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Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs Training Facility

Peak Performance is now the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs Training Facility. The facility is home to the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs baseball and softball teams, but also acts as a venue for local youth to receive lessons by many of the best baseball/softball trainers in the area!


Lessons provided by independent trainers include hitting, pitching, fielding, speed/agility training, and mental toughness. Please contact us for more information.


901 Salsburg Ave
Bay City, MI 48706

Trevor Grice


Phone: 9896706655


First and foremost the Saginaw Bay Youth Athletic Organization (SBYAO) and the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs would like to thank Tom Merkle and Mark Krzysiak for their vision that started Peak Performance Baseball and eventually the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs over ten years ago. Since that time, they have run a facility that has helped teach the intricacies of the game of baseball to interested youth in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

As of Monday, September 9, 2019 the SBYAO has secured the rights to run the location formerly known as Peak Performance Baseball. While both Tom and Mark will be continuing with lessons at their own pace, SBYAO is fortunate enough to be able to work with them to secure the location and equipment to run this facility. While details are still being worked out, SBYAO is aiming to continue the operation of the facility in its current state with the trainers present, as well as offering the flexibility to offer more time to the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs baseball and softball teams for practices and team expansion.

This is a very big step for the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs in maintaining a consistent home for our teams to work on hitting and pitching fundamentals during the Winter months, as well as providing direct access to some of the top trainers in the area. Look for more information in the coming months on the facility. Go Dawgs!

Independent Trainers

Mark Krzysiak

Mark Krzysiak

Baseball Instructor: Pitching, Catching, Hitting (Baseball/Softball), Fielding, Speed & Agility

Phone: 989.239.4240

  • MCCAA All-Conference, NJCAA All-State and All-Region Infielder at Lake Michigan College
  • 2001-2003 Varsity Head Coach for Bay City Central High School (2003 Saginaw Valley League Champs)
  • 1999-2000 Varsity Head Coach for Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central High School (1999 Division III State Champs)
  • Collegiate Player at Central Michigan University, Calhoun Community College, and Lake Michigan College
  • 28 years experience as Camp and Clinic Director / Instructor for various youth baseball camps and clinics
  • Co-founder and previous vice-president/coach for Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs
  • Associate Scout for the Texas Rangers
  • Manager of 2010 Babe Ruth World Series Runners-Up in Monticello, Arkansas

Jeff Nowaczyk

Jeff Nowaczyk

Baseball/Softball Instructor: Hitting, Catching

Phone: 989.297.0871

After completing his college baseball career at Central Michigan University he became the Assistant Baseball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Northwood University. Nowaczyk has served as a catching and hitting instructor for 14 years; working camps, clinics, and private lessons throughout the Midwest Region. For the last 5 years Jeff has worked as an assistant scouting director and event coordinator for Prep Baseball Report Michigan, a high school baseball scouting service. 

Jeff Nowaczyk is the owner of RISE Softball ( a girls amateur softball scouting service covering the Midwest region. RISE helps players achieve their dreams of playing college softball by hosting showcases across the region. In the first two years, RISE has helped well over 100 players move onto the college level!

Nowaczyk is also a top level, competitive ASA/ISC Men’s Fast Pitch Softball player. Last season, Nowaczyk played for the #1 ISC ranked Men’s Fast Pitch Team in the world, Hill United Chiefs, as a catcher/infielder. In February 2017, Nowaczyk was named to the USA Men’s National Fast Pitch Team where he is currently a 5X Team USA Member. Jeff has represented the Red, White and Blue at the International Softball Federation World Softball Championships (June 2017) in Whitehorse, Yukon,  the Pan American Games Qualifier in Santo Domingo, Domican Republic (September 2017-Winning a Bronze Medal), ISF International Cup in Prague, Czech Republic (September 2018), International Softball Federation World Softball Championships in Prague, Czech Republic (June 2019), and the Pan America Games in Lima Peru (July 2019-Winning Silver Medal). 

Nowaczyk graduated from CMU in 2008 with a degree in Sport Management. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the DeVos School of Management.

