Gibbs Cardinals, Nola Baseball join forces to compete in Connie Mack
UPDATE: The workout for interested players, originally scheduled for January 8, has been postponed because of the forecast for inclement weather until January 29 at 3 p.m. at Tulane.
A pair of substantive local baseball entities are uniting, joining forces to present a formidable team and organization.
The Cardinals, previously known as the Gibbs Construction Cardinals, have joined forces with Nola Baseball to compete in the American Amateur Baseball Congress Connie Mack Baseball organization nationally.
The team and organization will now be known as the Nola Cardinals.
The Cardinals and Nola Baseball have competed for many of the same players in recent years for summer baseball teams.
The Cardinals have most recently competed in American Legion Baseball but are moving on from that traditional entity.
The team will be comprised of high school seniors and college freshmen who are eligible. The age restriction dictates that you cannot turn 19 before May 1, 2023. There is a 24-player limit.
Nola Baseball, established in 2005, hosted and played in the regional at Tulane’s Turchin Stadium last year, reaching the semifinals. Nola Baseball has placed numerous teams, across multiple high school age groups, at the top of Perfect Game, World Wood Bat, as well as Connie Mack regional and national events.
Todd Buster of Nola Baseball is thrilled with the merger.
“Danny Riehm has done an outstanding job through the years of American Legion and now we get a chance to merge together,” Buster said. “We’re looking for the very best. We’re looking for a college signee. We’re looking for players who want to come in and compete. The road starts at Tulane.”
The Gibbs Construction Cardinals were a semifinalist in American Legion last season. The Cardinals won in the American Legion state championship game in four of the last five years, winning three times and reaching the American Legion World Series in 2019. The Cardinals have won 80 percent of their games since their inception.
Danny Riehm of the Cardinals echoes the excitement level of Buster.
“We’re excited to join forces with Todd Buster, Cole Catalano and Nola Baseball,” Riehm said. “We’ve had some wars with them and it was always fun to play those guys. To be joining forces to try to make a run at the Connie Mack World Series is really exciting for us. We think this is going to be the place to be for 18-year-old players.”
The Nola Cardinals will host a Connie Mack Regional in New Orleans at Turchin Stadium in 2023.
The winner of that regional earns a bid to the AABA Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico, where it has been played since 1965. The event annually draws 5,000-10,000 fans.
The coaching staff of the Nola Cardinals is quite impressive, led by Riehm and Buster. The remainder of the staff includes Kirk Bullinger, Cole Catalano, Kenny Goodlett Sr. and Oliver Lacoste. Kelly McWilliams will be the Director of Baseball Operations.
There will be a pro-style workout on Sunday, January 29 at Tulane University for interested players.
Some of the top Connie Mack teams include reigning World Series champion the Midland Redskins, Florida Legends, Dallas Tigers, Dulin’s Dodgers, Southern California Renegades, and D-BAT United. Most rosters are primarily made up of Division I signees.
The Midland (Ohio) Redskins won the 2022 World Series.
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