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Suns 10U softball playing in the USSSA WFC NATIONAL QUALIFER MAR 2-3rd

March 1, 2019

Lake Mary, FL (CentralFloridaSuns.com) – The Central Florida Suns 10U softball team is back on the diamond this weekend competing in the USSSA WFC National Qualifier March 2-3 at the Seminole County Softball Complex. The top 2 teams in the tournament earn a berth in the USSSA World Fastpitch Championships to be held July 15-20th in Kansas City, Missouri. The Suns are off to a 9-1 start to the season and will look to keep up the hot start and make a run to earn a bid to USSSA WFC.

 

IN THE CIRCLE

The Suns projected starters are: Bella Mahnken, Sophia Tinberg, and Madison Rider. The rest of the pitching staff will be ready in relief.

THE OPPONENTS (POOL PLAY)

  • MC Cruisers - In an earlier match up this season, the Suns defeated the Cruisers 12-2.

  • Firecrackers-Mondok – The Firecrackers are coming off a tournament win last weekend in the PGF Day at The Park One-Day tournament. The Suns also competed in the same tournament, coming up short 4-3 in the semifinal.

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    GAME 1 (Pool Play) – Saturday 11:30 AM | Live Stats via Gamechanger

    vs MC Cruisers (Field 3 - Seminole County Softball Complex, 2200 North St, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714)

    GAME 2 (Pool Play) – Saturday, 2:40 PM  | Live Stats via Gamechanger

    vs Firecrackers – Mondok (Field 3 - Seminole County Softball Complex, 2200 North St, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714)

     

    DOUBLE ELIMINATION BRACKET PLAY BEGINS SATURDAY NIGHT WITH COMPLETION OF TOURNAMENT ON SUNDAY

    Bracket play game times - TBD

     

    NOTES

  • The Suns have outscored the opponents 111-26 in their first 10 games

  • Last weekend offense saw home runs from Lauren Daugherty (2), Sophia Tinberg, Kylee Van Natta, and Hailey Mitchell

  • Suns have played outstanding defense and will look to keep it up this weekend

  • The game versus the Firecrackers will be the Suns first game against them in 2019. It is a match up of two of the top 10U teams so far this spring season

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    Central Florid Suns shine on baseball and softball diamonds this past weekend

    February 25, 2019

    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.

    Central Florida Suns announce new 10U softball team and tryouts

    July 2018

    The Central Florida Suns organization is excited to announce the launch of our first fastpitch softball team coming this fall. 

    Central Florida Suns has been a well-recognized baseball organization since 1995.  We are now looking to build a strong softball program that will foster the same goals and successes we’ve had over the years.

    Our primary goals are to instruct our players in the proper fundamentals of softball, develop them both mentally and physically, teach them to respect the game and their opponents and to always have fun playing.  Win or lose, we find teachable moments for each player.  We want every player to have the opportunity to develop their skills and continue to love the game they play. 

     

    Our first team will be a 10U team based out of the Lake Mary area.  We are looking to build a team with 08 and strong 09 players with a passion and dedication for the game.  We’d like to develop this team and keep this group of girls together as they continue with their softball journey.  We will be a competitive team while working on team building and individual growth.  We will be playing in USSSA and NSA tournaments. The team will be coached by former collegiate players. 

     

    Open tryouts will be held:

    Thursday July 12th from 6-8 pm at the Lake Mary High School Softball Field.

    655 Longwood-Lake Mary Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746 

    Please email at CentralFloridaSuns@gmail.com for more information.

    Click here to print out the tryout registration form to have it already filled out before the tryout date.

    Suns finish 3rd in the USSSA Elite World Series

    The Central Florida Suns 10U baseball team finished third in the USSSA 40-team Elite World Series, losing 4-2 to the runner-up Outlaws Elite of Miami Lakes. 2015 marked the 20th year since the Suns fielded its first travel ball team. The Suns are the only team to earn paid World Series berths on the field by winning Super NIT tournaments in Vero Beach and Newberry, Florida.

