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Thursday, September 15
Florida Bombers Defeat the Phenoms
The Florida Bombers improved their record to (4-0) with a 6-5 win over the Phenoms. The Bombers took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 3rd Inning on a 2 out RBI Single from Andres Salvarde , scoring Georgie Lopez with the eventual winning run. Joey Vilomar was masterful in relief of starter Nate Augusta, Vilomar earned the Save (1) pitching 2 flawless innings allowing 0 hits . Nate earned the win (1-0) pitching 3 Innings scattering 5 hits while Strikingout 2. At the plate Eric Fernandez was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 Run Scored, Marc Quierre added 1 Hit , 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored. Andres Salvarde was 1 for 2 with the game winning RBI single and Georgie Lopez added a single and scored the winning run. The Bombers will take on MPB on Friday night at 8:00 P.M. at Grapeland.

Wednesday, December 9
Bombers Advance to Second Consecutive Final Four

The Florida Bombers (15-4) defeated Team Miami by a score of 7-1 in a Quarter Final playoff game at Flagami Wednesday Night. The Bombers now advance to the Final Four and will face the Phenoms .The Bombers lost to the Phenoms in last Seasons Championship Game. 

With the Bombers leading 2-1 in the bottom of the 5th Inning Nate Augusta connected on a 3 Run Home Run with 2 outs to put the Bombers up 5-1. Eric Fernandez followed with a Double to deep Right Center, Bruno Vazquez singled Home Fernandez to put the Bombers ahead 6-1. Vazquez later scored on an RBI Single by Miguel Fuentes to make the score 7-1. Nick Trontz got the start and pitched 4 great Innings allowing 1 Run while Strikingout 5. Nate Augusta pitched 1 2/3 Innings in relief facing 5 hitters. For the Bombers Georgie Lopez was 2 for 3 with 2 Runs Scored . Nate was 1 for 3 with the 3 Run Homerun, Fernandez was 1 for 1 reaching base all 3 times. Vazquez and Fuentes both had RBI Singles, and Nick Trontz and Danny Casacubuerta each had a single for the Bombers.

 

Next up Final Four versus the Phenoms 



Monday, November 9
Bombers Win Big
The Florida Bombers (12-4) defeated Latino Blue late Saturday night by a score of 13-0. Nate Augusta (3-1) pitched 3 Innings Allowing 0 hits and Striking Out 4. Max Oberta pitched the final Inning for the Bombers.
Nate Augusta had a huge day aat the plate as well going 2 for 2 with a Triple a Double and 3 Runs Scored and 1 RBI. Eric Fernandez was 3 for 3 with 4 RBIS and 1 Run Scored. Danny Casacubuerta added an RBI Double and Gaby Varela added an RBI Single. Georgie Lopez added a hit and 3 Runs Scored.
The Bombers have 2 more games left in the regular season before getting ready to make a run at the Title in the playoffs.


Monday, September 28
Bombers Now (5-0) After Come From Behind Win

The Florida Bombers defeated Team Miami by a score of 10-7 Monday at Fern Isles. The Bombers entered the bottom of the 5th Inning trailing 7-3 and scored 7 runs to complete the comeback win. The Bombers were led by Eric Fernandez who was 2 for 2 with 2 Doubles 2 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored. Nick Trontz added a Single and 1 RBI and Georgie Lopez added a single and 1 Run Scored for the Bombers. In the bottom of the 5th inning with the Bombers trailing 7-3 Georgie Lopez got things started with a leadoff base hit, Trevor Cominsky reached first on a fielders choice as Georgie Lopez was safe at second base. Nate Augusta grounded out putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Eric Fernandez had a 2 RBI Double to make the game 7-5. Fernandez later scored on a wild pitch to make the game 7-6. Bruno Vazquez walked stoled second and advanced to third after an infield single by Nick Trontz. Vazquez and Trontz would score on a throwing error and later Rachel Hawkins and Danny Cacacuberta would score on wild pitches completing the 10-7 come from behind win.

Nick Trontz earned the win (1-0) pitching 2 Innings in relief of starter Nate Augusta. Trontz Struck out 2 batters. Nick Augusta got a no decision pitching 3 Innings scattering 4 hits while striking out 3.

The Bombers now (5-0) on the year will play the Canes Academy Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. 



Saturday, September 19
Bombers Now (3-0) on the Season

The Florida Bombers (3-0) defeated the Canes Academy Saturday by a score of 19-4. For the Bombers Eric Fernandez (2-0) got the start and the win pitching 1 Inning facing 3 batters. Max Oberta pitched 2 Innings followed by Nick Trontz who pitched 1 Inning Striking Out 3. At the Plate Eric Fernandez led the way Scoring 3 Runs while adding a bases loaded 3 RBI Double. Max Oberta added 2 Hits for the Bombers, Nick Trontz added 3 Hits and 2 RBI'S. Nate Agusta added a Double and 1 Run Scored. Bruno Vazquez, Miguel Fuentes, Georgie Lopez, Rachel Hawkins,and Brandon Espinosa all had 1 hit each.

The Bombers will next play a week from now on Saturday versus Metropolitan.  



