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July 18, 2016

Summer baseball activity for our Bear baseball players has slowed but some of them are still out there pursuing their passion for the game.

PCHS 2015 graduate Stetson Smith (Armstrong State University) and the DeLand Suns (16-14) return to action on Tuesday, July 19th against the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (12-17) for a two game series. The Suns then play the Winter Garden Squeeze (15-14) for a three game series on Thursday through Saturday. The Sanford River Rats currently have a commanding 3.5 game lead in the standings over the DeLand Suns in second place by only ½ games ahead of the Squeeze with two weeks left to play in the season in which the top three teams will play for the championship.
Tuesday, July 19th: Tonight's game against the Dawgs has been cancelled due to the weather.
Wednesday, July 20th: The Suns went down in defeat losing to Winter Park by a score of 5-2.
Thursday, July 21st: The Suns defeated Winter Garden by a score of 5-2 with some late inning heroics, see the article below that mentions Stetson by name.
Friday, July 22nd: Tonight's game against the Winter Garden Squeeze has been cancelled.
Saturday, July 23rd: The Sun's (18-15-0) kept their winning streak intact as they moved closer to ensuring their spot in the Florida League playoffs by defeated the Squeeze (16-18-0) by a score of 4-3. Stetson had one hit in two plate appearances and scored a run.

Playing for the Chain National travel baseball team, PCHS varsity players Cody Williams, Nick Golub, Ben Tuten, Klay Allen and Walker Sinclair are in Fort Myers, FL participating in the Perfect Game 2016 BCS Finals starting on July 18th and finishing on July 24th. A total of 101 teams are playing in this event and have been divided into 16 pools of 6-8 teams each.
Monday, July 18th: The Chet Lemons Juice (4-1) baseball team couldn't get anything going against Chain National (0-1) as long as Klay Allen was on the mound but after a lightning delay and a pitching switch, Chet Lemons Juice pulled out a 3-2 victory giving Chain its first loss in the tournament. Klay pitched two scoreless innings striking out four batters while giving up no hits and no walks, great job Klay. With the loss, Chain starts the tournament in fourth out of six teams that are playing in Pool N.
Tuesday, July 19th: Chain (1-1) bounced back from yesterdays loss with an 8-1 victory today over Mo Steel Baseball (0-5) with our Bear players having a good day at the plate. Nick Golub went 1 for 3 with a single, an RBI and a run scored, Walker Sinclair went 1 for 3 with a single and came around to score and Ben Tuten had an RBI and came around to score. Even with the victory today, Chain remains fourth in Pool N so its going to take some wins from here on out and some losses by the front runners in order for Chain to come out first in Pool N.
Wednesday, July 20th: Chain received its second loss of the tournament against the Akadema Razor Backs Nations (2-2-1). The loss places Chain in a huge whole in Pool N and unfortunately the unearned run came against our very own Cody Williams on a passed ball by the catcher. Cody pitched two solid innings giving up a walk and a hit to go along with two strikeouts. Walker Sinclair also pitched today getting three strikeouts in his 1.1 innings of mound time.
Thursday, July 21st: Chain defeated Bottom on the Ninth (2-2-1) by a score of 6-2. Klay Allen started his second game of the week on the mound for Chain pitching two innings giving up one hit, three strike outs and an earned run. At the plate, Cody Allen ripped out a single and a double getting two RBI's in the process.
Friday, July 22nd: In their last game of the tournament, Chain defeated Xtreme Navy 16U (3-2) by a score of 10-6. Nick Golub had a single, an RBI and came around to score a run along with Cody Williams and Walker Sinclair who scored runs in the victory. Chain finished pool play with three victories and two losses but will get to play against Team Georgia 16-U Elite in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.
Saturday, July 23rd: Chain National was eliminated from the tournament after suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Team Georgia 16-U Elite. Klay Allen pitched a heck of game walking one, allowed five hits and struck out five over 6 innings of play but he gave up the one run during his outing on the bump. Special thanks to Julie Allen for providing the daily updates.

On Saturday July 23rd, the 8-U and 14-U Pierce County travel teams participated in the Peach State Diamond Sports’ Summer Nationals.
14-U Bears
Game 1: Bears defeated the LC Marauders by a score of 6-0.
Game 2: Bears defeated the Astros by a core of 8-7. 
1st Elimination Game: #1 Pierce vs. #4 Astros in a rematch had a different outcome as the Astros defeated the Bears by a score of 15-4 ending Pierce's hopes of playing in the championship.
8-U Bears will play at the Trembling Earth Recreation Complex in Waycross.
Game 1: Bears defeated Team Stealth by a score of 9-7.
Game 2: Bears lost to the Tribe by a score of 8-6. 
1st Elimination Game: #5 Bears lost to the #4 Hitmen by a score of 12-10.
8-U Cubs will play at the Trembling Earth Recreation Complex in Waycross.
Game 1: Cubs lost to the Batmen by a score of 17-2.
Game 2: Cubs lost to the Dust Devils by a score of 7-6.
1st Elimination Game: #10 Cubs lost to the #9 Patriots by a score of 21-1.

