Last Updated: April 22, 2015
East Lake Eagles Baseball 2014 Class 7A State Runner-up, Regional Champions and PCAC Champions
District 7A-9 Postseason Matchups
The 7A-9 Postseason District Playoffs commenced on Tuesday with Countryside and Clearwater matching up while Seminole and Pinellas Park matched up in the late game. Countryside beat Clearwater 6-1 and Seminole bested Pinellas Park by a score of 5-3. The victors of these two games advance to face East Lake and Northeast. The early game at 4:00PM pits #2 seed Northeast and #3 seed Countryside. The #1 seed East Lake Eagles host #4 seed Seminole High School at 7:00PM. The winners of these matchups shall advance to the District Championship Game and are guaranteed a birth in the Regional Playoffs.
East Lake Eagles Recognized
Multiple members of the East Lake Eagles were recognized for their performance during the 2015 Varsity Baseball Season. 30 total Scholar Athletes from Private and Public High Schools were chosen to represent Pinellas County at Tropicana Field on May 10th @ 7:00PM when the Pinellas County All Stars square off against their Hillsborough County counterparts. East Lake was very well represented by having five (5) seniors chosen by Pinellas County High School Baseball Coaches. The five East Lake Seniors that earned this honor are Sawyer Wirth, Andrew Monahan, and a trio of Eagle pitchers, Ryan Wall, Kyle Caldwell and Aidan Brady! Also chosen as the Coach of the Year for District 7A-9 is your Eagle Skipper, Mr. Dan Genna. Coach Genna was also chosen to lead the Pinellas County All Stars at the Pinellas County versus Hillsborough County All Star game at Tropicana Field. Coach Genna will be assisted by Scotty Miller who is retiring after this game having been a teacher and coach in Pinellas County for 37 years. Each of these East Lake Eagles recognized are more than deserving of these lofty accolades!
East Lake Bests St. Petersburg High School
The East Lake Eagles hosted St. Petersburg High School in the regular season finale on Thursday April 16th. In one of the quickest games of the season, the Eagles were able to combine pitching, baserunning, defense and hitting in a workmanlike 4-1 victory to finish the regular season with an 18-7 record. Senior Workhorse Ryan Wall took the mound and gave up a single run in four solid innings of work. Luis "Senor Smoke" Duran spelled Wall and delivered, as he has all season, in expert fashion by tossing three scoreless frames. Duran completed the regular season without surrendering a single earned run while establishing a new school record for season saves with six. Pacing the offense was, once again, Senior Superstar Sawyer Wirth. Wirth led off the home half of the second with a high and deep drive for a solo homerun. Wirth added another single and nearly added a third when he bunted into a fielder's choice. Mr. Consistent, Jakob Sessa, added another line drive single and a was robbed of another hit when the SPHS Right Fielder made a spectacular diving snare of Sessa's bullet line drive. Joe Ficarotta laced a sharp double into the left center field gap in the Eagles Second Inning. Seth Caballes and Christian James added base hits in the decisive second inning when the Eagles scored three times. Kevin Lambert added an RBI ground out. East Lake stole five bases on the evening led by Wirth who swiped three bases. Next up for the Eagles is hosting the first District Playoff game (as the #1 Seed) at Northeast High School at 7:00 PM on Wednesday April 22nd.
East Lake Bests Tarpon Springs on Senior Night
On an evening where East Lake's eight seniors were celebrated as part of "Senior Night" East Lake rounded out the festivities by beating cross town rival Tarpon Springs 5-1. Senior Workhorse notched yet another victory by pitching four innings while allowing one run on one hit. Wall now ranks third in career wins by an East Lake pitcher with 18 wins many of which were in huge games. Christian James relieved Wall and menaced the Spongers lineup with five strikeouts and not allowing a hit. Senior Aidan Brady pitched a scoreless final inning to notch another save. The Eagles wasted no time taking control of the game by scoring four runs in the home half of the first inning. JJ Yergey got the march moving by walking on four pitches. After a Jakob Sessa ground ball that advanced Yergey into scoring position, Senior Sensation Sawyer Wirth was twice hit by a pitch in one at bat (the first being ruled a foul ball). Yergey stole third base and scored when the Sponger catcher sailed his throw into left field. Reid Zitzelberg promptly delivered Wirth with a sharp single to right field. Superb Senior Andrew Monahan then ripped a double that advanced Zitzelberg to third base. Senior Leader Robbie Schembri delivered Zitzelberg with a well struck single to right center field. Seth Caballes then delivered the fourth run of the inning with a great at bat which resulted in an RBI groundout. The only other Eagle score of the contest came in the home half of the fifth inning. Yergey again walked and raced to third on a searing line drive by Sessa. Wirth then drove the ball to right center field for an RBI Sacrifice fly. Multiple hit games were turned in by Scembri and Zitzelberg. The seniors recognized for their accomplishments on and off the field were Monahan, Wirth, Wall, Schembri, Brady, Shane Alexander, Kyle Caldwell and Steven Plaskett. Next up for the Eagles is a Thursday Night matchup with St. Petersburg High School at 6:00PM on Thursday, April 15th.
Visiting Dr. Phillips High School topples East Lake
Dr. Phillips made a "House Call" to Lee Byers Field to face the Eagles of East Lake High School. Dr. Phillips is a perennial state power program and provided a strong test for a very established East Lake program. Andrew Belcik started on the mound and the game remained scoreless until the third inning when Dr. Phillips plated three runs. Dr. Phillips added another run in the top of the fourth to increase their lead to 4-0. East Lake answered with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth when Andrew Belcik drove in a run with a sharp single up the middle and then Seth Caballes executed a perfect squeeze bunt to plate Christian James. Dr. Phillips put the Eagles in a deep hole by responding with four more runs in the top of the fifth. East Lake countered with the final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth in a game won by Dr. Phillips 8-3. Connor Churchill and Aidan Brady also pitched for East Lake. East Lake pitching combined to strike out 10, but surrendered 7 free passes. Dr. Phillips also capitalized on five Eagle errors. East Lake also grounded into two double plays and left 8 runners on base. Three Eagles had multi hit games with Jakob Sessa, Belcik and JJ Yergey each recording two hits apiece. Sawyer Wirth and Reid Zitzelberg each chipped in with sharply struck base hits. Next up for the Eagles is a Tuesday Night matchup against long time rival the Tarpon Springs Spongers. This game has additional significance as it is "Senior Night" when seven seniors will be recognized! Game time is 7:00PM at East Lake High School.
East Lake Downs Clearwater Central Catholic
East Lake took to the road to face the Marauders of Clearwater Central Catholic High School. Senior Sensation Sawyer Wirth set the tone right off the b-a-t, figuratively and literally when he smashed a deep double to the Center Field warning track leading off the game. Super Sophomore Jakob Sessa promptly delivered Wirth home with a line drive bullet into left field. After a JJ Yergey sacrifice, Sessa stole third base and scored when the catcher's attempt to nab him at third was off mark. Reid Zitzelberg and Andrew Belcik each laced solid base hits and each advanced on a wild pitch. Christian James smashed a ball that was misplayed by the shortstop allowing Zitzelberg to score and providing a nice early lead for the Eagles. In the fourth inning, Seth Caballes walked followed by two straight base hits by Kevin Lambert and Wirth that brought home another run. In the Eagle 6th, Caballes had a sharp base hit to left and Kevin Lambert sacrificed the runner to second base. With two outs Sessa delivered his third hit of the game and scoring the fifth Eagle tally The Eagles closed out the scoring when Zitzelberg earned a two out walk with a keen at bat. The resurgent Andrew Belcik absolutely rifled a ball over the left field fence for a two run supersonic line drive home run, his second hit of the contest and second home run in as many games this week. Senior Workhorse Ryan Wall battled through five innings on a humid evening to earn the victory. Luis "Senor Smoke" Duran, once again, was "lights out" tossing two shutout innings to include striking out two in the seventh including the final out. Kevin Lambert was defensively superior turning in exceptional play after exceptional play including starting a nifty double play. Wirth tracked down two deep drives making two difficult plays appear routine. Andrew Monahan raced to the left field line limiting what appeared to be a certain double to become a mere single. This was paramount to the aforementioned double play recorded by Lambert and Zitzelberg! Sessa made another fine "pick" at first on a dynamic defensive gem Lambert made up the middle robbing a Marauder of a base hit. Caballes threw out two would be base stealers. The Eagles captured victory by virtue of a total team effort with 12 hits buoyed by error free defense and solid pitching. Five Eagles impressed with multi hit games (Sessa-3, Wirth, Belcik, Zitzelberg and Caballes 2 each). Next up for the Eagles is Orlando's perennial state powerhouse Dr. Phillips High School Friday at East Lake High School at 7:00PM.
