South Florida Elite
South Florida Junior Varsity Elite Game Write-ups
JV Tournament Results 2002-2004
USSSA 16U State Championship, Cape Coral, May 29-31, 2004
First Game: May 29, 2004
The Elite JV beat the Palm Beach PAL 4 to 3. Cotilla started and pitched a strong game, and Bobadilla closed.
The Elite had to come back against an early PAL lead to win the game. In the fourth, Blechman, Valdes, and Billbrough singled in succession to get 2 runs. Next inning, the Elite put another on the board. Maggiore doubled, Delacruz singled, and Prongay bunted Maggiore in.
The Elite scored the go-ahead run in the sixth. Valdes walked and Nimer and Maggiore singled. On an errant throw by the third baseman, Tarazona, running for Valdes, charged home. The PAL could not score in the bottom of the innning and the Elite won an exciting game.
Peña, Blechman, Billbrough, and Maggiore all had a 2-hit game. Parsons, Prongay, and Delacruz laid down successful sacrifice bunts.
Second Game: May 29, 2004
The Elite JV dropped a close game to the North Stars, 10 to 9. Luzardo, Bobadilla, and Hingston pitched.
The offensive highlight for the Elite was a homerun over the center field fence with one on by Delacruz. Blechman and Petersen had doubles, and lots of players singled. Defensively, Parsons made a diving catch in left field to save a run.
But the Elite could not put together enough runs in a high-scoring game.
Third Game: May 30, 2004
The Elite JV beat the Collier County Select 6 to 5, coming back in the last inning to win the game. Olson, Nimer, and McDonald pitched.
The Elite managed only one run in the third and fourth innings, on North Star miscues, and fell behind by 3 runs.
The Elite came alive in the last inning. McDonald singled, Peña walked, and Petersen doubled in a run, and Valdes knocked in another. Two consecutive errors on throws to first allowed two more runs to score, giving the Elite a one run lead.
Hingston set the Select down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, and the Elite won their pool and advanced to semifinals.
Semifinal Game: May 31, 2004
The Elite JV beat their hosts, the Cape Coral Crusaders, 6 to 2. After jumping out to an early lead, the Crusaders faltered in the middle innings and were not in the game after four. Billbrough started and pitched 6 and 1/3 innings, with 9 K's. Bobadilla mopped up.
The Elite scored 4 in the fourth. Prongay singled and Tarazona walked. Both advanced on a wild pitch. Petersen knocked in Prongay and Billbrough singled in Tarazona. Valdes got on base on an error by the shortstop. Parsons singled down the third base line to score Billbrough. Jacques walked to load the bases, and Delacruz took one for the team for fourth run of the inning.
The Elite put two more on the board in the fifth. Prongay was hit by a pitch, and Peña put a fastball over the center field fence for a 2-run homer.
On defense, Peña made two diving catches in center field. and the Elite won their pool and advanced to semifinals.
A tired Elite team moved on to their fifth game in 3 days in 90 degree heat against the Collier County Select, the local team they had defeated earlier.
Championship Game: May 31, 2004
An exhausted Elite team were soundly beaten by the Select, 8 to 0. Cotilla, Maggiore, Hingston, and Luzardo each pitched some innings.
Tarazona and Jacquez each had two singles, and Billbrough and Prongay one. The Elite could not put together a run.
The Elite JV took home 16U runner-up USSSA state honors.
Cocoa Expo Fall Classic, Oct. 18-19, 2003
First Game: Oct. 18, 2003
The Elite JV beat the Port St. Lucie Storm 9 to 2. Billbrough pitched the first 2 innings, and Tarazona went 4 innings, allowing only 2 unearned runs.
In the first inning, Delacruz doubled to start off the game, and was driven home by Parsons. The scoring continued in the second inning, when Petersen, Nimer, McDonald, Delacruz and Emory all walked, allowing 2 runs to score. One other run scored on a wild pitch. The control of the Storm’s pitcher improved just in time for Parsons to single in two more runs.
