The Snowbirds edge navigators with some ninth inning magic: July 1st, By Jordan Wolff
In a matchup the CLPB doesn’t see too often, it didn’t disappoint as the Snowbirds (2-6-1) came out on top 4-2 on Tuesday.
While this may seem like a normal victory, it’s something Snowbirds head coach Chris Mota will always remember.
“It’s great win today,” Mota said. “Obviously we’re in the dumps a little bit with some losses, so this is a good team win and it’s also my first win as a coach. It was a really good game, really fought well and the opposing team put up a really good fight until the last pitch so I’ll give them a lot of credit too.”
The Navigators got off to an early 1-0 lead, as second-baseman Miles Watson launched a HR over the right-field wall to give his team a 1-0 lead.
But, that was one of the only runs his team would get, as Snowbirds pitchers were locked in from the get-go. Starter Jon Moll went four innings and struck out eight batters, allowing one run.
It was the relief outing of Jack Anderson that didn’t go unnoticed, as he went four innings allowing one run on nine strike outs.
“He threw really well today, came up big for us today,” Mota said. “Just making sure he’s doing what he’s been doing that’s throwing strike one and getting ahead of these guys with his stuff because he has good enough stuff to get ahead. He made some great late-game adjustments with his off speed and he just had fun out there. I’m proud of him.”
The Snowbirds and Navigators traded runs respectively in the fifth and sixth innings. The ninth inning is where action picked up, as third baseman Brett Johnson took advantage of a wild pitch and scored to help the Snowbirds capture the victory.
“Brett (Johnson) did a great job today all-around,” Mota said. “Getting good secondary leads and dirt ball reads, some of their pitchers were a little wild today. We made sure that any ball behind the catcher we’re being aggressive and he made sure do just that.”
The Snowbirds will have to carry that aggressive mentality to Wednesday, as they will face the first-place (6-2) Jupiter Wave (1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cardinals Complex-Rodger Dean Stadium).
Strong First inning leads Navigators to Victory over Vipers: July 3, by Jordan Wolff
In a matchup of two of the newest CLPB teams, it was the first-year Palm Beach Navigators who defeated the Vipers 4-2 on Wednesday.
The Navigators didn’t waste any time as Peter Moforis led off the inning with a double, and the Navigators capitalized on three Vipers errors to extend it to a 4-0 lead.
The key on the mound for the Navigators was starter Scott Bellina. The graduate transfer from Hawaii is currently third in league with 22 strikeouts and added to his total by going four innings, allowing one run and striking out eight.
That one run came off the bat of shortstop Chris Eusay, as he singled in the third inning to make it a 4-1 game.
The Vipers pitching finished strong, as relievers Cato Sinkus and Alex Diaz combined to allow no runs on two hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
The Vipers scored off a wild pitch in the fifth inning, to make it a 4-2 game. The Navigators reliever Zach Brundage wouldn’t allow it to get any closer, as he finished the job in eight pitches to seal the victory.
The Navigators didn’t rest easy, as they had to play the Vipers again for the second game of a doubleheader.
Game two Fireworks see the Navigators escape with an 8-6 Victory: July 3rd, By Jordan Wolff
While game one highlighted pitching, both teams offenses woke up in game two (combined for 21 hits) to see the Navigators (7-3) sweep the doubleheader with an 8-6 victory.
The Navigators got out to an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single from Austin Palacios. The Vipers (4-8) struck right back, as Drew Gardner hit his own RBI single to make it a 1-1 game.
The Navigators responded right back, as an RBI double from outfielder DJ Brown, and timely hits from Moforis and Papageorge gave the Navs a 5-1 lead headed into the bottom of the fourth.
The offensive show kept going, as the Vipers tallied two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it a 6-3 game. The momentum certainly leaned the Vipers way in the fifth inning, as Noah Mahoney, Anier Ricardo and Richard Polinsky all had big RBI’s to make it a 6-6 ball game.
The top half of the sixth is where the Vipers pitching hurt them, as two key walks put the Navigators up in front 8-6. The bottom-half saw the Vipers fail to capitalize, and the game ended up being called due to a two-hour time limit.
The defense was key as well, as each team saw a lot of action and didn’t commit any errors in the field. The Navigators offensive star was Moforis, who went 3-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Both offenses will have to cool down until Monday, as the Vipers will take on the 7-4 Jupiter Wave (2:00 p.m. Cardinal Newman HS). The Navigators will take on the 4-6 South Florida Sailfish (5:30 p.m., Cardinal Newman HS).
