Meteors Baseball: Welcome

Major Elite Champs
2011 Meteors
METEORS BASEBALL - THE 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2011 FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONS!!!

Welcome to the webpage of the 14U Meteors. The primary focus of our team is to prepare our players to enter high school with a solid foundation of fundamentals, discipline, work ethic, and sportsmanship. The Meteors organization had been in existence for over 11 years and has won dozens of major tournament championships and produced a large number of successful professional, college and high school ballplayers.

Our coaches are highly experienced and have been around the game for many years. We are very aware of the outbreak of "overuse" injuries in travel baseball. Our program is designed to maximize the player's development while ensuring that they stay healthy. It is a program that emphasizes a "total athlete" approach where strength, speed, flexibility and conditioning are very important. Our program is scientifically proven to prevent injury and and maximize the development of young players.

We stress proper fundamentals and attention to detail. We want our players to be aggressive and intelligent. We also believe in a "no-stars" system where a deep pitching staff is developed and all players play both infield and outfield. 

The coaches also believe that communication with the parents is extremely important. We will always address the players after games when the parents are present so that they can be included in the discussion. It is important to us that the parents be very involved with the program in all aspects.

Our team does not exist for the purpose of making any particular rec ball "all-star" team more competitive. That is a misguided goal of too many travel baseball coaches. The purpose of our team is to launch great high school careers for our individual players. Rec ball is fun, and we encourage all of our players to participate in the spring seasons, but the purpose of our program has nothing to do with any particular "all-star" team. Our players are the all-stars of the "all-stars."

The Meteors expect that our team will improve its standing each and every season up until high school. We will do that by seeking out and playing only the best competition in the State and by developing our players with great practices. 



Thursday, July 28
NEW TOURNAMENT WEBSITE

Click on the link above to see Coach Ron's new USSSA tournament website.



Monday, July 4
METEORS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH 700TH WIN!!!

9 years of fantastic Meteors Baseball led to an amazing accomplishment today at Perfect Game Nationals, as the Meteors got the 699th win in their history over a loaded up East Cobb Tigers team and then finished the holiday with win #700 against the Cincinatti Tigers.

In our blueprint for the way we approach the Elite, in this tuneup one week before we played rope-a-dope for 2 days in pool play, then put the hammer down when the games really mattered.  We have already clinched our second-round pool and will be playing for positioning for the Sweet 16.



Monday, July 4
METEORS ORGANIZATION ALL-TIME RECORD (2002-PRESENT) - 700-229 (.754)


Friday, July 1
METEORS PLAY TOUGHEST SCHEDULE IN THE COUNTRY .... AGAIN

In the past year, we have played 29 GAMES against teams currently ranked in the TBS Top 25.

We have played 13 of the Top 25 ranked teams.

We have played 6 of the Top 10 ranked teams. 

We have played more games against more teams in the Top 25 than any 14U team in the country. 

Here are the teams currently ranked in the Travelball Select Top 25 that we have played in our history:

#2 - EAST COBB ASTROS (3X)

#4 - MARYLAND BASEBALL ACADEMY

#5 - BEAVER VALLEY RED

#6 - GEORGIA ROADRUNNERS

#7 - HOUSTON LIGHTNING

#10 - TABU (2X)

#11 - N. ALABAMA VIPERS

#12 - OAKLEY STINGRAYS

#13 - MOTOR CITY HIT DOGS

#15 - FLORIDA FLASH (7X)

#18 - W. BOYNTON TORNADOES (5X)

#20 - TENNESSEE RAWHIDE (2X)

#21 - DYNASTY ELITE (3X)

Oh by the way, we also played 6 different teams in the TBS Top 25 Honorable Mention.



Monday, June 13
RED HOT METEORS BLOW THROUGH TRIPLE CROWN STATES!

In our final tuneup before our big 4 national tournaments, the Meteors outscored their opponents 62-4 in the Triple Crown State Championship in Kissimmee.

We have won the last 9 tournaments we have entered and won 6 games against 4 different nationally ranked teams in those tournaments.



Wednesday, June 8
6 METEORS PLAYERS TAKEN IN THE MLB DRAFT!!!

1st Round - Hudson Boyd, Minnesota Twins

2nd Round - Grandon Goetzman, Tampa Bay Rays

3rd Round - Wendel Soto, Anaheim Angels 

16th Round - Eric Skoglund, Pittsburgh Pirates

22nd Round - Casey Turgeon, New York Mets 

38th Round - Brett Maggard, Philadelphia Phillies



Tuesday, June 7
HUDSON BOYD TAKEN IN THE FIRST ROUND BY THE TWINS!

Former Meteors Pitcher Hudson Boyd was selected in the 1st round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Several other players the first Meteors team played against at tournaments like the Battle in the South and the Elite World Series were also selected in the 1st round.  1st round pick Dwight Smith was the centerfielder on the Georgia Seminoles team that knocked us out of the 14U Battle of the South in 2007.  

1st round pick Michael Barnes was brought in by the Oklahoma Elite to close the 7th inning with the Meteors down 10-7 with the bases loaded at the Elite World Series in 2006.  He struck out Hudson Boyd with a high fastball to end the game.

1st round pick Dante Bichette played against the Meteors at least 5 times, with the Tampa Bay Renegades, the Maitland Pride and the Wildcats.  He has a great hitter and had some great games, but the Meteors came out on top in every game against his teams.



Tuesday, June 7
ANOTHER AMAZING RUN IN KISSIMMEE!

The Meteors followed up our incredible 5-0 Sunday at USSSA with perhaps an even more difficult 4-0 Sunday at Triple Crown Elite 8.

This was a challenging weekend because we had 9 players Friday night, 10 players Saturday, and 10 players for half of the day Sunday, 11 for the other half.  We had to play 7 games with this limited number of players, and had one of the most memorable tournaments in Meteors history!

The first pool game against the Jacksonville Invaders was an adventure.  They were a deep team of 15 players who only had played AAU, so we had not faced them before.  We had 8 players present for our scheduled 7:00 PM game time.  We were able to stall for about 10 minutes, then chose visitor so we could bat first.  Donovan was running late, and if our half of the inning did not take at least 10 minutes we would have to forfeit because we were unable to put 9 players in the field.  Thankfully, we sent 8 batters to the plate and Donovan was able to make it to the field just as we finished batting.  We lead 6-0 after 2 innings, but kind of went into cruise control and it ended up a 7-4 game.

In Game 2 we pasted an overmatched Angels Baseball team 16-0.  Alex through a complete game shutout.

In the first Bracket game of double elimination we faced the Invaders again, who had beaten the Tampa Bandits to advance.  We started out OK, and led 4-2 in the top of the 7th when the wheels fell of the wagon and the Invaders rallied to come back and win 8-5.  Their celebration after winning one game of a double elimination tournament was something our players paid close attention to and it really bothered us.  We decided to remember it well if we played them again on Sunday.

The loss put us in a hole for the second straight week.  We started out with a solid Orlando Baseball Academy team, and our need to win 4 games in row made it important for us to save pitching.  That made this an interesting game.  Mike pitched 5 fantastic innings despite very shaky defense, but we trailed 2-0 after 4 innings as our offense continued to sputter by chasing bad pitches and hitting lazers right at fielders.  We finally broke through in the 5th as Orlando's starter tired, and took a 4-2 lead.  Our inability to make any plays in the infield allowed Orlando right back into the game and they tied the game 7-7 in the 6th.  We finally pulled it out 8-7, and hung on as Donovan came in and struck out 5 of the 7 batters he faced.  Mike led the offense with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs, and Matt had a pair of singles and walks.  However, the fact that we had to burn Donovan so early on a long Sunday made the day that much more difficult.

We absolutely had to win our second game without using Cody or Jon on the mound.  We started Jaleel against Longwood, but he had to come out after only 1 inning with a sore arm.  However, we led 5-0 after 2 innings, and brought in Matt's brother Mike.  Mike had a great first inning, but lost his control in the 3rd and suddenly it was a 6-3 game.  We brought in Alex and he did a great job closing out the game, and our offense finally broke the game open behind a triple by Mike, double by Cody and an RBI single from Matt to give us the 12-4 win.