The Elite scored more in the fifth. Rivera and Prongay walked and Rivera took third. The Elite then executed a first-and-third play, with both runners safe. Nimer then walked, and the Elite executed their second first-and-third play of the inning. Prongay had the distinction of being both the distracting runner and the scoring runner in a first-and-third in the same inning.
On the offense, Delacruz had two doubles. Parsons picked up 3 RBI’s. Nimer walked 3 times in a row and scored twice.
Second Game: Oct. 18, 2003
The Elite JV lost to the Central Florida Scrappers 8 to 3. Prongay and Maggiore pitched.
The Elite scored their runs in the first inning. Parsons and Salmon walked, and Maggiore singled. Parsons scored on a wild pitch, and Petersen drove in Salmon and Maggiore with a double.
On offense, Emory and McDonald both singled twice. Salmon doubled. But the Elite could not put their hits together for more runs.
Third Game: Oct. 19, 2003
The Elite JV rebounded to beat the Winter Park Wildcats 6 to 1. Emory pitched a complete 7-inning game, allowing a single unearned run.
The Elite scored their runs in the second and fifth innings. In the second, Salmon and Petersen singled, and Maggiore walked. With the bases loaded, Rivera tripled, scoring 3 runs.
In the fifth, Delacruz took first after being hit by the pitch. Parsons singled, and Salmon singled in Delacruz. Petersen then doubled to score Parsons and Salmon.
Emory shut down the Wildcats’ offense. They managed only 2 hits, both singles. Their run came off a walk, a stolen base, a questionable balk call, and a sacrifice bunt.
Fourth Game: Oct. 19, 2003
The Elite JV trounced the Pine Ridge Panthers to take third place in the tournament. The Elite won 9 to 5. Billbrough pitched 5 strong innings, and Salmon came on to shut down the Panthers in the sixth.
The Elite got things going in the first. Delacruz and Emory singled. Parsons drove them both in with a double, took third on the unsuccessful throw home, and scored on a passed ball.
In the third, Salmon singled, and Petersen tripled to deep center to score him. Maggiore singled to drive Petersen in.
In the fourth, Delacruz singled and Parsons walked. Delacruz took third on an error, and came home on the throw to first after a dropped third strike. Petersen knocked Parsons home, and scored himself when Maggiore singled.
On defense, the Elite shut down a Panther rally in the fifth when a leaping Nimer snagged a line drive at second, throwing to Emory for the double play.
Winter Haven Fall Twin Classic, Sept. 27-28, 2003
First Game: Sept. 27, 2003
The Elite beat the Diamond Warriors, 4 to 3. Billbrough pitched 4 strong innings, and McDonald struck out two and got a pop-up with the bases loaded to close out the final inning.
The Elite jumped out ahead with 4 runs in the first. Delacruz took one for the team on the first pitch. Nimer singled, and Parsons and Prongay walked, for two runs. Maggiore singled, and McDonald and Dees walked, for two more runs.
Three players had two hits in the game: Nimer, Parsons, and Maggiore. The Elite had the opportunity to score a lot more runs, leaving the bases loaded in the first 4 innings.
Second Game: Sept. 27-28, 2003
The Elite beat Pasco County 6 to 5. McDonald started, but Prongay took over in the second, and allowed 1 run in 4 innings of work.
The Elite had to play catch-up when Pasco scored 4 in the first. They got some back in the bottom of the first. Delacruz, Nimer, Maggiore, and Rivera all singled to score 2 runs. The Elite got another run in the second when Emory walked, went to second when Tarazona was hit by a pitch, and was singled in by Delacruz.
The Elite put the game away in the fourth. Leading off, Parsons doubled, followed by singles by Prongay and Maggiore. With Prongay on third and Maggiore on first, the Elite executed a perfect first-and-third play to score, giving them the lead.
Maggiore had a 3-RBI night. Dees threw out two runners who thought they could steal second.
The game started Saturday afternoon, but was delayed until the next day in the first inning with one Elite runner on first base.
Third Game: Sept. 28, 2003
The Elite were seeded number 3 out of 12 teams going into the play-offs. They played and beat the number 2 seed, the Oviedo Canes, 5 to 1, to advance to the championship game. Emory pitched a masterful complete game, giving up only a solo home run over the right field wall.
