- Congratulations to the East Lake Eagles Baseball Team
- 2011 Class 5A District 11, 2012 and 2013 Class 8A District 8 Champions!!!
East Lake Eagles Baseball 2011 Class 5A District 11, 2012 and 2013 Class 8A District 8 Champions
2013 East Lake Eagles
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Kudos to dedicated players, parents and quality coaches who formed a team which consistently sacrificed time, gave their very best efforts and worked tirelessly to reap the rewards of one of the most successful East Lake baseball seasons in school history.
The team was fortified by an overall unified blend of experience, youth, talent and commitment to improvement throughout.
The Eagle’s experienced players led by example. They arrived early worked hard with everyone and left late. They were accountable themselves expected others to do the same. They often worked together away from the team putting in extra work to ensure success.
We had some young sophomores and talented juniors play with poise beyond what could have or even should have been anticipated. The very best often came when it was needed most.
Most of all, we were witness to or participated together in many, many remarkable and wonderful memories.
Congratulations and thanks to all!!!!
All PCAC Coach of the Year and Coaching Staff
Dan Genna - Head Coach
Vic Freburg - Assistant Coach
Randy Fierbaugh - Assistant Coach
Joe Lomascolo - Assistant Coach
Eric Campbell - Assistant Coach
Mike Billek - Assistant Coach
Rafael Perez - Assistant Coach
2013 PCAC HONORS - NORTH
Brad Depperman – Pitcher, Grant Hodges – Catcher
Keegan Maronpot – Infield, Troy Strominger – Outfield
Ryan Wall – Pitcher, Doug Rovello – Infield
Cameron Churchill, Ian Lisle
Tyler Neuhaus, Steven Plaskett, Dante Valenti
North vs. South All-Star Game Selections
Troy Strominger, Doug Rovello, Tyler Neuhaus, Dante Valenti
Eagles Fall to Cougars 3-0
Pitching, defense and timely hitting have been the cornerstones of a magical season. On this evening the combined pitching of Ryan Wall and Brad Depperman allowed no earned runs. The defense wasn’t quite perfect and the timely hitting was thwarted by the Florida’s best pitcher.
Doug Rovello recorded the only hits for the Eagles, Grant Hodges, Tyler Neuhaus and Brad Depperman drew walks as the Eagles hitting overall fell short.
The Eagles younger starters gained experience which should serve them well in coming years.
Eagles 1 Wildcats 0 in 10 innings
Ryan Wall struck out 7 and turned the ball over to Brad Depperman after 4 2/3 innings. Brad struck out 10 more as they combined for 17 K’s shutting out the Wildcats.
Both teams had their chances, played solid defense, turned key double plays and had great pitching. In the end the Eagles were able to convert a walk and timely hitting to earn the win.
Tyler Neuhaus had a double as Troy Strominger, Keegan Maronpot, Cameron Churchill and Sawyer Wirth each had 1 single with Troy getting the game winning rbi.
In the bottom of the 10th, going down 0-2 Tyler worked a walk, Cameron also went down 0-2 fouled 1 off and then singled. Andrew Prozillo came on to run for Cameron. Tyler and Andrew stole 2nd and 3rd. Troy went to 3-2 and delivered the walk-off single for the win.
Next up – Durant Tuesday 7pm at Lee Byers Field ELHS
Eagles Win District Title
Pitching, defense and timely hitting continued to be the winning formula for the Eagles as they defeated Sarasota Riverview 3-2 and won the District Championship for the third time in three years.
Ryan Wall and Brad Depperman pitched solid again striking out 5 as they and the defense held the Rams to 2 hits.
Troy Strominger had 2 hits, Doug Rovello, Keegan Maronpot, and Sawyer Wirth each had 1 hit. Keegan, Sawyer and Grant Hodges combined for 3 rbi’s.
Eagles 8 Bobcats 3
Cameron Churchill and Steven Plaskett held the Bobcat hitters to 3 runs on 6 hits as the Eagles defense turned played solid throughout and the offense made the most of 3 hits, 2 HBP, 2 BB and 3 ROE to score 8 times.
Keegan Maronpot and Doug Rovello turned a key double play and catcher Grant Hodges picked off a runner leading off at 2nd to slow the opposing offense.
Keegan had a double, 2 rbi’s, Brad Depperman had 1 single and 1 rbi. Tyler Neuhaus had the other single, Ian Lisle had 2 rbi’s. Grant had a stolen base.