Tuesday, September 15
Bombers Now (2-0) on the Season
The Florida Bombers (2-0) good start too the 2015 Fall Season continued Tuesday night with a 13-1 win over Team One Sixty 2 . Nate Augusta got the start and the win Pitching a Complete Game Gem Allowing 3 hits and Striking Out 6. Nate allowed 1 Earned Run in his 3 Innings.  Rachel Hawkins led the way offensively for the Bombers going 1 for 2 with 3 RBI'S on the night. Nate Augusta added a 2 RBI Single, Eric Fernandez added an RBI Double and Trevor Cominsky had 2 Hits and 1 RBI. Danny Casacubuerta added a Single and 1 RBI. Nate Trontz and Bruno Vazquez had 2 Runs Scored. The Bombers will play Canes Academy Saturday at 2 P.M.

Thursday, September 10
Florida Bombers Open Season with 7-2 Win Over Defending Champions

The Florida Bombers opened the 2015 Fall Season with an impressive 7-2 win versus the Phenoms. The Phenoms are the defending Champions and the Bombers played an impressive season opener. On the mound Eric Fernandez and Bruno Vazquez were masterful, Fernandez got the start and the win (1-0) pitching 2 strong Innings Striking out 3 and allowing 1 Run. Fernandez scattered 2 Hits, Vazquez earned the Save (1) pitching 3 Innings allowing 1 hit while Striking out 4. At the Plate Bruno Vazquez had a big 2 RBI Double in a 6 Run third inning, Vazquez was 2 for 3 on the night. Eric Fernandez was also 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored for the Bombers. Nate Augusta added 2 Hits and 1 Run Scored, Trevor Cominsky added a Single and 1 RBI for the Bombers. Nate Trontz added an RBI Single and Danny Casacuberta added a Single and 1 Run Scored. The Bombers which finished Runner up last season , showed they have made huge improvements from a season ago.

The Bombers will be back in action Saturday at 12:00 Noon versus the Canes Academy 



Monday, August 17
2015 Florida Bombers Fall Schedule

Under Armour   (Jupiter)   September  18-20   (Underclass)

Prospectwire     (Port Saint Luicie)  October 22-25 (Underclass)

Prospectwire     (Auburndale)      October 30 - November 1   (Underclass)

 

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Sunday, January 5
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Wednesday, July 15
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Tuesday, February 24
Bombers Win Streak at 5

The Florida Bombers defeated Hardball by a score of 18-0 late Monday night to move their record to (5-1) on the year. The Bombers had 15 hits on the day. Bruno Vazquez was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIS'S to lead the way for the Bombers. PJ Gutierrez, Max Trecero,Eric Fernandez, Mario Magna, and Nick Trontz each had 2 hits apiece . Gutierrez,Trecero, and Fernandez each scored 3 Runs. Ryan Rodriguez added a hit and 3 RBI'S and Jonathon Rivero added a hit and 1 RBI.
On the mound Eric Fernandez (1-0) got the start and Struck out the side in his only inning of work . Ryan Rodriguez also pitched 1 Inning Striking out all 3 hitters he faced.
The Bombers now in sole possession of second place will play Powerhouse Saturday at 3:00 P.M. at Grapeland



Monday, February 23
Bombers Win 4th in a Row

The Florida Bombers (4-1) defeated the Hialeah Stars ,in come from behind fashion. The Bombers defeated the Stars by a score of 8-5. Trailing 5-4 heading to the top of the 6th Inning the Bombers plated 4 Runs to defeat the Stars. PJ Guitierrez,Eric Fernandez, and Ryan Rodriguez all had RBI'S in the top of the 6th Inning. PJ Gutirrez had the game winning RBI and finished with 1 hit and 1 Run Scored. Ryan Rodriguez added 2 Hits and 1 RBI. Bruno Vazquez added 2 Hits , Max Trecero added a hit and 1 RBI, Lucas Decalvo added a hit and 2 Runs Scored. Mario Magna added an RBI Single and Eric Fernandez had 2 RBI'S on the night.

On the mound PJ Gutierrez had a very strong start going 4 Innings allowing 3 hits and 3 Earned Runs . Striking Out 1 and walking 1.  Jonathon Rivera earned the win in relief pitching 2 masterful Innings Striking Out 2 while allowing no Runs and only 1 Hit.

With the win the Bombers move into a second place tie and will play Hardball Monday night at 8:00 P.M. at Grapeland... 



Thursday, February 19
Bombers Rally To Defeat The Pirates

The Florida Bombers (3-1)  defeated the Clemente Pirates by a score of 12-10 late Tuesday night . The Bombers scored 7 Runs in the top of the 4th Inning off Pirates Ace to take a 12-6 lead. The Bombers held off the Pirates in the bottom of the inning as the Pirates rallied. Eric Fernandez earned the Save (2) Striking Out 1 . Jonathon Rivero (1-0) Earned the win pitching 1 1/3 Innings Striking Out 3. 

Offensively the Bombers had 9 hits led by PJ Gutierrez ,Eric Fernandez, Jonathon Rivero each had 2 hits apiece.  Gutierrez was 2 for 4 with 2 Runs Scored and 3 RBI'S . Fernandez was 2 for 3 with 2 Runs Scored and 1 RBI. Jonathon Rivero was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI'S and 3 Runs Scored. Bruno Vazquez, Jimmy Mejia , and Mario Magna each had 1 hit. 

The Bombers next will play the Hialeah Stars Saturday at 5 P.M. at Flagami 



Wednesday, September 14
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Saturday, February 14
Bombers Earn Solid Win Over International

The Florida Bombers (2-1) defeated International Saturday afternoon by a score of 6-3. PJ Gutierrez (1-1) Earned the win in relief of Jimmy Mejia, Gutierrez pitched 2 Innings Striking Out 3 . Jimmy Mejia got the no decision despite having a very strong outing. Mejia pitched 3 Innings Striking Out 6 and scattering 3 Hits.

