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Quick, Ramos Named Player, Pitcher of the Day on June 27

June 27, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Jack Quick, Elite Squad National left fielder, has been named the Player of the Day for June 27 at the National Team Championships in Florida. Quick's 2-for-4 performance during their game Thursday morning helped Elite Squad to a 21-0 win versus Houston Athletics - Black. He hit two doubles, scored two runs and totaled five RBIs during his trips to the plate.

Emanuel Ramos of Bronx Bombers has earned the Pitcher of the Day title for his shutout performance in their 8-0 win, also against Houston Athletics - Black. Ramos pitched all five innings for Bronx Bombers, throwing for no runs on two hits and striking out a total of seven batters.

Honorable Mentions

- CF Andre Davis (Houston Athletics - Gold): 1-for-2, 2B, BB, R, 2 RBI, SB

- P Brixton Lofgren (CBA Texas): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

- P Cameron Grindle (GBG Northeast): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

- 1B Eduardo Fernandez (Elite Squad National): 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

- CF Efrain Morales (Elite Squad National): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB

- EH Isaac Padilla (East Orlando Tigers): 1-for-1, 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB

- DH Julian Gonzalez (Columbus HS Blue): 1-for-1, 3 BB, 2 R, 4 SB

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McBeath and Lambert Named Final Player and Pitcher of the Day

June 30, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Gavin McBeath has been named the Player of the Day for the last day of the National Team Championships in Florida. The first baseman from BL101 Real Ballers hit a game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to propel his team to an 8-7 victory over Elite Squad National. McBeath went 2-for-3 with a double in addition to his home run, had one run of his own and tallied four RBIs.

The Pitcher of the Day title goes to Garrett Lambert for his shutout performance in the championship game that led his team, Meridian Panthers, to a gold medal in a 5-0 win over Columbus HS Blue. Lambert spent all seven innings on the mound and threw for only three hits. In addition to his shutout, he walked no batters and struck out four.

Honorable Mentions

- DH Augusto Del Carmen (Bronx Bombers): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB

- P Brandon Olivera (MVP Elite): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

- C Gabriel Cruz (Columbus HS White): 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 4 R, RBI, SB

- P Landon Stripling (Meridian Panthers): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K

- 1B Luis Miguel (Columbus HS White): 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI, SB

- P Pablo Acosta (Columbus HS Blue): 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

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Strong Sixth Inning Powers Meridian Panthers to 14U Gold

June 30, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CLMB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
MRDN 0 0 0 0 0 5 X 5 7 1
Win: G. Lambert Loss: J. Gonzalez Save: None
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West Palm Beach, Fla. - A sixth-inning surge helped Meridian Panthers power past Columbus HS Blue 5-0 to take home the gold medal at the 14U National Team Championships in Florida on Sunday at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Both teams were held scoreless through the first five and a half innings, tallying only four hits, two on each side. The bottom of the sixth inning brought in five runs for Meridian Panthers, ultimately giving them the shutout win.

Jackson Collett (1-for-2) started the efforts by hitting a one-out single to center field. Grant Garrett (1-for-3) hit a single of his own to join Mason McCree, a courtesy runner, on base for Meridian. Bernard Moon (0-for-3) reached next on a fielder's choice to load the bases.

A double from Colin Houck (2-for-3) brought all three runners in for Meridian to take a 3-0 lead. A groundout advanced Houck to third and Garrett Lambert (1-for-2) drew a walk put runners on the corners with two out in the inning.

Back-to-back singles from Landon Stripling (1-for-2) and Cade Brown (1-for-3) scored Houck and Kyle Arrowood, courtesy runner for Lambert, to increase Meridian's lead to 5-0. Columbus HS hit a single to put a runner on first base in the top of the seventh inning, but couldn't bring the runner in.

Julian Gonzalez (2-for-3) led Columbus HS behind the plate with two singles. Santiago Carriles-Alvarado (1-for-2) had the third of the team's three hits with a double in the top of the fifth inning.

Garrett Lambert (2-0) pitched all seven innings for Meridian Panthers, securing the win. He threw for no runs on three hits and struck out four of the batters he faced. The loss went to Columbus HS's Julian Gonzalez (1-1) for tossing five runs on seven hits and striking out three in six innings on the mound.

The bronze medal went to Bronx Bombers after a five-run effort in the bottom of the sixth inning and walk-off run in the seventh led to a 6-5 victory over East Orlando Tigers.