As always, Go Bears!


Suns save Best for Last in Walk-Off Win

July 23, 2016

DELAND, Fla.- The Deland Suns (18-15) won in dramatic fashion over the Winter Garden Squeeze (16-18), as Zachary Reks (Kentucky) walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth gave them a 4-3 victory on Saturday night at Conrad Park.  

Suffering from another slow start at the plate the Suns, were left with no choice but to win it at the wire. The first DeLand run didn’t cross the plate until the fifth inning when Derek Deler (Mt. Olive) scored as the result on a bases-loaded walk to Chandler Rodriguez (Santa Fe CC). The bats were quieted yet again until the eighth inning where Brad Gresock (St. Bonaventure) smashed a game-tying two run single up the middle that scored Jay Hayes(FGCU) and Logan Blum (UCF).

Once the second run crossed the plate the Suns began to rise and showed no intentions of being dimmed in any way. Morale was high as the ninth inning rolled around and the first two batters, Stetson Smith (Armstrong State) and Matthew Mulkey (Winthrop), were each hit by a pitch. Reks stepped into the box in a big spot, already having gone 1-for-3 on the day, with no outs and two runners on base.

A wild pitch to Reks put both runners in scoring position, creating the perfect storm for late game heroics. On a 2-1 pitch Reks poked a single to right field that brought in Smith as the winning run; Reks didn’t make it too far past first base before a mob of his teammates were all over him.

DeLand used five pitchers on the night to seal the deal against the Squeeze, and the last pitcher, Byron Ferguson (King), received the win on the night. Ferguson pitched the final 1-1/3 innings in which he recorded two strikeouts and held the Squeeze without a hit. Brady Mintell (Webber Int.) was the starting pitcher; he pitched five innings with three strikeouts before handing the ball to Albert Neff (Seminole St.). Neff only pitched one inning, and struck out the side in the sixth. Matthew Russell (Embry-Riddle) followed with a one hit appearance in the seventh that he shared with Vincent Rosace (Embry-Riddle). Rosace continued the theme of not allowing a run while adding a strikeout of his own. 

The gloves were working hard as well with a 4-3-2 double play in the third inning that bailed DeLand out of a bases loaded jam in the third. Throughout the game, when the Suns needed a break, the defense was right there to save the day.

DeLand heads into the last week of the regular season in second place and looks to add on to their accolades with a long week ahead. The nine games in seven days begin with the Altamonte Springs Boom at home on July 25th at 7 p.m.






Late Inning Heroics Rescue DeLand

July 21, 2016

DELAND, Fla.- The DeLand Suns (17-15) almost waited until the last minute to get it done against the Winter Garden Squeeze (16-17), but they rallied to win 5-2 on Thursday night at Conrad Park. Jay Hayes (FGCU) was the hero on the night, going 2-for-4 with a single in the fourth and a go ahead, three-run blast to center field in the eighth that brought the Suns back to life.

The eighth inning started off at the top of the order with Stetson Smith (Armstrong State) reaching base on an error. Zachary Reks (Kentucky) moved Smith over as he reached on a walk. Hayes stepped into the box with a huge opportunity to deliver, which he did to perfection.  On a 2-0 count Hayes let loose on a fastball that ended up going nearly 410 feet. 

“I saw the 1-0 pitch really well and I knew once it got to 2-0 I would get a fastball since he fell behind the count," Hayes said. "Once I saw the ball out the pitchers hand my focus was to just stay back and get good wood on the ball. Once I hit it I knew it was gone, it felt too good to not leave the yard.” It goes without saying that Hayes was all smiles from the moment he rounded first to the moment he left the park.

The Suns offense was non-existent until the eighth inning where they exploded for five runs. All nine of DeLand’s batters stepped up to the plate in the inning, the first five batters all came in to score. The first three came from the Hayes’ homerun and the final two came from a Garrett Hall (State College of Florida) single that scored Joe Dudek (Kentucky) — who reached on a single — and a Blake Voyles(UNF) fielder’s choice that scored Hall.

DeLand threw a trio of arms tonight against the Winter Garden, resulting in Matthew Davis (Oglethorpe) getting the win after he pitched three innings with two strikeouts. Matthew Gulik (Webber Int.) was the starting pitcher on the night, tossing five innings to go with two strikeouts. Byron Ferguson( King) earned the save over one inning pitched and one strikeout. DeLand didn’t surrender a run and only allowed one hit after the fourth inning. Davis set the tone on the mound after he entered the game in the sixth inning.