The game was a scoreless tie until the bottom of the fourth, when the Elite came on strong. Delacruz walked to lead off. Parsons doubled in the gap in right to score one run, and took third on a wild pitch. Prongay walked, and the rattled pitcher, with first and third occupied, balked to add another run. Prongay scored on a double by Rivera.
The Elite followed up with insurance runs in the next two innings. Tarazona was hit by a pitch (for the third time that day), stole second, and went to third on a grounder by Dees. Delacruz lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Dees. Next, Prongay doubled, and took third on a wild pitch. Maggiore sacrificed Prongay home.
The Elite executed some defenses gems. They killed a threat in the second, when Dees threw out a runner attempting to steal. The next batter doubled to left, but Rivera threw to Nimer to catch the batter off-base as he tried to get back to second. The Elite turned a double play in the fourth, Nimer to Tarazona to McDonald.
With the win, the Elite advanced to the championship game against the number 1 seed.
Championsip Game: Sept. 28, 2003
The Elite played the championship game in the Cleveland Indians stadium in Winter Haven, starting about 8 p.m. They lost a close game to the Cape Coral Crusaders, 5 to 3. Maggiore pitched a complete game over 7 innings.
The Elite jumped out in front in the first inning. Delacruz was hit by a pitch, and Emory drove him in with the the nicest hit of the game, a triple to left. Prongay got an RBI when he knocked Emory home.
The Elite added a run in the third when Delacruz, Emory, and Parsons singled in succession.
But the Crusaders came back to tie the game and then go ahead in the fifth, and added an insurance run in the sixth.
The Elite had some strong offense. Delacruz reached base in 3 out of 4 plate appearances. Emory had two singles as well as his triple. Dees was 3 for 3.
The Elite got back to Miami about 2 a.m. Monday morning with their best finish of the season.
Cocoa Beach Independence Day Tournament, July 3-6, 2003
First Game: July 1 & 4, 2003
The Elite beat the Puerto Rico Royals in a game that experienced a rain delay during the first inning, and was continued for 3 days. Jacques pitched 3 innings, and was relieved by Maggiore, who pitched 4.
The Elite jumped out ahead in the first before the game shut down for the day. Tarazona walked, Parsons singled, and González singled. Suárez and Maggiore drove them in.
In the second, Nimer singled, and advanced to second on Jacques’ ground out. Billbrough singled in Nimer, and took second on a wild pitch. Tarazona drove in Billbrough.
In the third, González singled, and Rivera walked. Suárez knocked in González and Maggiore knocked in Rivera.
In the fifth, Suárez made it to first on a fielder’s choice. McDonald and Jacques brought him home.
The Elite turned a nice double play in the sixth. With a man on first, the number 2 batter lined out to Maggiore, who picked off the runner.
Second Game: July 3, 2003
The Elite lost to the South Florida Outlaws, a team formed by combination of other South Florida teams, 7 to 6. Billbrough pitched a complete game.
The Elite scored most of their runs in the first inning, when the top of the Elite’s order walked or were hit by pitches, and Maggiore doubled. In the fourth, Jacques took first base on a dropped third strike, and Parsons doubled him in.
The game ended in a California tie-breaker, with the Elite unable to score and the Outlaws getting in a run.
Third Game: July 3, 2003
The Elite beat the Puerto Rico Titans 13 to 3. Suárez pitched.
All the Elite got on base and scored at least one run. It was a big hitting game for the Elite. Peñate doubled and had an RBI. Parsons was 2 for 2, with 4 RBI. González had 2 singles. Rivera, Maldonado, and Suárez singled. McDonald had 2 singles, 2 walks, and 2 RBI. Billbrough singled and doubled.
Fourth Game: July 6, 2003
The Elite lost 8 to 3 to the Georgia Knights. Maldonado went 6 innings with an inning of relief by Ramjit.
In the first, Parsons singled, and Rivera took first on a dropped third strike. They executed a double steal, and Suárez knocked them both in.
In the seventh, Jacques and Billbrough singled. Jacques took third on a wild pitch, and Tarazona drove him in.
