The Brooksville Bombers (19-11) tormented the Central Florida Legends for every one of the innings they played each other at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sunday night.
The AAU games followed the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on a day where the Rays organization was celebrating local youth baseball. Brooksville celebrated with its own 13-3 win in the opening game and a 7-4 victory to end the trip.
Starting pitcher Dalton Mosser was impressive, surrendering three runs with two strikeouts, but Brendan Sessa pitched the final two frames for the win. Sessa shutout the Legends lineup for the remainder of the game, striking out the first three hitters he faced and giving up just a single and a walk in his effort.
Steven Beach stepped up at the plate and with his team already up 9-3, doubled in the bottom of the fourth for the most impressive hit of the night. The RBI-blast reached the major league outfield and scored Mosser. Beach finished a combined 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBIs.
In Game 2, a plethora of Bomber arms worked the Legends order. Derek Ordaz, Beach, Kevin Tomas and J.P. Gates combined to give up four runs. In the contest, Mosser and Beach hit back-to-back inside-the-park homers over the heads of the Central Florida outfield.
Devin Davis made the defensive play of the night to end the game by making a diving catch in right field. Mosser (3-for-4, four runs, a double, a home run, two RBIs) and Philip Orlando (3-for-4, two runs, two RBIs) both had good games at the plate to help the cause.
This weekend, the Bombers will travel to Tampa for the Slug-A-Rama Tournament. The event is a qualifier for the AAU National Tournament this summer.
Pitch, Hit & Run: The Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition will be at Brooksville's Jerome Brown Community Center Adult Fields on at 6 p.m, Wednesday.
The event is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball and is designed to provide youths the opportunity to compete, free of charge, against their peers to recognize individual excellence. There will be four separate age divisions including 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14-year-olds.
If they qualify, youths will have the opportunity to advance through four rounds of competition with the final two rounds taking place at MLB ballparks and the national finals at the 2008 MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York.
All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and fill out a waiver/registration form prior to the start of the competition. For more information, contact Local Coordinator Lou Bermudez at (352) 544-5498.
Correction: An article that ran April 3 about Chris Polizzi's 800 series mistakenly referred to the feat as the first youth 800 series in Hernando County history. The series was actually the second of its kind with Mike Davidson, 16 at the time, tossing an 802 at Spring Hill Lanes on July 30, 2003. Davidson's three games were thrown while competing in the Wednesday Night Youth/Adult League.
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