Late-inning heroics lead Navigators to Victory over the Snowbirds: July 6, by Jordan Wolff
For those of you that couldn’t see some 4th of July fireworks, this game made up for it in more ways than one. The Navigators (7-3) defeated the Snowbirds (4-7-1) 10-8 on Saturday night.
This was a tale of two halves, as the offense didn’t pickup until the late stages of the game. You wouldn’t be crazy if you thought this game would be a classic pitchers duel.
The Navigators scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to an RBI triple from Miles Watson. That turned out to be the only offense for a while, as Snowbirds starter Chase Romaine held the Navigators to just two hits and two runs in four innings.
The Navigators pitching held the Snowbirds offense down for a while, as starter Matthew Magrann threw four scoreless innings allowing two hits and striking out one.
The Snowbirds saw its first run come in the top of the sixth inning, courtesy of a double from C/IF Hutch Kettler. Now we transition into the “second half”, where offense came at a premium.
The Navigators offense were able to figure out Snowbirds reliever Sonny Gowran, as they scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to make it a 6-1 game.
Did the Snowbirds give up? Nope as they retaliated with a seven-run top of the eighth inning to make it an 8-6 game. The inning saw nine Snowbirds come to bat, as infielder Nick Roch, and outfielder Luis Santino Arenado contributed big RBI’s.
The Snowbirds also took a gamble, as they dug deep in their bench to have pitcher Garrett Parkins pinch-hit, only for them to reap the rewards by him delivering an RBI single.
The Navigators retaliated in the bottom of the eighth inning, as outfielder DJ Brown delivered the dagger with a bases-clearing triple. In arguably the most wild game of the season, CLPB spectators got to see a game that displayed both offense and pitching.
Both teams will be eager to be in action on Monday, as the Snowbirds take on the 6-4-1 Juno Beach Loggerheads (5:30 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens HS). The Navigators will take on the 4-6 South Florida Sailfish (5:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman HS).
Despite Strong Fight, Palm Beach Navigators Can’t Top Jupiter Wave: July 10, Jordan Wolff
In a matchup full of high expectations, it didn’t disappoint as the Jupiter Wave (8-5-0) defeated the Palm Beach Navigators (9-4-0) 8-7 Wednesday morning in a tense seven-inning contest.
You wouldn’t be crazy if thought this game would be all Wave, as they got out of the gates with a five-run first inning. All the runs came with two-outs, as catcher Robert Curbelo hit an RBI double and IF/OF Kirkland Festa hit an RBI single.
The Wave pitching held up for a while, as starter Matt Ellmyer went three innings, allowing one hit on two runs with four walks and strikeouts. The Navigators arms settled in too, as they only let up one run between the second and sixth inning.
You had a feeling the Navigators couldn’t stay quiet, as a double by first-baseman Peter Moforis made it a 5-2 game. Moforis wasn’t done as he started a sixth-inning rally with a solo home-run to make it a 6-3 game.
Moforis finished the game going 3-4 with three hits and three RBI’s. The Navigators scored two more runs to make it a 6-5 game headed into the top of seventh inning.
How did the Wave respond? Outfielder Jack Keiser stepped up to the challenge by hitting a go-ahead two-run home-run to make it 8-5 Wave. Keiser finished the game going 3-4, scoring two runs with three hits and three RBI’s.
The Navigators fought until the very last out, as they scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. These two teams had the chance to play each other again, but with first place on the line.
Did the Navigators get the ultimate revenge? Or did the Wave finish it off with a clean sweep?
Navigators pitching helps get revenge in 6-3 victory in game two of Doubleheader: July 10, By Jordan Wolff
Game one had more of an edge-of-your-seat type feel, game two had a classic baseball feel. Good defense and pitching helped the Navigators secure a 6-3 victory on Wednesday. They now hold sole possession of first place, something that’s impressive for the first-year franchise.
The Navigators got going right away, as a fielder’s choice by right-fielder Michael Gutierrez and double by second-baseman Ricky Del Rio put them up 2-0 in the second inning.
A man who continues to impress for the Navigators is pitcher Scott Bellina. With the Wave scoring eight runs in game one, the league leader in wins (3) and strikeouts (89) went five innings, allowed one run and struck out seven batters.
The Navigators offense kept up in the bottom of the third inning, as they made it a 4-1 game due to some walks and defensive miscues from the Wave.
A sac-fly by extra-hitter Trent Jones put the Navs up 5-1 in the fifth inning. Wave outfielder Jack Keiser continued his impressive day by hitting a two-run RBI double to make it a 5-3 game, but it was too little too late.