East Lake Powers Past Pinellas Park
The East Lake Eagles traveled to Pinellas Park Tuesday in the final District regular season game needing a victory to claim the number one seed entering the District Tournament. Furthermore, East Lake looked for redemption against Pinellas Park who beat the Eagles earlier this season. Kyle Caldwell looked to shoulder a lion's share of the work on the mound and performed very well carrying a one hit shut out into the bottom of the fifth wherein he hit the proverbial wall. Caldwell passed the baton on to fellow Senior Workhorse Aidan Brady who threw 2 and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief. The East Lake offense was dynamic as an apt understatement. East Lake reached base safely 20 times, tallied 13 hits, scored 13 runs, had seven extra base hits including four home runs! Exhausting all superlatives is Senior Sensation Sawyer Wirth who led off the game with a long double and later scored on a brazen steal of home culminating with a nifty slide. Sawyer has been a veritable whirling dervish all season and has adopted a leadership role for a relatively young Eagle team. East Lake never looked back scoring 7 runs in the third, 4 more in the fifth and tacking on the games final run on a solo blast by the resurgent.Andrew Belcik in the sixth inning. Christian James added a three run homerun. The Foreman of the Fastball and the Lieutenant of the Longball Andrew Monahan added his fourth and fifth homeruns of the season in successive at bats. Monahan's first homerun was an epic, no doubter space shuttle to Left Center that joined the orbiting ball he hit for a Grand Slam in the Regional Championship Win at Melbourne last Spring. Monahan's second homerun of the evening was a "Western Sizzler" rocket that left the playing field before Monahan exited the batter's box. Joe Ficarratta added his first two Varsity hits one of the extra base variety and added his first RBI. Fab Freshmen James Rosenhagen and Alex Venetos each reached base for their firsts as Varsity athletes, Rosenhagen with a hit and Venetos with a walk. Jakob Sessa added a hit and an RBI. Stolen bases were recorded by Wirth, Reid Zitzelberg and Sessa. Zitzelberg deftly led a 4-6-3 double play to help out Eagle pitching. In all 20 of 22 available Eagles saw action in East Lake's convincing 13-3, 6 inning victory. Next up for the Eagles is a 7:00PM tilt at Clearwater Central Catholic High School on Thursday Night.
East Lake Loses Tournament Finale to Pelham (Alabama) H.S.
East Lake took on a talented Pelham (Alabama) H.S. team in the tournament finale for each team. Senior Stalwart Ryan Wall took the mound, but was not his usual sharp self. Pelham began strong by scoring two runs in the home half of the first inning. Pelham tacked on single runs in both the third and fourth innings staking themselves to a 4-0 lead. East Lake finally went on the attack in the top of the fifth inning when Andrew Belcik laced a well struck line drive to the Left Center Field Fence for a double. Robbie Schembri followed up with a well earned base on balls. Shane Alexander and Aidan Brady pinch ran for each aforementioned Eagle base runners. J.J. Yergey reached on a Pelham error as did Jakob Sessa. Another throwing error by the Pelham pitcher on a pick off attempt allowed East Lake runners to advance two bases. The inning ended with Pelham clinging to a 4-3 lead after Alexander, Brady and Yergey were able to score runs. Pelham added a very important extra run in the home half of the sixth inning aided by a costly Eagle throwing error that resulted in a 5-3 Pelham lead heading into the top of the seventh inning. Andrew Belcik led off the top of the seventh inning with a line drive triple to right field and pinch runner Shane Alexander subsequently scored on a wild pitch. Things looked bright for the Eagles when Robbie Schembri reached on a Pelham error and Brandon Tottle earned a walk after a great at bat. Yergey then flew out to medium Right Center Field but pinch runner Brady was cut down at third base by a great throw from the Pelham Centerfielder for a tough double play. Pelham was able to hold on for a 5-4 victory. Robbie Schembri added a sharp base hit to center field. Both Christian James and Reid Zitzelberg added sharp line drives to complement Belcik's two extra base hits. Wall lasted only 3 and 1/3 innings and was relieved by Andrew Belcik who pitched 2 and 2/3 innings. Wall and Belcik combined for six strikeouts. Next up for East Lake is a final district matchup with rival Pinellas Park High School at Pinellas Park on Tuesday April 7th @ 7:00PM.
East Lake Bests St. Pete HS in IMG Tournament
The East Lake Eagles looked to rebound from a tough loss in Game 2 of the IMG Spring Break Tournament when they matched up with fellow Pinellas County Foe St. Petersburg High School in Game 3. St. Pete was able to score a single run in the opening frame aided by a two base throwing error. The game remained 1-0 in favor of the St. Pete High School Team until the Bottom of the Third Inning when East Lake opened the floodgates with a five run frame. Seth Caballes led off the inning with a base hit to left field, but was quickly erased when Brandon Tottle zipped a hard smash to the St. Pete Second Baseman for the lead of a 4-6-3 Double Play. With two outs and no one on base, the Eagles reached deep and went to work. J.J. Yergey commenced the uprising with a walk and promptly stole second base. Jakob Sessa delivered an RBI Line Drive into Left Center and alertly advanced on the throw home when Yergey scored. Reid Zitzelberg then hit a laser line drive to Right Center scoring Sessa. "Zitz" also alertly advanced to second on the throw home. Zitzelberg was subsequently awarded third base on a balk with Senior Sensation Sawyer Wirth at bat. Wirth delivered Zitzelberg with a very sharp line drive over the shortstop's head. Wirth promptly stole second base. Senior Leader Andrew Monahan capped the five run inning by smashing his Third Home Run of the season over the left field fence that left in a hurry for two RBI's. In the home half of the fifth, East Lake was on the attack again when Sessa led off with a walk. Sawyer Wirth then hit a long smash to the base of the Left Center Field Fence for an RBI Triple and his 9th Extra Base Hit of the season. Wirth scored when Christian James reached on an error. Robbie Schembri reached on a Hit By Pitch and David Melendez entered as a pinch runner. In a double steal, James and Melendez each moved up a base. With the infield drawn in Brandon Tottle was able to deliver both runners in to score with a sharp base hit up the middle just off the St. Pete shortstop's glove. Fab Freshman Melendez never broke stride and with a major league slide eluded the tag at home. Andrew Belcik entered as a pinch hitter and laced a missile to left field and Tottle hustled all the way from first base to score. Tottle added another sharp single to right field and hit the ball hard in each of his three at bats. Wirth and Tottle each recorded multiple hit games. The Eagle attack was realized with ten hits, seven stolen bases and nine runs. Connor Churchill started and completed five full innings of work while allowing one earned run and added four strikeouts. Luis "Senor Smoke" pitched the sixth inning and recorded a perfect inning to include two strikeouts. Aidan Brady pitched the seventh and final inning without giving up any runs to complete the 9-2 East Lake victory.
East Lake Falls Short in Game Two of Tournament Play
The East Lake Eagles entered Game Two of the Spring Break Tournament at the IMG Academy riding their second Six Game Winning Streak this season. Game Two found East Lake pitted against Hewitt Trussville High School who traveled from the Birmingham, Alabama vicinity to participate in a highly competitive Spring Break Tournament. The game ended up in a pitcher's duel that ended with Hewitt Trussville coming out on top with a final score of 3-0. Kyle Caldwell took the hill for East Lake and was very sharp lasting into the sixth inning. Hewitt Trussville was able to manufacture a single run as the sixth inning started by scoring on a brazen steal of home after their hitter reached base on a seemingly harmless infield pop up that barely eluded a diving Kevin Lambert. The runner advanced on a ball in the dirt, and after reaching third without a ball leaving the infield, carefully timed his steal of home and scored. Andrew Belcik relieved Caldwell in the sixth inning and despite giving up only a bloop hit to right field that glanced off the glove of a diving Travis MacGregor gave up two unearned runs after a throwing error by the Eagles allowed two runs to score, Trussville only managed a single sharp base hit, with the two aforementioned scratch hits to realize their three total hits. Despite outhitting Trussville 4-3, East Lake was unable to score against Trussville's quick working and crafty left handed pitcher who went the distance. Jakob Sessa continued his consistent productivity with two more hits. Sessa smashed a base hit into the right center field gap and earlier laced a well placed line drive in the 5-6 (Third Base/Shortstop) hole. Senior Leader Andrew Monahan hit a looping line drive to Center Field and Reid Zitzelberg added a very sharp line drive to center field to realize the other Eagle base hits. Senior Sensation Sawyer Wirth was robbed of two base hits when the Trussville Second Baseman made an incredible, highlight reel back hand diving snare of Wirth's one hop missile and threw Sawyer out by a step. Sawyer later was robbed by the Trussville pitcher who quickly grabbed a nice effort at a base hit attempt by Sawyer when he laid down a bunt only to be again thrown out by a step. A great baseball game by two evenly matched opponents was realized upon the culmination of this game. East Lake looks to commence a new winning streak when they play Game Three at the beautiful IMG Campus in Bradenton, Florida at 1:00 PM on Wednesday.