Jason Ball

Jason Ball

Baseball Instructor: Pitching, Hitting

Phone: 989.928.4854

  • Current Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Saginaw Valley State University.
  • Left-handed pitcher at St. Clair County Community College from 1997-1998. 
  • Former volunteer assistant at Central Michigan University from 1999-2001. 
  • Former Associate Scout for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Former Varsity Pitching Coach at Essexville-Garber, Cass City, and Saginaw Nouvel.
  • Coached various youth baseball teams for over 20 years

Mitchell Bohn

Baseball Instructor: Hitting

Phone: 989.859.3122

Played at CMU 1984-1988 winning five Mid American Conference Championships. All Region and All Mac 3rd baseman in 1988. Won three amateur baseball national championships: 1995 NABF with the Pelham Mets out of Pelham, NY and 2001 and 2005 AABC with Halo Foutch out of Flint, MI. Won the MVP of the 2005 tournament.

Currently an assistant baseball coach at Meridian High School. Coached Jason Hockemeyer who played baseball at Evansville University and Hunter Merillat who is currently attending SVSU on a baseball scholarship.

Brian Becerril

Brian Becerril

Baseball/Softball Instructor: Hitting, Pitching (Baseball)

Phone: 989.482.6966

  • Coached and instructed youth players for the past 15 years
  • Has worked under two professional scouts implementing high level instructional methodology
  • Considered one of the top youth instructors in the Tri-city area
  • Current member of the Bay City Independents
  • Previous coach for Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs Travel baseball program
Kris Popp

Kris Popp

Softball Instructor: Hitting, Catching

Phone: 989.225-3749

  • NCAA Division 1 All American Catcher at Central Michigan University
  • NCAA Division 1 College World Series  All Tournament Team in 1987 as Catcher
  • 4 year Varsity Player at Central Michigan University
  • National Class A Championship Team Catcher
  • Central Michigan University Hall of Fame
  • Bay County Hall of Fame
  • Served as an Assistant Coach at Central Michigan University
  • Former Head Varsity Coach at Bay City Central
  • Current Head Varsity Coach at Bay City Western: 2015-present
  • Over 30 years of experience working as coach, camp director, and camp instructor

Samatha Miller

Samatha Miller

Softball Instructor: Pitching

Phone: 989.506.3263

I have been playing and coaching softball for over 20 years. I played school and travel softball in the Mount Pleasant area through high school. I also began instructing at pitching clinics in Mount Pleasant while I was in high school. I have continued to grow my passion and knowledge for the sport of fast pitch softball while instructing area athletes. My focus is to grow a strong, confident female athlete with amazing fundamentals who can perform at the highest level they desire.

All lessons are $35 for 30 min one-on-one sessions. It is asked that pitchers provide someone to catch for their lessons. 

Jeff Hartt

Jeff Hartt

Baseball Instructor: Hitting

Phone: 989.780.0762

  • Entering 36th season as Head Varsity Coach for Bay City John Glenn High School
  • Most wins in Bay County History (795)
  • Bay County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014
  • MHSBCA Coach of East/West All Star Game in 2006
  • MHSBCA Hall of Fame Inductee in 2004
  • 4 year letter winner at SVSU as a middle infielder, Captain Senior year

Zac Johnston

Zac Johnston

Instructor: Pitching, Speed & Agility

Phone: 949.324.0850

Zac Johnston comes to Michigan to bring his knowledge of baseball success to help athletes reach their goals. Having a lifetime of team sports experience, he utilizes his history of winning and leadership to train teams and large groups. He began this career at Saddleback College (Orange County, California) and became the most highly recruited junior college left-handed pitcher in the country. Zac chose to sign with San Diego State, where Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn was the head coach.  Zac brings excellent knowledge of weight training and pitching instruction to Peak Performance.  He believes in setting a solid foundation of functional training and pitching mechanics.  This, he finds, allows developing ballplayers to reach their full potential. Zac also believes being a better athlete always contributes to personal achievement and success on the field. Zac has a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his training sessions and wants to help his clients reach their goals.

Lennon Gwizdala

Lennon Gwizdala

Baseball Instructor: Pitching

Phone: 989.964.9566

  • Played 4 years at Bay City Central 
  • Won 2015 SVL pitcher of the year 
  • Played 4 years at Northwood University 
  • Northwood University career and single season saves record holder
  • 2 time first team all GLIAC
  • 4 years in the Northwoods Summer League playing for the Wisconsin Woodchucks
  • 2017 Northwoods summer league All Star 
  • Currently playing professional independent league baseball for the Sonoma Stompers in Sonoma California
  • Charges $40 per 30-minute lesson