Sergio Ambros (1963-2015)

The South Florida baseball community took a raw and emotional blow when the news broke  upon the sudden death of West Broward High and Elite Squad coach Sergio Ambros. He suffered a  fatal heart attack as he prepared for yet another Summer Tournament match up as the manager for the Elite Squad. Coach Ambros, who made it a mission for his ball club at West Broward High to raise over $10,000 for cancer research, made it a staple for...

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2015 UNSIGNED Pitching Velocities

# Name Grad P SP FB Velo CB Velo CH Velo SL Velo 25 William Sanchez 2016 RHP   87 63 64   14 Anthony Davila 2015 LHP   81 72     23 Jared Montoya 2015 SS RHP 88 73     30 Edgar Pages 2015 1B LHP 87 74     1 Taber Raley...

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2015 TOPPS Pitching Velocities

# Name Grad P SP FB Velo CB Velo CH Velo SL Velo 29 Jesus Luzardo 2016 LHP           58 Anthony Masiello 2016 LHP 1B         53 Brandon McCabe 2017 RHP   95 80     59 Christopher Rodriguez 2016 RHP 3B 93   79 83...

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EMOTIONS DRIVE FTB PLATINUM IN 18U CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

The 18U Vero Beach Classic championship game featured the undefeated FTB platinum squad taking on Elite Squad 17u Slugger. Elite Squad 17u Slugger jumped out to an early lead, but was unable to hold on and lost 2-1 to FTB Platinum on Tuesday. While Elite Squad 17u Slugger led until the fifth inning, FTB Platinum worked its way back and took the lead on an RBI single by Blachurcy. Maximiliano Ramirez brought the heat against FTB Platinum...

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OSTINGERS WALKOFF CHAMPIONS

The 16U championship came down to the Florida Burn 2017 Penant taking on Ostingers 16U at Holman stadium Tuesday afternoon. Ostingers starter Beau Nichols would run into early problems allowing back-to-back doubles to the first two hitters of the game, Shane Shifflett and Graham Dvorak. Matt Nelson would draw a walk to load the bases. Sam Keating drove in the games first run on a RBI single followed by a groundball to short by Shuck that...

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Elite nips Vero Beach, wins 14U Championship

Vero Beach Baseball Academy 14U and Elite Squad 14U Prime battled their way through pool play in the Vero Beach Classic. Then, they survived the brackets. On Tuesday morning they met to decide a champion. After an early pitchers’ duel, Elite blew the game open late to win the game 8-2. Both teams scored early, but pitching was the story in the 14U Championship Game. Vero Beach’s Richie Pfluger and Eltie’s Cosi Scinta...

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2015 Unsigned Results

# Name Grad P SP 60 Velo 29 Gio Soto 2016 RF C 7.03 92 2 Jacob Pino 2016 CF 2B 7.00 80 10 Brendan Brundage 2015 CF RHP 6.93 85 26 Elijah Cabell 2018 CF RF 6.86 82 15 Trevor Tinder 2014 RHP LF 6.74 87 27 Turner KinKaid 2015 3B 2B   82 39...

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2015 TOPPS Results

# Name Grad P SP 60 Velo 98 Aldrich de Jongh 2016 RF RHP 6.51 87 25 Jacob Winger 2017 RF RHP 6.72 90 28 Marcos Lopez 2016 RF 3B 7.1 79 18 Jacob Parrott 2016 CF LF 7.03 86 99 Christian Del Castillo 2016 CF RF 6.82 85 4 Nathan Chevalier 2017 CF RHP 6.8 85...

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FTB edges CBC to go to 18U finals

The first game of the day in the VBC at Historic Dodgertown featured FTB Platinum taking on the CBC 2016 Team DeMarini in one of the two semifinal matchups in the 18U bracket. There was a lot of offense in the back-and-forth contest, but it was FTB who outlasted CBC to win the game 7-6. CBC took an early 1-0 lead when they opened up the scoring in the top of the second. KC Isenberg plated Blake Morgan on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of...

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ELITE SQUAD 17U SLUGGER IN VBC 18U CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

A bid for a spot in the 18U championship game took place on Field 1 at Historic Dodgertown it was the Cinderella Elite Squad 17U Slugger club who surpassed all expectations as they would come back time and time again, yet the only Squad team left coming into championship day. On the flip side the Scorpions South 2016 is undefeated going into the final four. Elite would come out roaring hitting three straight singles (Pino, Bejar and...

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FTB dispatches PBC to advance

Tempers flared in a heated matchup between PBC Gameday Elite 18U and FTB Platinum, but when the dust settled, it was FTB that walked away with a 6-3 win. PBC, playing Game 2 of a doubleheader, struck early just like they did in Game 1. The leadoff man, Robert Valdez, was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and came around to score on an RBI single by Hunter Sanicky to give PBC an early 1-0 lead. PBC would hold the lead until the bottom...

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PBC knock off Chain Shouteast 5-2

The game between Chain Southeast and PBC Gameday Elite 18U started out as a close one, but PBC would eventually pull away to win the game by a score of 5-2. Both teams got on the scoreboard early, bringing in their leadoff men in to score in the first inning. In the top of the frame, Chain’s Parker Stahlman led off the game with a single. He was brought in on an RBI groundout by Dillon Strickland. PBC wasted no time in striking back...

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Panthers beat Suns to advance in VBC

The West Boca Panthers defeated the Miami Suns 17U 5-1 in the first round of bracket play of the Vero Beach Classic on Monday morning. Brendan Brundage led off the game with a double as three of the first four Panther batters reached base in the top of the first inning. Suns pitcher, Chris Rodriguez, was able to work out of the bases-loaded jam, though, by inducing a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning and the threat. The Panthers were...

