Rotary of the Dunedin National Majors (9-12-years-old) baseball division captured its second consecutive league championship last week. Rotary has compiled a 23-5 record this season, winning the first-half title with a 9-3 mark. Rotary is 14-2 in the second half with two games left, but the team is assured of a league championship because it has won both halves.
"This is the best-hitting team I've ever had," said Rotary coach John Frazer, who has been coaching in the league for 11 years. "They pound the ball."
As a team, Rotary is hitting .345. Its leading power hitter is Brady Williams, son of former Toronto Blue Jays manager Jimy Williams. Brady has hit five home runs and is hitting over .300. He also is 8-1 as a pitcher and is averaging more than 10 strikeouts a game.
Other strong hitters for Rotary have been Grant Abrams (.346); Adrian Brand (.396); Dane Hair (.367); Stephen White (.459); Jeff Frazer (team-leading 28 RBI) and Eric Schneibman (.369).
Rotary also has a fine pitching staff, including Williams and Jeremy Kurella. Kurella has also averaged more than 10 strikeouts per game en route to an 11-1 record. He also has slugged four home runs. Jeff Fraser is 4-2 in relief.
Ryan Bond, who plays for the Pirates in the Pinellas Park National Minors (9-12-years-old) Division, threw a no-hitter against the Royals in the final game of the regular season last week in a 12-3 victory. Bond helped lead the Pirates to a 20-0 record and a league title.
Jim Bova of Talking Baseball in the Florida Little Major League at Fossil Park struck out 18 as his team defeated the A's in a six-inning game.
City tournaments throughout the county begin Friday.