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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 4 years ago

WGLL All-Stars see impressive run come to end at state tournament

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by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

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The Winter Garden Little League Major All-Stars team ended another impressive postseason campaign in the 2014 State of Florida Championship.

The 12-and-under team of local ballplayers played well at the event this past weekend, held at San Carlos Little League in Fort Myers, winning two of three games in pool play.

Winter Garden, which competed in Pool A, finished tied in its pool with South Brandon and Southwest Port Saint Lucie, which also went 2-1.

Winter Garden fell in its first game to South Brandon, 7-3, before beating Southwest Port Saint Lucie, 6-2, and whipping up on Sarasota National, 13-1.

South Brandon advanced out of the pool and into Sunday’s championship game by way of its runs allowed ration. South Brandon allowed just 7 runs over the course of 16 innings for a ratio of 0.4375. Winter Garden allowed 10 runs in 15 innings for a ratio of 0.6667.

South Brandon would go on to defeat Bayshore Little League in the state championship game on Sunday, advancing on to the Southeast Regional in Georgia.

The boys from Winter Garden — which reached the state tournament in each of the past three years (as 11-and-unders and 10-and-unders) — were coached this summer by head coach Mike Hall and assistants Larry Grant and Mark Devault.

The roster included, in alphabetical order by last name: Collan Buddemeyer, Benjamin Devault, Jason Grant, Colin Hall, Bryce Hubbart, Sean John, Justin LaGasse, Adam Macchi, Tyler Meehan, Nick Martorano, Tyler Ostendor, Jamison Santiago and Hunter Stacy.

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