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FLORIDA SURGE SELECT
2009 TRIPLE CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
In memory of Buford & Edith Jones
"The highest of all goods achievable by humans is the realization of one's true potential." - Aristotle
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Tim and Dan Stoops will be playing college baseball in the northeast for Division 1 UMASS. Tim and Dan both signed to pitch after having outstanding high school and summer seasons in 2010. 2010 highlights included high school CO-MVP and pitcher of the year for Dan and dominating Surge win versus National Power Chet Lemon's Juice for Tim at the Perfect Game BCS Finals.
The Florida Surge Select will now stream live all 2011 games through game changer. The entire 2011-2012 schedule can be followed live in real time from any PC or Apple device along with text message and email game updates. Go to www.gamechanger.io for more information.
The Surge got back on track Friday morning with a 11-4 blowout win vs the Wiregrass Colts to finish the week 8-1. Josh Ganus pitched 6 strong innings to earn the win with Brian Bussell throwing the final frame. Marquis Curry, Ray Atkinson, and Nate Carter led the Surge with 2 hits each. With the win the Surge took home the Bronze medal and 3rd national finish. In 9 games the Surge scored 91 runs with starting pitching earning 6 complete games. The only loss in 9 games came in the extra inning Semi Final with a 9 inning 6-4 defeat. Evan White with 2 complete games including a CG shutout and quarterfinal win earned All Tournament honors, Marquis Curry earned the honor with 20 hits, Sean Murrell also won the honors with 16 hits including a grand slam. Josh Ganus recieved the nomination with 2 solid starts including a complete game and bronze medal win.The Surge finished 2010 with a 26-10 record and all 2010 Seniors signed to play college baseball.
The Surge had committed only 1 error in the prior 3 games but made a couple costly mistakes in the first inning which cost 7 runs and a playoff appearance. The Surge settled down after the first but fell to the SF Elite 8-0. The Surge will complete the 2010 summer with a chance to win the programs 2nd National Championship at the AAU National Championship in Viera, FL July 24-30.
In game 1 the Surge left 12 men on base, committed multiple errors and fell 9-5 vs a team the Surge 1 hit and pounded 9-0 in Atlanta. In game 2 the Surge(16-6) pounded out 13 hits and 11 runs scoring 6 of the runs with 2 outs in the 3rd inning including back to back homeruns by Alex Tannone and Luke Owens and added a 3rd homerun in the 5th by Dylan Massey. Josh Ganus earned the win throwing only 39 pitches in 4 innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 5 . The Surge will face Chet Lemons Juice at 11:30 Thursday morning at the Red Sox 5plex field 3.
With 20+ scouts in attendance including UF, Miami, and Auburn the Surge 18's upset the 2007 Perfect Game WWBA National Champion Chet Lemons Juice 4-3 at the Boston Red Sox 5plex. Tim Stoops earned the win throwing 51/3 scattering 5 hits allowing 3 earned runs. Down 3-0 in the 3rd the Surge struck for 1 run on an RBI single by Ray Atkinson scoring Sean Murrell from 2nd base. In the 4th Alex Tannone doubled scoring Dylan Massey to put the score at 3-2 Juice. After a clean 4th from Stoops the Surge tied the game on an RBI double from TJ Schmutz. Stoops continued his dominance in the 5th with a 1-2-3 inning and in the top of the 6th Josh Ganus drove in Luke Owens to put the Surge up 1 entering the last inning. Stoops retired the first batter before walking the 4 hitter leaving the game for lefty Evan White. White earned the save retiring both batters he faced. The Surge (17-6) finished 2-1 in the pool entering second bracket seeding.
East Cobb Braves ranked 2nd in the nation by Perfect Game jumped out to a 4 run lead in the 1st inning off 2 errors and a 2 flare hits. Surge starter Josh Ganus remained in the game and would dominate Brave hitters not allowing another hit or run the final 6 innings. The Surge cut the lead in half with a 2 run RBI double by Luke Owens but left multiple runners on in 3 different innings. Sean Murrell and Luke Owens each had 2 hits and a double to lead the Surge. Murrell has 11 hits in the tournament to lead the team. With the loss the Surge (14-5) are eliminated from Championship play and will finish the tournament with a consolation game on July 4 before heading back and preparing for the BCS Finals July 13-20.
