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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.
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.