Now we found ourselves in a rematch with the Invaders.  Our boys were extremely determined to punish them for the game the night before.  We have always prided ourselves on coming back to beat every single team that has ever beaten us.  This game was no exception.  We also had a boost in that Cody and Jason were there, and these key guys were not there when we played the Invaders on Saturday night.  We came out smoking with 6 runs in the 1st inning and never looked back.  We hammered the Invaders for 16 runs in 4 innings.  Jason, Cody, Josh and Ryan led the way with multiple hits.  Josh's 3-RBI double broke the game open early.  Jon started on the mound and turned in one of his most impressive performances, allowing just 2 hits in the 16-1 victory.

The Championship Game was the one everyone wanted to see, Meteors against a loaded up Dynasty Elite team from Miami.  Like the Invaders, Dynasty came to the tournament with 15 guys and we were playing shorthanded so we knew it would be tough.  The game was tight the whole way, and we clung to a 3-2 lead going into the 6th.  Jaleel drove in a run with a single in the 1st and Mike drove in Josh and Ryan with a single in the 2nd.  Our offense would have put up at least 8 runs in the first 5 innings if there wasnt a 40 mph wind blowing in from left field, and we hit smash after smash that the wind knocked down. 

Jon had started on the mound and pitched the first couple of innings, giving way to Cody in relief in the second.  Both pitchers had to overcome muliple errors in the infield again just as all of our pitchers had to all weekend.  Dynasty took the lead in the 6th as a costly error led off the inning, followed by a double, walk and a single, but Cody got a strikeout and flyout to end the threat and we were only down 5-4 heading into the 7th.  Once again our opponents celebrated a little too early, perhaps not realizing that we are the best come from behind 7th inning team in the country. 

Mike led off the 7th with a walk and Jason singled.  Jaleel then walked to load the bases, and Cody was hit by a pitch to tie the game.  Jon then hit a sac fly to give us a 6-5 lead, but an unbelievably bad interference call on Matt led to a double play and took a run off the board to bail Dynasty out.  Dynasty then led off with a single in the bottom of the 7th to chase Cody from the game and we brought in Jason.  Another single put runners on 1st and 2nd, but Jason retired the next 3 hitters in order to preserve the 6-5 and another memorable championship.

We are now 20-1 in Championship Games during our 14U year.  We have won the last 8 tournaments we entered!



Tuesday, May 31
METEORS TAKE 7TH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND 7TH TOURNAMENT IN A ROW!

Click on the headline above to see Travelball Select's write up on our performance at the tournament.

Thursday, May 26
METEORS #1 IN THE SOUTHEAST US, #3 IN THE NATION..

We moved up as we always do this time of year when the big tournaments start to happen.  We moved from #6 to #3, but are not satisfied until we reach the #1 spot again.  Click on the headline above to see the full rankings.

Monday, July 4
METEORS BY THE NUMBERS:

18 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH THE SAME HEAD COACH 

100% OF 2007 TEAM PLAYING HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

12 PLAYERS FROM 2007 TEAM SIGNED COLLEGE BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIPS

7 PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST 10 CONSECUTIVE METEORS SEASONS

12 PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST 8 CONSECUTIVE METEORS SEASONS

24 PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST 6 CONSECUTIVE METEORS SEASONS

943 GAMES PLAYED

700 GAMES WON OR TIED

451 DIFFERENT TEAMS PLAYED

30 DIFFERENT STATES OF TEAMS PLAYED

100+ GAMES AGAINST TEAMS RANKED IN TOP 25 NATIONALLY

63 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS

25 SECOND PLACE TOURNAMENT FINISHES

20 THIRD PLACE TOURNAMENT FINISHES

8 FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

4 CONSECUTIVE YEARS RANKED IN TOP 25 IN THE NATION

2 CONSECUTIVE YEARS RANKED IN THE TOP 3 IN THE NATION 

11 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS HOSTING A MAJOR TOURNAMENT

403-80-4 (.835) RECORD ON THE BIG FIELDS

This is a tribute to all the great players and parents whose committment, dedication and hard work created an enduring legacy and example for travel baseball players throughout the State of Florida for the past decade.  Every member of the Meteors family for the past 8 years have formed an unbroken line of greatness!



Thursday, July 14
METEORS AT 14U:

25 TOURNAMENTS ENTERED ...

21 CHAMPIONSHIPS ...

1 SECOND PLACE FINISH.



Monday, July 4
METEORS RECORD ON 60/90 FIELDS AGAINST TEAMS OUR AGE: 205-18 (.942)


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USSSA War on I4 Champs!

Monday, May 9
MAKING A STATEMENT IN TALLAHASSEE!

We were not scheduled to play this past weekend.  However, when we saw that the East Cobb Astros, who had recently been moved ahead of us in the national rankings, were coming to Tallahassee we decided to make the long trip north to find out on the field if the rankings were right.  Turns out they weren't.

We opened with the Niceville Eagles, a team from the Panhandle.  In what would be the story of the weekend, our offense exploded early and often.  Jaleel, Cody and Colin led the attack with multi-hit games and Matt and Colin combined on the mound for a quick 14-1 whitewashing.

We needed to win our second pool game and give up less than 4 runs to clinch the #1 seed and a first round bye for bracket play.  We faced the Tifton (GA) Mavericks, and this game was a lot like the first pool game as we jumped out to a big lead early and cruised to the win.  Donovan, Tyler and Alex had big days at the plate, and Matt and Cody were both 3-3.  At that point in the tournament Cody, who had 4 home runs last week, was 6-6 with 2 doubles and 5 runs scored.  Jon looked sharp in a 1-2-3 inning to start the game, then Cody came on the clinch the bye for us with 4 strong innings and a 10-2 win.

In the semis we got a rematch with Niceville, who had just run-ruled an Alabama team in the quarters.  They jumped out to a 2-0 lead and got us a little concerned as Mike struggled with his control.  We answered right back in the bottom of the inning when Tyler led off with a walk, Mike tripled and Jason doubled.  Cody walked and Bret singled in Jason.  Colin then stepped up and jacked a 3-run bomb to left-center to give us the lead and all the momentum.  Mike settled down and we were cruising, up 10-2 heading into the 5th.  However, Mike tired and the wheels came off the wagon quick as the Eagles struck for 5 runs in the 5th with just one out to cut the lead to 10-7.  We were hoping to save Jon for the Championship, but were forced to bring him in to put out the fire, and he did just that, getting us out of the inning and pitching two more scoreless innings to secure the win.

That set up the showdown with the Astros - the game everyone wanted to see.  Donovan, who has been our best pitcher for the past 2 months straight, started on the mound and retired the first two hitters quickly.  However, he hit the next batter then walked the following two to load the bases.  The next batter ripped a 3-2 pitch down the left field line to give the Astros a quick 2-0 lead.  

It looked like we may be in trouble as the Astros big lefty pitcher had all his pitches working early, retiring our powerful offense in order in the bottom of the first.  Donovan then settled down and threw a scoreless second, but we were unable to break through again in the second inning, although we were able to get a couple of runners on base and notice that the Astros pitcher was totally different out of the stretch and not nearly as effective.

Donovan served up another quick 1-2-3 inning for us in the 3rd, but we also went down quickly and later trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th.  Donovan was money for us throughout the game - his 3 straight scoreless innings kept the game from getting away from us while our hitters got settled in.  We finally broke through to tie the game in the 4th.  Mike walked and Jason hit an absolute bomb 370' to deep center.  Cody walked to load the bases, then Matt drew a pinch-hit walk to break the ice 2-1.  Bret then hit into a double play, but Jason scored the tying run and we felt a big momentum shift even though the score was just 2-2 going to the 5th.

Donovan again threw a 1-2-3 top of the 5th and that was key to put the Astros pitcher right back onto the mound.  He walked 6 out of the 7 batters and Jon added an RBI single and we jumped out to an 8-2 lead and chased the Astros starter from the game.  The long inning, however, seemed to bother Donovan in the 6th as he gave up a walk and a hit sandwiched around a costly error, and suddenly a game that looked over was cut to 8-6.  Jason came on in relief and put out the fire, retiring all 3 hitters he faced.  

