Who We Are:
The Michiana Scrappers are a youth based organization that began with a vision in 2005 and has evolved into a 15 teams on the baseball side (9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, & 22U). In 2014 the Scrappers organization introduced the Lady Scrappers softball to the organization at the (8U, 10U, 12U & 14U levels). As we head into the 2015 season the Lady Scrappers has grown from 5 teams to now 9 teams (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U & 16U). The goal remains very simple, get players with an aspiration to improve their knowledge of the game and prepare their skill sets for the next level. As we begin the 2015 season this will be our 10th full year of providing a quality organization for kids of all ages to reach there goals.
Our goal is not to win at all cost, but a shared philosophy amongst all coaches to teach each player how to be grown young men & women and mature through the game of baseball and/or softball, while also preparing them on the field to compete at a high level. If you have a passion to play and learn at a high level and are not afraid of failure then this is the place for you.
Brian Blondell, Founder & Director of Player Operations, is a 1998 graduate of Bethel College, where he was an NCCAA All-American during his junior and senior years as a pitcher. After completing his collegiate career Brian coached at South Bend Washington High School as the Head Assistant. He left Washington after four years to become the pitching coach at Bethel College where he groomed 2 pitchers selected for All American honors, one who was a 2nd Round Draft Pick in the MLB draft and is now in the Majors pitching for the Cleveland Indians. The Bethel team, posted a school record 44 wins that season. In 2005, Blondell took the head coaching position at South Bend Riley, and held that for two years before moving on to become the Pitching Coach for South Bend St. Josephs High School, which went to the 2007 Class 3A Semi-State. Blondell returned to the College ranks in 2013 as the Head Baseball Coach at Holy Cross College. The 2015 season was the last year for the Saints, but not before a 31-21 season and 2nd place finish in the Chicagoland Athletic Conference. Blondell had another player drafted into MLB with the 24th Round selection of Jake Lanning by the Atlanta Braves. When the 2016 season begins, Blondell will begin a new quest as he was appointed 1st ever Head Baseball Coach at Indiana University South Bend. Brian is married to the former Christi Whitfield a standout volleyball player at Mishawaka HS (2x State Runnerup), who then went onto Bethel College to play Volleyball, where she was on the 1998 NCCAA National Championship team 3 kids: Alexis (14); Bryce (12); Brenden (9)