At the plate the Bombers had 7 hits led by Eric Fernandez who was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI , PJ Gutierrez added a Double and 2 Runs Scored. Max Trecero added a Single 2 Runs Scored and an RBI on a Sac Fly. Mario Magna and Luca Decalvo added a single each. Jimmy Mejia added a Double and scored 1 Run for the Bombers.

The Bombers will next play Tuesday night at 8 P.M. at Grapeland versus the Clemente Pirates 



Friday, February 13
Bombers Bounce Back Versus the Force

The Florida Bombers defeated the Force Saturday Night by a score of 8-3, the Bombers now (1-1) . Bruno Vazquez (1-0) was masterful on the mound pitching 3 Innings, allowing 1 Hit while Strikingout 6.  Eric Fernandez got the Save (1) entering the final inning with the bases loaded and no outs, Fernandez went on to Strikeout the side. At the plate PJ Gutierrez was 2 for 2 with 2 Runs Scored. Eric Fernandez was 1 for 2 with 2 RBI'S and 1 Run Scored. Mario Magna was 2 for 2 with a run scored, Max Trecero added an RBI Double .

The Bombers play International Saturday at 1:00 P.M. at Flagami 



Friday, February 6
Florida Bombers 9 U Ready for the Season Opener

The Florida Bombers open the 2015 Season tonight at 8:00 P.M. at Grapeland Park. The Bombers will face the Blue Devils on opening night. The Bombers which were the 8 U Champions last season will look for the same success in 2015. The Bombers return several players from the 2014 team, led by Eric Fernandez, Ryan Rodriguez, Jimmy Mejia, and Max Trecero. Key newcomers PJ Gutierrez, Bruno Vazquez, Mario Magna, Jonathan Rivero, Elias Morales, Lucas Del Calvo,and  Julian Pineda will add much needed depth and talent too the roster. The Bombers had a very successful 2014 as they won 3 Championships and finished 3rd at the USSSA Global World Series.

You can follow the Bombers all season right here as well as at www.mybabaseball.com

 

 



Monday, September 15
Bombers Solid Win Over Team Miami
The Florida Bombers (8-0) on the season  defeated Team Miami Saturday morning by a score of 11-0 at Tamiami. The Bombers had 11 hits and got great pitching from Rodney Rodriguez and Lazaro Colledo. Rodriguez (3-0) pitched 3 excellent Innings allowing 1 hit and Strikingout 4. Colledopitched 2 Innings Strikingout 5 and not allowing a base runner. On offense Ryan Rodriguez had a 2 Run Homerun for the Bombers and Nick Rodriguez also added a 2 Run Homerun, Rodriguez finished 2 for 3 with 4 RBI'S. Eric Fernandez was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored, Alex Duran had a hit and scored 3 Runs. Rodney Rodriguez , Max Tercero, Ayron Diaz, and Luca Timsley all had one hit each.

Wednesday, August 27
Big Offensive Day for the Bombers

The Florida Bombers pounded out 18 hits in a 19-1 win over the Warriors. The Bombers now (4-0) on the year . Eric Fernandez led the way for the Bombers on offense going 4 for 4 with a manmouth 3 Run Homerun to deep Rightfield. Fernandez finished with 6 RBI'S and 3 Runs Scored. Nick Rodriguez also connected on a 2 Run Homerun and added a 2 RBI Double for the Bombers. Diego Bello was 3 for 3 with 1 Double and 2 RBI'S and Rodney Rodriguez was 3 for 4 with a Double and 2 RBI'S. Max Tercero added 3 Hits and Scored 2 Runs, Alex Duran, Jose Suarez, and Jaden Guerra had 1 hit each.

On the mound the Bombers pitched their 3rd no hitter of the season. Luca Timsley got the win pitching 2 Innings and Strikingout 4. Jose Suarez pitched the final Inning and had 2 Strikeouts.  



Monday, August 25
Bombers Win via Forfeit
The Bombers improved their record to (3-0) with the forfeit win over the Rebels. Eric Fernandez (2-0) got the win pitching 3  excellent Innings allowing 1 hit while Strikingout 4 .The game was called a forfeit because the Rebels used an illegal pitcher in the 4th Inning.  The  Bombers will face the Warriors Wed night at 8 P.M.

Sunday, August 10
Bombers 8 U Open Season With Impressive Win



The Bombers opened up the Miami Friends 2014 season with an impressive 10-0 win over Team Miami. The Bombers fresh off a very successful summer that saw 2 Tournament Championships and a 3rd Place finish in the World Series, got off to a fast start versus Team Miami. The Bombers scored 5 runs in the bottom of the first Inning and never looked back. For the Bombers Eric Fernandez had a big day at the plate and on the mound, Fernandez was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI'S and 3 Runs Scored at the plate. On the mound Fernandez was impressive getting the start and the win pitching 2 perfect Innings strikingout all 6 batters he faced. Alex Duran also had a good day at the plate going 2 for 3 with 2 Runs Scored, Diego Bello had an RBI Single as well for the Bombers. Jose Suarez added an RBI Single and Max Tercero added a Single and RBI.

Rodney Rodriguez and Ryan Rodriguez combined on the No Hitter for the Bombers with Fernandez. Rodney Rodriguez Struckout 2 and Ryan Rodriguez Struckout 1.

