LAKE WORTH - The West Florida Shockers defeated Palm Beach PAL 16U by a score of 5-2 to win the 2010 18U Florida State Finals. After 5 complete innings were played, the rain came down putting the fields under water and ending the game as the Palm Beach area was under a flood watch. Taylor Layner did not have a big championship game, going 0 for 3, but he was clearly the MVP of the tournament after a unanimous vote by the PW Scouting Staff. Layner finished the tournament offensively going 10 for 20 (.500), hitting three doubles, one triple, one homerun, seven runs scored and 11 RBI to pace the Shockers. On the mound, he picked up 2 wins, and tossed 9 innings of shutout ball.
In the championship game, Dylan Benedict tossed 5 innings with no earned runs to hold PAL in check and allow the Shockers to jump on top. The rain came down exactly at 5 full innings completed, giving the Shockers the title with a 3-run lead.
PW will announce All-Tournament teams, top prospects teams, and have full post-event coverage over the course of the following week.