Keiser currently leads the league in RBI’s (15) and finished the day going a combined 5-7 with five RBI’s. The offensive star for the Navigators was Peter Moforis, who went a combined 5-7 with three RBI’s.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday, as the Navigators face the 5-9 Florida Vipers (12 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens HS). The Wave will take on the 5-8 South Florida Sailfish (4:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman HS).
Vipers Outlast Loggerheads 12-6 in Offensive Juggernaut: July, 10 by Jordan Wolff
As the days get hotter in Florida, so do the bats as the Florida Vipers were able to defeat the Juno Beach Loggerheads 12-6 Wednesday night. Both offenses combined for 23 hits, but early on it didn’t look as if we’d get that much offense.
The Vipers started the frenzy, as infielder Landon Fish hit a sac-fly to put his team up 1-0 in the first inning. That’s the only offense we’d see for a little bit, as Loggerheads P/IF Tim Bouchard (CLPB leader in ERA with 2.41) struck out nine batters and allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits.
Vipers starter Bryan Ariza held the Loggerheads offense to one run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. The offense picked up in fourth inning, as Loggerheads infielder Kam Kilchrist hit a single to make it a 1-1 game.
The Vipers retaliated, as outfielder Bryce Bruggemeyer hit a two-run RBI single to make it a 3-1 game. Things didn’t slow down in the fifth, as league leader in average (.488) and home-runs (3) Carter Huffman went yard to make it a 3-3 game.
The pattern of retaliation continued, as DH Jacoby Adkins and infielder Chris Eusay each hit singles and ended up scoring to make it 5-3 ballgame. Kilchrist continued his impressive day, as he hit a two-run home-run to tie the game at five going into the sixth inning.
Vipers outfielder Slayde Ortiz scored on a passed ball to make it a 6-5 ballgame. The term “crazy eights” certainly applied in this game as Loggerheads catcher Stephan Perez hit a sac-fly to make it a 6-6 ballgame.
How did the Vipers respond this time? By having its own six-run eighth inning. Bruggemeyer came up big and delivered the dagger with a three-run RBI single.
Another key to this game was havoc on the basepaths, as both teams combined for 14 stolen bases.
Both teams had a quick turnaround to Thursday, as the Vipers took on the Sailfish (9 a.m. Palm Beach Gardens HS). The Loggerheads took on the 5-9-1 Palm Beach Snowbirds ( 10 a.m. Cardinal Newman HS).
Loggerheads Offense lifts them Past the Palm Beach Snowbirds 12-7: JULY 11, BY JORDAN WOLFF
The Snowbirds were once again involved in a high-scoring matchup, but couldn’t muster enough in a 12-7 defeat against the Loggerheads Thursday morning. Despite combining for 21 hits, each team only scored in three out of the seven innings played (time-limit).
The Snowbirds got the party started, as first baseman Taylor Higgins hit an RBI single and catcher Max Alessi had a bases-loaded to put their team up 2-0.
The Loggerheads responded, as infielder Kam Kilchrist hit a two-run home-run in his second straight game to make it a 2-2 ballgame. The newest Loggerhead Tyler Chase made an immediate impact, as he hit an RBI double to make it a 3-2 lead.
The top fifth inning saw the Snowbirds regain a 5-3 lead, as C/IF Hutch Kettler hit a three-run home-run. The Snowbirds tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning, as another walk by Alessi and an RBI single from DH Pedro Figueroa made it a 7-3 game.
Did the lead last for the Snowbirds? Nope, as the Loggerheads exploded for a seven-run bottom of the sixth inning. Catcher Stephan Perez hit a two-run RBI single to make it a 5-5 game. The Loggerheads found the long ball, as they saw three home-runs in the inning, each from Landon Leblanc, Carter Huffman and Tim Bouchard.
The Loggerheads took advantage of two Snowbirds errors to make it 12-6 before the game was called. The aggressive base-running continued, as both teams combined for seven stolen bases.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, as the Loggerheads take on the Vipers (5:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman HS). The Snowbirds take on the Wave (2 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens HS).
Sailfish escape Wave with some late-inning Heroics in a 6-5 victory: July 12, by Jordan Wolff
With scoring 13 runs and having a player hit for the cycle, the Sailfish (6-8) had a game to remember on Thursday. They made an even bigger statement Friday, as they defeated the back-to-back champions (8-6) Jupiter Wave 6-5 in a classic contest.
For the first three innings, the momentum belonged to the Sailfish as Wave defensive miscues and a two-run home-run by second baseman Tim Kudlinski saw them go up 4-0.
Sailfish starting pitcher Will Farrar held the Wave offense down, as he went 4.2 innings, allowed two runs, walked four batters and struck out seven batters.
