2024 Florida Pokers Baseball Team Go 5-1 in Memorial Day Tournament
Rylan Lujo. {Sidney Berthiaume}

By: Matt Rothman

Less than a week after winning their third straight State Championship, over a dozen Marjory Stoneman Douglas baseball team players competed with the 2024 Florida Pokers in a Memorial Day Tournament in Fort Myers. 

As they did during the varsity season, the Pokers dominated, outscoring the opposition 27-7 in pool play, highlighted by a grand slam from Gavin GargiuloEJ Burns. Anthony Quigley also homered before playing in the playoffs.

The Pokers defeated Power Baseball Gold in their first postseason game behind an incredible performance from Gargiulo on the mound. He allowed only one run in 6.1 innings before Jayden Duabnewicz, the winning pitcher for MSD in the State Championship Game, recorded the final two outs. Devin Fitz-Gerald knocked in two runs. 

Dubanewicz then got the start in their next game against Dynasty in a 4-1 win. JP Querelas pitched the final three innings to record the save, while Alex RodriguezRylan Lujo, Quigley, and AJ Perry also drove in runs.

The Pokers would fall 11-3 against CBU Scout Team, allowing seven runs before taking an at-bat. 

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“It was tiring on the body, but at the same time, baseball is something my Douglas teammates and I love doing, so it was fun to be able to see them right after a huge success like that,” Lujo said. “Now, it’s just about getting used to the wood bat.”

The Pokers also had their 2025 and 2026 team in action as well. Both teams went 3-0 in pool play but fell in their first playoff game. The 2025 team outscored their opponents 24-4 in their first three games, with Eric Torres knocking in five runs. Nick Diaz also played well, driving in three, while Cole Lasher had a big three-run double for the Pokers. 

Breylyn Courtney, Chase Wildroudt, and Carter Wojcik recorded wins on the mound. 

The 2026 team also went 3-0 in their pool play games, highlighted by a 12-1 win in their first game. They had nine players knock in runs, with Jack Foti also throwing a complete game in their third game. 

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Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.