Commentary | Outlaws charge into championship round

June 18, 2013 

The 941 Outlaws travel baseball team advanced to the championship round of the Tri-State Elite showcase in Cincinnati recently after going 2-0 in pool play.

Those two victories came against the Cincinnati Stix (6-3) and the Cincinnati Baseball Club (10-8) as the Outlaws became one of 12 clubs in the 40-team field to make the elimination round.

The Outlaws lost to the 18-and-younger Northern Ohio Coasters, but received strong contributions offensively and from their pitching throughout the tournament.

Hitting leaders included: Derek Paparella (four hits, two doubles, three RBIs, three walks), Jerad Paparella (three hits, two doubles, two RBIs) and Jeremy Luna (three hits, two walks).

Victor Marrero and Jake Foss also added key RBI singles, while Devin Pellien and Bryce Borngraeber earned wins. Chris Anders provided sturdy work in relief.

The Outlaws have upcoming tournaments in Asheville, N.C. and Baton Rouge, La.

DRC youth sports camps

NFL cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who has made one Pro Bowl team, joins his father Stanley for the annual DRC Summer Sports Camps in Manatee County.

The Basketball Camp

runs June 26-28 at the Palmetto Boys & Girls Club, while the Football Camp takes place June 29 at the 13th Avenue Dream Center in Bradenton.

Each camp is free, but there is limited space so it's advised to sign up soon. Interested parties can fill out the registration forms at the Palmetto Boys & Girls Club and the 13th Avenue Dream Center.

The registration deadline for the basketball camp is Saturday, while the football camp's registration runs until June 29 at 9 a.m.

The camp times are as follows: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for basketball and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for football.

For more information, contact Stanley Cromartie at 904-710-6797 or Wendell Faison 448-9370.

Little League tourneys

The 2013 Little League All-Star season is almost here. The dream of heading to Williamsport for the Little League World Series rests with Lakewood Ranch, as the lone entrant in the 11-12 year old division.

No matter, because next week's District 26 tournament features a bevy of age divisions including the new intermediate division. Also competing are the 9-10 year olds, 10-11s and juniors.

All the action begins Monday at Braden River Little League. Games are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

The intermediate division teams as well as the juniors are still eligible for play in the World Series, but in its own divisions. This year's intermediate World Series takes place in California, while the juniors are held in Michigan.

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

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