East Lake Bests Riverdale HS in Game One of IMG Tournament
East Lake commenced their Spring Break Tournament slate in fine fashion with a very efficient win over Riverdale (Ft. Myers) High School on Monday afternoon. Christian James pitched very effectively for five shutout innings while Luis Duran spelled him for two fine and scoreless innings of relief. The seven shutout innings was complemented by a balanced Eagle attack to complete a 4-0 shutout victory. Jakob Sessa led the way with two strong line drive base knocks including an RBI that drove in Senior Sawyer Wirth who continued his hot hand with a very deep opposite field double. Andrew Monahan chipped in with a base hit of his own and also reached base after being hit by a pitch. Cristian Sieman also reached base twice with a sharp smash down the third base line and a walk in a fine at bat. Reid Zitzelberg joined the fray by reaching base twice with a line drive base shot and a walk. Seth Caballes continued to shine with a line drive base hit to right field that drove in another Eagle run, reached base on another hit by pitch while being robbed of another base hit when the Riverdale Second Baseman made a diving stab of his hard hit line drive. Christian James helped his own cause by driving in a first inning run with a base hit to left field. J.J. Yergey drove in another run with an excellent sucide squeeze bunt he nearly beat out for a base hit. East Lake will face Hewitt Trussville High School (Birmingham, Alabama vicinity) in game two of Tournament play on Tuesday.
HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 21-27
March 28, 2015
Baseball: East Lake 2, Northeast 1 (nine innings)
March 24, 2015
Baseball: Yergey lifts East Lake, walks off Northeast
March 24, 2015
East Lake Bests Rival Palm Harbor
The East Lake Eagles ran their winning streak to five with a workmanlike 4-2 victory over Palm Harbor University High School. Senior Workhorse Kyle Caldwell took to the mound to lead the way. Caldwell was up to the task and did his part in ensuring that the winning streak remained intact with a solid 2 and 2/3rds scoreless innings! Caldwell was spelled by the emerging force of Andrew Belcik who pitched effectively for 3 and 1/3 innings of work. Belcik gave up two unearned runs on a night where the Eagle defense was not up to it's usual standards. Luis "Senor Smoke" Duran entered the game in the top of the seventh inning and was brilliant and struck out the side earning a well deserved save complementing the fine outings by Caldwell and Belcik. Belcik was credited with the victory when East Lake erupted for four runs in the home half of the third inning. Seth Caballes began the inning by reaching on an error. The breakout campaign being turned in by Leadoff Hitter J.J. Yergey contined when he delivered a line drive laser to Centerfield. With runners on first and second, Jakob Sessa laid down a fantastic sacrifice bunt nearly beating the throw to first and advancing Caballes and Yergey to Third and Second Base respectively. Senior Stalwart Sawyer Wirth was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Senior Leader Andrew "The Ambassador" Monahan grabbed the baton and promptly displayed keen discipline by walking on four straight pitches to bring home East Lake's first run. Christian James got into the act by hitting a line drive to left field delivering Yergey and Wirth who outsprinted the left fielder's throw to home. Monahan deftly advanced to third on the throw home setting the stage for Reid Zitzelberg. Zitzelberg smashed a long drive into the left center field gap that was run down by the Palm Harbor outfield, but delivered the ever important fourth Eagle run of the inning. The four runs were more than enough to ensure another Eagle victory and two in two nights. Monahan added two hits, reached base safely in each of his three at bats. Caballes later added a sharp hustle double to right field. A highlight reel catch was turned in by the ubiquitous Sawyer Wirth who sprinted in from Center Field and made a diving shoe top catch to end the fourth inning and preventing another Palm Harbor run to score! East Lake looks to continue it's winning ways when they particpate in a Spring Break Tournament hosted by the IMG Academy in Bradenton with the first game slated to start at 1:00PM on Monday against Riverdale (Ft. Myers) High School.
East Lake Bests Northeast in a District Showdown
The East Lake Eagles hosted a District Showdown Game with Rival Northeast in a game that had huge district implications. The winner of this game would assume first place with a single district game left for each talented team. Senior Stalwart Ryan Wall took the mound against Northeast. The game was scoreless until the home half of the third inning when Kevin Lambert hit a rocket up the middle for a solid base hit. After Seth Caballes sacrificed Lambert to second base, in stepped Sensational Leadoff Hitter J.J. Yergey. Yergey delivered Lambert home with a line drive past a diving Northeast Shortstop. Lambert sprinted home with a the go ahead run on Yergey's second of four hits. Yergey led off the home half of the first with a double. The game remained 1-0 East Lake until the top of the sixth inning. Ryan Wall had a perfect game intact headed into the sixth inning. The first two Northeast Batsmen doubled off Wall to tie the score 1-1 with a runner in scoring position and no one out. Wall advised that his throwing shoulder was bothering him and was promptly lifted in favor of Senior Workhorse Aidan Brady. Brady was nothing short of spectacular by pitching out of the aformentioned jam and picked up the victory by pitching four full innings of scoreless, one hit ball. With the score knotted at one, the Eagle faithful were rewarded with another walk off win by the Eagles. Leading off the home half of the ninth inning, Christian James drew a walk. James stole second base just ahead of the throw by the Northeast catcher. In stepped Reid Zitzelberg who had two hard hit balls speared by excellent defensive plays earlier in the game. Reid was more than up to the task by sharply hitting a ball to right field well past a diving effort by the Northeast second baseman delivering James to third base. Reid promptly stole second base with Designated Hitter Travis MacGregor up to bat. With a base open, Northeast opted to intentionally walk MacGregor to set up force plays everywhere. East Lake was unable to deliver James with the winning run when the tough Northeast reliever recorded two outs in game fashion. In stepped the man of the hour J.J. Yergey. Yergey unloaded on the very first pitch he saw with a "Western Sizzler" Line Drive base hit up the middle driving in James with the winning run and setting off a joyous on field celebration. A night to remember for East Lake and J. J. Yergey! Yergey had four hits on the evening, stole a base, drove in both East Lake runs to include the game winner and added a spectacular diving catch earlier in the game preserving Wall's perfect game bid. Sawyer Wirth, as usual, was in the middle of the action, by adding a sharp base hit to right field and stealing two bases. Senior Leader Andrew Monahan added an infield base hit. East Lake played flawless defense for the full nine innings with Lambert and James turning in some solid glove work. East Lake continued to display it's "Extra Innings Magic" by winning it's ninth consecutive extra inning game! East Lake looks to continue it's winning ways with a home game against North County rival Palm Harbor University High School this evening at 7:00.
Baseball: Wirth's 5 RBIs power East Lake
March 21, 2015
East Lake Eagles Rout Countryside in key District Matchup
East Lake looked to continue its winning ways when they traveled to rival Countryside High School in a key District Matchup. Each team entered the contest with identical overall and district records. Sole possession of Second Place was on the line as play commenced. East Lake looked to press the action early when Leadoff hitter J.J. Yergey walked to open play. Mr. Consistent, Jakob Sessa, slapped a sharp single to right field to put two Eagle baserunners on base with no one out. Countryside was up to the task by preventing any runs in the first inning. A determined and focused Kyle Caldwell took the mound for East Lake and dealt well throughout his four innings pitched not allowing any runs. The scoreless contest remained until East Lake took control in fine fashion with a three run top half of the third inning. With two outs and two Eagles on base, Sawyer "All Galaxy" Wirth smashed a long double over Countryside's Rightfielder plating two runs. Wirth scored the third Eagle run when Senior Leader Andrew Monahan hit a tracer missile to the left field fence for an RBI double. The Eagles enjoyed the taste of a big third inning and topped it with a four run top of the fourth that extended their lead to a commanding 7-0 score. The huge hit was again courtesy of Mr. Sawyer Wirth who unloaded on a pitch with a bases loaded triple over the Centerfielder's head to up his game RBI total to 5! In his final at bat, Wirth nearly added another RBI by flying out very high and very deep to the Right Field corner. East Lake added another run in the top of the fifth inning that completed all the scoring involved in this important district matchup with the Eagles prevailing in superb fashion 8-0. A trio of Eagle pitchers complimented Caldwell's fine outing by each pitching a scoreless frame; Andrew Belcik in the fifth, Connor Churchill in the sixth and closed out by Aidan Brady in the final frame. J.J. Yergey, Sawyer Wirth and Seth Caballes each impressed with multi hit games (2 hits each). Kevin Lambert smashed a sharp line drive to left field for a hit and was robbed by Countryside's Shortstop who turned in a spectacular play to nip Lambert at first by an eyelash. Andrew Monahan hit a howitzer missile in his final at bat, but the Countryside Shortstop turned in yet another incredible play by spearing Monahan's smash while diving to his left and behind him , scrambled to his feet and throwing to first to nip Monahan by a step. Reid Zitzelberg added a sharply hit line drive for another Eagle hit. Designated Hitter Travis MacGregor added another base hit for the Eagles who ended the contest with 11 hits on the evening. Pinch Hitter Robbie Schembri nearly smashed a homerun, but the Countryside Leftfielder sprinted to the fence and hauled in Schembri's bid for a long ball by catching it at the base of the fence. Defensive gems were turned in by Sawyer Wirth who chased down a deep ball in the Right Center Field gap in the first inning. Jakob Sessa made a run saving "pick" at first on a tough throw from teammate Christian James. Reid Zitzelberg and Kevin Lambert turned in their third double play in the past two games to aid the Eagle cause. J.J. Yergey, Seth Caballes and Jakob Sessa were on base three times each and propelled the Eagle offense. The upcoming showdown with Northeast, who visits East Lake on Tuesday Night, took on greater meaning when Northeast lost their second consecutive District game. The winner of this contest will go a long way to determine the eventual regular season district champion.
