AUBURNDALE, FL - In the bottom of the 12th with bases loaded Michael Boriboun singled home Joey Krehbiel, as Cyclones Baseball defeated the PW Cannons by a score of 4-3 to win the Fall WBC on Sunday. Boriboun, a 2011 grad, also got the win on the mound as he worked 3 innings of shutout baseball to hold the Cannons in check until he could drive in the final run. Justin DiSanto played 9 of the 12 innings in CF, where he made a spectacular catch in the 9th inning to save a potential leadoff triple off the bat of PW Cannon Corbin Olmstead.
Disanto's catch in CF wasn't the only good defensive play that came in extras. Robert Steven Negron turned an impressive double play of his own from SS. Krehbiel made numerous plays of his own at 3B, including a diving stop at the hot corner and completed the play with a rifle across the infield. The PW Cannons unsigned senior catcher Jordan Savinon kept the Cyclones running game in check by throwing out a few attempted base-stealers. PW Cannon speedy CF Roche Woodard patrolled the gaps and didn't let anything hit the ground on a handful of balls that looked like they would fall for basehits.
The defensive efforts held true until the bottom of the 12th, when Krehbiel would lead off the 12th with a line drive to shallow left center field. Woodard charged in on the ball from CF and made what appeared to be a diving catch but the umpire ruled that the ball hit the ground and bounced. Many of the Prospect Wire scouts and scorekeepers agreed that the ball hit the ground, but the effort by Woodard was noteworthy. Krehbiel's single was followed by a Dominic Monda basehit and a walk which would eventually setup the game winning hit by Boriboun.
- Tampa Jefferson High School teammates squared off on different teams (pictured). Steven Negron (2011, Cyclones, USF commit), and Corbin Olmstead (2012, PW Cannons, uncommitted).
- College commitments were well represented in the championship game with Taylor Layner (FSU), Robert Steven Negron (USF), Roche Woodard (FIU), and Joey Krehbiel (USF).
- Former champions from past PW Tournaments were also present in the championship game: Joey Krehbiel, Taylor Layner, Steven Negron, Corbin Olmstead, Dylan Benedict, and Vincent Bellantoni all members of the West Florida Shockers 2010 18U State Championship Team. Roche Woodard and Joey Hall from the PW Cannons were also members of the PW Florida 16U Team that won the 2009 PW State Championship.
- The game was also filled with many future impact collegiate players that are still unsigned such as Corbin Olmstead (89-91mph and strength in his bat), Jordan Savinon (left-handed hitting catcher with catch and throw skills) just to name a few from the PW Cannons. Dominic Monda (83-86mph lefy with pitchability) and the before-mentioned Michael Boriboun shined for the Cyclones to name a few.
- Joey Krehbiel won his 3rd championship at a PW Tournament as he was a member of the PW Florida 16U State Championship Team in 2009, a member of the 2010 17U West Florida Shockers State Championship team, and now the 2010 Cyclones Fall WBC Championship Team. Krehbiel continued to swing an impact bat in the middle of the order, play stellar defense at 3B, and play a vital role as a closer. In game 1 of the tournament in pool play, the eventual champs could have easily lost. But Krehbiel came up big in his late game role on the mound, sitting 89-91 from his low 3/4 slot and shut down CBC to grab the opening night victory.