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Going to Bat co-founders Adam Salcido Kieran Lovegrove Kyle Candalla
Co-Founders Adam Salcido, Kieran Lovegrove and Kyle Candalla (2012)

Co-Founder Adam Salcido
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Co-Founder Adam Salcido practices his other passion

Adam Salcido is the son of renowned author, psychotherapist and youth baseball coach Raymond Salcido, writer of Chaos to Balance: A Life-changing Strategy. Adam Salcido is a talented three sport athlete.

Adam played shortstop on the 2009 California Cup on an all star team selected from the entire Southern California area. Along with baseball Adam also plays basketball and Varsity football at Laguna Hills High School.

Adam played shortstop on his high school varsity baseball team as a Freshman!

1st Team All League Safety 2012 (football)
Adam is planning to attend Boise State

 


Co-Founder Kieran Lovegrove
Kieran Lovegrove South African National Team 2012
Co-founder Kieran Lovegrove at World Baseball Classic 2012

When Kieran was only two, he picked up his first bat . . . a cricket bat! He honed his bat skills on the Camps Bay beach in South Africa, where he was born. He moved to America at age 5, and fell in love with the game of baseball.

He was a member of the Saddleback Coyotes Baseball Team that won the 2005 National Cooperstown Tournament of Champions (Oneonta, NY), where he also won the shortstop skills competition. Kieran is a pitcher on the Mission Viejo High School (Mission Viejo, CA) baseball team. In addition to baseball, Kieran was also an All Star soccer player (goalie) and football wide receiver.

2005 National Cooperstown Tournament of Champions (Oneonta, NY)
Cooperstown All Star - Champion Shortstop Skills Champion 2005
Southern California 14U - 2009 California Cup, Manteca, CA
2009 California 14U "Golden Arm" Champion, Manteca, CA - 85 mph
Southern California 15U - 2009 NTIS, Cary, North Carolina
2010 High School Baseball MVP
NCTB Stars, 2010 USA 16U Championships, Peoria, AZ
Elite Baseball Series 2010, UCI & UCLA
Perfect Game 2010 West Coast Top Prospect Showcase - 91 mph
Southern California 17U - 2010 NTIS, Cary, North Carolina
USA 16U Trials Team - 2010, Houston, Texas
Under Armour Pre-Season All American - 2011 Tucson, AZ
Perfect Game National Showcase - 2011, Fort Myers, FL
Don Mattingly 17U World Series Champions - 2011 Tempe, AZ
Area Code Milwaukee Brewers - 2011 Long Beach, CA
Southern California 17U - 2011 NTIS, Cary, North Carolina
USA 18U Trials Team - 2012

Rawlings® Preseason All-American 2012
Rawlings® Preseason California Senior 1st Team 2012
Cleveland Indians
(2rd Round Draft Pick 2012)
South African National Team
(WBCQ 2012)

Kieran was committed to play baseball for Arizona State University in 2012 but opted to play professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians and was ranked by MLB as their 16th best prospect in 2012.


Co-Founder Kyle Candalla  
Kyle Candalla USA Baseball NTIS Southern California 2011
Co-founder Kyle Candalla

Kyle played in the 2009 California Cup (Manteca, CA) on an all star team selected from the entire Southern California area.

Kyle was selected as one of only 10 14-year-olds to represent Southern California at the National Team Identification Series at USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Kyle played on the varsity baseball team as a Freshman at Mission Viejo High School!

Southern California 13U - 2009 California Cup, Manteca, CA
Southern California 15U - 2009 NTIS, Cary, North Carolina
Southern California 14U - 2010 California Cup, Palm Springs, CA

Elite Baseball Series 2010, UCI & UCLA
2010 High School Baseball MVP
2011 High School Baseball MVP
Under Armour Pre-Season All American

ABD Nomination for Joe Spiers Award - 2011 Baserunner of the Year
Elite Baseball Series (EBS) - 2011 UCLA
ABD Bulldogs - 2012

Elite Baseball Series (EBS) - 2012
Elite Baseball Series (EBS) - 2012 UCLA - Player of the game
2012 Area Code Game Tryouts - Milwaukee brewers
2012 High School Most Oustanding Offensive Player of the Year
2012 All- Seaview League 1st Team
Boston Red Sox Scout Team 2012
2012 WWBA World Championships - Jupiter, FL
2012 WWBA World All Tourney Team


In addition to baseball all around athlete, Kyle played Football (Safety and Wide Receiver), Track and Field, Basketball, and Soccer.


Kayla Lovegrove, Community Relations
Kayla Lovegrove


Kayla Lovegrove is a junior at the University of Arizona, majoring in Family Studies and Human Development. After moving to the US when she was 8, Kayla began playing soccer and softball, eventually excelling as a catcher. She played an integral role in her El Segundo 10U softball team winning the league championship. When the family moved to Orange County in 2003, she continued playing softball as a catcher and was also moved to third base. Kayla, better known as "Cheech" on the field, fooled anyone who saw her play because her petite frame never matched her unbelievable ability to hit, run and throw. She helped her team win the league championship and was selected for the 12U All-Star and Fall Ball team. Even though her athletic career ended (numerous knees surgeries and finally ACL replacement) she continues to support her brother's baseball career and is a huge sports fan.