We then put the game away by answering right back in style.  Donovan, Tyler and Mike each hit singles to open the inning, and Tyler scored from third on a great baserunning play, tagging on a foul popup caught by the 3rd baseman.  Cody then ripped a double to very deep left and Jaleel followed that up with a single to secure an 11-6 lead going to the 7th.  Jason then closed the game out strong, striking out 2 batters in the last inning to give us the win.

We have now entered 20 tournaments at 14U and won 17 of them.  We have been dying to get some of the nationally ranked teams from other states on regulation 60-90 fields.  Our speed and athleticism was the difference in the game, as we simply out-athleted the Astros.  Our outfield is easily the best and fastest in the country - every ball hit up in the air, no matter where it was hit, was run down and caught to frustrate the Astros power hitters.  We now prepare for the big USSSA State Championship, as we try to bag our 7th Florida State title in our 18th and final season as an organization.



Tuesday, May 3
METEORS STAY HOT, TAKE DISTRICT 5 CHAMPIONSHIP!

We continue to get better each week and play our best baseball heading into the bigger tournaments, as we put on quite a show for the live webcast at the USSSA District 5 Championship in Apopka.

We opened up with the Ocala Heat, where the offense exploded for 16 runs.  Mike and Matt both hit home runs, but most of the offense was generated by Cody, who was 4-4 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI.  Matt and Cody combined on the mound for a very effective outing and we took the game 16-2.

In our second pool game we faced the Juice, who finally ventured out of the AAU tournaments they control to play quality competition on a neutral site.  We jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first when Jason, Cody, Jaleel and Andrew all had base hits.  We then cruised to a 6-2 win behind the pitching of Donovan, Jon, Jason and Mike to give us a first round bye for bracket play.

In the semi finals we faced the Orlando Scorpions for the first time.  A 3-run homer by the Scorpions put us behind early, but we answered right back in the second inning.  Cody led off with a solo home run, then Alex, Tyler, Mike, and Jason strung together big hits to give us a 5-3 lead.  We never trailed again and continued to score every inning, but the Scorpions tied the game in the top of the final inning with a big three-run homer 9-9.  In the bottom of the inning we showed we are the best team in the State at closing games.  Donovan singled, Tyler walked, and Mike sealed the win with a walk-off 3-run blast to deep center field.

In the Championship Game we faced the Florida Flash, a team whose capabilities we have the highest respect for.  We knew it was going to be a tough battle and it was, although it certainly didn't look like it early as we jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the 3rd inning behind a pair of big hits by Jason and an RBI single and two-run home run by Jaleel.  Donovan, who had been cruising right along, gave up a 3-run blast in the bottom of the 3rd, then suddenly lost his rhythm.  The game then settled down for a couple of innings as Jason came on in relief and held the Flash mostly in check while the Flash pitcher did the same to us.  We tacked on a couple more runs though and looked like we had control of the game with a 9-4 lead heading the bottom of the 7th.  The Flash then hit a huge 3-run home run to cut the lead to 9-8, but Jason bore down and retired the final two hitters to preserve the Championship.

Five different players hit 9 home runs in our four games, including 4 by Cody.  Our offense is red hot and we have settled most of the slots in our pitching rotation.  It is only going to get better as Bret returns to the team this week from high school.  We will head up to the Super NIT in Tallahassee this weekend to play great competition and some new teams.  Despite the fact that we have won 16 of the 19 tournaments we entered at 14U, our national ranking continues to slide.  We went from #2, to #4 to now #5.  Perhaps a strong showing this weekend will finally convince the guys who do the rankings that we have a much better team this year than last. 

 

 



Monday, April 4
CURRENT NATIONAL USSSA POINTS STANDINGS...

These are very important to determine seeding for the Elite World Series.  Last year we had the #2 overall seed in the country, which proved to be very valuable.  This year we are off to a great start.  Click on the headline above to see the current standings.

Monday, April 4
METEORS SOLIDIFY #1 SPOT WITH USSSA MAJOR ELITE TITLE!

When you have been involved in hundreds of tournaments, many of them can blur into other ones and as time goes on you forget them because there was no one thing or set of things that makes them stand out in your memory.  Then there are weekends like this past one, where you know walking to the parking lot after the final game that you will never forget it.

We had a couple of bumps in the road to the start of the season.  Although we had won 3 tournaments, we had lost one event to the Florida Flash and another to West Boynton Tornados.  Of course, whenever we lose, which is rare, we hear the same kind of stuff that we are not the best team in Florida and we are slipping.  The only problem with that is to be #1 you have to demonstrate sustained, consistent excellence over a period of several months against the best competition.  For the past two years, the only travelball program that consistently reached Championship games week after week in Florida is ours.  Others pop up for a month or two, get hot, and challenge us.  Then they fizzle out, lose players, break up, or have poor showings.

Our 2011 team has more talent than any prior Meteors team.  What we did not have was a ton of experience together and we had several players who had not yet adjusted to the higher level of competition that we face as the top team in our state.  It has made for inconsistent performances, but we remain focused on playing our best baseball in May-July and taking steps to ensure that occurs.  It all seems to be really coming together now as we step up and begin to play in bigger and deeper events.

In Game 1 we faced the All American Prospects from Miami.  They had recently formed with experienced travelball players from several other South Florida teams.  We knew it would be a difficult matchup.  What made it even more challenging was that we manage pool games differently than most other teams.  We sit our best players 3-4 innings each and hold back our best pitchers so they are 100% fresh for Sunday.  Many of the teams we face throw the best they have at us, and this game was no exception.  That said, we played beautiful baseball for 5 innings and took a 6-2 lead into the final innings behind a big 3-run HR by Mike, and a two run double by Jason.  However, we unraveled after that, making 3 errors and not making quality pitches and we ended up blowing the lead and losing 7-6. 

We took out the frustration of this first game with a 16-0 beat down of the Hitters Baseball Club from Orlando.  Every single hitter on our team reached base with at least one hit or walk.  Matt continued to impress on the mound, throwing a complete game shutout with 5 strikeouts.

The pool game loss led to one of the longest days of travelball any team can possibly experience.  We started at 8:00 AM with our first bracket game Sunday and finished the Championship Game 13.5 hours later at 9:30 PM.  These kinds of endurance contests will prove to be very valuable to us later in the season when we hit the national tournaments.  We faced the MGBA Braves from Atlanta, Georgia in the first bracket game.  They were a very nice group of kids and coaches, but they faced a very determined, focused buzz saw in the Meteors.  We jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first and never looked back, rolling to a 13-1 win.  Mike doubled and scored 3 times and Jaleel drove in 3 runs and scored 2 to pace the offense.  Jon, Alex and Cody all had impressive outings on the mound to get us a quick win.

In the semis we faced the reinforced Pirates, who had upset the All American Prospects in the quarters.  It was kind of a strange game as the Pirates pitcher really hit his spots, had an outstanding changeup that dipped and dived, and a plate umpire who gave pitchers from both teams a couple of balls off the plate.  The game looked bleak in the 5th inning when it was tied 2-2 and the Pirates had the bases loaded with nobody out.  We brought in Jason in relief and he struck out the next two batters and got a groundout to second to hold the Pirates from scoring.  The game later went to extra innings, and two big doubles by the Pirates gave them a 4-2 heading into our final at-bat.  What was eerie was that there was no sense from the players or coaches that we were in trouble.  We have come back so many times over the past year in the final inning that everyone just seemed to expect to win.  Conversely, the Pirates had the look of a team that was nervously hoping and wishing they could somehow hang on.

Jason led off the 7th with a single to center and Jaleel smoked a hard hit ball to the second baseman who could not handle it.  Mike then singled to load the bases with nobody out.  Jon then ripped a huge two-run double to tie the game.  Colin followed that up with a walk off single to center to send up to the Championship 5-4. 

The Championship was a classic matchup of what are clearly the two best 14U teams in Florida.  W. Boynton Tornados had beaten us in the Championship at the War on I4.  They followed that up with a Super NIT title (which we did not play in), and then came to the Major Elite and dominated every game heading into the final game with us.  It promised to be an epic matchup and the game certainly lived up to its potential. 