2013 Season Honors - April 17
The Florida Athletic Coaches Association, Pinellas met April 17, 2013 - 25 Private and Public Head Coaches from 25 schools in Pinellas County, with each coach receiving 1 vote, the following came from the meeting:
Troy Strominger was named 8A District Academic Player of the Year for the 2nd year in a row (3rd year in a row a player from ELHS was selected)
Grant Hodges, along with Nick Nolan of Seminole and Kellen Brown of Dunedin, were named top 3 players of the county and will be playing in state All-Star game the weekend of May 24th in Sebring, Florida. (only 64 players in the state make this exclusive team)
Troy and Grant were also named Top 25 Seniors in Pinellas county and will play in Pinellas/Hillsborough County All-Star Game on May 29th at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay Times Article - PCAC Championship
Eagles Win PCAC Championship 12- 2
Eagles pitchers Ryan Wall and Brad Depperman were steady and extremely efficient. Ryan threw 34 strikes on 43 total pitches over 5 innings with no earned runs and Brad Depperman closed the game on 7 pitches with 6 strikes for a combined 40 strikes on 50 total pitches in 6 innings and 0 earned runs.
Keegan Maronpot was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk. He and Grant Hodges each had 1 double, 2 singles and 2 rbi’s, Ian Lisle had 2 hits, Tyler Neuhaus had 1 hit and 3 rbi’s, Doug Rovello had 1 hit, Sawyer Wirth and Andrew Prozillo each had 1 rbi.
Doug and Grant had 2 stolen bases, while Keegan, Brad, Ian, Andrew and JT Grigsby stole 1 base each
Eagles 8 Tornadoes 4
Eagles batters recored 13 hits as the pitching of Steven Plaskett, Dante Valente, Brad Depperman and the defense were steady enough for a solid win. Dante got the win and Brad the save.
Grant Hodges and Sawyer Wirth each had a triple, single and 1 rbi, Troy Strominger, Keegan Maranpot each recorded a double, single and 1 rbi, Brad Depperman had 1 double and 1rbi, Tyler Neuhaus and Mark Saunders each had 1 hit and 1 rbi, JT Grigsby had a triple, Ian Lisle had single, and Doug Rovello had 1 rbi.
Troy stole 3 bases with Grant, Doug, Tyler N. and Ian stealing 2 each.
Keegan, Doug and Mark turned 2 double plays.
Eagles 13 Falcons 2
Cameron Churchill pitched five consistent innings scattering 7 hits and giving up just 1 earned run. The Eagles defense turned a double play and committed no errors.
The offense recorded 10 hits, 12 rbi’s and worked 5 walks, took 3 HBP and stole 3 bases.
Keegan Maronpot had 2 doubles, 1 rbi, Grant Hodges had 1 double, 1 single, 3 rbi’s, Mark Saunders had 2 singles, 3 rbi’s, Ian Lisle Doug Rovello each had 1 hit, 2 rbi’s, Brad Depperman had 1 hit, 1 rbi, Troy Strominger had 1 hit. Tyler Neuhaus had a perfect sac bunt moving Keegan to third setting up the first run of the game.
District Play 1st Game - North Port vs. East Lake
Tuesday - April 23 at 6:00 @ East Lake
# 1 East Lake 5-1
#2 S. Riverview 5-1
#3 Palm Harbor 2-4
#4 North Port 0-6
Time Change Monday
Eagles vs. Dunedin - 4:30 pm
Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
373 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL
Eagles 2 Dixie Hollins 1
The Eagles Dante Valenti, Steven Plaskett and Tyler Gardner held Dixie Hollins to 2 hits and 0 earned runs as the Eagles win. Catcher Grant Hodges was a wall again, with runners at third, he blocked everything.
The Eagles offense recorded 10 hits, 2 walks and 2 more HPB, getting 14 runners safely to 2nd or 3rd base every inning but... Dixie Hollins was prepared, defended well and committed only 1 error all evening, holding the Eagles scoring to 2 runs total.
Doug Rovello and Mark Saunders had 2 hits each, Keegan Maranpot had a triple, Luis Duran, JT Grigsby, Ian Lisle, Troy Strominger, and Sawyer Wirth also had hits. Grant and Sawyer had 1rbi each.
With bases loaded and no outs in the bottom 3rd, Grant sac bunted the first pitch on a suicide squeeze executed perfectly scoring JT Grigsby. Sawyer singled Shane Alexander home who was pinch running for Mark Saunders in the bot of the 4th to close out Eagles scoring for the game.
Eagles 12 Spongers 2
Ryan Wall pitched well overall allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, Brad Depperman relieved in the final two, closing the door. The defense did it’s job and the offense hit the ball hard throughout while taking advantage of miscues to finish the Spongers in 6.
Troy Strominger led the way with 3 hits and 1 rbi, Tyler Neuhaus had 2 hits and 3 rbi’s, Keegan Maranpot had 2 hits and 2 rbi’s, Ian Lisle had 2 hits and 1 rbi, Grant Hodges and Andrew Prozillo each hit a double and an rbi, Brad Depperman had a hit and an rbi, Steven Plaskett also had 1 rbi.
