The Central Florida Suns baseball and softball teams all played great on the diamonds this past weekend. The three teams, two girls’ softball teams and one boys baseball team, combined for 6-1 record in their games played.
The successful weekend of games started Saturday morning with the intriguing match up of the Suns 6U softball team facing off against the 6U Knights boys t-ball team at Winter Springs Babe Ruth. Both teams were coached by Ryan Bono. In an epic battle that pitted 6U Suns softball player Addison Bono against her younger brother Austin, the girls were victorious over the boys by a score of 11-10. The 6U Suns are coached by Ryan Bono, Trevor Berryhill (whose daughter Giuliana is on the roster) and Mickey Bono. Makayla Kintner, younger sister of 10U Suns softball player Marissa Kintner (who also assists coaching the 6U Suns at practices), is also a member of the team. The 6U Suns are off to a 2-0 start on the season. The team will hope to continue the great start as they travel next weekend to face South Orlando Babe Ruth.
The Central Florida Suns 10U softball team traveled this weekend to play in the UF PFG Day at the Park Tournament at Champions Park in Newberry, Florida which is located just outside Gainesville. This was the first true road trip tournament the team has had this season. The 10U Suns were hoping to capitalize off their hot start to the season. The Suns had gone 6-0 early in the season, capturing two rain-shortened tournament championships. Having been the #1 seed in Saturday’s pool play in both their first two tournaments, they were awarded the tournament championships as Sundays’ bracket play was rained out in both tournaments. The girls looked to continue the hot streak as they headed in to Newberry.
In the first game on Saturday, the Suns scored 7 runs in the bottom of the first to take a commanding lead. Madison Rider pitched for the Suns and allowed 1 earned run, while only giving up 2 hits and striking out 3 over 3 innings in a 9-4 victory over the Santa Fe Inferno to start the day. The Suns were only able to manage to get 1 hit by Rylin Sprague but capitalized on 8 walks and two errors by the opponent to get the victory.
Game two of the day saw the Suns match up against the NFGS Honeybadgers. The Suns weathered a push by the Honeybadgers in the fourth inning where they coughed up five runs, but still won 13-8 in game two.
Both offenses were strong at the plate as the Suns collected nine hits and the Honeybadgers five in the high-scoring affair. The Suns opened up scoring in the first inning with 2 runs. They also put up 4 runs in the second and 3 more in the fourth inning. They notched four more runs in the fifth inning. Lauren Daugherty, Savannah Mullis, and Marissa Kintner each drove in runs during the inning.Sophia Tinberg earned the win. She allowed five hits and eight runs over five innings, striking out three. Hailey Mitchell went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the team in hits. The victory put the Suns as the #2 seed in their 5-team pool heading in to bracket play later on Saturday.
Game one of bracket play would be a matchup against Batbusters – McMormick. They would be no challenge to the Suns as the game would turn out to be a 15-0 blowout. Bella Mahnken was in the circle for the Suns and would pitch a complete game, striking out 7 and allowing only 1 hit over 3 innings. The Suns bats came out hot and included 4 home runs in the game. Lauren Daugherty had 2 home runs and 5 runs batted in. Sophia Tinberg and Kylee Van Natta also homered. Sierra Tabor was also 2 for 2 with 2 RBI in the game. The win would set up a semi-final battle against the rival Windermere Wildfire.
The game would be a battle with the Suns losing to the Wildfire 4-3. A walk-off left the Suns on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat in the semi-final. The game was tied at three with the Wildfire batting in the bottom of the fourth when Bella induced a ball on the ground ball to second, but with winning run scored as the runner beat the throw to the plate.
The Suns lost despite out-hitting Windermere Wildfire six to three. Windermere Wildfire got on the board in the bottom of the first inning scoring 3 runs. In the top of the third inning, the Suns tied things up at three when Hailey Mitchell hit a solo homer.
Madison Rider led things off in the circle for the Suns. She lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out one. Bella threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Marissa Kintner, Savannah Mullis, Rylin Sprague, Hailey Mitchell, Kylee Van Natta, and Elena Medel each collected one hit in the game. Elena Medel was also outstanding behind the plate handling the Suns pitching staff in each game. The loss to the Wildfire eliminated the Suns from the tournament but the team still had Sunday to look forward to as each team in the tournament would get to go watch the Florida Gators softball team play on Sunday afternoon. The girls will return to the diamond this weekend as they look to continue their great play and 9-1 start to the season.
Sunday morning saw the Central Florida Suns 7U baseball team take to the diamond for the first time in 2019 in start of the spring season for the COBRA League. The Suns would have two games on the day versus the WVAC Extreme and the Orlando Storm.
The Suns had no trouble on offense, winning big over WVAC Extreme 16-3 in game one. In the first inning, the Suns got their offense started as Liam Daly drove in one when he singled. The Suns would put up the 4-run limit in all four innings played. The Suns big bats tallied 14 hits in the game. Lawty Hernandez, Landon Bono, Mason Bradley, Austin Wainwright, and James Feliciano each had multiple hits in the game. Lawty Hernandez went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead in hits. RBIs were collected by Patrick Monette (2), Landon Bono (2), Cainen Hudson, James Feliciano (2), Liam Daly (4), and Lawty Hernandez.
In game two of the day, the Suns would defeat the Orlando Storm 7-0 with a great game defensively. The Suns put up 3 runs over the first two innings and put up four more runs in the fourth on its way to victory. Austin Wainwright and Liam Daly powered the big inning with RBIs. The Suns played solid shutdown defense and hit the ball well, racking up ten hits in the game. Lawty Hernandez and Liam Daly all managed multiple hits for Central Florida Suns. Jacob Wissig played great behind the plate and made a great block and tag to keep the Storm from scoring a run on the lone opportunity. The Suns were without two players with injuries, Jackson Swartz and Ty Erwin. The team will play again in couple of weeks and will look to keep playing solid baseball against their next opponents.