We put 5 runs on the board right off the bat when Donovan walked, Mike doubled and Jason drove them in with a single.  Jaleel, Jon, Cody and Josh all singled and we were off to a great start.  The Tornados answered right back off a worn out Jason with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning.  Donovan relieved Jason and was not sharp early, giving up 3 runs in the 2nd inning and our early 5-0 had evaporated into a 5-5 tie and the war was on.  We took the lead back in the 4th when Mike singled, stole second and was driven in by a huge double to left from Jaleel.  We extended the lead to 8-5 in the top of the 5th when Cody singled, Josh walked, and Donovan singled in a run.  The second run scored on a dropped flyball. 

However, Donovan then hit the wall and gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the inning, but Matt came it to put out the fire and we clung to an 8-7 lead.  We were able to extend the lead again to 10-7 when Colin and Andrew D walked and were driven in with a fantastic triple down the right field line by Josh.  Matt retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 7th and we were getting ready to line up when Boynton strung together 5 hits in a row to make it 10-9 with the bases loaded.  The final batter then flew out to Jaleel in left center and we took a Championship in the biggest tournament of the Spring so far.

It was a weekend that all of us were there will never forget.  We have had a core group of players who have consistently played at a high level for several years.  We brought in a group of players to join them who we believed had tremendous talent but lacked experience playing at the Elite national level.  It took time for those players to adjust, get better and then for the team to gel together.  It also took time for the coaches to figure out how to best use these players and put them in positions for them to be successful. 

The biggest difference between our team now and our team three months ago is the improvement of guys like Andrew D, Colin, Josh, and Matt.  Andrew was clearly our defensive MVP this weekend, making only 1 error in 14 chances.  You cannot win a national championship without an outstanding shortstop.  We took a chance and gambled on Andrew because we saw talent, drive, work ethic and potential.  We stuck with him as he struggled to adjust to our program.  Now both of us are reaping the benefits.  Colin has shored up our catcher position and allowed us to move Josh to other places sometimes where his versatility is really valuable.  Colin also shows signs that he could sew up on of the spots in the pitching rotation.

Josh's hitting continues to get better and better every single weekend and is showing signs that he could end up being one of our best hitters.  His ability to play every position and his leadership and excellent baserunning has probably made him our most improved player this season.  Matt came out of nowhere and has made the most of his opportunity to pitch.  His swing is also like night and day from where it was and he has gone from a substitute to the 6-7 spot in our potent batting order.

The players help this program and the program clearly helps the players.  Almost every single one of the players on our roster languished on their prior teams where they were not challenged to achieve greatness.  They were starters on their old team and played all the time whether they played well or not.  Then they come to the Meteors where our expectations are extremely high and everyone is held to a very high standard.  There is competition amongst talented teammates for playing time, positions and spots in the rotation.  If you don't play at a high level and continue to work hard you lose your spot - either in the starting lineup or ultimately on the team.  We have a culture of accountability and discipline that distinguishes us from other programs.  The guys who are on the team now have all responded to that challenge.  The once who didn't are gone. 

This team is coming together and getting on a serious roll at exactly the right time.  We head to Miami in 2 weeks for another very difficult event that promises to test us once again.  After that we will play the State Championships of the 3 major travelball organizations in Florida.  By the end of this spring season we should be fully ready to make another run at a national championship.



District 5 Champs!
District 5 Champs!
Monday, May 2

Thursday, March 3
UPDATE ON PLAYERS FROM THE FIRST METEORS TEAM...

You follow in the footsteps of another great Meteors team.  Their success should give you great hope for the future, because this current team is far advanced of even that great team was.  Every single one of the Meteors who finished playing travel ball in 2007 are now playing high school baseball. 

Here is a look at where they are right now in the 2011 High School season:

RONALD FILIPKOWSKI (Junior, Sarasota High) - one of two junior starters on 6A powerhouse Sarasota, he is batting in the cleanup spot this season and playing right field.

BRANDON HAARER (Senior, Sarasota High) - SIGNED WITH SAMFORD UNIVERSITY.  Brandon is batting second in the lineup at Sarasota and playing Centerfield.  

BRYAN VOELKL (Senior, Manatee High) - SIGNED WITH STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA.  Was starting catcher at Manatee High last year, he was named "Player of the Year" for Manatee County.  

KEVIN SCHUBERT (Senior, Sarasota High) - SIGNED WITH SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE.  Kevin is the starting first baseman for Sarasota High. 

CHRIS VAN BRANDT (Senior, Riverview High) - SIGNED WITH NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY.  Starting in the outfield and batting leadoff for Riverview. 

JOEY MILLER (Senior, Sarasota High) - SIGNED WITH FLORIDA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.  Going to catch for his old teammate Taylor Lesch next year, Joey is one of 6 Meteors starting for Sarasota High.

SEAN HURLEY (Senior, Sarasota High) - SIGNED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.  A starting QB in football and OF/P in baseball.  Sean is starting third baseman and #2 pitcher in the rotation for Sarasota.  Although he has committed to the Hurricanes, he may end up going high in the 2011 MLB draft. 

TAYLOR LESCH (GRADUATED, East Lake High) - PLAYING FOR FLORIDA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.  Lefty pitcher heads to Florida Southern on a baseball scholarship. 

WENDELL SOTO (GRADUATED, Riverview High) - DRAFTED IN THE 3RD ROUND BY THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS.  HAD PREVIOUSLY SIGNED WITH FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY.

CASEY TURGEON (Senior, Dunedin High) - SIGNED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA.  Former Meteors SS signed as a SS with Florida at the start of his Junior season.  Once again, the 2011 MLB draft could lure him away. 

HUDSON BOYD (Senior, Bishop Veroit High) - SIGNED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA.  Pitcher/3B and middle linebacker on football team.  Hudson is currently the #24 ranked prospect in the country for the 2011 MLB draft and is looking to go pro after being drafted

DANNY SAEZ (Senior, Estero High) - the starting SS at 4A South Ft. Myers, he recently transferred to Estero.  Injuries have held him back each season.

NOLAN MULLEN (Sophomore, Martin County High) - one of the original Meteors who always played up a year, he moved to the east coast after our 12U year.  He is pitching and playing SS on the varsity as a freshman and is a wide receiver on the football team.

ERIC SKOGLUND (Senior, Sarasota High) - SIGNED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA.  Lefty pitcher is now 6'6" and is hitting 90 on the gun.  Is the ace of the Sailors staff in 2011.  

GRANDON GOETZMAN (Senior, Palmetto High) - SIGNED WITH FLORIDA GULF COAST.  Grandon has been attracting a lot of interest from pro scouts and it projected to go in rounds 5-10.



Monday, February 7
COACH RON'S TRAVELBALL BOOK IS OUT!

Click on the headline above to check out the webpage for the book.

Monday, January 3
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PLAYERS, PARENTS AND COACHES OF THE 13U TEAM WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE

http://www.travelballselect.com/news-national/4881-13u-coach-of-the-year



Monday, December 13
METEORS HAVE NOW PLAYED 45 TOURNAMENT GAMES AGAINST OLDER TEAMS


2010 Fall States
2010 USSSA FALL STATE CHAMPIONS!
Sunday, November 7
METEORS TAKE 6TH FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

The Meteors rolled to another State Championship, taking USSSA Fall States and outscoring our shell-shocked opponents by a combined 59-10. 

In the 9 years since both Meteors teams have been in existence, a trademark of the program has been that we have improved our record and standing each successive season.  Both teams kept a strong nucleus of great players together over a long period of time.  Some players and assistant coaches came and left both teams, but the program is greater than the sum of any of its parts. 

This season was perhaps our greatest challenge because we had more turnover from one season to another than any in our history.  The challenge to keep the streak going was to be a better, more accomplished team than we were last season despite the changes.  We found the players with the talent and drive to fill the holes, and our returning players really stepped up their games and become leaders of what we think is the best 14U team in the country. 

That formula has produced the greatest Meteors team in our history.  We are starting to really jell and come together and the talent on this roster is outstanding.  We have our best fall season going ever - an undefeated record, blowout wins against excellent teams, a Triple Crown Fall National Championship and now another USSSA State Championship.  It is going to be a great Spring and Summer that for sure!