Grant threw out the lead-off runner on a curve ball from Ryan in the top of the 4th.
Eagles Lose to Rams 4-1
Cameron Churchill worked the first part of the game and gave way to Steven Plaskett who finished it giving up just one hit in the final 3 innings.
The Eagles defense and offense were suspect giving up 2 errors leading to runs and getting just 4 hits on the evening.
Troy Strominger, Keegan Maranpot, Steven Plaskett and Ian Lisle had the hits, while Grant Hodges had the lone rbi on a well struck sac fly.
Congratulations to Stephen Plaskett & Brad Depperman!!
Pinellas Athletes of the Week
April 3,2013 & March 7,2013
Today’s game is postponed and has not yet been rescheduled
BP today has been cancelled.
Progress reports are due.
Friday’s game is at 6pm. Positional player arrive 4pm. Pitchers arrive 4:15pm
Eagles Top Hurricanes
The Eagles continued to get a great starting pitching performance. They hit the ball well and played good enough defensively to win 7-5.
Ryan Wall pitched 5 strong innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, 4 k’s and 1 walk. In the 6th Dante Valente came on in relief and Tyler Gardner closed the game in the 7th.
The bats came alive in the first inning and continued through out. After Grant Hodges moved Troy Strominger and Doug Rovello over to second and third Keegan Maronpot hit the ball hard driving in the first 2 runs on a single.
In the bot 3rd Troy line drive singled, Grant hit a two run bomb and Keegan also went yard on a line drive laser, as they hit back to back hr's for 3 runs total. Tyler Neuhaus followed up with a triple and was stranded.
The other runs came on patient ab’s through walks and wild pitches.
The Hurricanes caught Eagles runners stealing 3 times.
Keegan had 1 single, 1 hr, 1 bb, 3 rbi’s, Grant 1 hr 1 bb 2 rbi’s, Troy 1 single, 1 bb, Tyler 1 triple, Doug 1 single, Mark Saunders 1 single Brad Depperman 1 bb, and Steven Plaskett 1 bb.
Next up – Eagles travel to Sunlake @ 7pm on Thursday.
Schedule Change Reminder:
PHUS @ Home Tuesday 7pm - District Game
Away vs. Sunlake Thursday 7pm
Sarasota Riverview @ Home 7pm - District Game
Four Eagles Make Dunedin All Tournament Team
Cameron Churchill Brad Depperman
Troy Strominger Tyler Neuhaus
Mosley 1 Eagles 0
The Eagles learned they could lean on sophmore Steven Plaskett in a big game and in a big way. It was only his second start as a varsity pitcher. In many respects, that was a huge win for the Eagles. Brad Depperman came on in relief closed the door on Mosley to prevent any chance of a lead increase.
The Eagles kept outcome of the game within reach right up until the very last out with stellar defense. A few inches in key moments turned out to be the difference.
Hats off to a fine highly ranked Mosley team who also made the plays they had to and hit the ball hard several times. Mosley had scored more the 40 runs in the previous 3 games of the tournament while their opponents had scored less than 15 combined.
Steven, Grant Hodges, Brad and Tyler Neuhaus singled for the Eagles. Additionally, Steven reached first two other times. forcing a walk and getting a HBP. Doug Rovello also reached on a walk. The Eagles hit the ball hard several other times but, just couldn’t get it by the Mosley defense when needed.
Next up District Rival PHUS Tuesday
Eagles over Marauders 2-1
The Eagles continued to execute the season long winning formula. Team work prevailed. Pitching, defense and enough offense to win was one again the difference.
Cameron Churchill pitched a complete game, scattering 5 hits and striking out 6 as the defense had a few miscues, but came through when they absolutely had to.
The Eagles scored twice on rbi’s by Tyler Nehaus and Tyler Gardner. Keegan, Tyler N., Ian Lisle, Doug Rovello and Tyler G. all contributed with hits. Grant Hodges walked twice, Keegan and Tyler N. also walked once.
The game ended, on a bases loaded, 1 out, very hard hit ground ball to 3rd. Brad Depperman fielded the ball cleanly and threw to home getting the force out. Grant cleared the batters boxes and threw a missile to first. The runner was called out for runner interference as he was in the field of play and in the throwing lane, which shielded the Tyler’s sight line on the throw from Grant. The umpire made the call immediately. Game over. Right call, just not the way either side wanted to end a hard played game.