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Meridian Panthers, Columbus HS Blue Get Clutch Wins to Advance to 14U Championship Game

June 30, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - East Orlando Tigers 0, Meridian Panthers 5

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ESTR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
MRDN 3 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 10 0
Win: L. Stripling Loss: C. Soto Save: None
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Scoring started early in Meridian Panthers' 5-0 win over East Orlando Tigers to secure a spot in the championship game at the National Team Championships in Florida.

Grant Garrett (3-for-3) drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first inning, reached third base on a groundout and scored Meridian's first run on a wild pitch. Next up, Bernard Moon (1-for-4) reached first on a single, stole second and landed on third on an East Orlando error. Moon scored on a single from Samarion Ward (1-for-3) and Colin Houck (1-for-1), who had drawn a walk scored on a single from Garrett Lambert (1-for-3) to give Meridian a 3-0 lead heading into the second.

Meridian's two other runs came in the bottom of the third, when an error and pair of doubles combined to bring Moon and Houck home for their second runs and increase Meridian's lead to 5-0. The rest of the game remained scoreless.

Charlee Soto (1-for-3), Jordan Fernandez (1-for-2) and Robert Gage (1-for-3) all tallied one hit each for East Orlando.

Landon Stripling (1-0) got the win for Meridian, tossing for zero runs on two hits and six strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Charlee Soto (0-1) was tagged with the loss for East Orlando with five runs on eight hits and no strikeouts in his 4.1 innings on the mound.

Meridian Panthers advance to 5-0 for the tournament and the gold medal game versus Columbus HS Blue later Sunday morning. East Orlando Tigers fell to 3-2 and will compete for the bronze against Bronx Bombers.

Bronx Bombers 8, Columbus HS Blue 9

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BRNX 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 8 8 2
CLMB 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 9 14 1
Win: P. Acosta Loss: J. Rodriguez Save: None
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Columbus HS Blue won in walk-off fashion, scoring five of their nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in their semifinal matchup against Bronx Bombers at the National Team Championships in Florida to advance to the championship game.

An error, double and single combined to get Columbus HS their first runs in the bottom of the first inning, bringing home Julian Gonzalez (1-for-4) and Rey Gomez Jr. (1-for-3) to go up 2-0.

Bronx responded with two of their own in the top of the second to tie it when a double and fielder's choice got runners on the corners and Augusto Del Carmen (2-for-4) and Bryan Santana (0-for-3) scored on errors by Columbus HS.

Bronx heated things up by scoring five in the top of the third to take a 7-2 lead. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with no one out. Dariel Osoria (1-for-4) singled to center field and scored Mikey Rodriguez (1-for-2) and Jayden Asencio (2-for-3) to lead 4-2. A double from Del Carmen brought Jonathan Rodriguez (1-for-2) and Osoria home. Del Carmen would tack on the final run of the inning on a sacrifice bunt from Johnny Robles (0-for-2).

Columbus HS hit four total singles in the bottom of the inning to score Mark-Allen Gay (2-for-3) and Luis Penate (2-for-3) and cut it to a three-run game.

Bronx Bombers added their final run in the top of the sixth inning when a sacrifice fly from M Rodriguez scored Declan Semler (1-for-1).

Despite an 8-4 deficit, Columbus HS maximized their efforts in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate five runs and walk away with the win. Columbus HS hit three singles to load the bases with two outs and went on to hit back-to-back singles and a double to score the five runs to walk it off, 9-8.

Columbus HS Blue's Pablo Acosta (1-0) got the win with one run on three hits and five strikeouts in 4.2 inning spent on the mound. Jonathan Rodriguez (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Bronx Bombers, throwing for seven runs on 11 hits and seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

With the win, Columbus HS Blue advances to 5-0 and will compete for the gold against Meridian Panthers. Bronx Bombers fell to 3-2 and will play East Orlando Tigers for the bronze.

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Hormann, Garrett Named Player, Pitcher of the Day

June 28, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Christopher Hormann of GBG Northeast 14U was named the Player of the Day for Friday, June 28 at the National Team Championships in Florida. The catcher hit 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run of his own in their 15-1 win over East Orlando Tigers.

Meridian Panthers' Grant Garrett has earned the Pitcher of the Day title. Garrett helped his team to a 5-1 win over Columbus HS White, pitching six of the seven innings. He threw for no runs on four hits and struck out six batters during his time on the mound.

