February 26, 2013 > The Travel Baseball phenomenon
The Travel Baseball phenomenon
Submitted By Rafael Nunez
Fremont Wicked, a local 13 and under high competition youth baseball team was formed by Fremont resident Rafael Nunez with his Centerville American All-Star team toward the end of the 2012 Little League season. At that time, the Wicked were preparing for District 14 All-Stars higher level of competition. Today the team is still comprised of mostly ex-District 14 players from Centerville American, Newark American, Niles-Centerville, and Warm Springs Little Leagues.
The start of the 2012-2013 brought some changes including introduction of new manager Matt Aboumrad. Matt is a former college player and high school coach. Coach Matt's influence was immediate. His first season was record-breaking and exceeded all expectations. Under his guidance, Fremont Wicked rolled to a 37-6 record that included a 16-game win streak. In total Fremont Wicked won seven tournament championships before the end of 2012. By the end of fall, Fremont Wicked was power ranked in the top three of the nation by the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA).
The landscape of high school sports has changed dramatically. One by one freshman programs are being cut due to budget constraints, resulting in fewer teams and fewer spots for high school athletes. The goal of the Fremont Wicked program is simple: provide young men a better chance to win a position on their high school team, both through instruction and by facing the top 10% of competition in the country.
Fremont Wicked has not found success without struggle; the program is not set up as a profit enterprise so it relies on generous local sponsors such as Bernardin-owned McDonald's, and Aboumrad Construction. While those sponsors have helped tremendously, they are not enough. Please contact Rafael Nunez if your organization is interested in sponsoring Fremont Wicked. Also contact us about our upcoming pitching tryouts or if you are interested in one-on-one instruction through Matt Aboumrad.