Commentary | Parrish Piranhas holding fundraiser; team comprised stellar Buffalo Creek Little League squad

August 6, 2013 

The Parrish Piranhas travel baseball team is holding a corn hole tournament and raffle at Beef O'Brady's in Parrish off U.S. 301 on Aug. 25.

The event starts at 2 p.m. and the Piranhas are looking for sponsors as they plan on playing in Cooperstown, home to baseball's Hall of Fame, next summer.

Most of the Piranha members made up Buffalo Creek Little League's 10-11 year old All-Star team that finished third in the state earlier this season.

The club smacked 22 home runs between district, sectional and state play.

Seven different players tallied at least two homers. They included Matthew Sullivan (five), Eric Rindermann (four), Lee Mathews (four), Zack Weston (three), Diego Cardenas (two), Jacob D'Urso (two) and Josh Lundy (two). Buffalo Creek's team batting average was .471, led by Taylor Steier (.636), Rindermann (.594), Sullivan (.525) and Weston (.516).

They also tallied more than 100 runs batted in with Sullivan (18) leading the charge. Weston, Rindermann and Mathews chipped in 14 apiece, while Cardenas and D'Urso each tallied 11 RBIs.

It was a monumental season for Buffalo Creek as the club was the first from its league in any age division to advance to the Florida State tournament.

Fantastic on the field

IMG Academy rising junior Eric Feliz isn't taking the summer lightly when it comes to

his baseball activities.

The Englewood Cliffs, N.J., native and IMG outfielder has stayed busy recently with earning All-Tournament honors at the 16U Perfect Game BCS Finals that wrapped up July 3, and the WWBA East Memorial Tournament that concluded July 19.

Now he'll have an even busier road ahead in August as he heads to the 2013 Northeast Top Prospect Showcase in Bristol, Conn., Aug. 9-11 and the Perfect Game Underclass All-American Game in San Diego on Aug. 12-13.

Feliz also was invited to participate in the 2013 Prospect Wire Underclass All-American Games in Tampa on Aug. 16-18.

Currently, Perfect Game ranks Feliz as the No. 3 overall prospect and top outfielder from New Jersey in the class of 2015.

"It's really an honor to be invited to these events, because there are a lot of top players in the country that you're competing against, and it will give me more of an idea how I stack up against them," said Feliz in a news release. "The most important thing for me going into it is confidence, because at big events like this, confidence is so important and showing what you can do on the baseball field."

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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