Next up – Florida Class 6A – 2nd ranked Mosley High
Eagles 3 Cougars 2
Eagles improve to 14-1 with the second win over C-side in 5 days. Ryan Wall pitched strong for 5 innings giving up just 2 runs on 3 hits striking out 4. Tyler Gardner saved the win striking out 1 in the final 5 outs.
The Eagles defense was close to flawless with 1 error on the evening and the hitters were mostly patient reaching base 11 times on 4 hits and 7 walks. They overcame 10 K’s by Cougar pitcher Jake Mielok.
Troy Strominger had a double, single, rbi and a walk. Keegan Maronpot doubled and walked. Tyler Neuhaus singled and walked. Ian Lisle (2), Brad Depperman (1), and Andrew Prozillo(1) took the other walks.
The Eagles stole 5 bases. Keegan (2), Troy, Brad and Andrew 1 each.
Next up – CCC @ Englebert
Eagles Hit Patriots 15-3
Brad Depperman and the defense held the Patriots to 2 runs (1 earned) over 4 innings as the Eagles Chris Jordan closed the game early in 5 innings.
Doug Rovello got the game going in the 1st inning with a 1 out double as Grant Hodges followed by driving him in. Brad drove in the next run as the team rolled, totaling 15 runs on 16 hits, 14 rbi’s, 5 walks and 5 stolen bases.
Brad Depperman led all hitters with 5 rbi’s, 1 double and 2 singles. Tyler Neuhaus had 3 rbi’s and 3 singles. Ian Lisle had 3 rbi’s, 1hr a single and a stolen base. Doug had a single and a double. Troy Strominger had 1 rbi, a double and a single. Grant had 2 rbi’s. a single and 3 stolen bases. Keegan Maranpot, Andrew Prozillo, Sawyer Wirth, and Andrew Monahan all contributed 1 single each. Andrew also stole home.
Next up - Countryside 8pm – Englebert Complex – Field #5
Eagles 3 -1 over Cougars
Ryan Wall pitched 5 strong innings, the defense played error free and the hitters had scored 3 on 5 hits. The lightning and rain shortened the game to end it after 4 and1/2 innings with the home team Eagles leading.
Ryan gave up 1 hit and 1 run striking out 6, including 2 k’s, after a lead-off solo shot in the top of the 5th. With solid pitching and defense the Cougars never threatened before or after the HR.
Troy led off the Eagles half of the 1st with a line drive single, followed by a walk by Doug Rovello. Grant Hodges hit the ball hard and singled home Troy. On the first pitch, Grant broke to second on the pitchers' move to home, worked a run down and Doug seized the opportunity to score avoiding the tag. Grant also got by the tag and took second on the throw home. Keegan Maronpot moved Grant to third on a ground ball to the right side of the field and Brad Depperman drove the run home with a line drive single to center.
Ian Lisle and Keegan both added singles as the Eagles had only 4 weather shortened innings of ab’s.
Next up the Dunedin Tournament – Monday - Pinellas Park – Englebert Complex 8pm.
Eagles Edge Mustangs 6-5
The lead changed 5 times in five innings Friday evening. Cameron Churchill worked 3 and 2/3 innings striking out 4 and giving way to Brad Depperman in the top of the 4th. Brad all but shut the door on the Mustangs’ hopes, after an error, gave them the lead. He allowed just one hit and struck out 4 the rest of the way.
In the bottom half of the 5th down 2 runs Troy Strominger led off with a line drive single. Doug Rovello burned the left fielder for a double. Grant Hodges hit an rbi single scoring Troy. Grant stole second and Doug scored on the throw to second knotting up the game at 5 runs each. Grant advanced to third on the throw home. Keegan Maronpot hit a sac fly deep enough for Grant to score on the throw easily giving the Eagles the lead for good.
Doug continued to stay hot, doubling twice getting another single. Troy had two hits, Keegan, Grant, Brad and Tyler Neuhaus all had one hit each. Keegan had 2 big rbi’s and Grant had the other one.
Eagles base runners seized the opportunities they had and forced the Mustangs to make plays.
All in all, a gritty game for the Eagles, on a night when they weren’t altogether perfect.
Next up… Countryside @ ELHS – Friday 7pm.
Eagles Fly by Boca Ciega
Eagles continue the team theme on Thursday. Pitching, hitting, timely solid defense with a couple of nice moments.
Brad Depperman drove in Doug Rovello and Grant Hodges who were both hit by the pitcher, for 2 rbi’s to get the Eagles going in the 1st inning.
Ryan Wall and the defense retired the Pirates on 3 pitches in bottom with Grant making sweet diving catch on a low pop foul down the 3rd base area. After that, the team rolled to victory 12-1. Ryan and Dante Valiente took care of the Pirates batter and a slew of Eagles hitters chased the Boca Ciega pitchers throughout.
