Tournaments | Story | 5/30/2016

Memorial Day East titles claimed

Matt Czechanski        
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The Court-Kangaroo Court Baseball Club 8, Florida Stealth 14u 7

The two top ranked teams in the tournament entered the championship game with the same aspirations; win. The Florida Stealth came in undefeated with The Court coming in with a 4-1 record so far.

A back-and-forth game finally resulted in an outcome in extra innings. Team Court threw up two runs in the top of the seventh to push the game to extra innings. In the ninth they posted another two runs and held off a bottom of the ninth rally to win 8-7.

The Court actually squandered a chance in the first inning after a leadoff double by Jackson Miller was erased on a caught stealing. Bennett Lee followed with a double of his own and a walk got them a pair of runners on, only to be stranded.

The Florida Stealth got on the board first in the bottom of the first with a Ryne Guida RBI single to left and then he was tripled home by Bailey Uderitz to make the game 2-0 after one full frame.

In the top of the second The Court got on the board with a Blake Wright RBI single. Things settled down until the fifth where Team Court jumped in front. After a leadoff triple by Wright and a walk, Lee doubled again to plate two. A Jordan Daphney single plated him to give them a two run advantage, 4-2.

The Florida Stealth rallied back quickly. After a hit by pitch and walk, Jacob Lojweski tripled home both runners to tie the game at 4. Nolan Schanuel singled to center to bring home another run to give the Stealth the lead. He then came around to score after moving up to second on a wild pitch, then crossing the plate on a Guida base hit, making it 6-4.

It came down to the top of the seventh as The Court got a pair of runners on with singles and the first run scored on an error by the shortstop. With two outs, Wright delivered his second RBI single of the day to tie the game and push the game to extras.

Each team threatened in the eighth, but couldn’t push a run across. We move to the ninth. After a quick two outs, Jake Little singled and Wright delivered again with an RBI double to give them a lead. P.J. Stoyan pushed across a much needed insurance run to to make it 8-6.

The Stealth loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning before pushing across a run on a fielder’s choice. Then with two outs, a fly out to end the game caused The Court to race to the middle of the field in celebration.

Jordan Daphney was the MVP for The Court collecting 10 hits, three for extra bases, along with six RBI and four runs scored. Gavin Scott for the Stealth took home MV-Pitcher honors with a six inning shutout performance with 10 strikeouts.

2016 14u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic champions: Kangaroo Court Baseball Club

2016 14u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic runner-up: Florida Stealth 14u Red

2016 14u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic MVP: Jordan Daphney

2016 14u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic MV-Pitcher: Gavin Scott


Palm Beach Select 4, Chain Florida 16u 1

In a closely fought off game, Palm Beach Select topped Chain Florida with a 4-1 victory after a lengthy lightning delay. The game was played over five innings with strong pitching on both sides.

Palm Beach Select waited no time at all to jump on the board posting all four of their runs in the first inning. They set up a first-and-third situation with no outs after a Danny Hernandez walk and an Xavier Edwards single. Angel Tiburcio doubled home both runners with a deep fly ball to center field to make it 2-0, Palm Beach. A single by Daniel Perez-Battistini plated their third run of the inning and he eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.

It took until the bottom of the third for Chain to get on the board and on base after a one out error and a Trevor Foggia single to bring home their first run.

Exceptional pitching through the last several innings only saw two base runners reach combined through the fourth and fifth innings. With a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth and a lightning delay, Palm Beach was named champions with the game being official.

Roberto Pena tossed five innings allowing only one earned run on three hits, while striking out six batters. That was good enough for his club to cruise behind his strong efforts to the championship win.

For Chain, Jordan Garcia posted a strong effort in relief as well going 4 2/3 innings while only allowing one run on two hits. He kept his club in it and battled on the mound very well.

Nicholas Perez-Battistini took home MV-Pitcher honors for Palm Beach going 5 2/3 shutout innings allowing just two hits and striking out five batters. The MVP was Luca Tresh for Chain who had 13 hits including five for extra bases with a home run. He had six RBI and five runs scored as well.

2016 16u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic champions: Palm Beach Select 16u

2016 16u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic runner-up: Chain Florida 16u

2016 16u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic MVP: Luca Tresh

2016 16u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic MV-Pitcher: Nicholas Perez-Battistini


Florida Burn 2017 Platinum 5, Elite Squad 17u South Prime 1

A close game through the first five innings, the Burn jumped out to a big lead in the sixth. They came into the game as a lower seed to Elite Squad and ultimately won with a 5-1 victory after seven full innings.

The first scoring action of the game took place in the top of the second with The Burn’s Jose Ciccarello working a walk, stealing second and taking third on a wild pitch. Matheu Nelson singled him in for the game’s first run.

They tacked on an extra run in the fifth after a Samuel McMillan leadoff single. Then with two outs, Steven Witchoskey doubled and McMillan raced around the diamond to score.

In the bottom of the fifth, Elite Squad plated their first run. Adan Fernandez singled with one out. An error got runners to first and second with two outs and an Arrison Perez single brought home Fernandez.

The game was blown open in the sixth as the Burn brought around three runners to score. An error and a Alex Arauz single got runners to the corner again with one out. Shane Shifflett singled through the left side to bring home the first two runs. Jordan Butler delivered a sac fly to get the Burn’s fifth run up on the board.

For the Burn, a quick 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh secured their championship as the players celebrated before getting their trophy. An impressively strong outing from Douglas Nikhazy, who tossed seven full innings allowing just one unearned run on four hits, while striking out six batters, also paved the way to the Burn’s championship.

The MVP of the event was the Burn’s Tyler Shuck who had seven hits, four going for extra bases, with four RBI and six runs scored. Israel Cordero of Elite Squad took home MV-Pitcher honors who went nine innings over the course of the tournament with only one run allowed on four hits and he collected 14 strikeouts.

2016 18u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic champions: Florida Burn 2017 Platinum

2016 18u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic runner-up: Elite Squad 17u South Prime

2016 18u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic MVP: Tyler Shuck

2016 18u WWBA East Memorial Day Classic MV-Pitcher: Israel Cordero

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