forth battle. Bulls and Mud Hens played a taut affair on Saturday, but Bulls eventually prevailed 12-8. The game was tied at eight with Bulls batting in the top of the fifth when Michael L. drew a walk, forcing in a run. Both offenses were strong at the plate as Bulls collected eight hits and Mud Hens seven in the high-scoring match up.


Noah W. got the start for Bulls. He surrendered five runs on five hits over two innings, striking out three. Bulls totaled eight hits with Bobby B. and Robert D. each racking up multiple hits. Bulls stole eight bases during the game with Zachary B. leading the charge with two. Gabe S. started for the Mudhens with a strong showing on the mound. Mud Hen’s player Noah S. went 2-2 with two singles and a walk. What a game!

Mud Hens Player of the Game: Noah S. 

Bulls Player of the Game: Bobby B.

Inner Koa, News

New Program!

We added a new program this fall for kids ages 4-6! We are so excited to have a new program tailored to our younger athletes!

Koa’s Future Stars will perform skills directly applicable to Flag Football and Basketball. They will participate in various fitness activities and teamwork-centered games.

Register Here!


  • Ages: 4 to 6
  • Time: Saturdays 9:00am to 9:50am
  • Date: September 28, 2019 to November 2nd, 2019
  • Location: 4960 Boiling Brook Pkwy North Bethesda, MD 20852
  • Description: Koa’s Future Stars will perform skills directly applicable to Flag Football and Basketball. They will participate in various fitness activities and teamwork – centered activities
    • Week 1 to 3: Flag Football
    • Week 4 to 6: Basketball
  • Cost: $150 per child


Koa Future Stars Program

Email us

(301) 229-7529 (PLAY)




Name: Eryk Dees
Time with Koa: Summer 2019
Background: Eryk was born in Miami, Florida and recently moved to Rockville, MD. He attended Miami’s Mega-Magnet, Coral Reef Senior High School, where he was a 4-year varsity letterman for baseball. He earned a scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University and unfortunately suffered a career-ending arm (non-throwing arm) injury after his freshman season. Eryk transferred from Eastern Kentucky to Florida State University, where he completed his BA in history. Following his playing career, Eryk began teaching and coaching at the high school level. As the head hitting and infield coach, he helped Miami Palmetto High School to a regional championship and state final four appearances in 2017. In 2018, Miami Palmetto won their district and Greater Miami Athletic Conference championship. After Eryk’s son was born in December 2018, he assumed the role of hitting/offensive consultant for his alma mater, Coral Reef Senior High School, where they finished as state runner ups, making the state championship for the first time in school history. He is familiar with the college recruiting process, how to prepare athletes for high school baseball, and player development for all ages.  Many of the athlete’s Eryk coached are continuing their college careers all over the county.  He’s excited to make an impact in the Koa Community and help your son develop on and off the field.
Eryk Dees


Inner Koa, News


July 2019 Newsletter!

Koa Families,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. It’s a fun time of year, swim team is winding down, vacation season is upon us, family barbecues are in full swing, and school is over a month away!

Lots of amazing things going on at Koa, our safe, fun counselors, and happy campers were at a half dozen locations this month. Our travel baseball teams wrapped up their seasons, the basketball “live” period is complete, and club field hockey is never in an offseason with weekly pick up for the club players! I did want to share my latest read with the Koa Families. A recommendation from one of my best friends from high school (played goalie for the Harvard Soccer Team) suggested I read Range.

The first chapter of Range talks about the difference between Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.  Both are elite athletes and at the top of their sport for decades, however, coming from two different paths.  Woods was a child prodigy and focused solely on golf, while Federer was a generalist until he was a teenager.  As a generalist, he sampled many sports and started training for ONLY tennis as a teenager (too late- according to the experts) to ever become relevant, let alone a professional.  The tagline of the book is “Why Generalist Triumph in a Specialized World” and advocates for the Federer method of training versus Wood’s route.  If you are looking for an interesting read on the beach, cabin, pool, go for Range.

Pictures of the Month!





Thank you to all for voting Koa Sports Best of Bethesda 2019!

What’s New?


Our third year of Koa Hoops Camp concluded this past Friday. We had over 40 campers working hard while making memories! Big thanks to our coaches who were with us all summer to make it the best camp yet! We are already looking forward to next summer.

The Koa basketball teams may be in the offseason but the front office and staff are hard at work preparing for another exciting year of basketball! Fall tryouts have recently been announced on our website and registration is now open. Some players have gotten a headstart on preparation by attending our daily training sessions. Ask about our training specials!

Please email Evan Sirkey at evan@koasports.org if you have any questions!



Koa’s Travel Baseball had a memorable July.  Our 12U team returned from Cooperstown trading over 1,000 pins and making life long memories.  Our MCBL College Team had a tough first-round playoff exit, but had an amazing season!  Our 13-16-year-olds trained hard and saw tons of development with the introduction of our Velocity Program!  Throwing and exit velocity extend careers, Koa will be making sure our athletes don’t get left on the bench.

Baseball camps are getting ready to wrap up this week! It has been an exciting summer with a lot of memories!

We are preparing for the Fall Season and looking forward to seeing everyone back for a new season. The BABL jerseys will get a new look and we can’t wait for you to see them!

Please email koabaseball@koasports.org to inquire about private lessons or for more information!


