The Steelsharks Baseball Club was formed in 2016 to provide a place for serious baseball players to play travel baseball at a fair and reasonable price. Coach Charlie Raineri (formerly Lehigh Valley Riverdawgs) and Coach Matt Sawarynski (formerly ESA Avengers) combined to join forces to form this team of select players from the Lehigh Valley, PA area. All player costs for the organization will be fully transparent to our families without any profits being taken.
Coach Raineri managed the Lehigh Valley Riverdawgs Travel Baseball Team for 6 seasons. Over the years, his Riverdawg Teams competed and won numerous tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including multiple ECTB, Brandywine Valley, Coplay, Bucks County, Douglassville, US Elite, MSI Maplezone, and Aberdeen Ripken. The Dawgs would also finish Runner-Up at the Toms River, NJ Fall Fest, and at the Diamond Nation Spring Mid-Atlantic Classic. His 12u Team is remembered for being eliminated by State, Regional, and National Champion Red Land at the PA State LL Tournament in 2015, after going undefeated in District and Sectional play. Coach Raineri is currently the Head Freshman Baseball Coach at Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA. His long time Assistant Coach Trever George will also be joining him on the Steelsharks Staff.
2017: Record 32-4; Champions in 5 out of 7 tournaments entered including the Upper Chesapeake, MD Mid-Atlantic Baseball Festival and the ECTB National Championship.
2018: Coach Raineri took over the program. His Staff for the 2018 Team included Coach Trever George and Coach Jay Rothenhausler. Record 17-2-1:
Super PG25 Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions*
Super PG25 National Champions*
PGBA Mid-Atlantic Championship Runner-Up
2018 PG National Ranking #47
2018 PG State of PA Ranking #2
2019: Record 10-2; 6-1 at the WWBA National Championship, Cartersville, Ga, 2-1 at the PBR Limited Series Event, and Champions of the Annual BSE Collegiate Showcase Event. This would bring the team's combined record to 59-8-1 since their inception. In addition to the Sharks 16U National Team, the team would also add teams in the 18U, 15U, and 10U categories for the season.
2019 Summer PG Mid-Atlantic Region Ranking #10
2022: The Steelsharks Baseball Organization will now be fully supported by the Liberty Baseball Partners. Although we are a Liberty HS support organization, we welcome players from all areas and all ages for evaluation. Teams will be arranged under 3 categories: 1) Steelsharks Canes: players comprised of Liberty HS players only 2) Steelsharks Baseball: full-time travel teams 3) Steelsharks Select: players individually invited to participate in elite only events. Or if multiple teams in a specific age group, then one team will be designated as "Select."
The organization will also be supporting our new Northwest Steelsharks Teams that are represented in the Lehigh Valley League (player residencies must be approved within the appropriate boundaries).