After early nail-biting innings, the team started to roll to their victory and never looked back
SPACE COAST DAILY SPORTS TV: The Viera Suntree Little League Baseball Junior All-Star team recently won the state championship and is set to participate in the Southeast Regional tournament beginning on Aug. 2 in Broadway, Virginia. The Friday Night Locker Room’s Orville Susong and Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno take a close look at the team and coaches.
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Viera Suntree Little League Juniors won the state championship on Sunday and are now heading to regional play after a big shutout win.
The VSLL State Champion Juniors are heading to Broadway, Virginia, Aug. 2-5 to represent Florida in the Juniors Division Regionals after a 5-0 shutout victory over North Springs – with the goal of making it to Taylor, MI for the Juniors Division World Series.
The state champion Viera Suntree Little League Juniors is managed by Jason Allen and players heading to Juniors Division Regionals are Aaron Brand, Luke Campbell, Lucas Glendinning, Apollos Horrell, Luc Iten, Dylan Jordan, Logan Keith, Luke McDonough, Cameron Ruston, Cameron Simpkins, Cole Smith, Blake Strode, Brycen Weeks and Camden Wicker; and coaches include John Glendinning and Dustin Keith.
“After early nail-biting innings, the team started to roll to their victory and never looked back,” said team supporters on Facebook.
“VSLL couldn’t be prouder of your play, determination and sportsmanship!”
The game remained deadlocked at 0-0 until the fourth inning due to a good pitcher’s duel between North Spring’s C.J. Mazzilli and Viera Suntree’s Campbell.
In the top of the fourth, consecutive singles by Jonathan Gomez and Anthony Perez gave North Springs two runners with no outs. David Elias later added another base hit to load the bases with one out, but Viera’s Luke Campbell would shut down the rally by striking out the next two batters.
In the bottom of the inning, Campbell drew a leadoff walk, followed by singles from Lucas Glenndining and Luke Iten to load the bases with nobody out. Logan Keith would drive in the first runs of the game with a 2-RBI double.
Later in the inning, Cameron Simpkins would add to the lead by driving in two runs of his own with a single to make the lead 4-0.
Viera would increase their lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning when Glenndining drove in Apollos Horrell on a single. Campbell would go on to preserve the shutout by retiring six of the last seven North Springs batters.
Campbell threw the complete game shutout for Viera Suntree, giving up only three hits and striking out six.
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Rockledge’s amazing run in 2012 All-Stars baseball culminated with a dramatic extra-inning victory in the Junior League Baseball World Series as they defeated Aruba 12-10 in eight innings before a worldwide television audience.
Rockledge won the Junior League Baseball World Series in 2012 with a dramatic extra-inning victory as they defeated Aruba 12-10 in eight innings before a worldwide television audience.
Space Coast Daily honored the accomplishment by naming it the “Team of the Year” during Space Coast Daily’s Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2013.
The Junior League World Series is a baseball tournament is for players aged 13, 14 and 15 years old and is held annually at Heritage Park in Taylor, Michigan, which is near Detroit.
It is patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball.
The Junior League World Series is one of 11 tournaments sponsored by Little League International. Each of them brings baseball or softball teams from around the world together in one of four age divisions.
The tournament structure for each division’s World Series is similar to that used for the Little League Baseball World Series.
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– John Dawkins contributed to this report