A little rain came through at the final out of all semi-final games at Lake Myrtle Complex today, slightly pushing back the start times of the 16U and 18U Florida State Finals State Championship Games.
The 16U State Championship has turned into a battle between two very familiar foes with quite a bit in common. Both Chet Lemon and Jimmy Osting are former big leaguers. Both recruit players for their programs heavily from the Brandon, Tampa, Central FL areas. Both are very hands-on with their teams and coach the players up very well.
They also came out of the same pool. Chet's Juice beat Ostinger 6-2 early in the tournament.
Chet won the toss and is the home team. They will start Danny Miller.
Ostinger's will be the visitors and will start Justin Ambrosino.
Bottom of the 1st:
Chet has jumped on top in the first inning with a 2 out RBI single from possible tournament MVP Rob Frantzis. Another run scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Frantzis is on fire in this tournament. The Lakeland HS 2013 grad is currently 11 for 14 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 10 RBI, and 2 runs scored.
Top of the 2nd:
The Chet Lemon Juice defense made one of the most heads up and spectacular plays in this inning to stop Ostingers from cutting into the lead. With two outs and a man on 1st, Ostinger EH Dalton Donini smoked a ball over the LFs head. The man on 1st wheeled to score from first base. When the ball was relayed in and hit SS Hank Trulock's hands instead of trying to gun the runner at the plate, he surprisingly spun and threw to 2B without hesitation and got the batter/runner at 2B in a bang-bang play for the 3rd out of the inning one step before the runner from first base was able to touch the plate.
Top of 3rd:
Ostinger's gets a 1-out base hit from leadoff batter Brett Kaminski. With 1 out, the Juice made a pitching change to face 2-hole hitter Zach Mondoux. Drew Carlton replaced starter Danny Miller and proceeded right on queue to get the 6-4-3 DP to end the threat.
Bottom of 3rd:
Chet Lemons Juice got a walk, a stolen base and an eventual E4 to score their 3rd run.
Juice lead 3-0 in the top of the 4th with Ostinger threatening with 2 on and 2 out.
Bottom of 5:
Ostingers has out-hit the Juice 6 to 3 so far but can't seem to get any runs across. Chet's defense has been solid and they have had some timely hitting.
Brett Kaminski of Ostingers has a leadoff double down the first base line to start the inning. This could be what Ostingers needs to start a rally. They are now out-hitting the Juice 7 to 3.
Mondoux strikes out swinging and Alex Kerr's ground ball to 2B moves the runner to 3B. That brings up 4-hole hitter Justin Ambrosino who has had a good tournament. Ambrosino hit a ball almost to the parking lot on Field 4 in the semi-final game to power Ostingers into this final game. But here he flies out to RF to end the threat and once again Ostinger strands a leadoff double and can't seem to get any runs across.
Ostingers goes down quietly in the 7th and the Juice have won the 2011 Florida State Finals by a score of 3-0.
As expected Robby Frantzis was named MVP.
The 18u game between PAL and Bullets was suspended again due to lightning and both teams agreed to a co championship.
Congrats to all o the championship game participants.
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