By: Matt Rothman
On Monday, the Original Florida Pokers were officially crowned the Perfect Game Underclassmen WWBA World Champions.
The Pokers went 7-0 in their games, finishing it with a win over C 25 in the Championship game. During their run, the Pokers scored at least six runs every game and outscored their opponents 43-14.
“This was a total team effort with us winning four games on the final day to go 7-0 and win the PG Underclass Tournament,” Head Coach Robert Georgiou said.
On the mound, Breylynn Courtney and Carter Derks each recorded a pair of wins, while Kai Nee, Thomas Giltner, and Carter Wojcik also had victories. Offensively, the Pokers did not hit a home run but had 15 doubles and two triples and stole 15 bases. Jonathon Rodriguez led the way with six RBIs, while Derks drove in five.
Everett Marshall, Cole Lasher, and Erick Torres all knocked in four. Hunter Demetree, Nick Diaz, Max Burkholz, and Carson Kuhns plated two, while Bennett Gary and Andrew Freeman had one RBI. J.P. Taravella’s Jonny Lopez, who recently committed to Florida Atlantic University, was named MVP for the CBU 2025 Scout Team.
Also, Parkland’s own and Original Florida Poker Christian Scott was officially named New York Mets Organizational Pitcher of the Year.
Scott, a 2018 graduate from Calvary Christian Academy, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Mets after playing college baseball at the University of Florida. He started the season in Single-A ball and was later promoted to High-A Ball and then Double-A with the Rumble Ponies. Overall, Scott went 5-4 with an era of 2.57, with four of his wins coming in Double-A. He also struck out 107 batters in 87.2 innings. He was honored before the Mets faced the Marlins on September 28, a game started by another former pitcher from Parkland, Jesus Luzardo.
The Mets are coming off a 74-win season with the highest payroll in baseball. After selling starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, Scott, the number 12 ranked prospect on the Mets, will definitely be a name to watch as New York looks to build their starting rotation around Kodai Senga and a new president and manager.
- 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. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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