Traditional Powers win South Florida

Super25 : : General
Drake Browne        
Published: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Based on their recent success at PG tournaments, both the Florida Burn and SF Elite Squad are championship contenders in every event they enter.  This theme continued at the PG Super25 South Florida Regionals, as the Burn were champions in the 13u division while the Elite Squad took home the 14u title.  Both teams will go on to represent their region in the PG Super25 National Championships.

At the 2013 PG WWBA World Championships, the Florida Burn proved themselves as one of the best teams in the world by advancing all the way to the championship game.  This capped off an impressive run by the organization that was also champions of the 2013 PG East Memorial Day, 2012 PG Florida Qualifier, 2012 PG World Series, and the 2012 PG WWBA Underclass World Championships.  The Burn was named the #3 team in the nation in the final PG Travel Team rankings.

The 13u Florida Burn looks to be on the same track after earning a berth to the PG Super25.  The team showcased a potent offense, batting .356 as a team on the weekend with a .420 OBP.  OF Chason Rockymore hit .625 with a .800 OBP while Infielders Josh Rivera and Harrison Long both had two doubles a piece.  Rivera also performed on the mound for the Burn, totaling a tournament-high 9 strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.  Pablo Garabitos had a perfect 0.00 ERA with 5 strikeouts over 4.2 IP.  The Florida Burn will join the Houston Banditos (South Texas), SBO (Caribbean), and Prodigy (Central) as the first four teams to earn a spot in the PG Super25.

The long list of accolades for the Elite Squad organization includes winning the 2012 PG World Series and the 2011 WWBA National Championships.  They have had 14 players selected in the past two MLB drafts, including two first round picks in 2012.  After a dominating performance through the South Florida Regionals, it looks as if this club has the talent to remain at the top in years to come.

The Elite Squad 14u went 5-0 on the weekend, defeating the SWFL Canes Elite by the final score of 6-5 in the championship game.  C/IF Julio Cortez Sanz led the team at the plate, hitting .600 with two doubles, 6 RBI and 5 runs scored.  3B Arrison Perez led the tournament with a total of 9 RBI, while also dominating on the mound.  Jared Defaria, Bailey Mantilla, and Maxx Estrin were also impressive on the mound.

The Elite Squad will not have to travel very far, making the short trip from Pembroke Pines to Fort Myers for the 14u PG Super25 National Championships.  They join the Banditos (South Texas), SBO (Caribbean), and So Cal SKLZ (SoCal) as the first four teams to qualify for a spot in the PG Super25.

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