In Game 1 we faced the East Ridge Knights and the game was scoreless until Jason hit a big double to drive in Andrew F and Brandt to give us the lead.  We gave the lead right back as walks led to 3 Knights runs and we actually trailed 3-2 until exploding in the 4th.  Brandt, Jason, Colin and Andrew each singled around a couple of walks to break the game open.  Matt drove in a pair in the 5th and our newest Meteor Alex cleared the bases with a big double to left for a 14-3 win.

The second game was a tougher test against Triple Threat.  The offense struggled, but Matt, Alex, Jason and Colin came through with key RBI hits.  The story of the game though was the pitching of Alex who was outstanding, allowing just 1 earned run in 5 innings of a 6-3 win.

The first bracket game was against a completely overmatched MBA team.  We unloaded for 8 runs in the 1st and never looked back, winning 13-1.  Mike was stellar on the mound, allowing just 2 hits and no earned runs.

In the semis we faced the Pirates and some of our former players Luis, Victor and Jaleel.  It was bombs away throughout the game as our entire lineup joined the hit parade throughout the entire game.  We had 17 hits, including 2 doubles, 3 triples and a Home Run by Tyler.  Jason went the distance on the mound, allowing just 1 hit to the Pirates and striking out 7 in his 4 innings in the 22-3 win.

In the Championship we faced the Florida Flash, who had picked up Quentin Davis and started him on the mound.  We stayed hot as Mike walked, Jason singled, and Cody drove in a run with a big hit.  Donovan followed that up with a double and Alex drove him in with a single and we led 4-0 after the first inning.  Cody set down the Flash hitters in the first two innings allowing just 1 hit and we led 4-0 after two innings.  However, the Flash brought in an ineligible pitcher in the 2nd inning and had to forfeit the game.

It was a tough way to win a game, but the pitching rules are there to protect kids and travelball is about giving kids a future, not taking it away from them.  A kid who pitches more than 3 innings in a day should not pitch the next day regardless of what any organizations rules say.  Unfortunately the coaching decision cost the Flash the game, but it was a good thing because it protected the kid from doing something that could hurt his future.  Sometimes the rules have to protect the kids from their own coaches.

Regardless, we had a 4-0 lead after 2 innings and at we had our two best pitchers 100% ready and rested, having not pitched at all the entire weekend.  The only question at that point was how much we were going to win by.  Congrats to all the players, coaches and parents on another Florida State Championship!  It is something you will remember long after you are finished playing this game.



Sunday, November 28
METEORS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2010: 22


Saturday, January 2
METEORS FINAL 2010 RECORD: 119-9


Monday, October 11
METEORS TRIPLE CROWN FALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

This was another one of the very best weekends of Meteors Baseball in our long and storied history!  The Meteors went 6-0 to take the Triple Crown Fall National Championship in St. Augustine for the very first time.  We have heard a lot of talk from other teams that we may not be that good anymore, and that other teams are now better than us, etc..  Well, to be the man you got to beat the man.  Anybody can talk, but the bottom line is you got to prove it on the field.  That is what have done over and over again.  Until somebody can step up and show that they can beat us on a consistent basis, there is no doubt we are the best 14U team in Florida.

We opened on Friday night with the Chicago Select.  They were stacked for this tournament with players from the Illinois Diamond Owls, Top Prospects and Houston Sox.  The Houston pitcher was on the mound and he was outstanding.  We threw 6 pitchers at them, and our guys were fantastic.  We broke through for a run in the 2nd when Cody singled and was driven in by Andrew C. to give us a 1-0 lead.   A couple of walks and a hit batter led to a run and the Select tied the game 1-1 in the 3rd.  We had our big inning in the 6th as we broke open a tight game when Jake was hit by a pitch and Jason drove him in with a single.  Donovan followed that up with a big RBI double and later scored on a passed ball to make it 4-1.  The Select answered back with a run in the 6th, but the threat ended quickly and got a nice 4-2 win.  Cody, Andrew C, Evan, Jason, Donovan and Mike combined to give us the win on the mound.

In our second pool game we faced the Falcon Baseball Academy from Miami.  We got off to a bad start with walks and errors and fell behind 4-1 after 2 innings.  At this point the Falcons started to talk a little smack that we were overrated, etc..  The talk ended quickly after that as Tyler, Mike, Jason and Donovan all had hits to tie the game in the 3rd and we kept pouring it on with 4 more in the 4th and 5 more in the 5th for a 13-6 win.  Mike led the offense with a single, two doubles, a walk, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.  Jake picked up the win on the mound and Donovan the save.

We then faced the Boca Thunder, and this may have been our most complete game of the tournament.  Tyler, Mike, Jason, and Cody all had multiple hits as we hung 15 runs on the Thunder.  Mike threw two scoreless innings and was relieved by Tyler who had an excellent outing on the mound with 3 shutout innings.

Our final pool game was against a friendly but over matched Hialeah Warriors team.  We scored 14 runs in the 1st inning and never looked back for a 23-3 whitewashing to give us the #2 overall seed and a first round bye.  Mike, Jason, Christian and Brandt each had multiple hits and Mike and Tyler again combined on the mound. 

Our first bracket game was a rematch against the Chicago Select, who had just beaten Latino Americana.  We jumped out to an early lead as Tyler and Mike hit back to back singles.  Jason followed it up with a sac fly and Donovan singled in Mike for a 2-0 lead.  The Select tied the game 2-2 with 3 hits in the 2nd and it looked like the game might be tight.  We continued to tack on runs almost every inning and the game never felt as close as the score.  Mike and Jason both had hits in the 3rd and Donovan drove in Mike with a single.  Tyler doubled and scored in the 4th.  Brandt, Cody, Tyler and Mike each singled in the 6th for 3 more runs.  Cody wasn't sharp on the mound at first, but settled down to pitch strong innings in the 3rd and 4th before he was relieved by Andrew C.  Andrew was outstanding, allowing only 1 run in the final 3 innings to preserve an 8-3 victory and a spot in the Championship. 

In the Championship Game we faced a team team with some familiar faces in a stacked Florida Flash squad.  They had combined the top players from the original Florida Fire with guys from the Diamondbacks and Bullets Gold.  Kyle Cross started on the mound and he was throwing gas.  We countered with our own flamethrower Jonny and it was game on it what turned out to be another Meteors epic game.  Tyler, Mike, and Jason, who were a dynamic trio all weekend on offense, opened the game with singles and we had a 1-0 lead with 2nd and 3rd and nobody out.  Back to back strikeouts and a flyout and we ended up with a disappointing one run in the first.  The Flash jumped on Jon in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 1-1, but a baserunning blunder got us out of the inning.  Both pitchers settled down and the game remained 1-1 going into the 3rd when Tyler led off with a single and Jason drove him in with a sac fly.  Donovan then singled, stole 2nd and was driven in on a big hit by Steven.  Jon then really got into a groove and it looked that our 3-1 lead was going to hold up.  However, a couple walks followed by a costly error led to the Flash getting 3 runs in the 5th on no hits and we trailed 4-3.  

We continued to trail 4-3 going into the 7th inning.  Mike led off with a big hit to left and stole second.  He was able to take third on Jason's groundout, then scored on an errant pickoff throw to tie the game.  Donovan then singled and stole 2nd and Brandt drove him in with a single up the middle to give us the lead 5-4.  A passed ball in the bottom of the inning led to a tie game and chased Jon from the mound after an outstanding outing.  Andrew C. came in and put out the fire with a strikeout and we headed to extra innings.  Neither team could score in the 8th as the game stretched into the night.  Great team hitting led to the winning run in the 9th, as Donovan walked and stole 2nd.  Brandt bunted him over the 3rd and Steven followed that up with another big RBI single to give us a 6-5 lead.  The Flash then loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th, but Andrew got the final hitter to groundout to Jon to give us the Championship 6-5.  It was an entertaining, epic game played by two great teams of talented players.

The number of at-bats all our players got and innings in the field was the reason why we play events like this.  Everyone got a ton of reps against excellent pitching and that is what great travelball is all about.  Live at-bats against excellent pitchers is what makes you great over the long term.  Playing tight games under pressure in big tournaments is also what prepares you for the next level.   It is a formula that has been proven to produce great players over the years and one we will continue to follow.  The Spring/Summer 2011 season schedule is coming together and feature tournaments where our players will face the best of the best from around the country yet again.  It is going to be a great 14U year!

