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 in the Nations Patriots Challenge tournament at Apopka's Northwest Recreation Complex. The 10U team was the tournament champion, going 5-0 and outscoring their opponents 69-18. The 12U team, playing in their first tournament together, reached the semifinals.
In the 10U the divsion, the Suns would face off against the Polk County Hurricanes in game one of pool play. After an inning to get the bats going after the month off since the USSSA Elite World Series, the Suns would end up scoring 18 runs over the next 4 innings in an 18-3 victory. The Suns would play Wevo in game two of pool play and cruised to an 11-1 win. The two wins would secure the Suns the #1 seed of out 12 teams and a bye going into Sunday's bracket play. They would once again face the Polk County Hurricanes and defeat them 15-4 to advance to the semifinal. In the semifinal, the Suns would be up against the Red Raiders and would win the game 12-4 to reach the final. The final would see another rematch versus Wevo. The Suns would once again be victorious with a 13-6 win to claim the tournament title. The five victories would be a great team effort with every player contributing offensively and defensively along with excellent pitching. Manager Mickey Bono commented "I was happy with the way the team played this weekend. We didn't have a letdown after the month off since playing in the USSSA Elite World Series."
In the 12U division, the Suns would be playing their first tournament together as a newly formed team. It would also be the Suns coaching debut for manager Fritz Conrad and assistant coach Mitch Schardt. In the first game of pool play, they would defeat the Eustis Thunder by a score of 8-3. The next pool play game would be against the Rawlings Renegades Red. Despite the pitching staff tossing the team's first no-hitter, the Suns would lose the game 4-2. The 1-1 record coming out of pool play would give the Suns a #5 seed out of 13 teams going into bracket play. The first game of Sunday's bracket play would be a rematch against the Eustis Thunder, with the Suns once again defeating them by a score of 7-6. Game two would be a match up against the RBI Cudas. The Suns would jump out to an early lead and win the game 10-1, advancing them to the semifinals. In the semifinal, the Suns would face the Carrigan Coyotes, eventually losing a hard fought game 7-6. Manager Fritz Conrad commented, "I was very pleased with how the team played their first time out. We fought hard every game and will continue to grow as team."
Next up for both the 10U and 12U teams is the USSSA CFL Showdown / War on I-4 XII in Ormond Beach at the Nova Recreation Complex this coming weekend, Sept 20-21.