The Elite executed a nifty double play in the final inning. With the bases loaded, Maggiore fielded a grounder at third, and threw home to Jacques, who wheeled and threw to McDonald at first. But the Knights outhit the Elite to take the victory.
Fifth Game: July 6, 2003
In their second meeting of the tournament, the Elite lost 11 to 1 to the Martin County Mets. Maldonado and Maggiore pitched.
In the third inning, Jacques, Parsons, Tarazona and Rivera singled. Suárez doubled to drive in the only run.
Sixth Game: July 6, 2003
The Elite lost a close game, 9 to 8, to the Knights. Billbrough started and Suárez pitched 2 innings of relief.
The Elite scored 4 runs in the fourth inning, when McDonald, González, Peñate, Suárez, and Jacques singled in succession. They added 3 runs in the sixth, when Suárez walked, Nimer singled, and Parsons was hit by a pitch. In the seventh, Peñate walked and was knocked in by Nimer.
In the fifth, Parsons made an unassisted double play, catching a line drive and stepping on third base.
Winter Haven Florida Cup 14U, June 7-8, 2003
First Game: June 7, 2003
The Elite beat the Normandy Ice in their first game. McDonald, Maggiore, and Billbrough combined for the win. In the third, Peñate and Maggiore wangled their way on base on a walk and an error. McDonald then singled and González doubled to score 3 runs. In the fifth, Jacques tripled, and scored on a passed ball. In the sixth, the Elite piled it on. McDonald, Jacques, Reamer, Maggiore, and Parsons all got on base and scored.
The Ice scored as well, but couldn’t keep up, and the Elite won 12 to 9.
Second Game: June 8, 2003
The Elite beat the Highlands Hurricanes 9 to 3. Maldonado pitched 1 inning, and Billbrough 6. Almost all the Elite were involved in the scoring.
Third Game: June 8, 2003
The Elite went into the championship game against the Lakeland Blaze. They had fallen behind 3 to 0, when rain stopped the game. Due to the late hour, the Elite elected to start back to Miami, taking second place.
Jupiter Triple Crown 14U, May 24-25, 2003
First Game: May 24, 2003, 12:15 p.m.
The Elite played three games in 12 hours, finishing at 1:30 a.m., the only team in the division to play this schedule. The Elite won their first game, 5 to 1, over the Jupiter Hammerheads. McDonald pitched a complete game.
The Elite jumped out in front in the first inning. Parsons singled, and Nimer doubled to send him to third. Parsons scored on Rivera’s sacrifice fly to deep center. In the fourth, Rivera and McDonald walked, and Maldonado bunted them to third. Jacques walked. With the bases loaded, Billbrough started the scoring by singling in Rivera. Reamer walked to score McDonald. Díaz drove in Jacques, and Parsons drew a walk to score Billbrough.
McDonald allowed only one run in six innings, a batter who took first base on balls, made it to second on a disputed obstruction call, and then scored on two ground outs. On defense, the Elite turned a double play, Billbrough to Díaz to Reamer, to end a threat in the fourth. Parsons in right field got all three batters out in the fifth with nifty catches.
Second Game: May 24, 2003, 8:15 p.m.
The Elite lost a close game, 10 to 8, to the Martin County Mets. Maldonado started the game, and produced 4 strong innings. The Elite scored first when McDonald singled, and made it home on an error and an overthrow. The Elite fell behind, then came back in the third and fourth innings. Parsons singled, stole second, and went to third on a ground-out. Rivera singled him in. Then Ramjit and Jacques walked, and Billbrough doubled to left field for two RBI’s. Díaz and Parsons walked, to load the bases. Nimer walked, Rivera was hit by a pitch, and McDonald walked. The inning was cut short when the home plate umpire saw through the runner to call an out by interference on a dropped tag by the first baseman.
The Mets came back in the fifth, though, and the Elite could not respond.
Jacques caught his second full game of the day.
Third Game: May 24-25, 2003, 11:30 p.m.
The Elite lost their third game of the day 6 to 1 to the Palm Beach Gardens team. The game ended at 1:15 a.m.
