The Palma Ceia/Bayshore/Interbay Junior All-Stars won the Little League Juniors (13-14) Baseball State Championship on Monday morning.
Palma Ceia, the host team of the tournament in South Tampa, defeated South Fort Myers in the title game 16-0 in five innings.
The club was dominant, but a major blow was struck in the contest when Davis Bak hit a grand slam to blow open the scoring. Palma Ceia (12-0, 5-0) has outscored opponents 136-20 since beginning the postseason.
The team advances to the Little League Southeast Regional Tournament in Greenville, S.C. Palma Ceia's first game will be against Clayton (N.C.) Little League at 9 a.m. Friday. If the local All-Stars can win in South Carolina, a berth in the Junior League Baseball World Series awaits starting Aug. 11.
former cobras to play for dakota state: Three recent Hudson graduates will play football at Dakota State. Lineman Alec Facendola and receivers Steven Fender and Adam Nichols will play at the NAIA program in Madison, S.D.
Facendola, a 6-foot-1, 268-pounder, was part of Hudson's turnaround team that finished 3-7 last fall. Fender (6-1, 159) and Nichols (6-0, 165) were the Cobras' top receivers, combining for nine catches, 150 yards and a touchdown as seniors.
Southwest Region Little League Minors (9-10) Baseball Tournament of Champions in Ceredo-Kenova, W.Va.
Keystone 11, South Carolina 8
Southwest Region Little League Minors (9-10) Softball Tournament of Champions in Luray, Va.
Keystone 9, Luray, Va. 4
Little League Juniors (13-14) Baseball State Championship in Tampa
Palma Ceia/Bayshore 16, South Fort Myers 0 (final)
Southwest Region Little League Minors (9-10) Baseball Tournament of Champions
Keystone vs. Virginia/West Virginia, 5:30 p.m. (semifinals)
Southwest Region Little League Minors (9-10) Softball Tournament of Champions
Keystone vs. West Virginia, 10 a.m. (final)