Citrus Park majors squad advances to Southeast Regional with blowout win in state title game

In convincing fashion Monday night, the Citrus Park majors (11-12) squad claimed the state title by defeating Fort Myers 12-1 in the final at East Boynton Beach.

A close game got ugly in the third.

With the scored tied at one, Citrus Park took control on home runs from Mike McGuire and Wyatt Reid. Later in the inning, Kevin Merrell blasted a grand slam and Levi Gilcrease belted a three-run shot.

Citrus Park advanced to the Southeast Regional in Gulfport, which begins later this week.

Also, the South Brandon American majors all-star squad was eliminated after going 1-2 in pool play. The squad won its final game 11-5 over Martin County North on Monday morning. Both of the team's tournament losses were by a run.

At the tournament, South Brandon was led by Justin Ambrosino (two homers), Erik Dowse (42/3 innings of no-hit relief in a loss Saturday) and Tydus Coy.

13-14 STATE JUNIORS: In Orlando, the Palma Ceia/Bayshore junior all-stars beat Miami 13-5 to claim the state championship. Coach Scott Linabury's squad went 4-1 in tournament play and scored 53 combined runs.

In Monday's final, Tanner Anderson threw 51/3 innings to earn the victory. Palma Ceia/Bayshore was led by catcher Pete Coredo (4-for-5, two doubles, four RBIs), outfielder Alex Duke (two run-scoring hits) and shortstop Nick Rich (three-run homer).

Palma Ceia/Bayshore advances to the Southeast Regional, which begins later this week in Georiga.

In a semifinal victory Sunday, Tyler Linabury struck out eight in a complete-game effort.

PONY BASEBALL: The Tampa team representing Wellswood youth baseball won the Pinto (8-year-olds) South Zone championship in Texas. The squad went 5-0 in the eight-team event.

Tampa was led by catcher Max Garcia, outfielder Robby Martin, third baseman Nicolas Romano and shortstop Ryan Romano.

Citrus Park majors squad advances to Southeast Regional with blowout win in state title game 07/28/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 28, 2008 11:18pm]

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