When you think East Cobb Bullets, you probably think of the Georgia-based program that has great national success under coaches like Greg Schnute and Andrew Biele while producing elite players such as Brittany Barnhill (Florida) and winning national titles such as this summer’s TC/USA Nationals held in Atlanta.
The cupboard certainly isn’t bare as the current 18U team, for example, has standout pitching like seniors Lexi Kilfoyl (Alabama), Callie Turner (Tennessee) and Chandler Dennis (Michigan).
And, like many club organizations such as the Firecrackers, OC Batbusters, Bombers, etc., the East Cobb Bullets are “franchising” outside of the state where they began, are based or both.
In the latest example, the Bullets began a team all the way across the country by setting up a team in Southern California and according to Schnute, it’ll be one to watch in 2019.
A few weeks ago he wrote Extra Inning’s Brentt Eads stating, “I have just spent the weekend in San Diego watching our three new EC Bullets San Diego teams and I want to make you aware of A.J. Robinson’s 16U group that I believe is outstanding. They have not really been seen, but they are going to ‘blast’ on the scene (this year). They have some young ladies that can play at the SEC, ACC, Pac 12 level.”
We connected with Coach Robinson who is also the President of The Factory Fastpitch Club in San Diego and he graciously gave us some time to learn about his new program…
Why did the Factory program decide to become a Bullets team and when did it get its start?
EC Bullets California is new this Fall and we felt that branding with the East Cobb Bullets would be an added benefit to our top players that want to compete in national events and be recruited nationally. The team was The Factory 16U Black last season and finished tied for 17th at PGF Premier Nationals as a first-year 16U team.
Are all of your players from the San Diego area?
Our team is based in San Diego and almost all of our players live in the area with the exception of one from Santa Monica and one from Murrieta.