2010 WWBA Florida Qualifier
Chet Lemon’s Juice defeated Orlando Baseball Academy Connect2011 1-0 Monday afternoon in Fort Myers to win the 2010 WWBA Florida Qualifier.
The Championship Game was the 7th game inessentially 3 days for both teams and the hitter’s showed their fatigue insteadof the pitchers. Both teams collectedonly 2 hits and the defense for both teams came through when needed.
Orlando RHP Corey Tufts allowed only a harmless 2-out walkthrough the first 3 innings, leaving the Juice with only 1 hit to show fortheir last 8 innings dating back to the first inning of their semi-finalvictory over the Tampa Crush. Juice SSRichie Martin opened up the 4th inning with a clean single to leftfield, however, and then stole second base with 2 out. 1B Corey Spano came through with a clutch Rbisingle to put the Juice up 1-0.
Orlando had their best chance to score in the 5thinning off RHP Paul John Roundtree, who had relieved starter LHP Corey Stump tobegin the 3rd inning. LFTyler Shenk reached base with 2 outs on an infield error and promptly stolesecond. DH Tanner Stanley slapped asingle to right field but Juice RF Jonathan Camp made a perfect throw tocatcher Cameron Toole to nail Shenk at the plate.
Roundtree got the win with 4 innings of scorelessrelief. Spano came in for the 7thinning and retired the side in order, including 2 strikeouts, to get the save.
Martin was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He led the event in runs scored out of hisleadoff spot with 7, including the lead run in the semi-finals and the only runin the finals, along with playing outstanding defense at shortstop. Orlando CF/LHP Tanner Stanley (a tournamentleading 9 hits and 5 scoreless innings on the mound) was a strong considerationfor the award.
Orlando RHP Andrew Ornes was named the Most ValuablePitcher. Ornes went 2-0, 0.00 in 9innings of work over 3 relief appearances, including a clutch 5 inning effortin Orlando’s 10 inning semi-final win over Ostinger’s Baseball Academy. Chet Lemon RHP Thomas Renda (2-0, 0.00, 10IP) was the runner up.
The Tampa Crush totaled nine runs in the first two inningsto beat the Orlando Scorpions Grey squad, 9-1, Friday afternoon at the BostonRed Sox 5-Plex.
Catcher Gio Marrero (2011 Tampa Catholic HS, Fla.) went 1-for-2 with a RBItriple, showing lots of potential not only on offense but on defense, too. Hehad nice balance and a smooth swing and a plus arm behind the plate for theCrush.
RF Cameron Alford (2011 Tampa Catholic HS, Fla.) and DH Paul Russo (2014 TampaCatholic HS, Fla.) also hit well, both going 1-for-2 with RBI doubles. Russobrought in two runs with his extra-base hit, which started a six-run second forTampa.
Meanwhile, RHP Ian Ham (2011 Tampa Catholic HS, Fla.) touched 84 mph in his oneinning for the Crush, showing a loose arm, good leverage, and life on hisfastball. He sat between 80-83.
LHP Dylan White (2013 Sarasota HS, Fla.) topped out at 89mph and helped the Sarasota Baseball Club to a 4-2 win over the SWFL Underclasssquad Friday afternoon at the Boston Red Sox 5-Plex. Despite allowing two runsin the top of first inning, White found his rhythm in the second and third,striking out the side in both innings and showing a calm, low-effort deliverywith good arm speed. He sat between 83-88 and tallied eight total Ks throughthree innings.
SWFL starting pitcher Kyle Miller (2012 Bishop Verot HS, Fla.) brought in histeam's only two runs on a one-out, 2-RBI double in the first to 1-for-3overall. Miller showed a loose swing and a pull approach at the plate.
Sarasota DH Kevin Schubert (2011 Sarasota HS, Fla.) also hit a 2-RBIdouble to go 1-for-3, showing some leverage in his swing.
Sarasota 2B Brian Pietranton (2012 Sarasota HS, Fla.) went 1-for-2 with a RBItriple deep to center field that registered 89 mph off the bat.
Team TPX overcame a 5-0 deficit in the second inning andbeat the Hendry County Crush, 6-5, with a rally Friday afternoon at the BostonRed Sox 5-Plex.
In the clean-up spot, TPX EH Mike Santiago (N/A) went 2-for-3 with a singledand a RBI double that scored the tying run. He showed a minimal load at theplate and a nice hitter's eye.
Crush 2B Martin Crawford (2011 Clewiston HS, Fla.) and CF Tim Pruitt (2011Clewiston HS, Fla.) both went 2-for-3 as well. Crawford tallied two singled andtwo stolen bases with a run scored, while Pruitt hit a single and a double witha run scored.
RHP John Holland (2012 Jackson Liberty HS, N.J.) and RHPByron Ferguson (Trinity Christian HS, Fla.) combined for a three-hit, 2-0shutout against the PW Cannons Friday afternoon at the Boston Red Sox 5-Plex.
Holland (5-8, 170 pounds) allowed three hits (all singles) and struck out fivethrough four innings, topping out at 84 mph in the process. He showed abalanced delivery and threw a lot of strikes. He also showed a feel for his11-5, 71-mph curve, which he flashed often.
Ferguson (6-0, 185 pounds) pitched three shutout innings, allowing no hitswhile striking out eight of 12 batters faced. He touched 86 and sat between80-85, showing a balanced delivery and a hard 69-mph slider.
On offense, SS Phildrick Llwellyn (2011 Trinity Christian HS, Fla.) and 2BAntonio Rodriguez (2012 Coral Gables HS, Fla.) both went 2-for-3. Llwellyntallied a singled and a RBI triple, and Rodriguez hit a single and a RBIdouble.
Llwellyn boasts an athletic, projectable build at 5-11, 210 pounds. He is aswitch hitter and took good-looking cuts at the plate.
Rodriguez also proved to be a solid hitter, showing an easy swing and stayingon the curve.
Florida Heaven Baseball Angels Gold 3B Juan Rivera (2011Gateway HS, Fla.) went a perfect 3-for-3 in the lead-off spot Friday afternoonduring a 3-3 tie with Gatorball Baseball Academy at the Boston Red Sox 5-Plex.
Rivera, a 5-9, 154-pound left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower, showed agood swing, decent speed, athleticism, and sound defensive abilities forthe Angels.