     

    The World Series consisted of three pool play games that sent all 40-teams into four seeded double elimination brackets.“When other teams buckle under the pressure, our kid’s step up in these big tournaments, like the Super NIT’s, Regionals and Elite World Series,” stated General Manager, Mike Bono.The Suns are truly Central Florida’s team as the roster is made up of players from a five-county area. The 12-player roster consists of Luke Baldwin, Nicholas Roman and Alex Vazquez of Oviedo, Ayden Bowers of Holly Hills, Andrew Bubon of Longwood, Ryan Cartagena of Kissimmee, Denzel Flores and Alejandro Rodriguez of Orlando, Isaiah Eberheart of Port Orange, Brayden Kintner of Lake Mary, Brayden Spence of Mt. Dora, and Sam Wilsky of DeBary. The Suns are managed by Mickey Bono and coached by Brian Spence, Brian English, Kyle Bono and Ryan Bono.

     

     

    Suns 10U win North Florida Dual Super NIT to qualify for the Elite World Series

    The Central Florida Suns 10U team won the USSSA North Florida Dual Super NIT tournament held February 21-22 in Newberry to qualify for the second year in row for the USSSA Wilson/Demarini Elite World Series. By winning the Dual Super NIT the team also earned a berth in the Louisville Slugger Major Championship.

    Suns 10U defeat CBC Riverhawks to earn USSSA UFC-X Title

    The Suns playing in the shadows of the history Sanford Stadium at Chase Park in Sanford earned its second championship in two weeks defeating the CBC Riverhawks from Jacksonville 7-3 behind the strong pitching of Sam Wilsky and Isaiah Eberheart as the limited the Riverhawks to just X hit while walking one.   Amaury Pierce-Encarnacion and Alejandro Rodriquez each homered this weekend pacing the Suns offense.  The Suns defeated the East Orlando Tigers 11-7 in the first semi-final game and the CBC Riverhawks defeated previously unbeaten CFL Viper 12-11 to face the Suns in the final.   With this win the Suns take a lot of momentum into the Dual Super NIT to be held in Newberry, Florida on February 22nd and 23rd.  The Dual Super NIT winner qualifies for both the USSSA Elite World Series at Disney and the Louisville Slugger Major Championship in Texas.  The Suns were the only Central Florida team to qualify for last year’s Elite World Series and they are looking to repeat this year.  Add News Story here

    Suns 10u win Nation’s Super Bowl Turbo

    Eager to get back on the field the Suns entered the one-day Super Bowl Turbo at Soldiers Creek Complex.  Some people refer to the Suns as “Kings of Soldier Creek” and this tournament shows why.  In the opening  game of the tournament the Suns defeated the Sumter Shock 5-0 on a combined one-hitter by Luke Baldwin and Brayden Kintner.  

     

    In their second game the Suns faced First Strike of Apopka.  Sam Wilsky pitched a complete game striking out 9 and walking 1 while allowing just 2 hits.   The Suns won 8-2 to advance into the championship game.

     

    The Ocala Surge would then upset First Strike advancing them into the championship against the Suns.  The Suns jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and added 4 in the second and 6 in the third to end the game in three innings 17-0.  Isaiah Eberheart pitched and hit the Suns to victory.  Within their age group the  Suns have won 5 consecutive tournaments at Soldier Creek.

    Suns 10U finish 3rd in the USSSA Battle To The Bone VI

    After nearly six weeks off, the Suns traveled to Oldsmar, FL to open the 2015 spring season.  The Sun came out swinging defeating Florida Impact Baseball 17-1 in their opening game.  The Suns then faced the Bandits Elite from Bloomingdale, FL.  This gamed turned out to be a pitchers dual until two costly errors allowed the Bandits to take the lead and win 5-1.

    On championship Sunday the Suns took on Quinco Baseball Academy of Orlando.  Bouncing back from Saturday’s loss the Suns plated 22 run in just three inning winning 22-4 setting up a rematch with the Bandits in the semi-final game.  Once again errors cost the Suns the game.  Manager Mickey Bono stated “the pitching was outstanding, but we needed to work on defense”.  The Suns next tournament will be January 31 in Longwood at the Nation’s Super Bowl Turbo.