East Lake Avenges Early Season Loss by Beating Seminole
The East Lake Eagles traveled to Seminole High School seeking to avenge a one run loss to the Warhawks earlier in the 2015 campaign. East Lake immediately went on the offensive by scoring twice in the opening inning. With one out, Jakob Sessa smashed a line drive to center field for a solid base hit. After Sessa advanced to second base via the first of three Seminole balks, Senior Leader Sawyer Wirth dug in. Wirth worked a full count before smashing a ball down the right field line that scored Sessa easily. Coming out of the batter's box full bore, Wirth easily beat the throw to third for an RBI triple. Wirth promptly scored on the second Seminole balk of the inning. Ryan "Big Game" Wall set the tone early and emphatically by striking out the side in Seminole's home half of the first inning. A game Seminole squad battled all night and chased Wall by tying the score at 2 all in the bottom of the sixth inning. Two sharply turned double plays turned by Kevin Lambert and Reid Zitzelberg in the second and fifth innings were major keys to ensuring victory. Two outfield assists also proved vital to keep Seminole in relative check. Sawyer Wirth displayed his major league arm by easily gunning out a Seminole baserunner at third base. Cristian Sieman hit cutoff man Jakob Sessa who alertly recognized two Warhawks attempting to occupy third base. Sessa deftly charged at the baserunner who was approaching an already occupied third base before tagging each runner and making a rally killing out. The stage was set for East Lake to take command of the game as the game entered the final scheduled inning locked in a 2-2 tie. Christian James worked an excellent at bat and earned a base on balls. Several pitches later with Four year Letterman Andrew Monahan in the batter's box, James broke for second base. Monahan came through as he routinely has by delivering a base hit in the hole created by the Seminole's Second Baseman who broke to cover second base as James was attempting to advance. James easily made it to third base, but Monahan was cut down at second base attempting to advance. Seminole promptly committed it's third costly balk that allowed James to score and giving East Lake a one run lead. Andrew Belcik who spelled Ryan Wall in the sixth inning made short work of Seminole in the home half of the seventh inning and earned the victory for East Lake. Monahan recorded the only multi hit game for East Lake by finishing 2-3 while adding a stolen base. Monahan also made a fine defensive play by quickly getting to a ball on the left field line, holding a Warhawk to a single on a hit that looked to be a sure double. East Lake's early sason "Big Three" (Sessa, Wirth and James) each scored East Lake runs. Prior to leaving the game after getting nicked up, Mr. Seth Caballes recorded a base hit up the middle during his lone at bat. Robbie Schembri replaced Caballes admirably behind the dish and had two assists and several put outs to assist in the East Lake victory. Wall and Belcik combined for six strikeouts and each showed tremendous resolve in a tight and very important district game to ensure another Eagle victory. Next up for the Eagles is a visit to Countryside High School Friday Night.
East Lake Bests Clearwater High School in District Play
The East Lake Eagles parlayed a balanced attack and command pitching to shut out the visiting Clearwater Tornadoes in District Play, J. J. Yergey and Christian James paced the offense by each recording multiple hit games (each went 2-3 and scored three of the Eagles four runs). J.J. Yergey led off the bottom of the first with a sharp single, but was doubled off when Jakob Sessa's line drive was snared by Clearwater pitcher Quin Blauvelt. Sessa was robbed of two potential hits by fine defensive play turned in by the Tornadoes. Christian James doubled to lead off the botom of the second inning and scored later in the inning when Cristian Sieman grounded out in a fine at bat to break the scoreless affair. Sieman later added a sharp single to center field. Kevin Lambert had a fine evening finishing the evening by reaching base in each of his at bats. With two strikes and two outs in the fourth inning and the basepaths full of Eagles, Lambert came up huge with a line drive smash to left center field for two key runs batted in. Lambert displayed his usual fine defense by turning in several fine plays. Reid Zitzelberg smashed a sharp single to Center Field as he and Lambert each finished their evenings by going 1-1 with a walk each. Sawyer Wirth plated the final Eagle tally of the evening with a base hit in the bottom of the fifth inning. East Lake also stole three bases on the evening, one each by James, Wirth and Sieman. Command pitching performances were turned in by Senior leaders Kyle Caldwell and Aidan Brady. Caldwell was sharp all evening and held Clearwater at bay throughout his five innings of work while surviving Clearwater's only threat against him by snaring a one hop smash to record the final out of the top of the second inning with Clearwater runners on second and third base. Aidan Brady spelled Caldwell to start the sixth inning and made short work of Clearwater in the top of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh and final inning, Brady walked the leadoff Clearwater batter and Garrison Bryant singled to Center Field to put runners on first and second with no one out. Jakob Sessa snared a sharp line drive and was able to complete a key double play that effectively snuffed out Clearwater's potential rally. A line drive to third baseman J. J. Yergey ended the game with East Lake prevailing in a 4-0 shutout. Sawyer Wirth tracked down a long fly ball earlier in the game providing solid, if not spectacular, defense to help preserve East Lake's ultimate victory.
Pinellas Park uses Big Inning Late to outlast East Lake
In a matchup of District Rivals, Pinellas Park High School visited East Lake Tuesday Evening. Pinellas Park plated a run against East Lake starter Ryan Wall in the top of the second inning and added two more runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 3-0 lead. East Lake came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 3-2 Pinellas Park. In the home half of the fifth inning, East Lake took a 5-3 lead by scoring three runs. Trailing 5-3 heading into the top of the sixth inning, Pinellas Park exploded for nine runs to essentially put the game in their firm grasp. A game East Lake effort saw the home team score twice in the last inning to complete a 12-7 Pinellas Park victory. Offensive Leaders for East Lake were J.J. Yergey who went 2-3, scored twice drove in a run and added a walk; Jakob Sessa continued his consistency by going 2-4 with an RBI and added a stolen base; Christian James drove in a run with a sacrifice fly; Sawyer Wirth had a three hit evening, scored twice, stole two bases and added a double. Andrew Monahan had a sharp base hit, scored once while driving in two runs; Reid Zitzelberg smashed a double into the left centerfield gap and was robbed of another hit by the Patriot Second Baseman. Seth Caballes, Kevin Lambert and Andrew Belcik each reached base by drawing walks. A cadre of East Lake pitchers pitched during the game to include Wall, Aidan Brady, Andrew Belcik, Conner Churchill and Luis Duran. Up next for East Lake is another District opponent in Clearwater High School who visits East Lake High School Friday Night.
East Lake Loses Tough Game at District Rival Northeast
East Lake High School traveled to St. Petersburg for a showdown against the Northeast Vikings. Visiting East Lake jumped ahead immediately by plating a run in the top half of the first inning. Jakob Sessa was hit by a pitch and went to third on a sharp single by Sawyer Wirth into the right center field gap. Clean up hitter Christian James delivered Sessa with a sharp ground ball. Starting Pitcher Christian James made short work of Northeast in the home half of the first inning. Things unraveled for East Lake in the bottom of the second inning when Northeast was able to score multiple unearned runs on uncharacteristic defensive miscues by East Lake. Northeast took a 3-1 lead during the only inning they scored or seriously threatened to score. Senior Kyle Caldwell entered the game with two on and no one out in the bottom of the third and displayed excellent tenacity by getting out of the inning unscathed. Andrew Belcik relieved Caldwell in the fifth inning and looked very sharp again retiring and keeping Northeast hitless for the remainer of the game. Senior Leader Andrew Monahan reenergized East Lake with a long opposite field missile for a solo homerun! Monahan has hit two impressive homeruns at Northeast in the two most recent games played on the Viking home field. In the top of the seventh inning East Lake, trailing 3-2, had three excellent at bats but were stymied by like impressive efforts by Northeast's infielders. The most impressive play was an excellent diving play by Northeast's third baseman who speared a certain basehit by Reid Zitzelberg and was able to throw out Reid by a step. Reid was also robbed by another defensive gem earlier in the game by a running, over the shoulder snare by Northeast's rightfielder to rob him of a sure extra base hit. Jakob Sessa was on base two times, each after being hit by a pitch. The Eagles only managed three hits, two smashes by Andrew Monahan and the aforementioned base knock by Sawyer Wirth. East Lake looks to regain its footing and winning ways when they host district rival, the Pinellas Park Patriots, on Tuesday at 7:00PM.
