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Ellis, Gibbs and Ramirez lead Palma Ceia to opening round, World Series win
Posted Aug 15, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie
Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Palma Ceia junior baseball kept up its winning ways with a come from behind 9-6 win against Arizona in its opening game of pool play in the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Mich.
Ryan Ellis, Cole Gibbs and Ronnie Ramirez keyed the offense with homeruns in the game.
Ellis sparked a three-run third inning with his two RBI shot and Palma Ceia (representing the Southeast in the 10-team tournament) added another three runs in the fifth to take the 7-6 advantage it needed to earn the win. In the fifth, Gibbs’ solo shot and a pair of unearned runs did the damage.
Ramirez who came on to pitch in the second inning gave up three runs early, but shut Arizona down in the final three innings to earn the win. Ramirez also added a little insurance with a 2-run homerun in the top of the sixth.
Florida faces Johnston, Rhode Island Monday night at 8 p.m.
Keep following us here at TBO.com’s Youth Sports Report for updates on the Junior League Baseball World Series as well as Palma Ceia/West Tampa’s Junior softball team in the Junior League World Series from Kirkland, Wash.
Grady pitches New Tampa Little League into region final
Posted Aug 10, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie
Updated Aug 10, 2011 at 10:06 PM
New Tampa rallied from behind sparked by a no-hit, relief appearance from pitcher Conor Grady to defeat Westside, Ala. 12-6 Wednesday night in the Little League Southeast region semifinal from Warner Robins, Ga.
Grady was unhittable after he came on in the bottom of the third with New Tampa trailing 6-4 and went the rest of the way allowing no hits and striking out eight.
He also chipped in with some late inning insurance belting a three-run homerun. Bryce Martin, Khalil AlMutasim and Aaron Guiang also homered in the game for New Tampa. Guiang was 3-for-3 in the game with a HR, two doubles and three runs scored.
Up next for New Tampa is hometown team Warner Robins, Ga. in the final to see which team will be heading to the World Series in Williamsport, Pa starting next Thursday.
Friday’s Southeast region final will air on ESPN at 8 p.m.
For more on this game check tomorrow’s Tampa Tribune or back here at TBO.com.
Palma Ceia Junior Baseball wins Southeast region, headed for World Series
Posted Aug 9, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie
Updated Aug 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Palma Ceia Little League Junior Baseball team won the Southeast Region, defeating Elkton Community, Va., 6-4, Tuesday evening in Greenville, S.C.
Palma Ceia defeated Virginia during pool play over the weekend and according to coach Jorge Ramirez, Florida’s opponent Tuesday night came ready to play.
“We had beaten Virginia once already and they came out tonight like a bunch of hornets and put up three runs in the top of the first,” Ramirez said. “I told our boys to have faith and to trust each other and that’s what they did. They played an absolutely outstanding game the rest of the way.”
Trailing 2-0, Palma Ceia got two runs back in the bottom of the first inning and took advantage in the second with a two-run homer from Ronnie Ramirez. The team added a run each in the fifth and sixth. Virginia tried to rally back, plating one more and had two runners on in the top of the seventh before a 4-6-3 double play sealed Palma Ceia’s win.
Palma Ceia earns a spot in the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Mich., Aug. 14-20. The team will now look to the community for support as it makes its second out-of-state trip this week. Palma Ceia/West Tampa also sends its junior softball team to the World Series in Kirkland, Wash. this weekend. For more information on how to help support these teams go to http://www.PCLL.org.
And be sure to follow postgame updates here at TBO.com’s Youth Sports Report this weekend.
Palma Ceia Junior Baseball reaches region final (UPDATED)
Posted Aug 8, 2011 by Jarrett Guthrie
Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Palma Ceia junior baseball advanced to Tuesday’s Southeast Region final with a 7-0 semifinal win against Martinez Evans, Georgia Monday evening.
Starting pitcher Patrick Kiszla held Georgia hitless into the fifth inning, before giving up his first hit. Relievers Ben Randall and Nick Kavouklis came in for the game’s final three innings to preserve the shutout.
Offensively, Palma Ceia leadoff hitter Ronnie Ramirez scored three runs and Jake Bak was 3-for-3 in the game with two RBI and a run scored.
Florida will face Elkton Community, Virginia Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Greenville, South Carolina after Virginia defeated Wilkes County, North Carolina 10-0 Monday.
During pool play, Palma Ceia defeated Virginia 7-1 Sunday. The winner of the region final advances to the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Michigan August 14-20.
Mustangs take seventh at ASA Nationals
Posted Aug 8, 2011 by Nick Williams
Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 02:29 PM
The Tampa Mustangs Bell 18-Under travel softball team placed seventh with a 4-2 record at the ASA Girls 18 and Under Gold National Championship in San Diego last week.
The tournament featured the top 64 travel teams in the nation.
Team Bell features several top players from the area, including former Jefferson pitcher/utility Reina Baluja, former Sickles outfielder Mya Anderson, Wharton’s Mo Santos, Durant’s Jordan LaFave, and Bell’s daughter and Chamberlain infielder Bianka Bell, Tampa Catholic’s Krista Garcia and Blaire Kelley, Bloomingdale’s Leah Pemberton and Plant’s Jessica Butler.