The Bombers now (1-0) on the season will take on Rebels Elite Monday night at 7:00 P.M. 

 



Thursday, August 21
Bombers Now 2-0 on the Season

The Bombers defeated the Commanders by a score of 16-0 late Tuesday night to improve their record to (2-0).The Bombers had 11 Hits on the night, Eric Fernandez was 2 for 2 with 3 RBI'S and 3 Runs Scored, Rodney Rodriguez was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI'S a Double and 1 Run Scored. Diego Bello and Max Tercero each had 2 Hits apiece for the Bombers. Alex Duran , David Zamora, and Jayden Guerra each had 1 hit for the Bombers.

On the Mound the Bombers tossed their second consecutive No Hitter led by starter Rodney Rodriguez. Rodriguez pitched 2 Innings strikingout 5, and David Zamora Struckout the side in his one inning of work.

The Bombers will play the Rebels Thursday night at 7:00 P.M. 



Monday, August 13
Fall 2012

Fall registration has begun for teams in the 16 U, 17 U ,18 U age brackets. Teams will compete at several events including the Under Armour , Prospect Wire, as well as our host tournament at the University of Miami, and the La Ley Homestead Tournament.



Thursday, August 9
Follow the 8 Under Florida Bombers

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The 8 and Under Florida Bombers placed second at the La Ley Summer Classic. Currently the Bombers 8 Under team is playing at Tamiami in the Pinto Division. Follow us at the link above..



Sunday, June 3
Bombers Open Up 2012 Season with a Win

The Florida Bombers defeated the SF Huskies College team by a score of 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Deerfield Beach Highschool. Junior RHP Micheal Agis pitched 5 Innings allowing 1 Run while Strikingout 5. Agis allowed 1 hit while walking no batters. Enrique Sosa pitched 2 Innings for the Save. Sosa had 2 Strikeouts. Zion Bell had 2 Hits and scored a run while Elliot Leal added an RBI Single. The Bombers outhit the Huskies 7-2. The win moves the Bombers to 498 All Time Wins .



Monday, March 19
Florida Bombers Boast About Success
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Florida Bombers Boast About Success

01/08/2012, 12:20pm (EDT)
By Matt Bomeisl

The accomplishments speak for themselves for one of the charter members of the World Scout League.

 

When the Florida Bombers were founded by Emilio Fernandez in 1998, the team organized fundraisers such as car washes to help pay for their travel expenses. "Travel baseball hadn't really become what it has today with everything costing so much money," Florida Bombers head coach and founder Emilio Fernandez said. "We were doing car washes to help fundraise money so we could travel and play against the best competition." More than a decade later, the Bombers are one of the most successful summer teams in the country. While the Bombers began from humble beginnings they haven't been quite as humble when it comes to boasting about their long-term success. When you visit their website the first thing that greets you in big bold letters is a list of their impressive accomplishments. And the results speak for themselves: 12 National Championships including 6 WWBA National Championships, 38 Tournament Championships overall, and an .819 winning percentage all-time. The baseball club has helped to produce countless MLB draft picks, D1 college signings and big leaguers such as Mat Latos, Gaby Sanchez, Eric Hosmer, Chris Perez, Jemile Weeks and recent World Series champion John Jay. There are very few teams in the country, if any, that can match that success."On a personal level the championship that stands out the most is the 2008 WWBA title that we defeated the Illinios Sparks 3-2," Fernandez said. "It was a team with no 'household' names at the time and guys like JR Murphy and Rony Rodriguez that we believed in, when nobody else did, were able to get it done."Of the 6 WWBA Championships, the Bombers continually seemed to match up in the title game with the East Cobb Braves. "The 2010 Championship was very special because it was the first summer after my dad passed away," Fernandez recalled. "The last time he saw us play in Marietta, we blew a 10-1 lead in the championship game and lost to the East Cobb Braves. We developed a great rivalry with them that put our players in a very competitive atmosphere. So coming back in 2010 in a rematch and beating the same Braves team in a heated game, in walk-off fashion was very memorable.""I felt he had something to do with that championship."Their run of 6 18U WWBA National Championships, and a runner up as well in 8 years is a statistically amazing feat which may never be done again. Statistically speaking, the chances of outlasting the average tournament field of 100+ teams and win 6 out of 8 years is as close to an anomaly as it gets. And they aren't scared to let you know about it."Our accomplishments as a program on the field are as good as anyone's in the country," Fernandez said. "But these different websites have agendas to promote the teams they are in bed with. So you won't hear much about us on your average scouting website because I don't do well with politics."While their 2012 slogan is "Rise Above Hate", the Bombers have brought some of that hate on themselves through their often times brash, in-your-face style."Dont be confused. Myself and others in this program work very hard to succeed in the summer. These accomplishments haven't happened for us because we are luckier than anyone else. We are not an in-your-face type of program. We just get after it much differently than others and want our kids to learn how to compete in a highly competitive arena. We want to win, period, that is the most important thing for us and that prepares our players for the pressure that coaches from major colleges and professional teams are under."The Bombers have taken some heat from pro-showcase parents and coaches who claim that summer baseball is all about exposure and not winning. Fernandez has a different philosophy."Obviously our kids are still committing to college and getting drafted just like all these so called showcase teams that claim they don't care about winning," Fernandez said. "We don't promote a 'me' attitude and selfish attitude in our program. Our players play hard, they play to win, they don't care who's in the stands watching and that's why colleges love our kids."Fernandez argues that the 'hate' that they receive stems mostly from their wildly successful history."To compare this to our local NBA team, everyone hates the Miami Heat or the New York Yankees. Nobody hates the Milwaukee Bucks or the Seattle Mariners. If we weren't winning anything, nobody would care about us."While many travel programs boast about the number of college commitments that they are producing, the Bombers boast about their success as a team and as a program. "I believe it's all about the team, the team accomplishments, and earning college scholarships and accolades through winning and playing competitively. Colleges don't want to recruit players who only care about themselves, their 60 time and who's in the stands watching them. Committing to college is the beginning of their journey, not the end. You don't congratulate someone when they get to the starting line of a race. It's worked very well for us. Our players don't just commit to schools, but they often times thrive and excel at those schools in part of because of the pressure that we put on them to succeed within the team structure and not showcase themselves casually."The Bombers program lives by a somewhat cliched quote that they will play "anyone, anywhere, anytime." "Our attitude is misunderstood a lot of times. It can be taken the wrong way, but we want all of the kids in our program to have that mentality and confidence of not to be scared of anyone, or dodge playing anyone. We aren't going to be the most politically correct team out there, I admit that, and we don't always say all of the right things. But we prepare our kids to play in a highly competitive atmosphere that doesn't revolve around whoever pays the most, plays the most. Our teams practice, we coach our kids, and a lot of time and effort goes into it. So when they win, it's very gratifying and emotional and it definitely rubs coaches who collect checks at meet up at tournaments the wrong way." "We just want to play the best competition available, have a great rivalry with other teams that puts our kids in that pressure-filled arena, shake hands and go home. I don't need to go out after the game and catch a movie with the opposing coach."The Bombers are one of the many charter members of the World Scout League that aims to create exposure for players through a competitive environment that prepares them for the next level."I love the idea of the World Scout League as the hopes are to make summer ball more organized and prestigious. Not any Joe Blow or dad can just start a team and sign up. It has gotten ridiculous that some guy can just pay $2,000, join a tournament and call themselves a program.""I really like the structure in which the league hopes to operate by and I know how much work Matt and his staff have put into forming this concept over the past couple of years.""If it can all fall in place the way I think, it will be great to concentrate more on the game of baseball rather than individuals and their tools."