Flag Football

Custom Jersey Deadline August 1st!

Limited space for Summer Camp!
Bethesda Flag Football Camp





Where: Koa Headquarters (4960 Boiling Brook Pkwy, North Bethesda, MD 20852)


  • Session 1 (Aug 12-16)
  • Session 2 (Aug 19-23)


Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm (we provide before and aftercare)

Contact Nick Tolisano to learn more!



Field Hockey

Summer Camp 2019 is coming to an end. All of our athletes have been working extremely hard, learning new skills and having lots of fun spending their days outside playing field hockey! What’s better than playing the sport you love with your friends in the summer?! We hope to see everyone continue to play this fall at one of our programs!

This past weekend our coaching staff attended a Coaching Clinic at the University of Delaware. They were able to gain insight, skills, and techniques from other knowledgeable coaches of all levels. We also had 2 teams participate in the University of Delaware Tournament. It was great to see our teams back on the field after a great spring season.

Contact Simone Vagnoni & Jen Spagnuolo for more information!


Multi-Sport Summer Camp

Our summer camp activities list is packed with swimming, indoor and outdoor games! We have already made so many memories at our July Sessions and we can’t wait to see what August brings!

We have a few sessions left! Sign up before it’s too late!



4 One Week Sessions Left! (9:00am-3:00pm)
Session 7: Aug 5-9
Session 8: Aug 12-16
Session 9: Aug 19-23
Session 10: Aug 26-30

Ask us about our before care and aftercare!

Visit us and get all the details about this year’s Summer Camp!

Contact Emily Fornatora for any questions!



Koa tennis camps are heating up and we are excited about our last few sessions!






Join us for Summer Camp!
Boys & Girls | Ages 4-14
4 one-week sessions left to choose from!
Session 8: Aug 5 – 9
Session 9: Aug 12 – 16
Session 10: Aug 19 – 23
Session 11: Aug 26 – 30

Mclean, Va., Potomac, Md. & Bethesda, Md.
Register Here!

Check out all of our Summer Tennis Programs here!

Contact Marco Impeduglia & Nim Mohan for more information!

Koa in the Community

Coach of The Month

Adam Shatzman

Coach Adam has been a Multisport counselor for 4 years now with Koa. Throughout the years, Adam has been a camper favorite coach. He brings a fun, positive, and energetic attitude to camp every day. No matter if he is with the bigs or the littles, he is always ready to go go go! Not only does Adam bring a lot of fun to camp but he also enjoys helping the kids improve their skills.









Player of The Month

Chris Y.

Chris Y. has presented himself as a top competitor at Koa’s Multisport camp this summer. He attacks all challenges and sports head on! He provides a positive and humorous spirit at Koa. Chris is with us all 10 weeks of summer and always brings great energy to camp, even when Tully beats him at UNO.









We want to hear your feedback! Have any questions you want Koa Sports to answer? Or want to hear about a specific topic? Let us know! 

Email us

(301) 229-7529 (PLAY)





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Tyrone Beaman

Bryan Oringher

Brandon Howell

Rob Roman

Brandon Howell

Kameron Ritter

Robert Castillo

Brady Barr

Eryk Dees

Matt Phelan

Bruce Beatty

Stephen Cuccia

Haley Bowcutt

Najia Hasan

Taylor Bowen

Jack Cheney

Justin Riggin

Abe Kuhn

Shaina Thompson

Jen Spagnuolo

Simone Vagnoni

Christian Stafford

Sam Crickey

Nick Murray

Carlos Mesa

Lorenzo Christy

Seth Cohen

Jack Bliss

Steve Friedman

Mike Evans

Nicole Kerfoot

Paul Wesnofske

Jaimie Canterbury

Corey Kouakou

Maurice Whitehurst

Mikhail Leybo

Kelly Given

Casey Hertel

Maddie Raville

Yajaira Rivas

Jesse Hitchcock

Ryan Basen

Adam Abramson

Ryan Schuler

Brock Hunter

Nevin Brown

Jeremy Stevens

Jeff Whitaker

Eric Scretchen

John Paseur

Kieran Kindig

Pat Hisle

Oscar Espinal

Kenneth Mullins

Taylor Hubbard

Khamari I. Williams

Christopher Yamoah

JaCarl Smith

Tope Olusoga

Garrett Williams

Daniel Jones

Philip Brach

Ace Clark

Mac Andrews

Terry Butler

Rudy Yakanda

Dionte Holland

Serge Kona

Razonte Dunn

David Johnson

Alex Gordon

Spencer Levitt

Linn Kanon

Orlando Del Hoyo

Faith Randolph

Perris Burke

Rodolfo Guante

Mark Brown

Steve Christakos

Ian Thorne

Gregory Albertini

Shelby Amspacher

Rachel Freeland

Emily Kramer

Meghan Gaulin

Virginia Ribulotta

Yajaiva Rivas

Katie Gerbes

Gaby Svec

Alie Brooks

Brandon Tates

Rob Roman

Mason Robinson

Jamien Payne

Rafriel Guthrie

Nick Moon

James Douglas Jr.

Jim Kuhn

Theo Kona

Antony Ndiangui

Jamaal Clarke

Mike Howe

Achille Hendje

Brandon Driver

Kevin Dominguez

Brian Brewer

Howard Bolden

Coffi Amouzou

Dominick Barnes

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