Padres scout's multipurpose vision for OKC Sandlot team working out so far

CONNIE MACK STATE TOURNAMENT — Lane Decker had a vision when he helped start the OKC Sandlot. Decker, a regional scout with the San Diego Padres, wanted to help place local players in college programs, but also get to know them as a scout.
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 17, 2013
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Lane Decker had a vision when he helped start the OKC Sandlot in 2008.

Decker, a regional scout with the San Diego Padres, wanted to help place local players in college programs, but also get to know them as a scout.

“The way the draft works now, it's not about just going in and evaluating tools and determining whether the kid's a player or not,” Decker said. “We need to know more about those players. And even having these kids on our team, I like to have kids that may not be drafted out of high school but I think they have the potential to play professional baseball, even after maybe four years of school and they're going out as seniors to play.”

The team-building strategy has been successful, as the Sandlot won the 2011 Connie Mack state title and the 2012 American Legion state title. On Thursday, the Connie Mack state tournament in Enid begins with the Sandlot as the top seed, which earns a first-round bye.

“Our main goal is to win the Connie Mack state tournament,” Sandlot coach Todd George said. “Even though it is a pro environment and everything, our main goal is to win every single ballgame, too.”

George, who was recently an assistant at Southwestern Oklahoma State, has been the coach since former MLB and Oklahoma State standout Monty Fariss stopped coaching the team.

So far, that's been a perfect fit.

“He's a good teacher of the game mentally and how to prepare,” Decker said. “He's been good with them.”


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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2013 Connie Mack State Tournament

David Allen Memorial Ballpark, Enid

Thursday

Southmoore vs. Woodward Minors, noon

Enid Minors vs. Woodward majors, 2:30 p.m.

OKC Drillers vs. Southwest Shockers, 5 p.m.

Cleveland County Boomers vs. Enid Majors, 7:30 p.m.

*OKC Sandlot has first-round bye

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