Ian Lisle led with his first Hr of the season adding a double and deep ball to center going 2-3 with 3 rbi’s on the day. Grant was also 2-3 with 2 rbi’s. Brad each had 2 rbi’s Tyler Neuhaus each and 1 hit. Troy Strominger had 1 hit and Andrew Monahan had 2 hits.
The Eagles committed no errors.
Next up: Lakewood Ranch 7pm @ East Lake tonight.
Boca Ciega Game Location Today :
924 58th st., Gulfport, Fl. 33707 4pm Game
BHSN Top 10 3-11-13
1. Jesuit (10-0): 2. Steinbrenner (11-1-):3. Land O'Lakes (10-0):
4. East Lake (8-1): Everybody gets beat by Jesuit, so you can't knock the Eagles for that. The important thing is they bounced back from that loss with a win an 11-5 win over Northport. The trio of Brad Depperman, Troy Strominger and Keegan Maronpot continue to lead the way. We are all still pretty impressed with that win over Sarasota Riverview.
5. Winter Haven (8-1): 6. Clearwater Central Catholic (9-1): 7. Durant (8-3): 8. Seminole (7-2): 9. Wiregrass Ranch (7-2):10. George Jenkins (6-1):
Others receiving votes: Strawberry Crest, Tampa Catholic, Plant, Alonso, King, Lakeland, Brandon, Lakeland Christian, Mitchell, Gaither, Manatee, Fivay, Wesley Chapel, Tampa Prep
The Top 10 is voted on by members of the Tampa Bay area Bright House Sports Network staff that cover our seven-county region (Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk).
Eagles Cruise by North Port
East Lake returned to form on Friday evening at North Port. The Eagles were up 10-0 by middle of the 3rd inning and began substitutions to give needed experience to younger players.
Cameron Churchill pitched well for the win, Steven Plaskett came on in relief, and Ryan Wall closed for the save.
Doug Rovello had a triple and single, Ian Lisle had a double and a single, Keegan Maronpot had 2 singles. Grant Hodges hit a deep sac fly and a single, Tyler Neuhaus and Andrew Prozillo also had one hard hit each for singles. Brad Depperman led with 2 Rbi’s, Doug, Grant, Keegan, Tyler, Cameron and Andrew all had 1 Rbi.
The Eagles struck-out 1 time all evening while striking out 8 Bobcats.
Next up - Boca Ciega Thursday - 4pm @ Boca Ciega
Eagles fall to Jesuit
It was a tough night for the Eagles. The game did not affect the District or Conference standings or any placement in a run for the post-season. It was for experience.
Jesuit made the Eagles pay for every pitch over the plate and capitalized on high infield choppers as well as 2 miscues. Dante Valenti held off the Tigers for a time with a strong effort over 3.1 innings.
The defense did turn two very nice double by plays Keegan Maronpot, Cameron Churchill, Doug Rovello and Andrew Monahan. Catcher Grant Hodges read an errant throw off the backstop wall then diving to home plate he tagged the runner out in an exciting play.
Troy Strominger recorded another two more hits game. Doug had an Rbi double, Grant had an Rbi single, Keegan and Brad added one single each. The Eagles hit the ball hard at the defense and recorded 14 Qab’s but didn’t plate the runs needed for a victory.
Next Up - District Game - North Port @ North Port tonight 7pm.
BHSN Top 10 - March 2, 2013
1. Jesuit (7-0): 2. Steinbrenner (7-0):
3. East Lake (7-0): Don't look now, but the Eagles are flying high, and a 3-2 win over powerhouse Sarasota Riverview proves it. Brad Depperman, Troy Strominger and Keegan Maronpot are leading the charge. Oh, and by the way, that was Riverview's first loss of the season. The Eagles also have an impressive win over rival Seminole early in the year. The true test? A date with Jesuit on Mar. 7.
4. Durant (5-1): 5. Alonso (5-2): 6. Seminole (6-1): 7. Plant (5-2): 8. Tampa Catholic (6-1): 9. Winter Haven (6-1): 10. Land O'Lakes (7-0):
The Top 10 is voted on by members of the Tampa Bay area Bright House Sports Network staff that cover our seven-county region (Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk).
Eagles Prevail 3-2 Over Rams
The Eagles bested the Rams with the continuing team effort, which has been their formula for success. Pitching, great defense, timely hitting and opportunistic base-running.
Pitching dominated the night as Rams pitcher Sean Labsan struck out 13 and that was not enough.
Eagles pitcher Brad Depperman kept his opponents off balance all evening striking out 6, scattering 2 hits and 1 earned run through 6 complete innings. In the 7th Tyler Gardner relieved for two batters and Ryan Wall came up big getting the last 3 outs on 2 great defensive plays and a strikeout to close the game.
