Suns face toughest challenge of the season in the USSSA Think Pink tournament
The Suns will be facing their toughest challenge of the season so far in the USSSA Think Pink tournament this coming weekend. The 11U Suns will be playing up an age group in the 12U Major/AAA divsion. With only 1 AAA and 4 AA teams signed up in their own 11U division and having previously outscored the teams 59-7, the coaching staff of the Suns thought it would be a better challenge for the team to play in the 12U division. They will face the Clay County Vipers and the MAA Combat Pitbulls in Saturday's pool play.
In other news, the Suns finished 2nd in the rain-shortened Nations Remember The Titans tournament. The Suns were victim to the rain, which had previously benefited the Suns in their last tournament. The rain and lightning forced tournament officials to cancel the championship game versus the East Orlando Tigers. Having finished pool play a seed higher than the Suns, the Tigers were named tournament champs.
NATIONS REMEMBER THE TITANS TOURNAMENT RECAP:
Game 1: Suns 8 - Red Raiders 1
Central Florida Suns 11U beat the Red Raiders Silver on Saturday 8-1 at Soldiers Creek Field B in five innings.
Central Florida Suns 11U scored three runs in the fourth on Central Florida Suns 11U scored in the fourth on a two-run home run by Ryan Cartagena and an error.
Ayden Bowers boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 3-3 day at the plate to pace Central Florida Suns 11U. He singled in the first and third innings and doubled in the fifth inning.Isaiah Eberheart looked sharp on the rubber. The Red Raiders Silver managed just one hit off of the Central Florida Suns 11U's pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out five during his two innings of work.
Brayden Kintner recorded the win for Central Florida Suns 11U. He allowed one run over three innings. He struck out three, walked none and surrendered two hits.
Central Florida Suns 11U never trailed after scoring two runs in the third on two singles.
Game 2: Suns 2 - First Strike 6
Central Florida Suns 11U lost despite Sam Wilsky's spectacular day from both the mound and the plate.
It was a good day at the plate for Central Florida Suns 11U's Sam. Sam went 1-2 and scored one run. He singled in the fifth inning.
First Strike's lineup had no answer for Sam. Sam held First Strike hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked four and struck out one.
First Strike's George, Chapman and Post combined for four hits and five RBIs.
The bottom of the third saw Central Florida Suns 11U take an early lead, 1-0. Central Florida Suns 11U's threat began with a single by Luke Baldwin.
First Strike never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring five runs on two three-run home runs.
Game 3: Suns 8 - FCA Blueclaws Grey 5
Central Florida Suns 11U outlasted FCA Blueclaws on Sunday after five lead changes, squeaking out a 8-5 win at Northwest Rec Complex Apopka .
Central Florida Suns 11U took the lead in the fourth inning and held on for the victory. A wild pitch scored Brayden Kintner to give Central Florida Suns 11U the lead for good.
Nicholas Roman racked up two RBIs on two hits for Central Florida Suns 11U. He singled in the second and fourth innings.
FCA Blueclaws had no answer for Isaiah Eberheart, who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. E gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out six during his 3 2/3 innings of work.
The bottom of the first saw Central Florida Suns 11U take an early lead, 2-0.Alex Vazquez got things going for Central Florida Suns 11U with a single. A stolen base then moved Alex from first to second. Isaiah singled, scoring Alex. The scoreboard lit up again for Central Florida Suns 11U when E scored on a groundout by Alejandro Rodriguez.
Central Florida Suns 11U went up for the duration of the game after the fourth inning. Additional runs came from two singles.
Game 4: Suns 9 - First Strike 8
Scoreboard operators were busy at Northwest Rec Complex Apopka Field L on Sunday as Central Florida Suns 11U and First Strike combined for 17 runs. Central Florida Suns 11U eventually won the offensive battle 9-8 in six innings.
The two teams combined for 17 hits in the game.
The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to seven lead changes in the game.
Central Florida Suns 11U pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. A steal of home by Nicholas Roman gave Central Florida Suns 11U the lead for good.
Central Florida Suns 11U held off First Strike, as First Strike was unable to overcome a two-run sixth inning deficit.
First Strike scored one run in the sixth on an RBI single by Ruocco. Despite its efforts, First Strike couldn't get over the hump.
In the bottom of the first, First Strike grabbed the early lead, 3-0. Chapman kicked things off for First Strike with a single. A stolen base then moved Chapman from first to second. Waring singled, plating Chapman. The scoreboard lit up again for First Strike when Waring and Sanchez scored on a two-run single by Ruocco.
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