Honorable Mentions

- RF Jayden LaFleur (GBG Northeast 14U): 1-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB

- 2B Owen McCarron (GBG Northeast 14U): 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

- RF Ruben Perez (CBA Texas): 1-for-1, 2B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

- P Santiago Carriles-Alvarado (Columbus HS Blue): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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GBG Northeast 14U Gets Big Win Over East Orlando Tigers

June 28, 2019
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GBNR 0 3 4 8 15 14 0
ESTR 0 0 1 X 1 4 1
Win: C. Champney Loss: L. Rodriguez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - GBG Northeast 14U scored early and scored often in their 15-1 win over East Orlando Tigers in Friday's Game of the Day matchup at the National Team Championships in Florida.

GBG took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning when pairs of singles and passed balls got the first run on the board with Duy-Tan (Evan) Dao (2-for-3) scoring. A double from Chris Walsh (1-for-4) scored Owen McCarron (2-for-2) and Seamus Vining (1-for-2) next.

After a clutch double play to end the bottom of the inning, GBG swung for the fences in the top of the third, scoring four more runs. Two singles, two doubles and a walk combined to bring Jake Preto (1-for-1), Luke Janowicz (1-for-2), Jayden LaFleur (1-for-2) and Dao all home and increase the lead to 7-0.

East Orlando got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Charlee Soto (1-for-1), Tracen Cameron (1-for-2) and Louis Rodriguez (1-for-2) all hit singles to load the bases. Soto scored East Orlando's run on a wild pitch to make it 7-1.

GBG responded to East Orlando's run in a huge fashion, scoring eight of their own in the top of the fourth. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for GBG and a second walk scored Brendan Sencaj (1-for-3). LaFleur hit a two-RBI double to center field and brought in Preto and Eisig Chin (2-for-3) for a 10-1 lead.

After the next batter flew out, McCarron drew a walk to re-load the bases for GBG. Another walk, a triple from Christopher Hormann (2-for-3) and an East Orlando error scored the rest of the eight with Janowicz, LaFleur, McCarron, Vining and Hormann all coming home.

The game ended after three and a half innings due to the tournament's mercy rule.

Cameron Champney (1-0) secured the win on the mound for GBG Northeast 14U, with one run on four hits and one strikeout in all three innings. The loss went to East Orlando Tigers' Louis Rodriguez (0-1), who tallied seven runs on seven hits and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

GBG Northeast 14U evens up their record to 2-2 in the tournament and East Orlando Tigers takes their first loss to be 3-1 heading into Saturday's final round and later, quarterfinals.

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Meridian Panthers Explodes to Shut Out Elite Squad National

June 27, 2019
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MRDN 0 4 3 1 1 X X 9 7 1
ELTS 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 2 4
Win: L. Stripling Loss: E. Fernandez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - Meridian Panthers exploded behind the plate in Thursday's Game of the Day to shut out Elite Squad National 9-0 at the National Team Championships in Florida.

Meridian came out strong with four runs in the top of the second inning after the first had held both teams scoreless. A single, error and wild pitch combined to advance two Meridian runners to scoring position with no one out. Samarion Ward (1-for-2) tallied the second hit of the day with a single to score Colin Houck (1-for-2). Ward and Cade Brown (0-for-2) came home on a single from Mason McCree (1-for-2), who then scored on an Elite Squad error to take a 4-0 lead.

Grant Garrett (1-for-2) drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third and was followed by an Elite Squad error and a single from Bernard Moon (1-for-3) to load the bases. Garrett and Landon Stripling (1-for-3) scored on a second error and Moon came in on a wild pitch to put Meridian up, 7-0.

The final two Meridian runs came with one each in the fourth and fifth innings. Garrett hit a triple in the top of the fourth and scored when Stripling followed suit and landed on third himself, ultimately being stranded.

A Garrett Lambert (1-for-2) double and pair of walks loaded the bases again for Meridian in the fifth, which allowed the ninth and final run to come in after Ali Banks (0-for-2) was hit by the pitch.

Ethan Puig (1-for-1) and Eduardo Fernandez (1-for-2) both hit singles for Elite Squad National, leading the team in hits.

Landon Stripling (1-0) earned the win for Meridian Panthers with no runs on one hit and one strikeout during the three innings that he spent on the mound. The loss went to Eduardo Fernandez (0-1) for Elite Squad National. Fernandez threw for seven runs on four hits, tallied three errors and struck out three batters.