Our pitching is better than we have ever had before.  Our outfield with Donovan, Tyler and Brandt is the best in the country period.  Our infield is a work in progress, but getting better.  Steven is the best catcher we have ever had and Christian and Matt are working hard to get better.  We are not going to beat teams by out-slugging them right now, but we have great athletes who are aggressive, play with a lot of heart, and know how to win.  We remain undefeated this season and will start to prepare for the big tournaments in November with some smaller events to finish out this month. 

 



Sunday, September 26
BRANDON HAARER MAKES IT 9TH METEORS TO SIGN SCHOLARSHIP!

Brandon Haarer just signed a baseball scholarship with Div I Samford University in Alabama.  The Sarasota High centerfielder is the 9th player from the Meteors 2007 class to sign a baseball scholarship!

Monday, June 13
METEORS TOURNAMENT FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES: 119


Wednesday, September 1
METEORS FINISH #2 IN THE NATION!

The final rankings for 2010 are out and we finished ranked #2 in the country behind the Lamorinda Cougars from California.  130 wins.  Over 20 tournament championships.  Fall and Spring Florida State Champions.  58 wins a row.  2nd at the Elite World Series. 

Not a bad 13U year.  It can be easy to take this kind of success for granted and get spoiled.  Sometimes people can forget how difficult it is to climb the ladder and how much fun it is to be there after they have been on top for a long time.  They are only reminded of that after it is gone.

Everyone associated with the Meteors is determined that we will do everything possible to make sure that we have just as great a 14U or better!

If you want to see the full write-up on the rankings you have to click on the headline above and subscribe.  However, I will give you the excerpt of what they wrote about us:

"2.  METEORS BASEBALL (FL) - The Meteors could easily be crowned National Champs based on their regular season performance.  No doubt that they would have been at the top had they won the Elite.  The squad won 130 games while losing less than 10 and traveled the eastern U.S. to find the best competition.  Having played the majority of their games at the 60/90 level will give this team a leg up on most others to start 2011."



Tuesday, September 1
METEORS FINAL TRAVELBALL SELECT NATIONAL RANKINGS:

2010 (13U) - #2 

2009 (12U) - #15

2008 (11U) - #22



Monday, May 9
METEORS STAFF:

Ron Filipkowski - Manager

Mike Campoamor - Assistant Head Coach, Pitching Coach

John Petrey - Bench Coach, Scorekeeper

Stan Brickhouse - Player Agent

Ted Guscoff - Jack of All Trades, Master of None



Monday, July 12
METEORS FINAL 13U SEASON RECORD: 130-8-3


Sunday, August 8
METEORS FINISH 13U YEAR #1 IN THE COUNTRY IN USSSA RANKINGS

Click on the headline above to see the final rankings.

Thursday, August 5
METEORS PLAYED 141 TOURNAMENT GAMES DURING OUR 13U YEAR!


Sunday, July 3
TEAMS BOTH METEORS TEAMS HAVE PLAYED (2002-2011)

ANYBODY, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE! 

The primary purpose of a travel baseball team should be to lauch great high school baseball careers. The best way to do that is to play against the very best teams, facing their top pitchers, in a tournament setting with the pressure on - if you dont perform, you go home. That is the approach the Meteors have always taken when making a schedule. We seek out the best teams, week in and week out, in a tournament setting.

Here are the teams we have played so far listed by State:

ALABAMA

N. ALABAMA VIPERS 

TEAM BAMA

ARKANSAS

FAYETVILLE CARDINALS

CALIFORNIA

NORTH BAY XTREME

STARMAKER STINGRAYS

TABU

OAKLEY STINGRAYS

GREAT HANDS GLOVES

TEAM RAWLINGS ELITE

COLORADO

ROCKY MOUNTAIN THUNDER

CONNECTICUT

CONNECTICUT BOMBERS

DELAWARE

DELAWARE COWS

GEORGIA

GEORGIA SEMINOLES

GEORGIA JACKETS

EAST COBB REBELS

EAST COBB SEA RAYS

GEORGIA TITANS

EAST COBB ASTROS

HOME PLATE CHILI DOGS

SUWANEE MOUNTAIN THUNDER

EAST COBB YANKEES

EAST COBB LONGHORNS

CENTERFIELD STORM

EAST COBB BRAVES

MILL CREEK HAWKS

GEORGIA YARDDOGS

GEORGIA ROADRUNNERS

MGD BRAVES

TIFTON MAVERICKS 

ATLANTA STARS

EAST COBB TITANS 

HAWAII

HAWAII WARRIORS

ILLINOIS

HIGHWOOD BRAVES

ALGONQUIN PATRIOTS

CHAMPAIGN DREAM

ST. JOE'S RAGE

VICTORY BASEBALL

CHICAGO SOX

INDIANA

LIDS BULLS 

PONY EXPRESS

BLOOMINGTON BLUE JAYS

LAWRENCE PIRATES

INDIANA SAINTS

INDIANA BANDITS

INDIANA MUSTANGS

IOWA

FORT DODGE WHITE SOX

KANSAS

MAC N SEITZ INDIANS

KENTUCKY

KENTUCKY BASEBALL CLUB

LOUISVILLE ELITE 

MARYLAND

MARYLAND BASEBALL ACADEMY

BALTIMORE BUZZ

BCC BANDITS

MASSACHUSETTS

SOUTH COASTAL TERRIERS

SOUTH SHORE SEA DOGS

RAMBLER BASEBALL

MICHIGAN

STERLING TITANS

MICHIGAN MUDHENS

DETROIT ICE

MICHIGAN ELITE

MISSOURI

INSIDE KC SPORTS BLUES

OHIO

CINCY FLAMES

COLUMBUS COBRAS

DOVER TORNADOS

WESTCHESTER SLUGGERS

MIDLAND CARDINALS

OHIO DIAMONDHAWKS

PBA SABRECATS

OHIO ELITE

CINCINNATI ASTROS 

LOUISIANNA

BATON ROUGE RIVERCATS

MISSISSIPPI

MISSISSIPPI CANES

NEW HAMPSHIRE

USA MAVERICKS

NEW YORK

NEW YORK GRAYS 

NORTH CAROLINA

RICHMOND ROCKIES

CAROLINA COPPERHEADS

RALEIGH WILDCATS

OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA ELITE

PENNSYLVANNIA

BEAVER VALLED RED

PUERTO RICO

PUERTO RICO PALATAS

SOUTH CAROLINA

CAROLINA ASTROS

COLUMBIA HEAT

TEAM EXPRESS

CAROLINA SOX

ST. ANDREWS BEAST

USSSA TEAM SC NATIONAL

USSSA TEAM SC AMERICAN

TEXAS

DALLAS YANKEES

FRIENDSWOOD FALCONS

HOUSTON ANGELS

ARLINGTON HEAT

NORTH TEXAS BULLDOGS

NORTH TEXAS TITANS

HOUSTON LIGHTNING

DBAT MUSTANGS

TENNESSEE

MURFREESBORO DIAMOND DOGS

CHIEFS BASEBALL

KNOXVILLE STARS

RAWHIDE BASEBALL   

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND INDIANS

NORTHERN VIRGINIA HORNETS

VIRGINIA STORM

FLORIDA (MANY MORE STILL TO ADD TO FLA)