Brandon Kloess is one of 26 players to sign a college scholarship or sign a pro contract from the Montgomery Storm/Florida Surge select program. Kloess is currently in the Chicago White Sox farm system for the Class A Kannapolis Intimidators. He holds a 1.07 ERA only allowing 4 runs all season for the Intimidators. With the aid of the throwing program the Surge currently uses he has increased his velocity from 88-90 to 92-93 MPH consistently. He will finish out the regular season for the Sox and then return to Boca to assist with the Florida Surge program. You can listen to the all star game played in Greenville, SC Tuesday at www.milb.com
Another Surge pitcher has signed to play college baseball. Evan White was a top arm for FSS this past fall with the highlight being his clutch save performance in the National Championship game. Evan will be playing for Florida State College at Jacksonville (JUCO). Florida State College won the Junior College World Series in 2000. Evan will be a very successful collegiate pitcher with his strong work ethic, MLB changeup, and great character. Evan is the 5th Surge player to sign from the 2009 roster.
This past week TJ Schmutz became the 6th Surge player in 2010 to committ to play at the collegiate level. Tj will attend Oglethorpe University in Atlanta GA. Oglethorpe fields one of the top D3 teams in the southeast. TJ is an extremely hard working dedicated baseball player and there is no doubt he will excel at the next level.
The Florida Surge won the Triple Crown National Championship Monday afternoon in St Augustine defeating National Power Florida Legends in the Championship. The Surge went 6-0 in the National tournament to earn the programs first National Title. In the Semi Final game vs the Central Fl Greenjackets Josh Ganus was dominant throwing a 2 hit complete game shutout striking out 7. The #2 seed Greenjackets never made a scoring threat against the hard throwing righthander. Dylan Tritsch doubled and scored on groundout by Nathan Carter to give the Surge the only run they would need in the Semi Final Win.
In the Championship game the Surge faced National Power Florida Legends and pulled off the huge upset only allowing the potent Legend offense 1 run. Ray Atkinson threw a 6 /3 inning gem striking out 5 to earn the win. Atkinson was backed up by outstanding defense from Nathan Carter at 3rd base among others. Lefthander Evan White entered the game in the 7th with 1 out and 2 on to earn the National Championship save. Brandon Singer had the big 2 strike hit to drive in Ben Ladner who led off the bottom of the 6th inning with a hit and Ray Atkinson who followed with a walk. Ray Atkinson earned the Championship game MVP. The Surge remain perfect on the 2009 fall season at 9-0 and look to capture the USSSA State Title beginning October 30. National Championship rings will be awarded at the end of the fall at the National Championship party in Boca Raton.
Josh Ganus is the third Surge player this fall to committ to their 2010 college destination. Josh will sign a full ride in January to play for Daytona Beach Community College. Josh stated this week he is looking forward to getting a good education and getting better and stronger as he continually works to get himself to the next level of college baseball and beyond. DBCC is well known to be a solid pipeline for bigtime D1 schools. Just to name two standouts from FAU, Chris Schmitt and Troy Bubbley played their JUCO at DBCC before transferring to FAU and having solid careers at the division 1 level. Schmitt went on to sign with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009. Josh played with the Surge for 3 years before leaving this fall to play for the Juice, we are very happy to announce Josh will be returning to the Surge this weekend to finish out this fall.
On Sunday morning Nathan Carter verbally committed to Florida Southern College. Nathan received a 100 percent offer from the 9 time National Champion. All together including tuition, food, and housing the scholarship is worth $124,000 over 4 years.
JR Edwards will sign with Lehigh University in the upcoming early signing period. Lehigh is NCAA Division 1 top 35 Academic school located in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Lehigh is a member of the Patriot League with Army, Navy, Bucknell and others. In 2006 Lehigh won the Patriot League and made their first NCAA Regional appearance. 2010-2011 season will be a rebulding year for the pitching staff, Edwards is projected to come in as a freshman and compete for a starting role in the rotation. Congratulations to JR, he is a hard worker and is a great example of what this program can do for our players. He will make a huge impact at the Division 1 baseball level next year.
Brandon Kloess played for the Montgomery Storm from 1999-2003 under George Sands and went on to be recruited by Division 1 Florida Atlantic University. Brandon was one of 11 players to sign professionally or sign a college scholarship from the Montgomery Storm program. The Storm was the Alabama version of the Florida Surge and was started from scratch by Coach Sands just as the Surge was in 2005. The Surge was developed to mirror the Storm program and continue the pipeline of next level talent under the programs framework. Surge format and style is proven to be successful but is up to the individual player to take advantage of the opportunity. Brandon Kloess is the latest to sign professionally as he will ink his deal tomorrow in Chicago at the home of the Chicago White Sox. Taylor Thompson joined the Storm in 2002-2003 as a rising freshman playing 18U, he had a mid 80's fastball as a 14-15 year old and now throws in the low 90's. Taylor signed with Auburn University and was drafted in early June in the 44th round by the Chicago White Sox in the 2009 MLB draft. Click on former players link to view more players playing at the next level.