The game ended after five innings of play due to the tournament's mercy rule. Meridian advanced to 3-0 and Elite Squad, 1-2, for the tournament.

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Merchant and Dong Named First Player and Pitcher of the Day for 14U

June 27, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - The first Player of the Day title for the 14U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida goes to East Orlando Tigers center fielder Andrew Merchant. Merchant went 3-for-4, scored three runs and tallied two RBIs during their 7-1 win versus Club750 Elite. He hit a triple, double and single to be a home run away from hitting a cycle.

Connor Dong of BL101 Real Ballers was named the Pitcher of the Day. Dong threw 3.2 no-hit innings and struck out three batters. He collaborated with Zigen Kodama, who threw the final 0.1 innings, for a no-hit 12-0 win against CBA Texas.

Honorable Mentions

- 2B Bernard Moon (Meridian Panthers): 3-for-4, 3B, 2B, R, 2 RBI

- P Brandon Olivera (MVP Elite): 2.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

- P Garrett Lambert (Meridian Panthers): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 4 K

- CF Grant Garrett (Meridian Panthers): 4-for-4, 3 R, RBI, 3 SB

- P Julian Gonzalez (Columbus HS Blue): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

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BL101 Real Ballers Tosses Combined No-Hitter to Win 12-0

June 26, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BLRS 2 6 3 1 X X X 12 11 2
CBTX 0 0 0 0 X X X 0 0 4
Win: C. Dong Loss: R. Peres Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

West Palm Beach, Fla. - A combined no-hitter and some hot bats helped BL101 Real Ballers secure a 12-0 win over CBA Texas in the first round of 14U games at the National Team Championships in Florida.

A leadoff single and CBA error put two runners on base for BL101 to start the first inning. A double from Esteban Garcia (2-for-3) scored Jesiah Carpenter (2-for-3) and an Aidan Paradine (1-for-3) single scored Justin Acevedo (2-for-3) to give BL101 an early 2-0 lead.

The top of the second inning brought in six more runs for BL101. Jason Prince (1-for-2) and Joey Tonnotti (0-for-2) came home off a double from Carpenter, who reached third when Avecedo hit a single, and scored when Garcia grounded out to second base to put BL101 up 5-0 with one out.

Jared Cohen (0-for-1) drew a walk to put runners on the corners for BL101. A CBA error allowed Paradine to reach first and Avecedo to score. Cohen scored next on a sacrifice fly from Gavin McBeath (1-for-2) and Paradine came home on a double from Nicholas Rodriguez (2-for-3) to crank the score up to 8-0.

BL101 kept it going, scoring three runs in the top of the third to increase their lead to 11-0. After drawing a one-out walk, Prince rounded the bases and scored on two different CBA errors. A double and a single from Acevedo and Garcia, respectively, brought in Tonnotti and Acevedo to score the next two.

The final run came in for BL101 in the top of the fourth inning after McBeath hit a one-out double, advanced on a Rodriguez single and scored while Sean Collins (0-for-0) was up to bat. The game ended after four innings due to the tournament's mercy rule.

Connor Dong (1-0) got the win for BL101 Real Ballers, leading the combined no-hitter with no runs on no hits and three strikeouts during 3.2 of the four innings played. Zigen Kodama helped complete the feat, throwing the final nine pitches of the game. The loss went to CBA Texas's Ruben Peres (0-1) for six runs on six hits and one strikeout in his 1.1 innings on the mound.

BL101 Real Ballers starts the tournament 1-0 and CBA Texas, 0-1, heading into Thursday's round of doubleheaders.

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Peck, Baumeister Named Final Player, Pitcher of the Day for 16U

June 25, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Second baseman Owen Peck of Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk has been named the Player of the Day for the final day of the 16U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida. During the semifinal game against FTB55 2021, Peck went 3-for-3, with a double, three runs, two walks and two stolen bases to help his team secure a 10-6 win.

The Pitcher of the Day title goes to 5 Star National Burress's Jackson Baumeister. Baumeister tossed for no runs on one hit and five strikeouts in their four-inning win against Bandito Scout to advance to the championship game.

Honorable Mentions

- DH Aiden Mastantuno (5 Star National Burress): 1-for-2, 3B, BB, R, 2 RBI

- SS Dylan Taylor (5 Star National Burress): 3-for-3, 3B, BB, 2 R, RBI

- C Walker Polk (Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk): 1-for-3, HR, R, 4 RBI, BB, SB

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