The Suns head to Winter Garden on July 22nd to continue riding the wave of the light toward Tropicana on August 7th for the Florida Collegiate Summer League Championship Game.

Registration Open for Fall Blazer Baseball Academy

July 15, 2016

VALDOSTAGa. - Registration is now open for the 2016 Blazer Baseball Fall Academy, which features top-notch instruction from Head Coach Greg Guilliams and the Blazer baseball coaching staff and is available for students in grades 8-12.

The VSU Fall Baseball Academy provides local players the opportunity to face off twice a week in a highly competitive setting. The Academy kicks off with a pro-style workout featuring 60-yard times, throwing/fielding evaluations, batting practice, bat speed calculation, and an information session. Players will be placed on teams, and will play two games per week for four weeks. There are two leagues for the Academy: 8th and 9th graders will play in the American League, while 10th through 12th graders will compete against one another in the National League. All players who register for the Fall Baseball Academy will be given complimentary registration in VSU's Fall Exposure Camp in November.

For more information, including details on dates, times, and costs, please click the flyer link in the handout section at the left of this page. 


July 11, 2016

Summer baseball activity for our Bear baseball players has slowed but some of them are still out there pursuing their passion for the game.

UPDATED 07/15/16: PCHS 2015 graduate Stetson Smith (Armstrong State University) and the DeLand Suns (14-12) get back to work after the Florida League Allstar break this past weekend. The Suns will play a two game series with the Altamonte Springs Boom on Monday and Tuesday, a two game series with the Leesburg Lightning (10-12) on Wednesday and Thursday before finishing the week off with the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (12-15) on Friday. The Suns are currently 2 ½ games behind the first place Sanford River Rats and 2 games ahead of the third place Winter Garden Squeeze with only three weeks remaining on the schedule. At the end of the regular season, the top three teams will play for the season championship. 
Monday: The Suns dropped the series opener to the Boom by a score of 2-1. See how Stetson performed tonight in the article posted below. 
Tuesday: Altamonte Springs dropped the boom on the Suns winning by a score of 4-0 in tonight's match-up. See how Stetson performed tonight in the article posted below. 
Wednesday: The Suns evened up the series tonight with a victory over the Boom by a score of 2-1.
Thursday: Tonight's action was cancelled due to the weather.
Friday: The Suns defeated Winter Park by a score of 13-1. Stetson went two for four at the plate with two hits, an RBI and scored three runs.

UPDATED 07/13/16: Playing for the Chain National travel baseball team, PCHS varsity players Ben Tuten, Klay Allen, Nick Golub, Cody Williams, Derrin Cox and Walker Sinclair are in Atlanta participating in the Perfect Game WWBA tournament that started on July 8th and finishing on July 13th. A total of 343 teams are playing in this event and have been divided into 43 pools with eight teams each.
On Friday, July 8th, Chain defeated Team Citius Showcase by a score of 8-1. 
On Saturday, July 9th, Chain lost to FTB55 by a score of 10-0. The loss drops Chain to fifth place out of the eight teams playing in Pool Q.
On Sunday, July 10th, Chain defeated the South Texas Sliders by a score of 6-0. The win moves Chain up a spot in the standings to fourth place behind FTB55, STARS Baseball and the Midland Rebels.
On Monday, July 11th, Chain defeated Team RBI Baseball Academy by a score of 3-2.
Also on Monday, July 11th, Chain defeated Cage Rat Baseball by a score of 9-0. The two wins today moves Chain into the second place standings of Pool Q 1 ½ games ahead of the South Texas Sliders. Because Chain lost to FTB55 earlier in the bracket, FTB55 is in first place by just ½ game over Chain.
Tuesday, July 12th saw Chain tying with STARS Baseball at four each which hanging on to second place by a 1/2 game over the Midland Rebels and still trailing the first place FTB55 by a 1/2 game.
Wednesday: Chain lost its final game today to the Midland Rebels by a score of 6-1. The loss dropped Chain to fourth place eliminating them from the tournament.

As always, Go Bears!

Webmaster Notice and Disclaimer

October 18, 2008

This website is not an official Patterson Recreation Department, Pierce County Parks & Recreation or Pierce County School website. This website was created as a tribute to and information about the past and present baseball teams and players of Pierce County. I will provide as much information as I can concerning teams including the Patterson Recreation All-Stars, Pierce County Parks & Recreation All-Stars, Pierce County travel teams, Pierce County Middle School, PCHS Junior Varsity and Varsity teams as well as our players that are playing at the collegiate level. If you wish to make any comments or see additional information, please feel free to contact me at (912) 614-7059 or by email to Tony Walsh. I will try to provide the most accurate information that I can so if you see any mistakes or misinformation, please notify me as soon as possible. This website is an unofficial and independent source of news and information.

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