Melissa played host to the Five Tool Texas DFW Kickoff tournament, June 1-3, a qualifying event for 15-16U select baseball teams to reach the prestigious Five Tool Show later this month. Sixteen other Metroplex venues simultaneously held tourneys in support of the Kickoff’s massive field. The event featured mostly North Texas teams, though some from the Houston area also participated.
The Five Tool organization was established in 2013 to provide quality opportunities for select-team players to exhibit their talents to college coaches and pro scouts, as well as fans. Five Tool personnel plan and administer competitions in six regions across the country.
The DFW Kickoff is one of several qualifiers for the Five Tool Show, June 20-24, at TCU, UTA, Dallas Baptist University and Weatherford College. The Show features some of the top 15U/16U teams in the country and DFW Kickoff champions are guaranteed paid entry to it. Winners from this just concluded tourney include 16U champs Frozen Ropes Thornton and D-BAT Elite North Dallas; and 15U champs Thrive-Haugen and D-BAT Elite Clemenz - the latter being the only team that competed at Melissa.
Long-time high school baseball coach Johnny Kinzy was Five Tool’s Site Director for all the action at the Melissa Sports Facility, which included 30 games over three days. Kinzy started Denton Guyer’s program in 2005 and coached there until 2016, with five playoff appearances in his final seven seasons. “I was a high school coach for 25 years,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of tournaments. … This is the top-notch facility that I’ve ever seen. The people are unbelievable, the work that they do. We’re very, very fortunate and we’re very excited about having the Melissa sports complex be a part of the Five Tool.”
Kinzy said Five Tool plans to return to Melissa twice more before summer is done. He also praised Melissa Booster Club president Paul Anderson and Melissa High baseball coach Jason Russell for helping to ensure a smooth operation.