Billbrough pitched 5 strong innings. The Elite’s only run came in the second, when Rivera took first on a dropped third strike, stole second and third, and scored on an errant pick-off throw. Jacques caught his third game in 12 hours, and led the team with two hits.
Cocoa Expo Fall Classic 13U, Oct. 19-20, 2002
First Game: Oct. 19, 2002
The Elite lost a heartbreaker, 7 to 6, to the Kendall Bulldogs, a local Miami team. Maldonado pitched a 7-inning complete game. The Elite scored early. In the first, the Bulldogs’ pitcher walked the first three batters, and was pulled from the game. One Elite runner tested the catcher and was caught stealing, but singles by Parsons and Peñate, and a sharp grounder by Jacques led to 3 runs. In the third, Rivera and Ramjit singled, creating a first-and-third situation. Ramjit executed the attempted steal of second perfectly, allowing Rivera to score before the Bulldogs knew what had happened. The Elite scored one more run in the fourth, when Tarazona singled, advanced to second on a walk to Nimer, stole third, and alertly came in on a wild pitch.
The score was tied after the regulation 6 innings, and the teams played a special extra inning, beginning with a runner on second and 1 out. The Bulldogs scored and the Elite did not.
Second Game: Oct. 19, 2002
The Elite beat the Vero Beach Sand Gnats 7 to 6. Tarazona started, pitched 4 innings, and was relieved for 2 by Duke. The Elite scored in the middle innings. In the third, Tarazona singled, stole second, and went to third on a balk. Nimer singled him in. The Elite pulled ahead in the fourth. In succession, Parsons singled, Ramjit and Barkett both took one for the team, Reamer singled, and the Bulldogs bobbled hard hits by Rivera and Tarazona. Helped by another balk, the Elite scored 6 times. The Sand Gnats tried to catch up, but left 2 runners stranded in the last inning.
Third Game: Oct. 20, 2002
The Elite beat the Georgia Straydogs, 6 to 4. Like Maldonado the previous day, Maggiore pitched a 7-inning complete game. Maggiore allowed only 1 hit over the first five innings. In the second, Maggiore hit a towering triple to left, and scored on a wild pitch. In the third, Ramjit took another one for the team, then stole second. Parsons singled in Ramjit, and was in turn driven home by a triple in the gap by Nimer. In the fourth, Peñate singled and made his way home on errors and wild pitches. The coup-de-grace was the fifth, when Rivera and Tarazona walked, and Nimer’s single plus some poor field play by the Straydogs allowed them to score. The Straydogs came alive in the last 2 innings, scoring 4 runs, but couldn’t catch up.
The Elite pulled off another first-and-third play in the fourth, with Ramjit faking the steal of second, and Peñate coming home.
Fourth Game: Oct. 20, 2002
The Elite lost their final game, 5 to 4, to the Treasure Coast Young Guns. Nimer pitched five full innings, with Espinosa coming in to finish the sixth. The Guns scored their 4 runs in the first, and the Elite the same in the second. Ramjit singled, Barkett walked, and Tarazona singled to score Ramjit. Parsons drove in two more runs by doubling over the left-fielder’s head. Nimer singled, and the Elite executed their third first-and-third play of the tournament. Unfortunately, the Guns put one more run across in the fourth to win the game.
The Guns took first in the tournament and the Bulldogs second. The Elite finished third.
Jupiter Doubleheader 13U, Oct. 13, 2002
First Game: Oct. 13, 2002
The Elite beat the Jupiter Hammerheads in the first game of the doubleheader, 3 to 2. Tarazona started, and allowed only two hits. Espinosa and Duke came in for relief, and allowed no hits. In the first inning, Tarazona led off with a walk, and the Elite’s fastest player stole second. Nimer reached base on an error, setting up big guns Maggiore and Parsons, who each singled in a run. In the second, Tarazona finagled a walk with the bases loaded for the winning run.
Second Game: Oct. 13, 2002
The Elite took the second game 5 to 3. Maggiore started and went 2 innings, and Maldonado went 3. The Elite scored early in the first, when Maggiore doubled, stole third, and came home on the catcher’s botched pick-off at third. In the final inning of the game the Elite were down by 2. Maldonado and Ramjit singled, and Tarazona walked, to load the bases. Nimer singled to bring the Elite to within 1, and kept the bases loaded for Parsons. He fought off 10 pitches, then doubled to left to score the tying and go-ahead runs. Jacques singled in Parsons for an insurance run.
