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Brian Engles

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A college baseball player competes in an elite summer league but risks his future in the game by coming forward about his abusive coach.


Drama, Young Adult,Sports

Short Summary

Shane Monoghan, a top-ranked collegiate shortstop, arrives in seaside Nailer's Cove to compete in a prestigious summer league when he learns that his former coach Mike Calloway, the man responsible for developing him as a player and bullying him relentlessly, has died in a car wreck.

After leading his Cove League team to victory, Shane tells the truth about his abusive past and Calloway's true nature. He returns to Oregon for another year of college when a forest fire strikes. Shane debates suicide, thinking the flame is his fate for waiting too long to confess.


Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Oregon

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message,Toxic Masculinity & Veterans Issues

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Shane Monoghan

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Underdog, Complex, Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Naive, Secretive,Secretive,Lone Wolf,Clumsy,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Noah Kinton

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring, Engaging, Modest, Selfless,Modest,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Mike Calloway

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Aggressive, Desperate,Narcisstic,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Lexi Henson

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aggressive, Blunt, Confident, Educated, Funny

Development Pitch

Wildball is a necessary story for the currently underserved YA market. It'd make a good film for the kid who has outgrown the Sandlot, but isn't quite ready for HBO. Shane's journey of coming forward about his past trauma with his former coach tackles themes of abuse and survivor's guilt while also intertwining positive charges in the narrative with moments of mentorship and brotherhood. The story has the Norman Rockwell imagery of a summer baseball league, but if David Lynch lifted the brush now and then, to add in some devilish skies over the seaside town where the action takes place. Its proven its merit by earning coverage in the Boston Globe, air-time on NPR stations, and spots on school summer reading lists. Engles, a BU Film & TV grad, is currently working on the screenplay of his novel.

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

Cape Cod Baseball League, Baseball

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available