Kayla recently returned from Trujillo, Peru where she spent her vacation teaching English to the villagers.


Shaun Rico, Director Arizona
Shaun Rico Going to Bat Foundation
Shaun is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is a true believer that “your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment”. After graduating from Wabash College in 2008, Shaun was given the opportunity to be the hitting coach and assistant strength and conditioning coordinator for the Little Giant baseball team. In the summer of 2008 had an opportunity to earn a roster spot for the Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training team. After falling short on that opportunity, he was blessed with mindset that he could give more to the patrons of baseball and fitness by teaching it rather than playing it. Shaun was able to transmit his knowledge of fitness through his Sharing the Sandlot non-profit in Arizona. He has worked with a diverse group of skill levels and skill goals, from paralysis patients, weight loss, injury rehab to high-level collegiate athletes, all with the same goal in mind, to reach and conquer their optimal abilities.

John Brauchie, Arizona

John Brauchie graduated from Wabash College in 2008 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History as a student-athlete. While at Wabash, John acted as Warden for the Indiana Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta in addition to playing baseball. Born and raised in Tulsa, Ok; he is a graduate and state champion of Bishop Kelley High School. In the winter of 2011, he had the opportunity to reunite with his Fraternity brothers and take part in the groundwork efforts of Sharing the Sandlot. Working in Scottsdale, AZ; John is dedicated to the idea that every athlete deserves the opportunity to compete at any level.

David Culp, Arizona

David Culp graduated from Wabash College in 2008 and earned his Bachelor of Arts in English. He was a three year starter and two time Gold Glove winner for the Wabash Baseball Team. He also acted as the Risk Manager for his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. David is originally from Chicago, Illinois and made the trek out to Arizona after college. Arizona is the place he now calls home, and the place where he and his friends started Sharing the Sandlot, an organization committed to providing under privileged kids the opportunity to play baseball.  "My passion in life has always been baseball. I feel it is my time to share with other kids the life lessons, hard-work, and teamwork that I learned on the baseball field."  

Keith Lovegrove, President
Keith has over 25 years of business experience. He has previously held the elected office of Chairman of the Bedfordview Country Club, managed the South African under 23 indoor cricket team, managed an indoor sports facility for four years and served as board member for the North Mission Viejo Little League. Keith has worked for AT&T and IBM in networking sales and engineering on two continents and holds multiple industry certifications. Keith also coached little league softball and baseball for his daughter and son.

Raymond Salcido, Public Relations
Raymond Salcido L.C.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker with a thriving private practice in Laguna Hills, California. He is also the author of Chaos to Balance: A Life-changing Strategy. Raymond specializes in helping individuals and families shift from living in a state of constant crisis to living with balance. His research into chaos addiction is shedding new light onto the study of addiction.
Christina Salcido, Treasurer
In additional to being a full time mom, Christina has held the position of President, and VP Fundraising, Lomarena Elementary School PTA, President, and Parliamentarian La Paz Intermediate School STPO.  Christina served on the Laguna Hills Little League Board of Directors for three years, as well as the Director of Summer Camp for Girl Scouts of America Saddleback 1 unit.  Christina has also served on the City of Laguna Hills General Plan Advisory Committee.

Shannon Candalla, Secretary
Shannon received her BA in Political Science at San Jose State University but pursued a more lofty aspiration as a full-time mother of two. A CFO, COO, CEO, Secretary and Taxi Driver by trade, she balances her time volunteering at school and sports functions.

Kelly Lovegrove, Marketing
Kelly Lovegrove has been in the marketing and advertising industry for nearly 20 years beginning her career at Hunt Lascaris TBWA in Johannesburg, South Africa. After running her own ad agency in Cape Town, the native Californian moved back to So Cal with her husband, daughter and son, where she was VP of Marketing for an Internet software company then for a national, publicly-traded staffing company. Kelly is now Director of Operations for a national real estate auction marketing firm with aggregated sales over $5 billion.
Scott Yonkouski, Development
Scott is the owner of I Mean Fitness and has 25 years of experience with fitness consulting; from personal training, speed and agility training, addressing and advising groups and companies and fitness seminars. Scott places an emphasis on running techniques, coordination, balance and sport-specific strength. Scott's knowledge is essential in establishing an athletic foundation for improved performance, injury prevention, and long-term enjoyment of sports participation.

Ernand Candalla, Operations
Ernand currently works as a Senior Engineer at Kingston Technology (Ranked 83rd, Forbes 500 Largest Private Companies) and oversees worldwide manufacturing quality that spans all over Asia, Europe, North and South America. Ernand also served as a Laguna Hills Little League Board Member and frequently volunteers in AYSO, American Youth Soccer Association activities.

Adam Salcido, Kieran Lovegrove, Kyle Candalla
Co-Founders Adam Salcido, Kieran Lovegrove and Kyle Candalla (2009)


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