JUPITER, FL - Two Florida teams, the Next Level and Chet Lemon’s Juice, teed off at 11:30 a.m. for the 16U championship game at Roger Dean Complex.
Next Level were shut down by right-hander Brady Singer and went three up, three down in the top of the first.
Leading off for the Juice, centerfielder Josh Greene was hit in the knee by right-hander Kyle Taddeo and took the free pass to first base. Shortstop Dylan Allen followed with a single to the right side, allowing Greene to reach third. Clean-up hitter and leftfielder, Caleb Leach, then hit an infield fly, freezing the runners. With two on and one out, first baseman Justin Ambrosino singled up the middle to score Greene from third and the Juice score the first run of the game. Catcher Mark Kolozovary walked to load the bases. Designated hitter Andrew Sipp followed with a bases-clearing double to right center to extend the juice’s lead, 4-0. Michael Koenig reached first on a fielder’s choice and rightfielder Ryan Morse continued the hit-streak with a single to left. As the ninth batter on the lineup, third baseman Marcus Stump recorded the third and final out of the first with a fly out to center.
Designated hitter Matthew Railey started it off for Next Level in the second. With a full count, he earned the walk. Tyler Holton followed with a double to left center, advancing Railey to third. Catcher Jared Barnes and Jacob Dulworth struck out, and second baseman Logan Dungey grounded out for the third out. Next Level stranded two runners in scoring position in the top of the second.
Taddeo recorded two strikeouts, but gave up a line-drive single to Allen followed by a base hit by Ambrosino in the bottom of the second. The Juice stranded two and went scoreless this inning.
Singer struck out Next Level’s leftfielder Gage Timmons swinging for the first out of the third inning. Then, Reese was hit by a pitch and took first, but was thrown out attempting to steal second. Estes worked the count and earned a walk off Singer. Taddeo ended the top of third with a pop out to short. Next Level still scoreless in the game.
Taddeo worked quick in the bottom of the third, forcing the Juice to go three up, three down.
Singer gave up two consecutive hits to Railey and Holton to start the fourth. With two on and no outs, Barnes sacrificed the runners into scoring position. Dulworth grounded out to second, which scored Railey from third. Next Level is finally on the board, 4-1.
With a quick first out, the Juice had their lead-off hitter at the plate; Greene was hit by a pitch to reach base. Allen then scorched a ground-rule double to deep right field with Greene advancing to third and forcing a pitching change for Next Level. Right-hander Parker Hamil was chosen to face Leach and issued him a walk. Ambrosino then reached first on a fielder’s choice, which scored Greene. The Juice now lead 5-1. Sipp walked in run. Koenig singled to the left side, scoring one, but then a player was thrown out at the plate to end the fourth. The Juice extended their lead over Next Level, 7-1.
Singer issued a walk to Timmons to start the fifth. Reese then ripped a double to deep center and Estes reached on an error by the Juice’s shortstop, scoring Timmons. With another error, Taddeo reached base, scoring another run. Railey then smashed a bases-clearing double to deep right, cutting the Juice’s lead, 7-5. The Juice decided on a pitching change, choosing RHP Drew Carlton to face Holton. Carlton did his job and recorded three consecutive outs to end the top half of the inning.
The Juice started off the bottom of the fifth with a base hit to left, followed by a sac bunt by Stump. At the top of the order, southpaw Cole Ragans of Next Level walked Greene and Allen to load the bases for the Juice. Leach picked up an RBI with a sac fly. Then, Ambrosino scorched a two-RBI double over the leftfielder’s head, extending the Juice’s lead 10-5. This prompted a pitching change for Next Level: southpaw Chris Corniel took the mound for his team. Kolozavary stepped up to the plate and drilled a single to left, Sipp then flied out to right to end the fifth.
Next Level went three up, three down with two strike outs in the top of the sixth. The score remained 10-5.
Corneil caught Koenig, Stump and Morse looking for an impressive three outs to end the sixth.
With their last chance to catch up to the Juice, Estes led off the seventh for Next Level with a strike out swinging, followed by Taddeo taking first after being hit by a pitch. Railey then scorched a single to center. Giving hope to Next Level, centerfielder Holton followed with a single to load the bases. Just one out away from the loss, Dulworth grounded out to end the game.
Chet Lemon’s Juice 16U wins 10-5.
Congratulations to Chet Lemon’s Juice 16U: the World Scout League Finals East champs!