An East Lake Team with Resolve Bests Visiting Countryside
An East Lake team that experienced a tough week last week, dipped into its resolve well and came out determined to regain their early season energy. Rival Countryside High School visited East Lake looking to keep East Lake reeling. East Lake gave the ball to Senior Workhorse Ryan Wall who looked to regain his stride. Wall did not disappoint, completing a workmanlike performance for five determined innings before he ran into the "proverbial wall" on a humid evening. Wall refused to yield and did not allow an earned run throughout his effort. After allowing two base runners leading off the top of the sixth inning, fellow Senior Workhorse Aidan Brady entered the 1-1 game. A passed ball put both Countryside runners into scoring position with no one out. Brady's resolve was on full display when he promptly struck out the side to ensure Countryside would not take the lead. After East Lake scored two runs in the home half of the sixth inning, Brady finished out a strong performance by setting down Countryside in order in the top of the seventh inning. Brady struck out four without allowing a hit and earned the much needed victory. After Countryside took an early lead in the opening inning following two East Lake errors, the offense needed to step up and supply support for the outstanding pitching performances by Wall and Brady. On an evening where atonement and resolve were preeminent themes, Junior Shortstop extraordinaire Kevin Lambert came through in exceptional fashion. Leading off the home half of the third inning, Lambert launched a two strike moon shot for his first High School and East Lake homerun to tie the score at one. Lambert atoned for offensively pressing early this season and showed significant resolve by continuing to compete at a high level. Lambert turned in several dynamic defensive plays which has become the norm with him to ensure East Lake would not be denied victory. The strong early season offensive leaders (Jakob Sessa, Sawyer Wirth and Christian James) again showed up and were in the middle of East Lake's forward march. Sessa worked a strong at bat for a walk and chipped in with an excellent sacrifice bunt. Christian James presence in the middle of East Lake's lineup continues to spark East Lake's offense. James added yet another extra base hit with an opposite field smash for a double. Senior leader Sawyer Wirth has been nothing short of consistent and dynamic all season. In the pivotal sixth inning, Sawyer again proved he has been "Wirth" his weight in gold for East Lake after J.J. Yergey led off the inning with a sharp single past a diving Countryside third baseman. After Sessa executed a well placed sacrifice bunt allowing Yergey to advance to scoring position, Sawyer rewarded the East Lake faithful by promptly smacking a triple into the left field corner driving in the go ahead run. In stepped Senior Leader Andrew Monahan as a pinch hitter with Wirth at third base. Despite struggling offensively early this season, Monahan also showed exceptional resolve. Monahan battled through a fine at bat and laced a two strike screamer base hit into left field to score Wirth with a significant insurance run for the home team Eagles. Cristian Sieman, Reid Zitzelberg and a host of determined Eagle batters all had great individual battles when facing a gritty Countryside Team. East Lake looks to improve upon it's excellent record when they travel to St. Petersburg for a showdown with the Northeast Vikings at 7:00 PM on Friday Night.
Visiting Seminole HS bests East Lake in a Close Contest
In a game originally slated to be played at Seminole High School, a venue change was necessary to complete the game. In the home half of the first inning, East Lake erupted for three runs to take a 3-0 lead fueled by the continued hot hitting by East Lake's leading batsmen Jakob Sessa, Sawyer Wirth and Christian James. With one out in the bottom of the first, Sessa smacked an opposite field double. Sawyer Wirth followed with a single moving Sessa to third. Wirth promptly stole second base setting the stage for Cleanup Hitter Christian James. James continued his torrid hitting by smashing a two run double before scoring himself. Kyle Caldwell started for East Lake and battled the aggressive Seminole lineup through his 91 pitch 4 2/3 innings of work. Seminole was able to gain the advantage with a four run top of the third and extended their lead with a two run top of the fifth chasing Caldwell. Andrew Belcik relieved Caldwell and complimented Caldwell's effort very well pitching 2 1/3 of scoreless relief. With the score resting at 6-3, East Lake looked poised to possibly position themselves for their third walkoff win of the young season. In the home half of the sixth inning it was again the combination of Sessa, Wirth and James with a combined two hits and a walk between them to pull within a run. Sessa and James each had multiple hit games to include 3 doubles, 4 RBI's and 3 runs scored between them. Wirth was on base twice with a base hit and a walk, adding an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored. J.J. Yergey accounted for the other East Lake base knock with a sharp single up the middle while adding a stolen base. East Lake's effort to steal victory from defeat was for naught as the Eagles did not fare well against the Seminole Warhawk Closer Favetta in the home half of the final inning. East Lake will work hard to regroup and as rival Countryside High School visits East Lake on Tuesday, March 3rd with the first pitch scheduled to be hurled at 7:00 PM.
East Lake Absorbs Tough Defeat at Dunedin
East Lake looked to continue their impressive open to the 2015 campaign when they traveled to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium to play against Dunedin High School. East Lake was playing back to back night road games and sent their battle tested Senior Ace Ryan Wall to the mound. Dunedin was more than up to the test against the unbeaten Eagles. Dunedin scored twice in the bottom of the first, four runs in the second and plated a six spot in the bottom of the third inning for more than enough runs to cap a 12-0 besting of the East Lake Eagles. Following multiple early season walk off wins by virtue of exceptional pitching and batters appearing to be rounding into shape, the Eagles appeared to suffer the proverbial "letdown game." With a tip of the cap to a Dunedin squad that was sharp in nearly every aspect of the game, East Lake was conversely flat in all aspects of the game. East Lake is poised to prove that this was a complete anomoly when they travel to Seminole High School on Friday Night at 7:00 PM for a District Showdown with their longtime rivals, the Seminole Warhawks.
East Lake Bests Clearwater High School in District Opener
East Lake traveled to Jack Russell Stadium to face Clearwater High School in their District opener. East Lake looked to protect their unblemished 5-0 record as they played their first non home game this season. Christian James took the mound as the starting pitcher for East Lake opposite former East Lake scholar athlete Garrison Bryant. East Lake applied pressure early and often while putting on an exceptional hitting performance to pace a solid attack. East Lake scored three runs in the first inning, two of which scored on Cleanup hitter Christian James' first of two game triples. Multiple hit games came from an array of East Lake Eagles. Jakob Sessa and Sawyer Wirth paced the offensive fireworks with three hits apiece while Reid Zitzelberg, Christian James, Andrew Monahan and Andrew Belcik each had two hits respectively. Christian James drove in four runs on a pair of triples while Sawyer Wirth drove in three runs on his three hit evening. Brandan Tottle chipped in with a line drive smash down the left field line during his first Varsity at bat for his first Varsity base hit. The offensive explosion resulted in five extra base hits and ten runs in a 10-2 Eagle victory. Starter Christian James earned the victory for East Lake with four sharp innings wherein he did not give up an earned run. Junior Luis "Senor Smoke" Duran earned the save by pitching a full three innings in sharp relief of James. Duran also completed three innings without giving up an earned run. East Lake looks to continue it's fine early season run by traveling to Dunedin to compete against Dunedin High School in a battle of two unbeaten teams. The game is scheduled to be played at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium with first pitch at 7:00 PM on Wednesday February 25th.
Hometeam 25: Baseball Rankings Week of February 23rd
East Lake Defeats Tampa Jesuit in Dramatic Fashion
Playing against a perennial powerhouse, defending State Champions and nationally acclaimed Tampa Jesuit High School squad would prove to be a daunting and challenging task for the East Lake Eagles. The contest did not disappoint as there were three lead changes, dazzling defense, stellar pitching and clutch hitting by both teams. Jesuit took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when shortstop Jacob Mocny hit a two out double that landed directly on the right field foul line plating speedy Jesuit leadoff hitter Kennie Taylor. East Lake starting pitcher Kyle Caldwell pitched very effectively into the fifth inning allowing the aforementioned single run and struck out six. Caldwell gave way to Aidan Brady who was able to get out of a jam wherein Jesuit had two runners in scoring position with one out. Brady was aided by two fine plays by Eagle shortstop Kevin Lambert who snared a groundball, looked the runner back to third and fired a strike to first baseman Jakob Sessa. Another groundball to Lambert who ranged to his left and gunned out the Jesuit baserunner at first quelled the Jesuit threat. In the home half of the fifth, Seth Caballes reached on a fielder's choice, Reid Zitzelberg drew a walk and East Lake's first run was scored on a subsequent Jakob Sessa base hit. East Lake appeared primed to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth when with runners on second and third base with one out, Andrew Monahan drilled a long drive to right center that appeared to be an unquestioned two run, extra base hit. Jesuit's right fielder managed to make an improbable, but tremendous over his shoulder grab and his throw back to the infield completed an improbable double play. Momentum was grabbed by Jesuit who mounted a rally in the top of the seventh that began with two outs when Kennie Taylor was hit by a pitch. Jacob Mocny struck again with an almost exact replica of his earlier double, when he blooped a double just inside the right field foul line for a double that scored Taylor. Mocny turned in two dynamic plays at shortstop as well. A running over the shoulder, back to the infield catch by Jesuit's first baseman prevented another Eagle base hit. Two outstanding running catches by the Jesuit right fielder were also key to keeping the game tight. Finally, a fantastic over the shoulder catch at the left field fence on an Andrew Belcik smash proved Jesuit was both very talented, athletic and ready to compete. Brady was relieved by Connor Churchill after Mocny's go ahead double in the top of the seventh and promptly struck out the final Jesuit hitter with Mocny left in scoring position. With Jesuit closer Ronnie Rodriguez coming in to nail down the save and quickly retiring the first two Eagle hitters in the bottom of the seventh inning, East Lake was down to their final out with the bases empty. Leadoff hitter Reid Zitzelberg stepped in and worked a fantastic at bat, fouling off multiple pitches aganst the hard throwing Rodriguez before earning a base on balls. Jakob Sessa continued his emergence and early season success by drawing a walk of his own in another disciplined at bat to move Zitzelberg into scoring poisition. Sawyer Wirth may have had the most memorable at bat of the young season thus far when he battled and battled Rodriguez to include fouling off multiple pitches, one that appeared as if it would hit him as he was protecting his at bat. On a full count, Wirth smashed a line drive missile to left field that was hit hard enough that Zitzelberg could not have scored. A wild pitched allowed Zitzelberg to score the tying run with Sessa and Wirth each moving into scoring position. With a 1-1 count cleanup hitter Christian James hit a smash to Mocny who was unable to field it cleanly allowing Sessa to score the winning run and cementing a dramatic comeback win. Caldwell, Brady and Churchill finished with eleven strikeouts in another stellar outing by the East Lake pitching staff. East Lake travels to play against Clearwater High School on Tuesday February 24th at Jack Russell Stadium.
