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  • Congratulations to the East Lake Eagles Baseball Team
  • 2014 Class 7A State Runner-up and Class 7A Region 3 Champions
  • 2013 and 2014 PCAC Champions
  • 2011 Class 5A District 11, 2012 and 2013 Class 8A District 8 Champions
  • 2013, 2014 and 2015 Lee Byers Invitational Tournament Champions
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East Lake Walks Off Jesuit
Baseball: East Lake 3, Jesuit 2
HomeTeam 25: Baseball Rankings Debut
Baseball: Eastlake Wins Chilly Marathon for Title

East Lake Eagles Baseball 2014 Class 7A State Runner-up, Regional Champions and PCAC Champions

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.

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.  

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

Baseball: Eastlake Wins Chilly Marathon for Title

February 14, 2015

2015 Lee Byers All Tournament Team

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. 

College Signees

 

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

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/baseball-east-lakes-riley-choate-commits-pasco-her/20595/

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. 

See Tampa Bay Times link below: 

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/times-all-tampa-bay-baseball-teams/20586/

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.

See Tampa Bay Times link below.

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/times-all-pinellas-county-baseball-teamsx/20584/

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

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/pcac-baseball-team-announced/20445/

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.

See Suncoast News links below for article about Ian and the team's postseason run:

http://suncoastnews.com/su/list/suncoast-news-sports/pinellas-athlete-of-the-week-20140522/

http://suncoastnews.com/su/list/suncoast-news-sports/east-lakes-run-ends-with-state-runner-up-hardware-20140522/

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.  

See link below for article and video.

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/bhsn/2014/5/21/east_lake_baseball_a.html

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!!!!

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/state-baseball-fourth-inning-fizzle-downs-east-lak/20470/

See Suncoast News link below:

http://suncoastnews.com/su/list/suncoast-news-sports/baseball-east-lake-drops-7a-title-to-american-20140518/

See Bright House Sports Network link below:

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/bhsn/2014/5/17/baseball_east_lake_f.html 

   

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. 

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/state-baseball-east-lake-survives-marathon-semifinal/20466/

See Bright House Sports Network link below:

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/bhsn/2014/5/16/east_lake_wins_marat.html

 

May 10, 2014

Andrew Monahan Tampa Bay Times Male Hot Shot Winner for week of May 2-9

Please see Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/hometeam-hot-shots-winners-may-2-9/20438/

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.

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseballpreps/region-baseball-monahans-grand-slam-leads-east-lake-to-state/2179181

See Melbourne Florida Today link below:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/sports/high-school/2014/05/10/sports-high-school-baseball/8931125/

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.

See Bright House Sports link below:

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/bhsn/2014/5/6/east_lake_dominates_.html

See Suncoast News links below:

http://suncoastnews.com/su/list/suncoast-news-sports/baseball-deppermann-east-lake-crush-northeast-20140507/

http://suncoastnews.com/su/list/suncoast-news-sports/deep-pitching-staff-powering-east-lakes-run-20140506/

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/region-baseball-east-lake-rolls-behind-deppermann/20407/

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.

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/region-baseball-east-lake-upsets-sarasota/20349/

See Sarasota Herald-Tribune link below:

http://preps.heraldtribune.com/2014/04/30/east-lake-pitchers-stifle-sarasota/

   

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.

See Bright House Sports link below:

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/bhsn/2014/4/24/east_lake_northeast_.html

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseballpreps/district-baseball-northeast-east-lake-reach-7a-9-final/2176636

April 22, 2014

East Lake pitcher/first baseman Cameron Churchill has signed with Nova Southeastern University

See link below.

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/baseball-east-lakes-cameron-churchill-signs-nova-southeastern/20273/

 

April 21, 2014

2014 Class 7A District 9 Baseball bracket

See Handouts section on left side of this page.

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

Northeast 9-1

East Lake 7-3

Pinellas Park 5-5

Countryside 5-5

Seminole 3-7

Clearwater 1-9

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.

See Tampa Bay Times link below:

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/baseball-east-lakes-steven-plaskett-signs-air-force/20099/

 

March 9, 2014

Brad Deppermann Tampa Bay Times Hot Shot Nominee for week of March 1-7

Open link below to see article.

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/hometeam-hot-shots-nominations-march-1-7/19932/

 

 

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

See link below.

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/pinellas-baseball-preview-county-pitchings-deep-se/19834/

 

 

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

Mitchell HS

Cobi Johnson, Alex Mendez, Kyle Blakeney, Mike Freeman

Osceola HS

Francis Dougherty, Mike Kleinman, Keith Weisenberg, Ethan Wheeler

Anclote HS

Brett Cook, Brandon Vinkler, Ruben Ramirez, Ryan Warren

IMG Academy

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. 

Please see the tournament bracket in the Handouts section on the left side of this page.

October 29, 2013

East Lake pitcher Brad Deppermann has committed to North Florida.

See link below.

http://fw.to/AUAuHwF

July 29, 2013

East Lake infielder Keegan Maronpot has committed to Wake Forest.

See link below.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday,  Mar 3
Countryside 7:00pm ELHS
Friday,  Mar 6
Northeast 7:00pm Northeast HS
Tuesday,  Mar 10
Pinellas Park 7:00pm ELHS
Friday,  Mar 13
Clearwater 7:00pm ELHS
Tuesday,  Mar 17
Seminole 7:00pm SHS
Friday,  Mar 20
Countryside 7:00pm Countryside HS
Tuesday,  Mar 24
Northeast 7:00pm ELHS
Wednesday,  Mar 25
Palm Harbor 7:00pm ELHS
Monday,  Mar 30
IMG SPRING TOURNAMENT - SPRING BREAK ING Academy
Tuesday,  Mar 31
IMG SPRING TOURNAMENT - SPRING BREAK ING Academy

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