By: Matt Rothman
The Parkland Pokers 9u baseball team closed out the summer season with a third-place finish in the USSSA Easton Elite World Series from July 7-12.
The Pokers finished the tournament with a record of 5-5 but won four of their five games in bracket play. Despite having a lead in their last game, they fell on a walk-off hit against the South Florida Chiefs.
“There was a lot of ups and down with a learning curve with the kids,” Manager Craig Anderson said. “We saw a lot of growth in each and every individual that was part of the team, and we are excited to see where the next chapter takes us.”
Leading the way offensively was Jendry Mindiola. He batted .625, the highest in the tournament, and drove in 10 runs landing on the All-Tournament Team. Richard Koke knocked in six while Landon Berger and Gabo Herrera drove in four, and Jack Dickinson, Levi Anderson and
James Tremont combined to drive in nine. Christian Orozco, Drew Ledezma, and Noah Norwood also had RBIs.
On the mound, the Pokers had nine different pitchers appear, with Koke winning two games while Levi, Dickinson, and Drew Ledesma all had one. Landon Berger tossed a team-high 11.1 innings, with Tyler Lasher making a start and multiple relief appearances. Herrera also retired all four batters he faced in the tournament.
While the season has ended, they are set to host tryouts on July 30 at 9: a.m. at Pine Trails Park.
- 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.
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