BULLETS GOLD

ST. PETE HURRICANES

FLORIDA FIRE

CENTRAL FLORIDA DIAMONDBACKS

TAMPA THUNDER 

BULLETS BLACK 

MIAMI ENFORCERS

BULLETS WHITE 

LAKEWOOD LONGHORNS 

FROZEN ROPES

W. BOYNTON TORNADOES

VENICY PYTHONS 

SOUTH FLORIDA XTREME

GULF COAST MUSTANGS 

TAMPA LEGENDS

POLK COUNTY GATORS 

LAKELAND TIGERS

TAMPA TARPONS 

BULLETS SILVER

TAMPA BLADES 

CENTRAL FLORIDA PATRIOTS 

BULLETS BLUE 

HITTING ACADEMY TITANS

SARASOTA SHARKS 

NORTH FLORIDA HURRICANES 

GULF COAST MUSTANGS 

14U ST. PETE HURRICANES ELITE 

MIAMI DYNASTY ELITE 

PEMBROKE LAKES BULLDOGS

CORAL SPRINGS PANTHERS

MIAMI LIGHTNING

MIAMI BRAWLERS 

FLORIDA CANES 

WELLINGTON WARRIORS 

WESTON RATTLERS 

HAMMERTIME BULLS 

CLERMONT OUTLAWS 

VIERA SUNTREE STINGRAYS 

BOCA THUNDER 

TALLHASSEE HEAT 

ORLANDO GATORS 

SOUTH BEACHES TIGERS 

TAMPA HEAT 

EAST LAKE STORM 

TEAM COMBAT 

LAKELAND THUNDER 

TEAM RAWLINGS 

NEW TAMPA PREDATORS

METS BASEBALL 

LUTZ WARRIORS 

ALLSTAR BASEBALL 

NAPLES MAVERICKS 

TOP PROSPECTS 

BRANDON PANTHERS 

TRADITION METS

PEMBROKE PINES BENGALS 

ALTAMONTE ALL-STARS 

TAMPA TITANS 

SEMINOLES BLACK 

HIT AND RUN 

BRADENTON DIRT DOGS 

14U HIT AND RUN 

14U SEBRING STREAKS 

14U BULLETS WHITE 

14U SARASOTA SHARKS 

PEMBROKE LAKES COBRAS 

MIAMI ANGELS 

TAMIAMI OUTLAWS

FLAGLER BULLDOGS 

14U TAMPA TERROR 

14U OCALA BLAZE 

14U GOLDEN GATE HAMMERHEADS 

14U WHITE WINGS BASEBALL

14U NAPLES TSUNAMI 

14U TEAM SHOCK 

14U SOUTH FLORIDA STINGERS 

14U TEAM ORLANDO 

14U ORLANDO TITANS 

14U WINTER PARK DIAMOND DAWGS 

TEAM EASTON 

BASEBALL HEAVEN ACADEMY 

SARASOTA SALTY DOGS 

TRI-COUNTY BULLDOGS 

SEFFNER HAWKS 

SCORPIONS 

MIAMI STORM

BULLETS GREY

PORT ST. JOHN TITANS 

MIAMI CRITTERS 

ST. PETE STINGERS 

OVEDO STYXX 

TEAM M-PACT 

WINDEMERE WARRIORS 

WILLISTON WARRIORS

JUPITER RENEGADES

TEAM WORTH 

14U LUTZ LIGHTNING 

14U ST. PETE HURRICANES WHITE 

CORAL SPRINGS ALL-AMERICANS 

FT. LAUDERDALE LIGHTNING 

SAL URSO HIGH PERFORMANCE 

PIRATES BASEBALL 

TOP PROSPECTS NATIONALS 

TAMPA TITANS

RIVERVIEW RAGE 

CAPE CORAL CANNONS

BRADEN RIVER HURRICANES

TAMPA PANTHERS

WARRIORS BASEBALL

CENTRAL FLORIDA WARRIORS 

WEST VOLUSIA ATTACK

BAKER BOYZ

TEAM TAMPA

14U ORLANDO BASEBALL ACADEMY 

CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS

ORLANDO SHOW

TEAM ALL-PRO 

COASTAL STORM/SPACE COAST 

YARDDOGS

14U GUNSLINGERS

14U BAY COUNTY DIAMOND DAWGS

14U GAINESVILLE NATURALZ

14U BAKER BOYZ

14U OCALA OUTLAWS

14U NCF ALL-STARS

LAKELAND HEAT

TAMPA TERROR 

WESTON HAWKS 

TAMPA LEGENDS

ANGELS GOLD

TEAM LAKELAND 

16U INDIAN RIVER SELECT

16U BAD BOYS BASEBALL 

16U BLACK SOX

16U MBA GOLD 

FALCON BASEBALL ACADEMY 

BOCA THUNDER 

HIALEAH WARRIORS

FLORIDA FLASH  

ISLAND COAST HIGH JV 

NORTH PORT HIGH JV

BAYSHORE HIGH JV

TRIPLE THREAT

EAST RIDGE BASEBALL

MBA  

ORLANDO THUNDER

LONGWOOD REBELS  

16U ORLANDO REDS 

16U PASCO PREDATORS

16U CENTRAL FLORIDA STING

16U JACKSONVILLE HEAT 

16U BEYEL BROTHERS

16U TRIPLE PLAY

SWFL THUNDER

SWFL WARRIORS

NAPLES SCORPIONS

TEAM IMPACT

OCALA HEAT

YOUNG GUNS

TEAM REEBOK

FLORIDA RAYS

TAMPA BANDITS

HITTERS BASEBALL

ALL AMERICAN PROSPECTS

WESTLAND RED SOX

SOUTH FLORIDA STING

WEST PINES COBRAS

ORLANDO SCORPIONS

CHET LEMON'S JUICE 

NICEVILLE EAGLES 

BREVARD PLASMA

GATORBALL

JACKSONVILLE INVADERS

ORLANDO BASEBALL ACADEMY

JACKSONVILLE WARRIORS

CENTRAL FLORIDA BANDITS

PLANTATION PREDATORS



Friday, June 18
METEORS ALSO CONQUER THE MICHIGAN LADIES!


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Tuesday, June 8
WENDELL SOTO DRAFTED IN 3RD ROUND!

Meteors SS Wendell Soto from Riverview High was drafted in the 3rd Round by the Los Angeles Angels.  He was signed to play at FIU, but Wendell will take the money and run, turning pro since he came off board so early.  Congrats to Wendell!

This could be you!!!



Sunday, June 6
2006 AAU 13U STATE CHAMPIONS!

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At McKechnie Stadium

Back Row (L-R) - Hudson Boyd, Pedro Santana, Manager Ron Filipkowski, Brandon Haarer, Coach Jerry Frye, Cody Spin, Chris Frye, Mike Stokes, Bryan Voelkl, Matt Pennington, Joey Miller, Coaches Pete Saez and Phil Van Brandt.

Front Row (L-R) - Bat Boy Andrew Filipkowski, Ronnie Filipkowski, Danny Saez, Chris Van Brandt, Kevin Schubert, Nick Molina, Bat Boy David Van Brandt.



Sunday, June 14
METEORS REACHED THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN 26 CONSECUTIVE TOURNAMENTS IN OUR 13U YEAR!

Probably the all-time record for any Florida travel baseball team at any age group.  An incredible feat!



Monday, May 24
METEORS WON 58 GAMES IN A ROW DURING OUR 13U YEAR!


Sunday, June 6
2006 13U STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AT MCKECHNIE FIELD!

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Not Nice!!!

Awards banquet
Monday, January 18
METEORS NAMED "TEAM OF THE YEAR" FOR 2009 IN AAU AND USSSA!


Wednesday, December 30
METEORS 2009 RECORD: 109-24-1


Saturday, July 18
METEORS PLAYED 125 TOURNAMENT GAMES DURING OUR 12U YEAR!


Saturday, July 26
METEORS PLAYED 116 TOURNAMENT GAMES IN OUR 11U YEAR!!!

And it has not just been quantity, it has been quality.  It has not been meaningless doubleheader games either - these are 116 TOURNAMENT GAMES against the very best teams with their aces on the mound.  We continue to lay the foundation for a great future!

This year we have played 39 total games against teams currently ranked in the Top 25 in the nation or receiving honorable mention.  We have played against teams from 10 different states.  What a year of incredible competition it has been!



Wednesday, December 26


Tuesday, February 5

Monday, July 4
METEORS HISTORY:

SPRING 2011:  SEASON RECORD (62-13) 

FALL 2010:  SEASON RECORD (40-3) 

SPRING 2010:  SEASON RECORD (79-6-2) 

FALL 2009:  SEASON RECORD (51-2-1)

SPRING 2009:  SEASON RECORD (58-22) 

FALL 2008: SEASON RECORD (26-18)

SPRING 2008: SEASON RECORD (39-25-1)

FALL 2007: SEASON RECORD (31-19-1)

SPRING 2007: SEASON RECORD (62-16)

FALL 2006: SEASON RECORD (29-6)

SPRING 2006: SEASON RECORD (57-21-1)

FALL 2005:  SEASON RECORD (25-13)

SPRING 2005: SEASON RECORD (33-11-1)

FALL 2004:  SEASON RECORD (21-5)

SPRING 2004:  SEASON RECORD (20-12)

FALL 2003:  SEASON RECORD (31-15)

SPRING 2003:  SEASON RECORD (20-10)

FALL 2002:  SEASON RECORD (9-13)



Saturday, July 4
2011 METEORS ALL-TIME RECORD: 393-105 (.787)


Tuesday, June 5
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE METEORS ....