Monday, March 19
Florida Bombers Boast About Success
Florida Bombers logo

Florida Bombers Boast About Success

01/08/2012, 12:20pm (EDT)
By Matt Bomeisl

The accomplishments speak for themselves for one of the charter members of the World Scout League.

 

When the Florida Bombers were founded by Emilio Fernandez in 1998, the team organized fundraisers such as car washes to help pay for their travel expenses. "Travel baseball hadn't really become what it has today with everything costing so much money," Florida Bombers head coach and founder Emilio Fernandez said. "We were doing car washes to help fundraise money so we could travel and play against the best competition." More than a decade later, the Bombers are one of the most successful summer teams in the country. While the Bombers began from humble beginnings they haven't been quite as humble when it comes to boasting about their long-term success. When you visit their website the first thing that greets you in big bold letters is a list of their impressive accomplishments. And the results speak for themselves: 12 National Championships including 6 WWBA National Championships, 38 Tournament Championships overall, and an .819 winning percentage all-time. The baseball club has helped to produce countless MLB draft picks, D1 college signings and big leaguers such as Mat Latos, Gaby Sanchez, Eric Hosmer, Chris Perez, Jemile Weeks and recent World Series champion John Jay. There are very few teams in the country, if any, that can match that success."On a personal level the championship that stands out the most is the 2008 WWBA title that we defeated the Illinios Sparks 3-2," Fernandez said. "It was a team with no 'household' names at the time and guys like JR Murphy and Rony Rodriguez that we believed in, when nobody else did, were able to get it done."Of the 6 WWBA Championships, the Bombers continually seemed to match up in the title game with the East Cobb Braves. "The 2010 Championship was very special because it was the first summer after my dad passed away," Fernandez recalled. "The last time he saw us play in Marietta, we blew a 10-1 lead in the championship game and lost to the East Cobb Braves. We developed a great rivalry with them that put our players in a very competitive atmosphere. So coming back in 2010 in a rematch and beating the same Braves team in a heated game, in walk-off fashion was very memorable.""I felt he had something to do with that championship."Their run of 6 18U WWBA National Championships, and a runner up as well in 8 years is a statistically amazing feat which may never be done again. Statistically speaking, the chances of outlasting the average tournament field of 100+ teams and win 6 out of 8 years is as close to an anomaly as it gets. And they aren't scared to let you know about it."Our accomplishments as a program on the field are as good as anyone's in the country," Fernandez said. "But these different websites have agendas to promote the teams they are in bed with. So you won't hear much about us on your average scouting website because I don't do well with politics."While their 2012 slogan is "Rise Above Hate", the Bombers have brought some of that hate on themselves through their often times brash, in-your-face style."Dont be confused. Myself and others in this program work very hard to succeed in the summer. These accomplishments haven't happened for us because we are luckier than anyone else. We are not an in-your-face type of program. We just get after it much differently than others and want our kids to learn how to compete in a highly competitive arena. We want to win, period, that is the most important thing for us and that prepares our players for the pressure that coaches from major colleges and professional teams are under."The Bombers have taken some heat from pro-showcase parents and coaches who claim that summer baseball is all about exposure and not winning. Fernandez has a different philosophy."Obviously our kids are still committing to college and getting drafted just like all these so called showcase teams that claim they don't care about winning," Fernandez said. "We don't promote a 'me' attitude and selfish attitude in our program. Our players play hard, they play to win, they don't care who's in the stands watching and that's why colleges love our kids."Fernandez argues that the 'hate' that they receive stems mostly from their wildly successful history."To compare this to our local NBA team, everyone hates the Miami Heat or the New York Yankees. Nobody hates the Milwaukee Bucks or the Seattle Mariners. If we weren't winning anything, nobody would care about us."While many travel programs boast about the number of college commitments that they are producing, the Bombers boast about their success as a team and as a program. "I believe it's all about the team, the team accomplishments, and earning college scholarships and accolades through winning and playing competitively. Colleges don't want to recruit players who only care about themselves, their 60 time and who's in the stands watching them. Committing to college is the beginning of their journey, not the end. You don't congratulate someone when they get to the starting line of a race. It's worked very well for us. Our players don't just commit to schools, but they often times thrive and excel at those schools in part of because of the pressure that we put on them to succeed within the team structure and not showcase themselves casually."The Bombers program lives by a somewhat cliched quote that they will play "anyone, anywhere, anytime." "Our attitude is misunderstood a lot of times. It can be taken the wrong way, but we want all of the kids in our program to have that mentality and confidence of not to be scared of anyone, or dodge playing anyone. We aren't going to be the most politically correct team out there, I admit that, and we don't always say all of the right things. But we prepare our kids to play in a highly competitive atmosphere that doesn't revolve around whoever pays the most, plays the most. Our teams practice, we coach our kids, and a lot of time and effort goes into it. So when they win, it's very gratifying and emotional and it definitely rubs coaches who collect checks at meet up at tournaments the wrong way." "We just want to play the best competition available, have a great rivalry with other teams that puts our kids in that pressure-filled arena, shake hands and go home. I don't need to go out after the game and catch a movie with the opposing coach."The Bombers are one of the many charter members of the World Scout League that aims to create exposure for players through a competitive environment that prepares them for the next level."I love the idea of the World Scout League as the hopes are to make summer ball more organized and prestigious. Not any Joe Blow or dad can just start a team and sign up. It has gotten ridiculous that some guy can just pay $2,000, join a tournament and call themselves a program.""I really like the structure in which the league hopes to operate by and I know how much work Matt and his staff have put into forming this concept over the past couple of years.""If it can all fall in place the way I think, it will be great to concentrate more on the game of baseball rather than individuals and their tools."