Once the fourth inning came, the momentum shifted to the Wave side. RF Drew Kendall, CF Jack Keiser and 3B Kirkland Festa contributed RBI’s to make it a 4-3 game.
The the bottom of the seventh came, where an RBI double from 2B Blake Mial and a sacrifice-fly from Jonathan Fernandez made it a 5-4 game.
How did the Sailfish respond? it’s rising-star Gweshaughn Richards hit a two-run RBI single in the top of the ninth inning, which ended up being the difference in the game.
Richards has had quite the week, as he hit for the cycle on Thursday going 4-4 with a walk. On Friday, he finished the game going 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.
These teams will have little time to rest, as they both return to action on Saturday. The Wave will take on the (5-9-1) Palm Beach Snowbirds (2:30 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens HS). The Sailfish will look to win three games in a row against the (9-5) Palm Beach Navigators (5:30 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens HS).
Vipers pitching carries them to 4-1 Victory over the Red-hot Loggerheads: July 13, Jordan Wolff
With a Loggerheads (8-6-1) team that’s gone 7-2-1 in its last 10 games and ascended to the top of the CLPB, the Vipers (7-9) had their work cut out for them. They rose to the challenge, in a 4-1 victory against the Loggerheads on Saturday.
This game was much more even than you think, as both starting pitchers found their rhythm. Loggerheads starter Luke Bay went 5.2 innings, allowed three runs (two-earned), seven hits and struck out six batters.
Vipers starter Mark Link went 5.0 innings, allowed one unearned run, three hits, walked four batters and struck out seven. While pitching held up, both teams defenses combined for five errors in the contest.
It was 1-1 until the top of the sixth, where the Vipers scratched two runs across to make it a 3-1 game. The Loggerheads did make some noise in the bottom of the seventh inning, as three straight walks had the bases loaded with no outs.
With being short on arms, the Vipers turned to natural infielder Chris Eusay, who came into relief and retired the next three batters to leave the bases loaded.
Eusay finished the game going 2.0 innings, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out four batters. The Vipers scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning, as outfielder Anier Ricardo scored on a wild pitch to seal the victory.
The Loggerheads left 12 runners on base, even with a bases-loaded and no outs situation. Both teams will be back in action on Monday, as the Vipers will take on the (5-10-1) Palm Beach Snowbirds (2:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman HS). The Loggerheads will take on the (9-6) Jupiter Wave (6 p.m. Cardinal Newman HS)
The Vipers Pitching carries them to a shutout win against the Snowbirds: July 15, by Jordan Wolff
With holding the Jupiter Wave offense to just one run, could the Vipers (8-9) pitching put on an encore? Yes, as pitching carried them to a 2-0 win over the Palm Beach Snowbirds (5-11-1).
You knew offense wasn’t going to be the story, as Vipers starting pitcher Bryan Ariza had eight strikeouts (all swinging) in just the first three innings of play.
Ariza finished the game going 5.0 innings, allowing two hits, striking out 10 batters and walking three. Snowbirds starter Jon Moll also had a good outing, as he went 5.0 innings, allowed three hits, one run and struck out six batters.
Offensively, the Snowbirds had five hits and stranded a total 10 baserunners. Two runs turned out to be all the Vipers needed, as SS Chris Eusay hit an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to make it 1-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Vipers tacked on another run due to an error by the Snowbirds. The more suprising part, is the Vipers had to dig deep into the bench for arms.
Outfielders Slayde Ortiz and Mark Sanders stepped up to go 3.0 innings, allowing three hits, three walks, no runs and striking out one batter. Pitcher Alex Diaz came into to close it out, going one inning with striking out and walking one batter.
Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday, as the Vipers will challenge the (9-7) Jupiter Wave (1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cardinals Complex-Rodger Dean Stadium). The Snowbirds will take on the (9-7) Palm Beach Navigators (1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cardinals Complex-Rodger Dean Stadium).
Late-inning offensive Heroics ascend the Loggerheads to first place in 12-9 Victory over the Wave.
Being late in the season and two team battling for first place, this game had everything you’d want and them some. The Loggerheads got the last laugh, as their offense carried them to a 12-9 victory over the Jupiter Wave on Monday.
The Loggerheads got the party started in the top of the third inning, as an RBI single from P/IF Tim Bouchard and bases loaded walk for 1B Stephan Perez put them up 2-0.
Things carried on in the top of the fourth inning, as the Loggerheads picked up two more runs (walk and error) to make it a 4-0 game. Did the Wave give up? Nope, as the momentum shifted in the Wave’s favor in the bottom of the fifth inning.