East Lake Walks Off Jesuit
February 20, 2015
Baseball: East Lake 3, Jesuit 2
February 20, 2015
East Lake Bests Largo High School
Fresh off of last week's fine showing winning the Lee Byers Invitational Tournament, the East Lake Eagles looked to continue their winning ways when they hosted Largo High School to open Pinellas County Athletic Conference play. East Lake did not disappoint and when the last pitch was delivered by Ryan Wall, East Lake won a well played game by shutting out Largo 3-0. Starter Ryan Wall dazzled in a complete game 1 hit shutout! East Lake's win was punctuated by two double plays that essentially nullified any potential Largo rally. The double plays were turned in by shortstop Kevin Lambert and Centerfielder Sawyer Wirth. Sawyer completed his double play by throwing a perfect strike from centerfield to Jakob Sessa at first base after tracking down a line drive to right center and doubling off a Largo baserunner. Andrew Belcik and Andrew Monahan each flirted with long homeruns, but each were determined to be just foul. Andrew Belcik added a long triple to right center field and scored on a fine suicide squeeze bunt executed by Seth Cabballes. Reid Zitzelberg got things going early by doubling to right center field leading off the home half of the first inning and came around to score on a solid line drive, two strike base hit by cleanup hitter Christian James. Jakob Sessa and Andrew Monahan also recorded base hits for the home team Eagles. East Lake High School looks to continue it's winning ways when they host a perrenial Hillsborough County powerhouse in visiting Tampa Jesuit. Game time Friday Night at East Lake High School is at 7:00 PM.
HomeTeam 25: Baseball Rankings Debut
February 16, 2015
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Baseball: Eastlake Wins Chilly Marathon for Title
February 14, 2015
2015 Lee Byers Invitational All Tournament Team
Please share with us the special honor of recognizing the talented competitors who distinguished themselves with exceptional play and fine sportsmanship during the 2015 Lee Byers Invitational Tournament. The following list of competitors certainly earned their distinction of being selected as ALL TOURNAMENT recipients and are as follows:
1. Thomas Moschner
2. Jonah Matos
3. Quinn Blauvett
4. Garrison Bryant
5. Riley Degnan
6. Adam Jurco
7. Dan Hollander
8. John Pichman
9. Nate Pearson
10. Dominic Diaz
11. Carson Ragsdale
12. Paul Coumoulos
13. Franklin German
14. Chris Berglund
15. Seth Cabballes
16. Jakob Sessa
17. Reid Zitzelberg
18. Kevin Lambert
19. Christian James
20. Sawyer Wirth
21. Luis Duran
22. J.J. Yergey
23. Ryan Wall
24. Kyle Caldwell
25. Aidan Brady
2015 Lee Byers Invitational Tournament Championship Friday
Championship Friday arrived at the 2015 Lee Byers Invitational Tournament at East Lake High School. In the early game, the IMG Academy scored three runs in the first two innings and held on to best Palm Harbor University High School by a score of 3-1 and secure a third place finish in tournament play. In the Championship Game played in low to mid 40's degree weather, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School and the host East Lake Eagles squared off to determine the champions of the 2015 Lee Byers Invitational Tournament. The Championship Game did not disappoint baseball purists as the game went four extra innings in a quintessential pitcher's duel. Kyle Caldwell started for the home team Eagles and was relieved by Aidan Brady and Christian James. Caldwell, Brady and James proved to be consummate workhorses recording double digit strikeouts in a combined 11 innings of excellent pitching. Each pitcher dynamically pounded the strike zone, mixing their pitches exceptionally well to keep Bishop McLaughlin off balance all evening. Bishop McLaughlin was able to scratch across a run in the top half of the third inning and Christian James ensured that the Bishop McLaughlin lead was short lived when he plated the tying run with an opposite field base knock in the bottom of the fourth inning. The 1-1 score would last until the bottom of the 11th inning when J.J. Yergey lined a one out smash hit to center field with two strikes for a sharp single. With two outs, Seth Cabballes found himself in a 1-2 hole, but was able to work an excellent at bat for a walk allowing J.J. Yergey to advance to scoring position. The stage was set for Leadoff hitter Reid Zitzelberg who found himself in a 1-2 hole. Zitzelberg was up to the task drilling a walk off line drive smash to right field for a clean hit that scored J.J. Yergey from second base and secure the 2015 Lee Byers Tournament Championship for the East Lake Eagles. This vistory also cemented East Lake's "Three-Peat" winning each of the last three Lee Byers Invitational Tournaments. Complimenting the fantastic pitching performances by East Lake were exceptional defensive plays by Sawyer Wirth, Kevin Lambert and Andrew Monahan. Robbie Schembri and Seth Cabballes each brought a business like approach behind the dish. Base hits were also recorded by Sawyer Wirth, Jakob Sessa and Kevin Lambert. Bishop McLaughlin's pitching was nothing short of spectacular and made it extremely difficult for East Lake to realize this championship. The "Classic" Championship game culminated a superb week of baseball where fantastic players, teams and competition were on full display and bodes well for area high school competition moving forward this season! We extend our sincere appreciation for all involved (players, teams, officials and supporters) that made for another wonderful and successful Lee Byers Invitational Tournament.
Lee Byers Invitational Tournament Thurday's Results
Another fine day of exciting tournament action at the 2015 Lee Byers Invitational Tournament is in the books. In the early game action, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School bested the IMG Academy by a score of 3-1 to secure a birth in the Championship Game scheduled for 7:00PM Friday at East Lake High School. In late game action, Palm Harbor University High School and the host East Lake Eagles squared off to determine the right to oppose Bishop McLaughlin High School in Friday's Championship Game. Veteran East Lake Eagle hurlers Ryan Wall and Luis Duran displayed considerable poise and moxie as they combined to shut out Palm Harbor University High School. Reid Zitzelberg set the tone early with a sharp double leading off the home half of the first inning. Zitzelberg came around to score on the first of multiple hits recorded by Senior Leader Sawyer Wirth. Also leading the twelve hit attack by host East Lake were Jakob Sessa and J.J. Yergey who each also recorded multiple hit games. Great base running by J.J. Yergey and Christian James were on display and assisted the team effort for victory. Kevin Lambert smashed a double past a game effort by the Palm Harbor Centerfielder while Andrew Belcik smashed a hard base hit into left field on an 0-2 pitch. Fine defensive plays were recorded by Kevin Lambert, Reid Zitzelberg, J.J. Yergey and Jakob Sessa to preserve the shut out. Clinging to a tenuous 1-0 lead, East Lake exploded for a late five run inning to seal a 6-0 home team victory. Today's results established Friday's finals as follows: At 4;00PM, Palm Harbor University High School and the IMG Academy square off to determine the third and fourth place finishers. The Championship Game follows at 7:00PM pitting Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School against the host East Lake Eagles. Thank you for supporting all of our high school scholar athletes.
Lee Byers Invitational Tournament Wednesday Results
Competition continued Wednesday at East Lake High School in the Lee Byers Invitational Tournament. The Living Legend himself, Lee Byers, not only graced us with his presence and continuing support and friendship, but deftly threw out a great first pitch prior to the East Lake and Ridgewood contest. In the early Wednesday game, the IMG Academy bested the Tornadoes of Clearwater High School with a final score of 10-0. In the late game, the host East Lake Eagles combined fine pitching performances by Connor Churchill, Andrew Belcik and Aidan Brady with timely clutch hitting by Christian James whose two doubles paced the way for a 3-1 East Lake victory. Fine defense was turned in by Kevin Lambert, Christian James, J.J. Yergey and Seth Cabballes to keep Ridgewood firmly at bay. Leadoff hitter Reid Zitzelberg proved a disruptive force by reaching base three times, working excellent at bats and stealing a base. J.J. Yergey contributed with a sharp double and the team parlayed multiple successful bunts to lead the home team to victory. Competition continues Thursday February 12th at East Lake High School. The early game slated to begin at 4:00PM pits the IMG Academy against Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School. The late game at 7:00PM features the host East Lake Eagles against nearby rival Palm Harbor University High School.
Opening Day Results Lee Byers Invitational Tournament
After opening round competition was postponed due to inclement weather Monday, the Lee Byers Invitational Tournament kicked off on Tuesday with two well played contests. In the early contest, Palm Harbor University High School bested Pasco County's Ridgewood High School by a score of 5-2. In later action, the Clearwater High School and Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School contest resulted in a consummate pitchers duel. Bishop McLaughlin was able to scratch out a run late in the game which proved to be the only run needed in their 1-0 victory. Tournament plays continues Wednesday with Clearwater High School and the IMG Academy playing at 4:00PM and host East Lake High School facing Ridgewood High School in the second game at 7:00PM.