    Central Florida Suns 10U & 12U impressive in season debuts

    The Central Florida Suns 10U and 12U teams made very impressive debuts to start the new season. Both teams were playing the Nations Patriots Challenge tournament at Apopka's Northwest Recreation Complex. The 10U team was the tournament champion, going 5-0 and outscoring the opponents 69-18. The 12U team, playing in their first tournament reached the semifinals.

    Click "Read More" for full story

    Suns make strong showing in national tournaments

    The Central Florida Suns 9u had a strong showing in two of the most prestigous national tournaments this summer. The Suns went 7-1 during the AAU Grand Nationals and went 2-2-2 in the USSSA Elite World Series. Both tournaments were held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports located at Walt Disney World Resort

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    New 12U team and 10U (New Player Only) Tryouts

    The Central Florida Suns will be hosting open tryouts for their newly established 12U team and for their 10U (rising 9u) team (new players only) on July 12th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Tryouts will take place at Eastmonte Park in Altamonte Springs. Click "Read More" below for more information

    Suns announce new 12U team for fall 2014

    The Central Florida Suns are excited to announce the addition of a 12U team to be a part of the Suns family in the fall of 2014. The 12U team will join the 10u (current 9U team) as part of the Suns.

    Tryouts for the team will take place in August. To have your name added to the tryout list, send an email to: CentralFloridaSuns@gmail.com 

    Central Florida Suns win USSSA Super NIT in Vero Beach

    The Central Florida Suns won the USSSA Super NIT tournament this past weekend at the historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The tournament victory gives the Suns an automatic berth in the USSSA Elite World Series held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney from August 2-8. Click "Read More" for the full story

    Suns ready for 2014 spring & summer season

    The Suns are gearing up for the 2014 spring/summer season. They will be opening the season with a tournament this weekend. The Suns will be competing in the 10u division as a 9u team in the Nations Winter State Championship. By playing in the 10u division, the players will get the opportunity to play "open bases" to work on leading off and holding runners. This will prepare the team for the USSSA Super NIT tournament in Newberry, FL. That tournament is a qualifying tournament for the USSSA Elite 32 World Series, which is an ultimate goal for the Suns this year. 

     

     

    Suns win the USSSA Santa Slam III

    The Central Florida Suns won the USSSA Santa Slam III tournament this past weekend in Daytona Beach. The Suns went 4-0 in the tournament and outscored the the opponents 31-9. Suns pitching was dominant throughout the entire tournament and only gave up 6 walks over the four games. The defense was outstanding, only committing a handful of errors while making numerous "web gems". The Suns hitting was potent as well. In the championship game versus the East Orlando Tigers, the Suns put up 10 runs in the third inning on the way to a 10-1 win to clinch the tournament title.

    Suns to play in the USSSA Super NIT at Disney

    The Central Florida Suns will be playing in the USSSA Super NIT at the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports. In pool play, the Suns will face the Pinellas Park Crushers on Friday at 12pm  and the Bandits of Bloomingdale on Saturday at 2pm. Depending results and seeding, bracket round play will begin Saturday or Sunday.

    Suns win tournament in 9u debut

    The Central Florida Suns won the Nations Summer Closeout tournament by defeating the Apopka Sharks in the final 11-5. This was the team's first tournament as a 9u team, with many of the players seeing their first game time expirience with kid pitch.

     

    The Suns defeated the Apopka Sharks in their first game 6-2, then lost to Apopka First Strike 10-6 in the second game of the day on Saturday.

     

    In Sunday's seeded round, the Suns beat the Debary Dynamite 5-3. Then in an epic semifinal battle, the Suns came back from 4 runs down in the last inning to tie the Osceola Chiefs at 9. With the game going to extra innings with the Texas tiebreaker, the Chiefs scored 4 runs in the top of the inning to make it 13-9. In the bottom of the inning the Suns rallied again to win the game 14-13.

     

    In the final the Sun handily deafeated the Apopka Sharks 11-5 to clinch the tournament title.

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