Go to the "Links" section of this website and visit the older Meteors' site to learn more about the history of our great organization!

Tuesday, February 5

Monday, July 4
METEORS WINS BY YEAR:

2011 -  62      

2010 - 119    

2009 - 109

2008 - 67

2007 - 93

2006 - 86

2005 - 58

2004 - 41

2003 - 51

2002 - 9



Monday, June 13
2011 METEORS TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

USSSA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS 

TRIPLE CROWN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

NORTH FLORIDA USSSA SUPER NIT - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA FLORIDA MAJOR ELITE - CHAMPIONS 

TRIPLE CROWN FLORIDA ELITE 8 - CHAMPIONS

GSA CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA DISTRICT 5 CHAMPIONSHIP 

BULLETS BASH - CHAMPIONS

BULLETS BASH II - CHAMPIONS

IBC BIRDLAND BASH - CHAMPIONS

USSSA WAR ON I-4 - 2ND PLACE



Sunday, November 28
2010 METEORS TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

USSSA ELITE 32 WORLD SERIES - 2ND PLACE 

TRIPLE CROWN FALL NATIONALS - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA THANKSGIVING SUPER NIT - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA MICHIGAN MAJOR ELITE - CHAMPIONS 

AAU STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA FLORIDA SUPER NIT - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA FLORIDA ELITE INVITATIONAL II - CHAMPIONS 

AAU SPRING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

USSSA GLOBAL WORLD SERIES QUALIFIER - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA WINTER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

AAU PRESIDENT'S DAY CLASSIC - CHAMPIONS

NATIONS KING OF DIAMONDS - CHAMPIONS

AAU MARCH MADNESS - CHAMPIONS

USSSA WAR ON I-10 NIT - CHAMPIONS

IBC BATTLE OF THE BATS - CHAMPIONS

AAU SLUG A RAMA - CHAMPIONS

USSSA FLORIDA ELITE INVITATIONAL - CHAMPIONS

BULLETS FALL TUNEUP - CHAMPIONS

USSSA WAR ON I-4 - CHAMPIONS

IBC FALL CLASSIC - CHAMPIONS

USSSA BULLETS BASH - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA BULLETS THANKSGIVING BASH - CHAMPIONS

USSSA N. FLORIDA 14U STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 2ND PLACE



Wednesday, December 30
2009 METEORS TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

AAU FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA FALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS 

USSSA FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

IBC FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

USSSA FALL SUPER NIT - CHAMPIONS

USSSA WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

AAU SLUG A RAMA - CHAMPIONS

AAU SEPTEMBER SHOOTOUT - CHAMPIONS 

AAU FIRST PITCH CLASSIC - CHAMPIONS

IBC FALL BATTER UP - CHAMPIONS 

TRIPLE CROWN CLEARWATER CLASSIC - CHAMPIONS 

AAU MARCH MADNESS STIMULUS - CHAMPIONS 

AAU SUNSHINE LEAGUE SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

AAU BULLETS BASH - CHAMPIONS

AAU SUNSHINE LEAGUE FALL CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

COOPERSTOWN DREAMS PARK - 2nd PLACE

USTBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHP - 2nd PLACE

USSSA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 2nd PLACE

13U AAU FIRE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (AS 12U) - 2nd PLACE

AAU SLUG A RAMA - 2nd PLACE

AAU MARCH MADNESS - 2nd PLACE

IBC FALL CLASSIC - 2nd PLACE

13U AAU FIRST PITCH CLASSIC (AS 12U) - 3rd PLACE

AAU PRESIDENT'S DAY TOURNAMENT - 3rd PLACE

IBC WINTER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 3rd PLACE



Sunday, December 14
2008 METEORS TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

AAU FALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

AAU PRESIDENT'S DAY TOURNAMENT - CHAMPIONS

AAU SEPTEMBER SHOOTOUT - CHAMPIONS

AAU FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 2ND PLACE

AAU SPRING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP - 2ND PLACE

AAU SUPER REGIONAL - 2ND PLACE

AAU FALL BULLETS BASH - 2ND PLACE

IBC BEACHES CLASSIC - 2ND PLACE

AAU SPRING BULLETS BASH - 2ND PLACE

USSSA SUPER NIT - 3RD PLACE

USSSA SLEEPY HOLLOW SHOOTOUT - 3RD PLACE

AAU TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - 3RD PLACE

TRIPLE CROWN DISNEY SPECTACULAR - 3RD PLACE

MYBA CLASH OF THE TITANS - 3RD PLACE

AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - 4TH PLACE

AAU FIRST PITCH CLASSIC - 4TH PLACE 



Friday, December 28
2007 METEORS TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

CINCY FLAMES TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - CHAMPIONS

IBC WORLD SERIES - CHAMPIONS

AAU NIKE TOURNAMENT - CHAMPIONS

TRIPLE CROWN PRESIDENT'S DAY - CHAMPIONS

AAU MUDDOGS TOURNAMENT - CHAMPIONS

USSSA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 2ND PLACE

USSSA SLEEPY HOLLOW SHOOTOUT - 2ND PLACE

TRIPLE CROWN SPRING FLING - 2ND PLACE 

AAU WINTER CLASSIC - 2ND PLACE 

TRIPLE CROWN DISNEY SPECTACULAR - 2ND PLACE 

AAU RENEGADE RUMBLE - 2ND PLACE 

AAU FALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP - 2ND PLACE

USSSA FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 3RD PLACE

IBC FALL CLASSIC - 3RD PLACE

IBC FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 3RD PLACE

AAU PRESIDENT'S DAY TOURNAMENT - 3RD PLACE

TRIPLE CROWN JOURNEY TO THE STARS - 3RD PLACE

USSSA WINTER CLASSIC - 3RD PLACE

AAU STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 4TH PLACE

AAU FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 4TH PLACE

AAU SLUG A RAMA - 4TH PLACE

AAU SEPTEMBER SHOOTOUT - 4TH PLACE

ELITE BATTLE IN THE SOUTH - 6TH PLACE

AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - 9TH PLACE



Tuesday, September 1
2006 METEORS TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

AAU STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - CHAMPIONS

FLORIDA USSSA SUPER NIT - CHAMPIONS

USSSA WINTER INVITATIONAL - CHAMPIONS

USSSA MOTHER'S DAY CLASSIC - CHAMPIONS

USSSA KISSIMMEE SHOOTOUT - CHAMPIONS

AAU BOMB SQUAD TOURNAMENT - CHAMPIONS

AAU APOPKA BUILD IT TOURNAMENT - CHAMPIONS

IBC BEACH CLASSIC - CHAMPIONS

AAU FALL STATE TOURNAMENT - 2ND PLACE

AAU SLUG A RAMA - 2ND PLACE

USSSA HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA - 2ND PLACE

AAU WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - 3RD PLACE

IBC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 3RD PLACE

AAU FIRST PITCH CLASSIC - 3RD PLACE

USSSA EAST-WEST SHOWDOWN - 3RD PLACE



Tuesday, September 1
2005 METEORS TOURNAMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

AAU SLUG A RAMA - CHAMPIONS

AAU FIRST PITCH CLASSIC - CHAMPIONS

AAU CLEARWATER INVITATIONAL - CHAMPIONS

AAU WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - 2ND PLACE

DAYTONA BASH AT THE BEACH - 2ND PLACE

APOPKA BUILD IT TOURNAMENT - 2ND PLACE

AAU FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - 3RD PLACE

IBC WORLD SERIES - 4TH PLACE

AAU PRESIDENT'S DAY TOURNAMENT - 4TH PLACE

AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - 8TH PLACE