Miramar Last Chance Qualifier Tournament 13U, Sept. 13-14, 2002
First Game: Sept. 13, 2002
The Elite lost their first game 3 to 0 to the Jupiter Hammerheads. Maggiore and McDonald pitched. Nimer and Rivera had the Elite’s only hits. Rivera’s was a double. Defensively, the Elite threw out three runners at first from the outfield. Ramjit nabbed a runner at first from deep center field in the first inning, and Maldonado took out two runners from right field later in the game. But the Elite could not summon the hits to get on the board.
Second Game: Sept. 14, 2002
The Elite lost their second game 14 to 2 to the South Florida Xtreme, a Broward County team composed of former South Florida Stars and Boca Bombers. Duke and Rivera pitched. The Elite got their runs in the first and fifth innings. In the first, Parsons singled, and went to third on walks to Rivera and Maggiore. He scored on the catcher’s overthrow on an attempted pick-off. In the fifth, Jacques walk, and went to third when Reamer was hit by a pitch and Parsons walked. Jacques took home on a passed ball.
Third Game: Sept. 14, 2002
The Elite lost their third game 13 to 3 to the West Palm Beach Bobcats. Maldonado and Nimer pitched. The high point of the game for the Elite was Parsons’ solo home run over the center field fence in the third inning. The Elite’s other two runs came on a timely single by Barkett in the first, which drove in Nimer and Parsons. Defensively, Dees was stellar behind the plate in all three games.
Cocoa Expo Labor Day Tournament 13U, August 31-Sept. 1, 2002
First Game: August 31, 2002
The Elite won their first game 9 to 2 against the Central Florida Red Raiders. Maggiore pitched a complete game over 6 innings. The Elite’s big inning was the third. After Nimer reached first base, Parsons drove him in with a double. Rivera walked, and Jacques singled him in. Maggiore singled in Jacques, and Maldonado singled in Maggiore. Nimer had an RBI in the first inning, as did Hardy in the second, and Maldonado in the fifth. The Elite displayed some heads-up base running. Rivera made it to third on a ball four that went to the backstop, and Maggiore dashed from first to third on a dropped third strike that led to a throwing error to first.
Second Game: August 31, 2002
The Elite won their first game 7 to 2 against the Winning Inning from Clearwater. Maldonado pitched a 7-inning complete game. He retired the first 12 consecutive batters. In the first inning, Barkett singled, and was driven in with the bases loaded when Jacques was hit by a pitch. Parsons managed the same trick in the fifth. In the second, Nimer singled; Parsons singled him to third; and Rivera knocked in Nimer with a sacrifice fly to center. In the sixth, walks to Hardy, Barkett, and Parsons, and a single by Barkett followed by a double by Nimer, resulted in three more runs.
The Elite went into the second day of the tournament as top seed, having allowed only four runs in the first day of play.
Third Game: Sept. 1, 2002
The Elite lost their third game 2 to 0 to the Space Coast Meteors, the eventual 13U winners of the tournament. Nimer pitched six innings, and allowed only one earned run, with Duke coming in for a scoreless inning in relief. Hitting in the game were Nimer and Parsons, who singled. The Elite turned a 6-4-3 double play to get out of a difficult first inning. Rivera at shortstop flipped to Barkett at second, who threw to McDonald at first. The Elite just couldn’t generate the runs needed to get on the board.
Fourth Game: Sept. 1, 2002
The Elite lost their fourth game 11 to 4 to the South Florida Angels, who took second place in the tournament. McDonald started, and was relieved by Rivera and Duke. The Elite again turned a nice double play in the first, Rivera fielding a foul pop fly, then throwing out a runner who tried to score from third. Nimer and Maggiore had the Elite’s only hits. Barkett scored twice, and Maggiore and Peñate also scored.
The Elite seemed to have been placed same bracket as the two best teams in the tournament, and came within a few runs of making the semi-finals.