The Palma Ceia Little League juniors (13-14) all-star team took its first step toward the Southeastern regional with a commanding 20-6 five-inning win over Lake Mary in its state championship first pool-play game Friday night in Orlando.
Tanner Anderson hit a grand slam in the second for Palma Ceia and Ford Cheeseman added a three-run shot in the fourth inning.
State majors (11-12) at East Boynton Beach: Citrus Park won its first pool-play game, beating Chaires 5-2. Pitcher Michael McGuire hit a tie-breaking home run in the third after allowing a two-run homer in the top of the inning to tie the game at 2. Reliever Kevin Merrell threw 21/3 scoreless innings before handing the ball to Wyatt Reed, who pitched a scoreless sixth. Citrus Park plays Cocoa tonight.
State majors (11-12) at East Boynton Beach: South Brandon American lost to Fort Myers American 6-5 in its opening pool-play game despite a pair of two-run homers from Josh Mote and Tydus Coy. Pitcher Justin Ambrosino, who allowed just four hits and struck out eight, fell victim to a four-run second inning with three hit batsmen, one walk and a double. South Brandon plays Coral Springs today.
State majors (11-12) home run derby: Citrus Park's Levi Gilcrease hit three homers in the final round then three in the swing-off (11 total) to edge South Brandon's Kameron Wilson and Citrus Park's Ryan McCullers to win the home run derby. Wilson and McCullers also hit three in the final round, but Wilson managed just one in the swing-off while McCullers was homerless in the swing-off.