Thursday, February 9
Bombers Announce Tryouts for 2012 Uncomitted Players

      The Florida Bombers have announced a tryout date for 2012 players that have not yet comitted to college. Tryouts will be held Sunday March 25 at Coral Springs Highschool at 11 A.M.

The Bombers will be the only organization in Florida that will be shifting their efforts on those players that have ended their Highschool careers uncomitted to college.

This concept will be to give 2012 players a realistic opportunity to impress a school looking for players. The team will compete in 4 in state tournaments , as well as go on a college showcase tour. On the tour players will be working out in front of college coaches throughout the State of Florida.

"We feel that players in this position are at a disadvantage, playing in tournaments with 200 teams will not help these individual players . Our idea is to maximize these players for what they are and not what they arent. We will bring the players to the college coaches this way making sure these players dont get lost in the shuffle" .

For more information please contact coach Starr at 305-331-3878 or floridabombers@gmail.com

to register for the tryouts please click here

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these teams will not be first come first serve like most every organization in Florida. You will have to make the team in order to be a part of this concept.

 



Thursday, January 12
Bombers a WWBA Dynasty



By FB Staff 

The Florida Bombers yes the Florida Bombers have been able to accomplish things this past 10 years that no one has even come close too.Unlike what many perfectgame readers have been told to believe by perfectgame, the Florida Bombers have done things at the WWBA National Championships that no other program has even come close to doing.The Bombers have not received the accolades and articles attention from Perfectgame that they deserve but ,the facts are undeniable.Lets take a look at what the Bombers have been able to do at the WWBA the "Nations Toughest Event" over the past 10 years.

The Bombers have a (70-6-3) record All Time at the WWBA that is a .905 winning percentage. No other program in the country even comes close to those numbers. As a matter of fact you can combine all the other programs in the country add their accomplishments together and they fall short. The Bombers have won 6 WWBA National Championships 5 Times running the table and going undefeated in the event. 5 Times the Bombers have gone (10-0) in the 7 day event. The Bombers have played in the Championship game 7 times winning 6 of those Championship Games, that is a percentage of .857 which is unheard of in any sport. Yet for whatever reason perfectgame likes to talk about other teams and their house hold names on their rosters and the one tournament that team has won etc. When we started to put this article together we were amazed at the dominance the program has had over the past 10 years , yet perfectgame has made so little of it. These are numbers that might never ever be reached , therefore we thought this article would make more people aware of this, maybe perfectgame really wasnt aware of these unreal numbers. The Bombers have never done it with the big name guys or the High Ranked perfectgame players, they have done it the Bombers way , playing hard and aggresive and playing to win. Hundreds of players take credit for these unreal numbers , players of all sizes, shapes, color ,age the one common ground was the Bombers uniform. So while other organizations that are better tied in with perfectgame get most of the glory, the facts remain that the past decades most dominant perfectgame team has been the Florida Bombers. The dominance is not only in the State of Florida but, nation wide. The Bombers are looking for another decade of dominance on the field which is where it matters most. "We have always been about the team and coaching and playing the right way, we havent done it with the high ranked players and we havent recieved the attention we deserve but , the facts are the facts and we are very proud of these achievements?"says coach Fernandez.

