High school baseball players secure Perfect Game tourney victory

June 3, 2014 

The North Manatee Storm Pee Wee team gathers around thee conference championship trophy. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Florida Burn 2016 Pennant team, comprised of players from area high schools, spent the Memorial Day weekend in Fort Myers claiming the championship in the Perfect Game Memorial Day East tournament.

The club went 7-0, while racking up 32 runs and giving up just three in four pool play games. The Burn then defeated the Scorpions 2016 Prime 2-0 in the quarterfinals, the South Florida Storm Blue 3-2 in eight innings in the semifinals and a 3-2 championship game triumph over the Elite Squad 16U Prime on a suicide squeeze bunt.

Braden River teammates Eric Kimsey and Tyler Dyson joined Out-of-Door Academy's Parke Phillips and IMG Academy's Gabriel Lozada with standout performances.

Kimsey went 2-0 on the mound, which included the semifinal win where he shutout South Florida in five innings with three strikeouts against no walks and allowed just three hits. He threw 36 of his 45 pitches (80 percent) for strikes.

Dyson went 7-for-15 with five runs batted in for the tourney. Phillips was a rock behind the plate, before picking up the win in

the championship game after pitching the final inning.

Lozada collected four hits, while drawing five walks and was 2-for-3 in the title game.

In addition, Kimsey and Dyson were named to the All-Tournament team. Kimsey was selected for pitching, while Dyson secured his spot for his hitting.

Pop Warner football

The North Manatee Storm have begun preparations for the team's 10th season in Pop Warner football with registration for the fall campaign.

Football players ages 5-14 years old and cheerleaders aged 5-15 can register at the Storm's football field at Buffalo Creek this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration also takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, and 1-4 p.m., Sunday, June 22.

For more information on registration, call 726-6776 or email nmsregistrar@yahoo.com.

The Storm are also holding fundraisers this summer.

On June 11, it's the North Manatee Storm Night at Applebee's in Ellenton from 6-8 p.m. with a portion of the proceeds going to the Storm.

The Storm are also holding a night with the Tampa Bay Storm. Tickets start at $20 for the Saturday, July 26, Tampa Bay Storm game against the Cleveland Gladiators.

Of each ticket sold, $10 goes to the North Manatee Storm. The first 150 tickets sold to the game, which starts at 7:30 p.m., include a field pass.

For more information, contact Doug Fields at 303-253-5555 or send email to coachdfields@gmail.com.

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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