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Elite Squad 17U Slugger Into Final Four

Looking to clinch a spot in the 2015 VBC 18U Final four Elite Squad 17U Slugger and West Boca were set to battle at Holman Stadium in Historic Dodgertown. West Boca beat the Miami Suns 5-1 in their 8AM affair to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals, on the flip side Elite Squad 17U paved the way via a 10-0 knockout of the Florida Hardballers 17U. The West Boca Panthers came out the gate swinging with back-to-back base hits by Brendan...

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ELITE SQUAD PRIME ADVANCES 9-3

A pair of Elite Squad teams squared off in the first round of the 18U Post Season on Field 1 when Elite Squad17U Prime hosted Elite Squad 17U Select. In the bottom of the first Prime would load the bases off two walks (Welekr and Amditis) and an Alex Torral single for the Extra Hitter Zach Jackson. A wild pitch by Jagger McCoy would allow Welker in to score the first run of the match giving the Prime squad their first lead of the game....

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The Many Looks of the Elite Player

 As many of you already know, I am currently in Florida working the Vero Beach Classic.  The Vero Beach Classic, or VBC, is a huge tournament ran by a company called Prospect Select.  There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 180 teams playing at several picturesque locations in the Vero Beach area.  My primary responsibility for the week is in scouting, but I am always on the lookout for topics to write about.  Last...

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North Florida Storm Demystify Miracles

The North Florida Storm 16U Black came from behind to beat the Miami Miracles on Sunday morning of the VBC at Lawnwood Park in Fort Pierce, FL. In a back and forth game, the Storm pulled off a 6-3 victory. The Storm got off to a quick start, as leadoff man Dalton Dimech singled to left on the first pitch of the game. He was then brought around to score on a hit by Zack Wedekind. Wedekind would eventually score on a double steal, giving the...

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Storm win back and forth contest

The North Florida Storm 16U Black came from behind to beat the Miami Miracles on Sunday morning of the VBC at Lawnwood Park in Fort Pierce, FL. In a back and forth game, the Storm pulled off a 6-3 victory. The Storm got off to a quick start, as leadoff man Dalton Dimech singled to left on the first pitch of the game. He was then brought around to score on a hit by Zack Wedekind. Wedekind would eventually score on a double steal, giving the...

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Michelson, defense shut down Scorpions

Pitching and defense was the story when FTB Mizuno defeated the Scorpions 2018 South by a score of 4-0 at Historic Dodgertown on Sunday afternoon. Defense helped FTB Starting Pitcher, Evan Michelson, out early by turning a double play to end the first and catching a runner stealing on a strike-‘em-out throw-‘em-out to end the bottom of the second. The fourth inning finished in a similar manner when Michelson picked off a runner...

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Eleven Strikeouts Power Scorpions to Sunday Morning Win

Scorpions Prime pitchers Tyler Baum and Todd Peterson combined for 11 strikeouts in a 4-2 win at Lawnwood Park Sunday. “They are our two best guys,” said Scorpions coach Jesse Marlo. “Those guys do what we expect.” Baum struck out the first two hitters he faced and all three batters he faced in the second. He went four innings, striking out 8 hitters, walking none, and giving up just one hit. “My...

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Elite Squad Threaten Often Before Finally Coming Through

It took until the last inning, but an Elite Squad who consistently left runners on base all night finally broke through in the final inning to complete a 6-0  win Saturday Night at Lakewood Park. Elite Squad played a little ABC baseball to take the lead early.  In the top of the first. Michael Thompson reached with a lead-off double to start the game. A grounder to second moved Thompson to third. Then, Luis Palacio hit a...

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MIAMI SUNS CLINCH SPOT IN 2015 VBC POST SEASON

In the final game to be played at field 5 at Historic Dodgertown the Miami Suns 17U faced the Ostingers in a pivotal game that would shape the 17U playoff picture. The Miami suns leadoff hitter Raymond Gil would riffle a double to left to set the Suns with a runner in scoring position.  An Andres Sanchez walk would set the suns on the corner for Kevin Rodriguez. Kevin Rodriguez would deliver with an RBI single to give the Suns the early...

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Beyel in 18U J Bracket Championship Game; Face FTB at 6PM

A pair of teams sitting at 1-1 in the 18U J group bracket were set to claw it out at Holman stadium as Chain Deep South hosted Beyel at 1PM. Beyel with a win against Chain Deep and a win in their 6pm game tonight against FTB would win the 18U J bracket, Chain would need a win and some help.  In the bottom of the second inning Chain led off the inning with a single and a walk and was able to bring in their first run of the game in via...

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MPI 17U gets much needed win

MPI 17U comes into their day 3 match up with an 0-1-2 record desperately needing a win against the 2-0 Elite Squad 17U Sluggers. A Jean Martinez one out single and a Alvaro Valdez hit by pitch followed by a double steal set up MPI with two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the second inning. Arnaldo Brito would draw a walk to apply pressure on the Elite pitcher Kevin Gutierrez. Guttierrez would go on to walk the next hitter De...

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WARRIORS GET TO .500 MERCY CHAIN BASEBALL

The Hialeah Warriors come into day three in a very similar position as their opponents Chain baseball- needing a win if they look to get out of the 18U M Pool. They both feature a 1-2 record and share field 1 as their battlefields of choice in their pursuits to .500. Warrior Starting Pitcher Nick Cruz set the tone early striking out the first 3 batters he faced in the opening frame. A Richard Nunez two-out single in the bottom of...

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