Bombers All Time Perfectgame record

(70-6-3)

.905 winning percentage

23 game winning streak from 2004-2007

6 WWBA National Titles

1 Runner Up

9 Pool Play Bracket Winners

5 Undefeated Tournament Championships

2 Times Back to Back Champions (2002-2003)(2005-2006)

3 Straight Championship Games (2008-2009-2010)

The Bombers are a perfectgame dynasty whether it is written about or not , the Bombers accomplishments will never be duplicated , now the Bombers will build on it.



Monday, January 2
Bombers Rise Above the Hate Gearing for Memorable 2012



           In 2012 the Florida Bombers 18's will reach 500 wins, making them one of only a hand full of programs in the history of  amatuer  baseball to reach 500 wins .The Bombers began as a program in 1998 ,but it wasnt till 2000 that the organization really jumped on the scene.The Bombers have averaged 42 wins a year for the last 12 years, heading into 2012.By far the Florida Bombers have done more winning than any team in the State of Florida and entering their 13th season the Bombers have persevered against the wishes of many. It is that perseverance that will make the Bombers the first ever Connie Mack World Champion in 2012. "We rise above the hate on a daily basis says Head Coach Emilio Fernandez, perseverance is what the Bombers are all about , its the backbone of this organization". "We have accomplished alot in our 12 years but, one thing that has eluded us is the Connie Mack World Championship, and we will accomplish that in 2012".

The Bombers have seen many programs come and go, some which were started specifically to dethrone the Florida Bombers , those programs have failed miserably, yet the Bombers have risen to the top.The Bombers have finished as the Nations # 1 Ranked team in 2002,2003,2005,2006,2008,2010 and finished with a ranking of # 7 in 2011."We are all about winning says Josh Starr when you win everything else falls into place, last year we underachieved so coming back strong is a must in 2012". The Bombers return 7 players from last years # 7 ranked team, and have added new talent to the 2012 roster thus far.

In 2012 the Bombers will debut in the new World Scout League as well as play host to the Memorial Weekend Invitational, FAU Showdown and National Classic. 500 wins  will be a magical night the Bombers will have many alumnus in attendance, that will be a special night as the celebration will be huge. "We will put alot of effort in making sure we celebrate win number 500, we want to share it with as many people as possible , all people that have been a part of this great accomplishment in some way or another" says coach Fernandez. The magic night could  come as early as opening weekend , as the Bombers will host a 3 Game Series starting May 19.

                                                                  

Rise Above Hate

 



Saturday, November 5
Florida Bombers Proud Members of the World Scout League

wbl
World Scout League

Wednesday, November 2
Florida Bombers Alumni John Jay a World Champion
The Florida Bombers would like to congratulate John Jay of the 2011 World Series Champion St.Louis Cardinals. Jay was a member of the Florida Bombers in 2003 where he was also part of a Championship. In 2003 Jay had the Game Tying Single in the top of the 7th Inning versus Bill Hood in the Championship game of the WWBA National Championships. The Bombers and Jay went on to win the 2003 WWBA National Title in extra Innings. John Jay becomes the first member of the Florida Bombers to win a World Series Championship. The Florida Bombers could not be prouder of John Jay. Congratulations to the Jay family and Congratulations to John Jay himself. From your proud family the Florida Bombers.

John Jay
World Series Champion John Jay

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Tuesday, September 20
Florida Bombers College Instructional Camp Announced
Gaby Sanchez
Gaby Sanchez

Florida Bombers

Hosted by the 6 Time WWBA National Champions

2011 Instructional College Camp

Over 20 College Coaches Instructing

Dec 17-18 , 2011

Held at the University of Miami

Register Online Today

http://www.active.com/register/index.cfm?CHECKSSO=0&EVENT_ID=1988672


Highschool Aged Kids

For more information please contact us at

floridabombers@gmail.com

                       786-467-1092 Baseball Office

305-331-3878

786-286-5176


Players will have an opportunity to work with and showcase their talents to over 20 College Coaches. Instructional Camp will include

- Instruction from the College Coaches

- Batting Practice on the Field

- Infield Outfield

- Games

- Q & A format with the Coaches

- Bullpens for Pitchers


Schools

University of Miami

FAU

Gulf Coast

Barry University

Dartmouth Unviversity

UCF

Miami Dade

Texas Pan American

BCC

Tampa University

Stetson

Mercer

St.Thomas University

and Many More

 



Jemile Weeks
Jemile Weeks

Monday, August 15
2011 Hall of Fame Candidates

Infielder  - Cole Figueroa     2005-2006

Infielder  - Corey Figueroa    2005-2006

Pitcher    - Anthony Nalepa   2005-2006

Outfielder - Andrew Durden   2007



Monday, August 1
Bombers Junior Outfielder Commits to the University of Miami
2012 Outfielder Thomas Pannone has committed to the University of Miami. The Junior is currently hitting .412 and leads the team in Stolen Bases with 14. Pannone is a 6"0 180 Left Handed Hitter , Left Handed Thrower from Rhode Island. Pannone will now gear up to compete at the AAABA National Tournament in Johnstown, PA. The Bombers would like to congratulate the Pannone family.

