All three Florida League high school teams continued their summer seasons at the Ninth Annual PW Southeast Championship in Orlando, Florida.
The 15u team started things off on Saturday, June 11 at Lake Mary Prep with a 4-3 win over Gatorball 15u. The 15u team was able to jump out to an early 2-0 lead during the first inning of play. They then tagged on a run in both the sixth and eighth innings. Devin Ramotar led the charge on offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Christopher Aziz and Nate Treatfollowed suit, as each drove in a run during the contest. Treat was able to impact the game while on the mound. He threw the final 2.2 innings, striking out four batters.
The 15u team kept things rolling with a victory in their second game in the tournament on Saturday. With Ramotar at the helm of the offensive attack again, the 15u team pulled out the 4-2 win. He went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk, batting third in the lineup. Leadoff man Tarell Bender and Craig Conk each drove in a run, and Tyler Musselwhite scored twice during the game after going 2-for-3.
After winning the first two games, the 15u team fell short on Sunday with a 7-6 loss to the Florida Stealth 15u Navy team. Jacob Quigley was a bright spot for the 15u team, going 1-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and two runs. Bender also scored twice after tallying a hit and a walk in three at-bats.
The 16u team also found success during their first game of the tournament on Saturday. The team had a very convincing 7-1 win against the Suncoast Select 16u team behind pitcher Jaxon Mellenberndt. Coming in releaf, Mellenberndt pitched five shutout innings, only giving up three hits and a walk while striking out 10. Jason Jucker led the team in RBIs, driving in two during the contest. Trey Brown, Christopher Soto, Hugo Laboy,Dylan Manley and Gabriel Bryant each drove in a run.
After a solid team win, the 16u team’s bats went quiet during Sunday’s game. The team was unable to produce a run during a 4-0 loss to the Elite Baseball A2K 16u team. The 16u team was unable to turn their luck in Monday’s contest, losing to the Florida Stealth 16u Navy team 6-0. Soto was a bright spot for the team, going 2-for-2 with a double and a triple.
The 17u team did not start the tournament off with a win but were able to pull out two wins by the end of it. On Friday, the team lost to the Ostingers 17u team 5-1. Both Josh Pahladand Danilo Collins each pitched three innings of shutout baseball, but the team could not overcome a four-run deficit.
Bats heated up on Sunday as the 17u team pushed across 15 runs against the Elite Performance Camo 17u team. The team had 11 hits behind great performance by Scott Fickas (2-for-3, three runs), Parker Rook (3-for-3, a double, three runs, an RBI, a walk),Scott Reeves (1-for-3, a double, two runs, three RBIs, a walk) and Michael Glenn (3-for-4, RBI). Christopher Rodriguez and Neil Patel combined for four innings of scoreless baseball on the mound, securing a 15-2 win.
Fickas kept it rolling in Monday’s game, going 2-for-4 with two runs, as the 17u team earned a 5-3 win over the Sharks Elite 17u team. Behind Fickas, Rook and Reeves had big games, both each tallying two hits, an RBI and a run. Starter Noah Doreste was dominate on the mound. He did not allow a hit in his three innings of work and struck out five. Norbert Savard came in to close the game, pitching the last 2.1 innings and allowed only hit.