A bases-loaded walk from 1B Jonathan Fernandez and three-run single from IF Kirkland Festa made it a 4-4 game. Festa showed off his aggressive base-running and scored on a wild-pitch to make it a 5-4 game.
The Loggerheads crept back gradually, as Bouchard hit a solo HR to make a 5-5 game in the top of the seventh inning. Things faltered for the Wave late, as they ran out of pitchers and put IF Jay Brandt into pitch.
The Loggerheads to full advantage of that, as they had a six-run top of the eighth inning, which saw an RBI double from C Dylan Symonds and back-back-back HR from Britton Elmore, Carter Huffman and Brad Levinson to make it 12-5.
The Wave continued to show persistence and fight throughout the game, as they easily could’ve called it quits after the big inning. Instead, the bottom of the ninth inning saw them scare the Loggerheads by making it a 12-9 game.
It ended up being too little too late, as the Wave fell just short of what could’ve been arguably the best comeback of the CLPB season. Defense hurt the Wave on Monday, as they made four errors as opposed to the Loggerheads two.
Both offenses will be back in action on Wednesday, as the new first-place Loggerheads will take on the (8-8) South Florida Sailfish ( 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cardinals Complex- Rodger Dean Stadium). The Wave will take on the (8-9) Florida Vipers (1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cardinals Complex-Rodger Dean Stadium).
Tim Bouchard lifts Loggerheads to 4-0 win over Sailfish: July 15, By Jordan Wolff
With dethroning the back-to-back CLPB champions Jupiter Wave of first place (first time in two years), the Juno Beach Loggerheads (10-7-1) showed their confidence in a 4-0 victory against the Sailfish (9-9) on Wednesday.
However, the secret weapon that’s given the Loggerheads this advantage is P/IF Tim Bouchard. Bouchard’s shown how important versatility in baseball is, as he leads the CLPB in strikeouts (35) and ERA (1.90).
Bouchard toed the slab once again, and in 5.0 innings struck out nine batters and allowed five hits. Bouchard is also dangerous at the plate, as he leads the CLPB in batting average (.488) and is second in RBI (15).
Bouchard finished the day at the plate, going 1-2 with an RBI. As for the rest of the Loggerheads offense, they didn’t have to provide much.
In the bottom of the second inning, CF Lucas McCain scored on a wild pitch, and 2B Landon Leblanc hit an RBI groundout to make it 2-0. The Loggerheads kept it up in the bottom of the third inning, as a Sailfish error and sacrifice fly from Bouchard made it 4-0.
The Sailfish ended game one with leaving nine runners on base and making two errors. Both of these teams played a second game, with the Sailfish coming out on top 9-2.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday, as the Loggerheads take on the (9-9) Palm Beach Navigators (6 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens HS). The Sailfish will take on the (7-11-1) Palm Beach Snowbirds (6 p.m. Cardinal Newman HS).
Wave Reclaim First Place in an important 5-2 Victory against the Vipers: July 15, By Jordan Wolff
Going into Wednesday, the Wave (11-7) were in a position they haven’t been used to in nearly two years. That is being in second place, but that seemed to add extra motivation in a 5-2 victory over the Vipers (8-11).
The Wave showed its offensive prowess in game one, as the defeated the Vipers 11-1. In this game, it came down to who converted in scoring opportunities.
The Vipers had a tough task in front of them, as they faced Wave starter Ryan Lashley who’s second in the CLPB in strikeouts (33). The Vipers aggressiveness helped, as scoring on an error made it 1-0.
The Wave responded bottom of the second and third innings, due to a two-run RBI single from 1B Jonathan Fernandez and a sacrifice fly from CF Jack Keiser to make it 3-2.
The Wave arms held the Vipers down, as Lashley finished the game going 5.0 innings, allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and strruck out eight batters.
In relief, Matthew Kavanaugh went 2.0 innings, allowed two hits and struck out one batter. The Wave weren’t done offensively, as the bottom of the sixth inning became really important.
The Wave scored on an error, and EH Jake Wapinsky hit an RBI single to make it a 5-2 lead. More importantly, it’s become a three-way dog fight between the Wave, Navigators and Loggerheads for first place.
Due to the Navigators losing to the Snowbirds 10-2 and 2-1 (extra inning walk-off) and the Loggerheads losing to the Sailfish 9-2, the Wave now hold the top spot.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, as the Wave will take on the (9-9) Palm Beach Navigators (2 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens HS). The Vipers will do battle against the (9-9) South Florida Sailfish (5:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman HS).