Andrew Belcik commits to Notre Dame
Continuing to add to the rich, growing history of East Lake Eagles committing to continue academic and athletic pursuits on the collegiate level, congratulations are certainly in order for Andrew Belcik. Andrew has committed to attend the University of Notre Dame. Andrew is academically expert and gifted athletically. Andrew, always respectful, is a pleasure to be around. The history of the University of Notre Dame is storied and the grounds hallowed. We applaud Andrew on this wonderful accomplishment and opportunity.
It is with considerable pride and pleasure that we share that two of our scholar athletes have each signed their National Letter of Intent accepting scholarships to continue their academic and athletic pursuits on the collegiate level. Steven Plaskett has been accepted into the Air Force Academy while Ryan Wall has signed with Ava Maria University. Steven and Ryan have contributed significantly to the continuing success of our program. The Eagle family is blessed to have each of these two respectful young men in our program as we look forward to accomplishing great things bouyed by their tireless work habits and senior leadership! Congratulations Steven Plaskett and Ryan Wall. We are most proud of you each.
June 18, 2014
Riley Choate commits to Pasco-Hernando State College
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June 14, 2014
Tampa Bay Times 2014 all-Tampa Bay Baseball Team Announced
The Class 7A State runner-up Eagles were well represented as Brad Deppermann and Keegan Maronpot were First Team selections and Steven Plaskett an Honorable Mention selection to the Tampa Bay Times 2014 all-Tampa Bay Baseball Team.
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June 12, 2014
Tampa Bay Times 2014 all-Pinellas County Baseball Team Announced
The Eagles were well represented on the 2014 Tampa Bay Times all-Pinellas County Baseball Team as pitcher/infielder Brad Deppermann was named Player of the Year and Coach Dan Genna was named Coach of the Year. Shortstop Keegan Maronpot was a First Team selection, pitcher Steven Plaskett was a Second Team selection and Cameron Churchill, Nick DeSantis, Ian Lisle, Andrew Monahan, Ryan Wall and Christian James were Honorable Mention selections.
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June 8, 2014
Brad Deppermann drafted by Cubs
Congratulations to East Lake pitcher Brad Deppermann as he was drafted in the 31st Round of the MLB first year player draft on Saturday. The University of North Florida signee was the 919th pick in the draft.
May 27, 2014
PCAC All-Conference Teams Announced
The East Lake Eagles were well represented this year including Coach Genna being named Coach of the Year.
The North County Team included:
First Team: Brad Deppermann, Steven Plaskett and Keegan Maronpot
Second Team: Cameron Churchill and Nick DeSantis
Honorable mention: Andrew Monahan, Ryan Wall and Christian James
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May 24, 2014
Ian Lisle named Suncoast News Pinellas Athlete of the Week
Ian Lisle's hot hitting during the postseason earned him the Suncoast News Pinellas Athlete of the week.
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May 23, 2014
Brad Deppermann named Bright House Sports Network Athlete of the Week
Brad Deppermann's pitching performance in the Class 7A State Semifinal game earned him BHSN Athlete of the week. During the 13-inning marathon against Kissimmee Osceola, Deppermann pitched 8.1 innings, allowing only three hits while striking out 11.
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May 23, 2014
Steven Plaskett Tampa Bay Times Hot Shot Nominee
Steven Plaskett was a Tampa Bay Times nominee for the Hot Shot of the Week of May 10-17.
Steven's 4.2 inning scoreless outing in relief against Osceola (Kissimmee) in the Class7A State semifinal earned him the nomination. Plaskett struck out seven in picking up the 1-0 win in the State Final Four record tying 13 inning game.
May 17, 2014
Eagles rally falls short in bid for Class 7A State Championship
The East Lake Eagles valiant effort to win the 2014 Class 7A State Championship came up just short as they were defeated by the American HS Patriots (Hialeah) 5-2 Saturday evening at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers.
After winning a 13 inning semifinal marathon 1-0 Friday night against the Osceola (Kissimmee) Kowboys, the Eagles found themselves locked in another pitcher's dual in the Championship Game as neither team scored in the first three innings. East Lake starter Ryan Wall (5-2) held the Patriots without a hit until the fourth inning. That inning proved to be the difference in the game as Wall was touched for 4 runs (1 earned), 3 hits and a walk. After a two out double that plated the 3rd and 4th Patriot runs, Riley Choate was summoned from the bullpen and retired the only man he faced on a grounder to shortstop Keegan Maronpot to end the rally. Cameron Churchill pitched the final two innings (5th and 6th) for the Eagles allowing one run on two hits, a walk and 3 strikeouts.
The Eagles staged a comeback in the top of the sixth as they scored two runs highlighted by Ian Lisle's RBI ground ball single (he had three of the four Eagle hits) past the American second baseman that plated Christian James (hit-by-pitch), who had been sacrificed to second by Andrew Prozzillo. On the play, Lisle advanced to second and Brad Deppermann (hit-by-pitch) to third as the relay throw attempting to get James was errant and got by the catcher. Deppermann then scored on a wild pitch for the Eagles second run. The Eagles were unable to plate any more runs in the sixth but staged another rally in the 7th inning as they had two men on with one out following a Sawyer Wirth walk and a Cameron Churchill line drive single to center. Unfortunately, the Patriots relief pitcher retired the next two batters on a called third strike (3-2 pitch) and a pop-up to the second baseman (another 3-2 pitch) to end the game.
The 2014 Eagles are only the second team in school history to reach the State Final Four and Championship game, with the 2002 team being the other. The Eagles eliminated and ended the season for five teams to reach the Championship game: Districts - Pinellas Park; Regions - Sarasota, Northeast, Melbourne; and States - Osceola (Kissimmee). Four of those games went to extra innings before the Eagles prevailed.
It was a truly magical season for the Eagles who finished with an overall record of 22-9. The Eagles won both the Lee Byers Invitational Tournament and PCAC Championships for the second consecutive year; were crowned champions of Class 7A Region 3; and were State Runner-up in Class 7A (83 schools) on both the field and in the classroom (3.4 Cumulative Team GPA). Great job Eagles!!!!
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May 16, 2014
Eagles defeat Osceola (Kissimmee) 1-0 in 13 innings to advance to State Class 7A Championship Game
The East Lake Eagles would not be denied the opportunity to have a chance to play for their first state title as they outlasted the Kissimmee Osceola Kowboys 1-0 in 13 innings, tying for the longest State Finals game in history.
Outstanding pitching by Brad Deppermann (8.1 innings, 3 hits, 11 K's and 0 walks) and Steven Plaskett (4.2 innings, 0 hits, 7 K's and 2 walks) gave the Eagles an opportunity to eliminate the Kowboys. Plaskett picked up the win (5-1) and finished the game with a clean inning in the bottom of the 13th (K,K flyout) to preserve the lead the Eagles had taken in the top of the inning.
Sawyer Wirth led off the 13th by getting hit by a pitch, and with one out advanced to third on a Nick DeSantis single. Ian Lisle then lined out to right, deep enough to score Wirth from third with a sacrifice fly. That proved to be the only run of the game!
The Eagles offense collected 10 hits during the game led by Nick DeSantis (3 hits), Keegan Maronpot (2 hits including a double), Andrew Monahan (2 hits including a double), and one hit each from Brad Deppermann, Ian Lisle and Christian James.
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May 10, 2014
Andrew Monahan Tampa Bay Times Male Hot Shot Winner for week of May 2-9
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May 10, 2014
Eagles soar to State Final Four with 7-3 victory over Melbourne Bulldogs
The East Lake Eagles continued their quest to the State Championship with a heart throbbing 7-3 win in 9 innings over the Melbourne HS Bulldogs.
The Eagles jumped on top 1-0 in the first on a one out single by Sawyer Wirth, who then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the Bulldogs catcher and continued all the way home as their centerfielder let the ball get by him as he attempted to back up the play. The Eagles second run scored in the third after Keegan Maronpot's double and Nick DeSantis'single put runners on the corners. The Eagles then executed a double steal with DeSantis moving to third on an errant throw by the shortstop attempting to nail Maronpot at the plate as he stole home.
The Bulldogs tied the score 2-2 in the bottom of the third off starter Ryan Wall.
Steven Plaskett then entered the game in the fourth inning and the score remained tied until the top of the ninth. Both teams had scoring opportunities but failed to break through. The Eagles made an important double play to end the sixth inning when the Bulldogs attempted a two-strike squeeze play with runners at the corners and one out. Plaskett induced the batter to pop up the bunt and doubled off the runner at third to end the inning.
The ninth inning proved to be the inning the Eagles finally broke through. With the bases loaded and two outs (Wirth bunt single, Maronpot single, double steal and DeSantis reaching on a strike three in the dirt), Ian Lisle walked to drive in the go ahead run and then Andrew Monahan had the big blow of the game as he sent a 1-2 pitch far over the left field fence for a grand slam and gave the Eagles a 7-2 lead. Plaskett gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth and finished the game going six innings, while striking out seven and allowing only three hits in running his record to 4-1.
The Eagles twelve hit attack included hits from seven different players: Sawyer Wirth had three, Brad Deppermann, Maronpot and Monahan two each and single hits from Andrew Belcik, Lisle and DeSantis.