The Eagles shined defensively all night with every position getting in on the action and playing error free. Keegan Maronpot prevented an early infield hit on a great charging play and throw to first in the 2nd. Ian Lisle, and Sawyer Wirth made clutch catches in the outfield.
The last inning proved to be the most exciting. On a 2 strike sac bunt, the ball back-spun hard to catcher Grant Hodges as he exploded forward to make a play. He attempted unsuccesfully to avoid touching it and let it go foul for the out and to keep the runners at 1st and 2nd, the ball had bounced too hard at him. He was forced to make a play. He glove passed the ball in Ryan's direction who picked it up and threw a perfect strike to first base, getting the important 1st out as both runners advanced. The next batter hit a slow roller to short. Andrew Monahan made a terrific play and throw to first base, getting the 2nd out as the Rams scored 1. Ryan struck out the final batter of the game who was swinging on a 3-2 fastball. Game over.
The offensive catalyst was Troy Strominger who had another multiple hit game with a triple, single and an rbi to lead the Eagles in hitting with two Qab’s . Cameron also had a double. Doug Rovello and Tyler G. contributed key rbi’s to give the Eagles just enough runs for the victory. Ian Lisle, Cameron and Andrew Prozzillo also had 1 Qab each extending the pitcher to 25 pitches over 3 ab’s.
A great team victory.
Next up takes on Jesuit @ Jesuit Thursday 3/7/13 @ 7pm
Suncoast News - Pinellas Athlete of the Week
Eagle Keegan Maronpot
Eagles Win 2-0 over PHU, Improving to 7-0
Eagles continue to win with pitching, defense, unselfishness, relentless and timely hitting.
Cameron Churchill went the distance on a thrifty 78 pitches with 57 strikes (73.1%). He struck-out 3, walked none and scattered 4 hits over 7 innings.
The defense held up it’s end making every expected play and a couple of not-so-routine plays.
Troy Strominger led all hitters with 3 hard-hit singles. Doug Rovello, Grant Hodges, Keegan Maronpot, Mark Saunders and Ian Lisle all had singles.
In the 4th Grant led off with a single, Keegan hit a missile through the IF to center and Grant avanced to 3rd, Grant slid safely past the PHU catcher, on a ground ball to first by Brad Depperman.
In the 6th Troy and Doug led off with hard hit line drive singles, Grant executed a bunt sac to move Troy and Doug over to 2nd and 3rd. Brad hit a liner to CF for an rbi and moved Troy home to cap off the scoring.
The Eagles reduced the team K’s to just 1 while working 15 Qab’s and 12 hard hit balls.
Next up - Sarasota Riverview 6pm @ Sarasota Riverview
Tampa Bay Times Pinellas Super Seven
1. East Lake (7-0): The Eagles won the Lee Byers Invitational on their own field, then beat Seminole the week after. No team is off to a hotter start. Led so far by Brad Depperman, Troy Strominger, Doug Rovello, Keegan Maronpot and Grant Hodges.
2. Seminole (4-1): The Warhawks are loaded. The top half of the lineup features Scott Withrow, Alex McGathey, St. Petersburg Catholic transfer Corey Baptist, Michael Mann and Nick Nolan. The Warhawks do have to replace Brett Phillips in center, but that’s about the only hole.
3. Countryside (4-0): Jake Mielock, a University of Tampa signee, is an ace on any team. But there are plenty of other arms and bats that will keep the Cougars in every game.
4. Clearwater Central Catholic (5-1): After stumbling in the first game against Lakewood, the Marauders have rattled off five straight under the veteran leadership of coach Todd Vaughan.
5. Osceola (3-2): Beat Seminole and East Lake in preseason games but did lose twice in the Lee Byers tournament. Justin Kremer and Keith Weisenberg are solid starters and will keep the Warriors in most games.
6. Tarpon Springs (4-2): Spongers won the Clearwater High Invitational to start the season before hitting a rough patch.
7. Indian Rocks Christian (4-2): Already beat Clearwater and Northeast, and lost to Tarpon Springs by just a run in the Clearwater tournament. Matt Schaefer is hitting over .400 and Mitch Palm is already 2-0 for the Golden Eagles.
Eagles Over North Port 6-0
The Eagles formula for winning continues. Strong pitching, sound defense and relentless quality at bats.
Ryan Wall struck out two of the first inning batters he faced, Troy Strominger made a great play in centerfield to eradicate an extra base hit for the other out, the Eagles sent 9 batters to the plate scoring 3 runs in bottom half of the 1st and never looked back.
Tyler Neuhaus delivered a sac fly and Doug Rovello followed with a 2 run double putting the game away 6-0 in the fourth.
