TAMPA - In one of the most exciting championship games in Florida State Finals history, Palm Beach PAL came back from a 5-1 deficit, to win the 14U Championship 6-5 on a walk off, 2 run single by clean up hitter Tarik Latchmansing. PAL struggled all game to get on the board, as Eagles Baseball (Tarpon Springs, FL) used timely hitting and strong pitching from Jarid Salisbury & Matthew Lewis to keep the PAL hitters at bay.
Eagles Baseball, playing in their 1st Prospect Wire event, was able to get within 1 out of their 1st PW Championship, but with runners at 2nd & 3rd and 2 outs, Latchmansing laced a sharp single to left field. LF Marco Benedettini fielded the ball and came up with a strong throw to the plate that was just late as the winning run slid in just ahead of the tag by catcher Seth Cabelles. That sparked off a team celebration out at 2nd base, as PAL mobbed Latchmansing to celebrate their walk off win!
After the game, PAL's do it all OF/RHP Andrew Lee was named the Spalding Tournament MVP. Lee was presented with a brand new glove for his accomplishments.
Prospect Wire would like to thank Eagles Baseball & Palm Beach PAL, along with their coaches & parents, for an outstanding tournament. Both teams displayed excellent sportsmanship, hustle and determination (and patience) en route to making it through a rain soaked 5 days. Congratulations to Eagles Baseball on a great run, and to Palm Beach PAL 14U for becoming the 1st ever Prospect Wire Florida State Finals 14U Champion!
*A special note should be made about the effort and accomplishments of A-Team Baseball from Miami, FL. A-Team advanced to the championship game with a semi-final win, but due to the weather they endured, were unable to stay to the next day. A-Team is applauded for an excellent accomplishment as a championship game qualifier.