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Tournaments | Championship | 5/17/2021

FTB Claims Fla. State Champ. Title

Jered Goodwin        
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SANFORD, Fla. – When the dust settled on the rest of the tournament field and the stage was set for the title game at the Florida State Championship between FTB Tucci and Canes Florida 14U South, the depth on both sides of the ball was apparent.

FTB would prevail with a 6-3 win over the Canes. Isaiah Mejia (2025, Deland, Fla.) threw six strong innings. It wasn’t a precision outing, but lots of competitive pitches that would force weak contact that his teammates would have his back in defending. Over the course of his six innings, he punched out two and walked two. This was a gutsy performance that would lead to the hardware. Austin Wiegandt (2025, Miami, Fla.) went 2-for-2 with a walk in the championship game, setting the stage in the two-hole for FTB, and Fernando Ferrer (2025, Kissimmee, Fla.) smashed a double to do his part.

Alexis Sierra (2024, Lakeland, Fla.), Brennan Confreda (2025, Melbourne, Fla.), Luis Machado (2025, Orlando, Fla.), and Eric Eikenberg Jr (2025, Palmetto Bay, Fla.) all also added an RBI in the contest for FTB Tucci.

Both teams dominated their way through pool play, with FTB Tucci outscoring its two opponents 25-0 to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the championship bracket. A 5-0 win over Chet Lemon's Juice 14u in the quarterfinal and a tight 2-1 victory over Kangaroo Court Roos American in the semifinal was their path to the title game.

Canes Florida 14U South outscored its two opponents by a score of 31-5 in pool play before earning the No. 6 seed in bracket play. The high-powered offense tacked on 27 runs through its first three playoff games to earn the matchup against FTB Tucci.

In the championship game the Canes were led by Gabriel Milano (2026, Sunrise, Fla.), who hit a double and notched an RBI. Griffin Miller (2026 Palm Beach, Fla) also found a barrel, doubling and droving in two.

Despite the loss, Jadyn Nunez (2025, Miami, Fla.) was named the MVP of the tournament for Canes Florida 14U South. Nunez tossed a total of five scoreless innings on the mound over two appearances, striking out 12, and also hit .625 with a pair of extra-base hits and eight runs scored.

FTB Tucci's Taggert Cameron earned MV-Pitcher honors, as he threw 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball across two outings, with 4 2/3 of those coming in the semifinal matchup.
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