The rest was up to Ryan, Tyler Gardner and the defense. Ryan did his part recording 6 K’s, 0 walks and scattering 3 hits through 6 great innings. Tyler G. finished out strong with 2 K’s in a tense moment with runners in scoring position. The defense highlighted by plays from Troy, Tyler N. and Cameron Churchill worked together completing the shutout victory.
Troy had 2 hits, Doug doubled, Grant, Keegan Maronpot, Tyler N., and Ian Lisle all had one hit. Doug and Ian had 2 Rbi’s and Tyler N. had 1 Rbi. Again, the Eagles were often patient recording 6 walks and taking advantage of errors on the base paths.
This was the last home game until March 15th. Good luck on the road.
Next up Palm Harbor U. @ PHU. 4pm
Links to: Tampa Bay Home Team - Online Prep News Report & Suncoast News
Eagles Blast Past Seminole 6-4
In a contest of two of the area’s best and unbeaten teams, the Eagles once again won as a team. Pitching, defense, hitting, base running, hustle and will to win under pressure came through.
After Cameron Churchill worked a clean 1, 2, 3 first, Troy Strominger was HBP, Ian Lisle worked a walk and Grant Hodges singled loading the bases for Keegan Maronpot. He delivered an opposite field grand slam blast to rocket the Eagles up 4-0. Doug Rovello and Brad Depperman singled. Doug stole second and Brad advanced home on the throw giving the Eagles a 5-0 lead coming out of the first inning.
Cameron continued to throw well with good defensive play by all, including, a spectacular throw by Andrew Monahan, through four innings.
Along the way, in the third Doug singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Mark Saunders singled, stole second and Doug stole home on the throw to bring the game to 6-0 Eagles.
Seminole fought back touching Cameron for a 3 run shot in the fourth and Brad for a solo homer in the sixth. It was too little, too late.
Cameron pitched 5 strong innings with 2 earned runs striking out 4 and Brad earned the save striking out 5. They were very impressive with 9 K’s against one of the top area teams.
Overall hitting was strong again. Keegan’s 4 RBI HR led the way. Grant had 2 singles and a double. Brad also had 3 hits as Doug hit two singles and Mark had the other single for a total of 10 hits, 16 quality-at-bats (51.61%) and 13 total bases.
Base running was key again. Doug stole 2 bases, Grant and Mark also stole one each.
> Next up – North Port 6pm @ East Lake – District Game
The Eagles Fly by Largo, 10-3
The Eagles scored four runs in the second on an RBI single by Steven Plaskett, a sacrifice fly by Troy Strominger, and a two-run double by Grant Hodges.
Steven got the win for the Eagles. He allowed one run over four innings. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered three hits. Houston Sharts and Luis Duran gave up no earned runs and only three hits over the final three innings.
The game's first lead went to the Eagles thanks to a first inning rally that saw one run cross the plate on an RBI single by Keegan Maranpot. After posting one run in the sixth, the Eagles again scored one in the seventh. In the sixth, Ian Lisle scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Neuhaus.
Overall, the Eagles recorded 11 hits and 7 walks and 2 HBP with 1 K. Troy hit 3 singles, Keegan 1 triple, 1 single, Steven 2 singles, Tyler 1 triple, and James Condren 1 single. Grant, Keegan and Troy combined for seven hits and five RBIs. Tyler, Mark Saunders and JT Grigsby also had 1 RBI each. Stolen bases totaled 9 as Troy had 2 and Grant had 2. Ian, Keegan, Doug, Steven and Andrew Prozillo stole base 1 each.
Grant recorded a most unsual night of 2's with 2 doubles, 2 walks 2 RBI's, 2 runs and 2 stolen bases.
Congratulations to the 2013 LBI All-Tournament Team Players
· Doug Rovello
· Adam Arrowwood
· Blake Hart
· Brad Deppermann
· Tim Osborne
· Cobi Johnson
· Keegan Maronpot
· Joseph Hloska
· Chris McCormick
· Grant Hodges
· Tristian Ficarro
· Josh Lamb
· Dante Valenti
· Joseph Macaluso
· PJ DeJesus
· Ryan Wall
· Keith weisenberg
· Jarred Mattos
· Justin Glover
· Luke Hains
· T.J. Miles
· Kellen Brown
· Tyler Shepherd
· Tanner Koch
· Eddie Ramirez
· Nate Pearson
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
All the families, coaches, administration, players, and fans who contributed to make this a successful tournament.
Eagles Win the Championship Together
Eagles pitcher Ryan Wall went 4 1/3 innings striking out 4 and allowing only 1 earned run with solid defense backing him up. Chris Jordan came in relief, then Dante Valenti finished strong to close out the game.
