Commentary | Storm's junior midgets roll, as do Mustangs in all divisions

September 17, 2013 

The North Manatee Storm's Junior Midget team reeled off another impressive victory this past weekend. The Storm traveled to St. Petersburg and dropped the Silver Raiders 56-0 to remain unbeaten with a 4-0 record.

John Jones and Korey Waters put the Storm on the board when they combined to sack the Silver Raiders quarterback for a safety.

Seven touchdowns followed for North Manatee's potent offense as Dajor Murrell had two, while Jones, Rory Houston, Waters, Jett Gillum and Ryan Petirfrere had one apiece.

Vaughn Hayes converted six of seven extra points for the high-scoring offense that was led up front with the blocking of Jesse Dugan, Ryan Ehrhart, Jackson Dietz, Brandon Waiters and Jackson Sauerbeck.

Meanwhile, Gillum, Murrell, Jones, Waters, Gage Clarke, Ryan Overstreet and Mateus Urbanski led a defensive unit that held the Silver Raiders to minus-45 rushing yards.

The program's other divisions had mixed results as the Tiny Mite squad defeated the Pinellas Park Rebels

28-21 behind Tommy Mercardo (two touchdowns, six tackles) and Jakobe Murrell (42-yard touchdown run).

The Mitey Mite (39-0, loss), Junior Pee Wee (13-6, loss) and Pee Wee (38-8, loss) teams each went down to the Rebels.

To the south, the Manatee Mustangs steamrolled the Carrollwood Hurricanes in five divisions. The Mustangs outscored their opponents 154-0 in a combined effort in the Mitey Mite, Junior Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Junior Midget and Midget games.

In the Pee Wee game, the Mustangs routed the Hurricanes 32-0 behind touchdowns from Marc Davis (66-yard reception from Evan Smalls and 47-yard punt return), Malik Clermont (31-yard run) and Chauncy Wilson (57-yard run). Byron Hough went converted all four extra points, while Davis (two interceptions), Malcom Clermont (two interceptions), Smalls and Jaylin Register led the defense to the shutout.

At the Palmetto Youth Center, the host Trojans battled the Manatee Wildcats, which saw the visitors capture three contests (21-14 Mitey Mite, Junior Midget 30-0, Midget 24-13) and the home side getting two victories (27-6 Junior Pee Wee, 37-6 Pee Wee).

And out east, the East Manatee Bulldogs fell to the Southshore Junior Longhorns in three games (12-6 Pee Wee, 8-6 Junior Midget, 41-0 Midget), while getting a 6-6 tie in the Mitey Mite division.

Beach Dawgs open play

The Bradenton Beach Dawgs baseball program sent three teams to the USSSA Fall WCFL travel ball league to open its fall slate this past weekend.

Playing games in Tampa and St. Petersburg, the Beach Dawgs went a combined 2-7 in the 13-and-younger, 12-and-younger and 11-and-younger age divisions.

The 13-and-younger red team played in just one game, due to inclement weather and lost 5-4 to the Tampa Tarpons.

Paul Labriola (2-for-2, run), Bobby Duffy (1-for-1, stolen base), Austin Brinling (1-for-2, two stolen bases), Ty Hooks (1-for-2, run) led the hitting, while Matt Gelorme struck out three over four innings on the mound.

The 12-and-younger white team went 1-3 over the weekend, with the lone victory coming against the Dawg Pound 7-6. AJ Thompson fanned four over four innings to pick up the win, while Noah Miller earned the save. Miller (3-for-6, walk), Corbin Blackstone (5-for-11, four runs, five stolen bases, double) and Jake Evans (3-for-5, three walks, three stolen bases, three runs batted in, double) led the offense.

Danny Fritz (5-for-10, RBI, two walks, seven stolen bases, five runs), Jake Duffy (2-for-4, seven walks, eight runs) and Lucas Hartman (3-for-8, two walks, two RBIs, double) led the 11-and-younger red team.

That club also went 1-3, receiving the lone victory against the 12-and-younger Dawg Pound 10-2.

Logan O'Leary gave up three hits, while striking out three in five innings to pick up the win.

The Beach Dawgs stay local by playing in a tournament at Braden River this weekend for the 12-and-younger white team, 13-and-younger white team and the 14-and-younger red team.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at

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