Commentary | State College of Florida baseball camp helps budding stars

June 4, 2013 

State College of Florida's baseball program is conducting its summer camp for youth players to gain valuable instruction from the perennial junior college power's staff.

The four-day camp, in conjunction with 217 Sports, focuses on fundamentals in throwing, catching, fielding, hitting and base running.

But it isn't just about watching others to learn the fundamentals. Instead, campers will apply those fundamentals in a simulated live-game atmosphere.

The first session is scheduled for June 10-13 from 2-5 p.m. each day. The second session is June 17-20, and is again from 2-5 p.m.

The cost is $90 per camper with a $5 discount for each additional sibling. It's open to boys and girls ages 6 to 13, and campers are provided a T-shirt. There also will be prizes handed out during the four-day sessions.

For more information, visit 217sportscamp.com.

941 Outlaws split

Team 941 Outlaws, a 17-and-younger baseball travel team, recently began the summer season by competing in the 18-and-younger Memorial Classic Perfect Game tournament.

The club went 2-2, beating the Florida Angels U18 (3-2) and the Florida Naturals U18 (3-0).

The two losses came against the South Florida Elite's Prime team, which is ranked the No. 1 team in the country for U17 clubs, and the U18 Carrollwood Gators.

Both games were identical 8-1 defeats.

Devin Pellien threw a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts in beating the Florida Naturals. Lance Smith and Chris Anders limited the Angels to two earned runs in the other win.

Leading hitters for the four games included: Victor Marrero (two triples), Jerad Paparella (double), Jared Taylor (double) and Luke Darnell (walk-off RBI single in Angels win).

Piranhas bite opposition

The Parrish Piranhas snagged first place in the USSSA Florida Elite 2K13 tournament in Plant City. The club received several top hitting performances as Zack Weston, Lee Mathews, Taylor Steier, Matthew Sullivan and Diego Cardenas each hit over .450 in the tourney.

Those players, minus Steier, joined Jacob D'Urso in knocking in four runs apiece. Meanwhile, Josh Lundy, Weston and Cardenas recorded wins on the hill. The Piranhas are 29-8.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason_Dill.

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