Grant Hodges led the Eagles with 3 hits, 3 rbi’s and 6 total bases, as he was one shy of the cycle with a single, double and a triple. The wind gusted hard and blew in strong throughout the game, which kept everything in the park on this day.
Keegan Maranpot was key going 2-3 with a walk, single, double and an rbi. Eagles hitters combined for 14 quality at bats and 8 stolen bases to harass their opponent all day long. Brad Depperman and Doug Rovello had the other hits with Brad also driving in an rbi midway through.
Grant threw out 1 base runner at second and once again blocked everything.
The Eagles played as a team throughout the entire tournament. Seven pitchers combined for a 1.42 ERA, 25 K’s and 5 earned runs. Brad was outstanding. He recorded 2 wins, 6 inninngs, 0.00 ERA, 58 strikes on 85 pitches, 4 hits, 1 BB and 7 K's.
The defense shined when it had to. Grant gunned 4 runners on 5 throws to second and third, slowing down base theft throughout. Troy and Mark showed off their arms as well, throwing out runners on great plays.
The offense was patient at the plate with 18 walks while 10 batters pounded out 24 hits including 3 triples and 3 doubles. The base runners stole 14 bases with only 1 caught stealing.
The Eagles also executed small ball, bunting successfully for sacs and runs when called upon. Grant, Brad, Keegan led all hitters with total bases, rbi's and game impact. Grant, Troy, Tyler and Keegan combined for 24 Qab's of the team total 43 Qab's.
Looking forward to a great season.
Next up - Largo 7pm @ Largo
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LBI Tournament Results
East Lake – 2013 LBI Champion
Ridgewood – 2nd place
Mitchell – 3rd place
Sat Game 1 Anclotte won 5 -2 over Bishop McLaughlin
Sat Game 2 Fivay won 4-3 over Dunedin
Sat Game 3 Mitchell won 6-0 over Osceola –
Sat Game 4 EL won 8-1 over Ridgewood
Eagles Team Effort Comes Through Again
Eagles pitchers combined for 10 K’s and the Eagles hitters also had 10 hits with a couple of game preserving defensive plays to get the win.
Cameron Churchill started a flawless 1st inning and was injured on the last play. He gave way to Stephen Plaskett who pitched a solid 3 innings. Tyler Gardner stepped in and carried on with 2 strong innings and Brad Depperman closed the door on the Warriors in the 7th.
Keegan Maranpot made a really nice defensive play in the 5th and Mark Saunders ended the game on a wonderful defensive play at 1st preserving the win. Grant Hodges once again did not give up a wild pitch or passed ball, keeping all Warriors base runners in check.
Keegan led the Eagles going 2 for 2 with a triple, single and BB. Mark was also 2 for 2 with a huge 2 strike RBI opposite field single in the 4th. Brad also had two hits and drove in the tying run and Tyler Gardner executed a perfect bunt sqeeze with mark in the 6th to seal the deal.
Other Eagles who contributed hits were Troy Strominger, Grant, Doug Rovello, Tyler Gardner. Tyler Neuhaus worked a significant walk in the 6th to help keep the inning alive.
LBI Tournament Final Day
Mitchell vs. Osceola @ East Lake 10am
Ridgewood vs. East Lake @ East Lake 1pm
Dunedin vs. Fivay @ East Lake 4pm
Anclote vs. Bishop McLaughlin @ Bishop Mclaughlin 9am
LBI Tournament Day 2
Fivay 6 Anclote 5
Ridgewood 18 Mitchell 16
Dunedin 6 Bishop McLaughlin 1
East Lake 5 Osceola 4
LBI Tournament Day 1
Osceola 10 Fivay 0
East Lake 5 Anclote 4 (11)
Mitchell 3 Dunedin 2
Ridgewood 6 Bishop McLaughlin 2
East Lake wins in 11
Brad Depperman pitched the last 5 strong scoreless innings to help the Eagles overcome the Anclote Sharks. Dante Valenti started the game and gave way to Chris Jordan who turned in 3 innings of solid relief.
The Eagles overcame some errors, missed opportunities and mental miscues. They won together by great relief pitching, momentum destroying defensive plays, hustle, a few timely hits, teamwork and tenacity.
Mark Saunders, Troy Strominger and Grant Hodges had shining defensive plays. Troy threw a laser to third from CF easily beating the runner. Mark capped off an inning ending 2-3-5 DP killing the bunt sac attempt. Grant gunned 3 runners attempting to steal and blocked everything.
Ian Lisle, Troy, Tyler Neuhaus, Doug Rovello and Ryan Wall had singles. Grant had a triple and a single. Doug and Keegan Maranpot delivered 1 RBI each in key moments.
Next up Osceola - Thursday 7pm
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