The Eagles will be traveling to Fort Myers to play the Kissimmee Osceola Kowboys in a state semfinal matchup next Friday, May 16 at 7:00 PM at Jet Blue Park.
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May 7, 2014
All eight seniors chosen to play in All-Star games
Pinellas County North vs South All-Star game (public and private schools) that will be played Tuesday, May 27 at Jack Russell in Clearwater. The following players made the North team (voted by 25 head coaches):
· Nick DeSantis
· Tyler Gardner
· Riley Choate
· Ryan Murphy
· Andrew Prozzillo
The Pinellas County vs Hillsborough County All-Star game (public and private schools), date TBA. The following players made the Pinellas County team (voted by 25 head coaches):
· Cameron Churchill
· Keegan Maronpot
· Brad Deppermann
· Nick DeSantis (alternate)
The State All-Star game that will be played in Sebring May 23-25 (voted by head coaches and professional scouts):
· Brad Deppermann
· Keegan Maronpot (alternate)
Lastly, Brad Deppermann was voted Overall Player of the Year by 25 Pinellas County Head Coaches from classifications 1A-8A.
Great job Seniors!
Coach Genna and staff
May 7, 2014
Deppermann leads Eagles over Vikings 9-0 to advance to Regional Finals and Elite 8
Brad Deppermann hit the first pitch of the game over the centerfield fence for a home run and the Eagles continued to score runs in every inning except the 5th in routing District Champ Northeast HS 9-0, a team that had beaten the Eagles three times this season. Deppermann excelled at the plate and on the mound as he collected 4 hits (homer, double, 2 RBI's) and pitched a complete game 3-hit shutout in earning his fifth win of the year. Brad struck out 11 and only walked one in pitching the Eagles to the Regional Finals.
Offensively the Eagles collected 12 hits for the second straight game and tied their season high of 9 runs. Deppermann was supported by Andrew Monahan's three hits (including a 2-run homer in the 4th inning and a double), Ian Lisle's two hits, and hits by Keegan Maronpot, Christian James (double, 2 RBI's) and Sawyer Wirth (1 RBI). Nick DeSantis also drove in a run for the Eagles on a ground out.
The Eagles hope to continue their hot hitting, along with their great pitching and defense as their Quest for a State Class 7A Championship continues on Friday, May 9 @ 7:00 PM at Melbourne HS with an opportunity to advance to the Final Four in Fort Myers.
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May 1, 2014
Eagles upset USA Today's nationally ranked #9 Sarasota Sailors 2-1 in extra innings
The East Lake Eagles pulled off a thrilling victory over Sarasota scoring a run in the top of the tenth to break a 1-1 tie in defeating the Sailors in a Regional Quarterfinal game.
With one out Brad Deppermann singled up the middle and was moved to second on Sawyer Wirth's sacrifice bunt. That brought the Eagles leading hitter, Keegan Maronpot, to the plate with two outs. On the first pitch he saw, Keegan drove a long double to the gap in right center plating Deppermann with what turned out to be the winning run.
The teams had exchanged runs in the fourth inning. The Eagles scored their run after two were out. Nick DeSantis singled and courtesy runner Riley Choate promptly stole second. Cameron Churchill then hit a ball to the hole at shortstop for an infield hit. The Sarasota shortstop made a futile attempt to get Cameron at first and in his haste overthrew the first baseman allowing Choate to score and giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The Sailors tied the score in their half of the fourth on a sacrifice fly.
The Eagles pitching was outstanding, allowing only three hits and striking out 11 Sailors in the process. Starting pitcher Brad Deppermann (six K's) worked out of a first inning bases loaded jam and only allowed Sarasota their lone run over seven innings of work. Brad also pitched out of a potential game ending jam in the bottom of the seventh as the Sailors had a one out single, stole second and sacrificed the runner to third. With two outs the Sailors pinch hitter saw eight pitches from Brad, fouling off four pitches with two strikes. The battle ended with Brad snaring a hard grounder and throwing the batter out at first, preserving the game.
Steven Plaskett relieved Brad to start the 8th inning and was outstanding in the clutch. He pitched a perfect three innings facing only nine batters. Steven fanned five (including four in a row at one point) in picking up his third win of the year. The game ended on a long fly to centerfielder Sawyer Wirth.
The Eagles 12 hit attack was led by Nick DeSantis' three hits, two hits each for Cameron Churchill and Andrew Monahan (including a double), and one hit each for Andrew Belcik, Sawyer Wirth, Ian Lisle and the previously mentioned clutch 10th innings hits from Deppermann and Maronpot.
With this victory, the 20-8 Eagles will travel to Northeast HS on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00 PM to face the Vikings for the fourth time this year in a Regional Semifinal game.
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April 24, 2014
Eagles clinch spot in Regionals with 2-1 extra inning victory over Patriots
The East Lake Eagles assured themselves a spot in the Regionals and a chance to win their fourth straight District crown with a thrilling 2-1 walk-off victory in 8 innings over Pinellas Park in the semi-finals of the Class 7A District 9 Playoffs.
Brad Deppermann (4-3) pitched a complete game for the Eagles, allowing only a first inning run that scored on a double play. Brad allowed only four hits (one after the first inning) while striking out 12 and walking only one.
The Eagles scored the winning run with two out and the bases loaded as Andrew Monahan reached first on a swinging strike three in the dirt that got past the catcher allowing Steven Plaskett (who had walked and moved to third on a throwing error) to scamper home with the winning run. Monahan slid safely into first as the catcher's throw was high and pulled the first sacker off the bag.
The Eagles trailed 1-0 until the sixth inning when catcher Nick DeSantis doubled in Brad Deppermann, who had singled.
The Eagles five hit attack was led by Deppermann's two hits and one hit each from DeSantis (double), Cameron Churchill (double) and Ian Lisle. The Eagles played great defense with the highlight occurring with no outs in the top of the seventh when leftfielder Monahan threw a Patriot runner out at second on a ball that had been hit to the fence. Second baseman Andrew Prozzillo made a nifty pick and tag to get the runner.
The 18-7 Eagles will now play the #1 seed Northeast Vikings tomorrow, Friday April 25 at 7:00 PM at Countryside HS for the District Championship and a chance to host a Regional Game next week.
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April 22, 2014
East Lake pitcher/first baseman Cameron Churchill has signed with Nova Southeastern University
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April 21, 2014
2014 Class 7A District 9 Baseball bracket
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April 12, 2014
2014 East Lake Baseball Camp
The 2014 East Lake Baseball Camp is held by ELHS Head Baseball Coach Dan Genna and ELHS Coaching Staff and is for ages 6-13. Campers will be grouped by age and skill level. All sessions will be held Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 1 PM at the East Lake HS Baseball Field.
Early Registration Special: $110 if registered by June 3.
Regular Registration: $125 if registered June 4 and after.
Make check payable to East Lake Baseball Boosters.
Mail check and registration form to: East Lake HS, c/o Dan Genna, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688.
Session 1: June 9-12
Session 2: June 16-19
Session 3: June 23-26
See Handouts Section on left side of this page for Camp Flyer and Registration/Waiver Form.
April 11, 2014
Final Class 7A District 9 Standings
East Lake 7-3
Pinellas Park 5-5
April 2, 2014
Wall and Churchill All-Tournament Selections
Congratulations to Ryan Wall and Cameron Churchill for being selected to the All-Tournament team at the recently completed Florida League HS Invitational Showcase Tournament in Sanford, FL.
March 31, 2014
Plaskett commits to Air Force Academy
Junior pitcher Steven Plaskett has committed to play at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
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March 9, 2014
Brad Deppermann Tampa Bay Times Hot Shot Nominee for week of March 1-7
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March 1, 2014
Shane Alexander - Student of the Month
Congratulations to junior outfielder Shane Alexander as he was chosen the January, 2014 Student of the Month at East Lake High School.
Eagles featured in Tampa Bay Times preview of top 2014 Pinellas County HS baseball teams and players
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2014 Lee Byers Invitational All-Tournament Team
The following players have been chosen to the All-Tournament Team
East Lake HS
Tyler Gardner, Ian Lisle, Nick DeSantis, Andrew Prozzillo, Brad Deppermann, Keegan Maronpot, Sawyer Wirth, Cameron Churchill, Cristian Sieman, Ryan Wall, Steven Plaskett
Cobi Johnson, Alex Mendez, Kyle Blakeney, Mike Freeman
Francis Dougherty, Mike Kleinman, Keith Weisenberg, Ethan Wheeler
Brett Cook, Brandon Vinkler, Ruben Ramirez, Ryan Warren
Andrew Dilacqua, Logan Allen
January 9, 2014
2014 Lee Byers Invitational Tournament
The East Lake Eagles will be hosting the Lee Byers Invitational Tournament February 10-14, 2014.
This year's field includes host East Lake, Mitchell, Dixie Hollins, Bishop McLaughlin, Osceola, Arlington Country Day, Anclote and IMG Academy.
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October 29, 2013
East Lake pitcher Brad Deppermann has committed to North Florida.
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July 29, 2013
East Lake infielder Keegan Maronpot has committed to Wake Forest.
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