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A 24-year-old Homosassa man was charged today with suffocating his 1-year-old son because he wanted to have time to play video games, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said.

Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Brandon Guyer dives but can't make the catch as Yankees Brian Roberts triples during the second inning Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
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Palma Ceia/Bayshore wins Junior League Baseball World Series

Posted Aug 20, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie

Updated Aug 20, 2011 at 01:56 PM

Palma Ceia/Bayshore relied on pitching and defense to outlast Chinese Taipei and win the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Mich. on Saturday. The team made up of 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds from the two area Little League’s capitalized on a second inning, two run homerun from Patrick Kiszla to defeat last year’s champions, Chinese Taipei, 2-1.

Palma Ceia/Bayshore’s starter Jake Woodford earned the win allowing only one run in five innings of work, while striking out five. Kiszla earned a two inning save holding Chinese Taipei hitless and striking out two. 

The win is the fourth for Florida in Little League’s Junior League Baseball division, as the sunshine state had previous titles in 1982, 1985 and 2004.

Check Sunday’s Tampa Tribune for a detailed account of Saturday’s World Series final, as well as a breakdown of Palma Ceia/West Tampa’s results in the Junior League Softball World Series final from Kirkland, Wash.

Palma Ceia baseball wins United States Championship advance to World Series Final

Posted Aug 20, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie

Updated Aug 20, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Palma Ceia reached the Junior League Baseball World Series final defeating Tucson, Ariz. (Sunnyside Little League) 4-0 late Friday night.

Ronnie Ramirez was solid for the team pitching 6.1 innings of shutout baseball, striking out six and allowing only one hit in Taylor, Mich.

“Ronnie pitched lights out tonight,” his father and coach Jorge Ramirez said. “It was a gem with him really stepping up for us.”

Jake Bak recorded the final two outs on the mound and Jake Woodford was 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the game. Cole Gibbs and Carter Leslie each had RBI sac-flies in the win. Ramirez stayed hot at the plate going 2-for-3 Friday, scoring twice and improving his tournament leading, batting average to .667.

Palma Ceia will face Chinese Taipei in Saturday’s World Series final at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. Ramirez said he’s scouted International Champions Chinese Taipei and expects the team to be prepared for Saturday’s final.

“They are incredibly disciplined team and although they aren’t that big or strong,” Ramirez said. “They are what you’d expect from the winners of that International bracket playing fundamental baseball of great defense and good defense. We are going to have to be on the top of our game.”

Palma Ceia/West Tampa advances to Junior League Softball World Series semifinals

Posted Aug 18, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie

Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 07:43 PM

After dropping its first game in the Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash., Palma Ceia/West Tampa has stepped up to win three-straight and advanced to the tournament semifinals Friday. The team dropped a 9-3 game on Monday to Croswell, Mich. but has been solid since winning against Bellevue, Wash., the Philippines and Canada.

Palma Ceia/West Tampa (representing the Southeast) defeated Canada 12-2 in six innings Thursday in its last pool play game behind a big 3-for-3 hitting performance from Sydney Coleman. Coleman keyed the team’s first inning with a 3-run homerun to left and later in the game had a double. Kattie Weachter earned the win going four innings, allowing one earned run on five hits.

In the second inning the team put the game out of reach scoring four more runs behind RBI doubles from Victoria Valdes and Nikki Lopez. Coleman is pacing the team in hitting in the tournament with a .538 and five runs scored, followed closely by Kasey Wishart, who is hitting .500 in the tournament.

Palma Ceia/West Tampa will face Bridge City, Texas at 4:45 pm (PST) to see which team advances to Saturday’s World Series Championship on ESPN2 to face the winner of the other semifinal game between Croswell, Mich. and Greensburg (West Point LL), Penn.

Gov. Scott calls to wish Palma Ceia good luck in Junior League World Series

Posted Aug 18, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie

Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 03:38 PM

Palma Ceia junior baseball coach Jorge Ramirez said the team has been getting calls of support from all over the Tampa Bay area as it represents the Southeast in the Junior League Baseball World Series. Thursday morning the boys heard from the highest level in the state as Governor Rick Scott called and wished the team luck.

Ramirez said he received the call from Scott while the team was driving to batting practice.

“Governor Scott called while we were on our way to practice and I was able to put him on speakerphone with the boys,” Ramirez said. “The boys were really excited and it was great to get his support.”

Ramirez said last week after the team won the region tournament former Florida Governor Jeb Bush called to offer his congratulations and good luck.

Palma Ceia faces Rosenberg, Texas (0-3) in its last game in pool play at 5 p.m. Thursday, but has already qualified for Friday’s United States Championship. The winner of Friday’s game advances to the World Series final against the International champs on Saturday on ESPN2. 

Palma Ceia Junior Baseball still perfect advance to US Championship

Posted Aug 17, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie

Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 07:42 PM

With a 5-2 win against Ohio Wednesday, Palma Ceia has qualified for the United States championship in the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Mich.

Palma Ceia is now 3-0 in pool play and 20-0 on the season. Wednesday, the team got 5.1 innings of work from pitcher Zach Rose, who struck out six. Rose and Ryan Ellis each had RBI’s in the win and Ronnie Ramirez was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Ramirez is 6-for-8 in the team’s three games at the World Series, leading all hitters in the tournament (who have at least 2.7 at bats per game) with a .750 batting average.

Palma Ceia has its final pool play game Thursday against the Southwest representative from Rosenberg, Texas, but the team has already automatically qualified for Friday’s U.S. championship. The winner of Friday’s game will face the winner of the International pool for the World Series title on Saturday on ESPN2.