2010 AAABA
2010 AAABA World Series
Sunday, July 24
Florida Bombers Heading to Johnstown
The Florida Bombers will head to Johnstown,Pennsylvania on Aug 8th to compete at the AAABA World Series. This is the first appearance by any Florida Franchise in history. The Bombers finsihed runner ups in the 2010 Altoona Regionals. The Bombers will seek their first ever AAABA National Championship.

Thursday, June 9
Bombers Open 2011 as the Nations # 1 Ranked Team

                  The Florida Bombers open 2011 where they left off in 2010 , as the Nations # 1 Ranked Team. In 2011 the Bombers are the # 1 Ranked team in the country preseason. The Bombers are ranked # 1 in the country for good reason as the 2011 lineup could be the best in team history. The Bombers also return 2 of their top 5 starting pitchers in 2011 . The Bombers have 6 returning members from the 2010 National Championship team. The Bombers will look for their 7th WWBA National Championship as well as their first ever Connie Mack World Series Championship.



Wednesday, June 1
Bombers Dominate Memorial Weekend Invitational

                  The Florida Bombers 16's and 18's both were crowned Champions of the 2011 Memorial Weekend Invitational. The Championship is the 3rd Memorial Weekend Title for the Bombers 16's , as the Bombers 16's won the event in 2007,2009,2011. The Bombers 18's snapped a 3 year slump as they win the title for the first time since 2007. The Bombers have won 3 Memorial Weekend Inviatationals as well.

In game 1 the Bombers 16's defeated the Broward Bangers by a score of 9-5 as the Bombers finished with a record of (3-1) on the tournament. The Bangers finished with a record of (2-2).

In game 2 the Bombers 18's defeated the Bombers 17's by a score of 12-9. The Bombers defeated the 17's late Sunday night by a score of 19-5. The Bombers finished the tournament with a record of (3-1).

Inthe 16's Taylor Korosec of the Bombers was named tournament M.V.P. , and in the 18's Sean Hurley was of the Bombers was named tournament M.V.P.

All Tournament Team 16 and Under

INF   - Damon Collada   -   Bombers

INF   - Jay Robinson       -   Pokers

INF   -  Xavier Beltran     -   Bangers

INF   -  Ryan Lewitt          -  Bangers

INF   -  Evan Stocker       -  Bangers

INF   -  Paul Proenza       -  Bombers

OF   -  Manny Rojas         -  Huskies

OF   -  Taylor Korosec     -  Bombers

DH   -   Ron Socash         -  Bangers

P      -   Mark Mendez       -  Bangers

P      -   Eric Hepple           -  Huskies

P      -   Hector Abreu         -  Bangers

 



Monday, May 23
Florida Bombers Open 2011 in Record Fashion

The Florida Bombers opened up 2011 in record fashion going (3-0) on the weekend , while outscoring its opponents by a score of 33-1. On Sunday the Bombers tossed back to back No Hitters in the Double Header sweep of the SF Breakers. Saturday Night the Bombers opened up against the Top Prospects from Melbourne with an impressive 11-0 win.On opening night it was a 7 run 1st Inning that put the game away quickly . The Bombers were led by Junior Blake Garrett who went 2-3 with A Double and 2 RBI'S. Matt Martin was 2-2 with 2 Triples and 1 RBI. Andre Gwyn was also 2-2 with a Triple and 2 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored. Callahan Brown (1-0) tossed the Complete Game 2 Hit Shutout Strikingout 6.

 Game 1 Sunday the Bombers defeated the Breakers by a score of 11-1 . Roche Woodard led the Bombers going 4-4 with a Homerun 1 Triple and 2 Singles and 3 RBI'S. Sean Hurley was 2-2 with 1 RBI and Blake Garrett added 2 Doubles and 2 RBI'S Mtt Martin was 2-2 with an RBI. Jack English tossed 4 No Hit Innings while Strikingout 6. Steve Harrison added 2 scoreless and Hitless innings strikingout 2 and securing the No Hitter.

 

In game 2 the Bombers defeated the Breakers by a score of 11-0. Jace Herrera and Sean Hurley combined on the perfect game. Herrera went 4 Innings Strikingout 8 . Hurley Pitched the 5th strikingout 2. At the plate Sean Hurley added 2 hits including a Double and 1 RBI. Carlos Garmendia was 1-3 with 2 RBI'S. The Bombers now prepare to host the Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational starting May 27 at FAU.

 

In other news the Florida Bombers 17's opened up its 2011 season with a 6-1 win Saturday afternoon over the 17 and under SF Breakers.



Saturday, December 18
Top 10 Best Players in Florida Bombers History

 info on each will be posted this week

# 1  JR Murphy

# 2  Gaby Sanchez

 # 3  Camilo Vazquez

# 4  JP Arencibia

# 5   Cole Figueroa 

# 6   Jemile Weeks 

 # 7  CT Bradford

 

# 8   Adam Sargent      -   RHP -   2010

# 8 is none other than the best closer the Florida Bombers have ever seen, Adam Sargent the 2010 Cy Young and Co MVP awards winner . Sargent was a key element of the Florida Bombers success in 2010 success that brought the Bombers a # 1 National Ranking, a (43-5) Record , another WWBA National Championship , a 3rd National Classic, and a 2nd FAU Showdown Title , Sargent also led the Bombers to a 35 Game Winning Streak which is the second longest in the history of the Bombers. Sargent not only tied the All Time Saves Record with (10) he was also 4-0 and set an All Time record that will never be broken with a 0.00 ERA for the entire season. And he also set a Bombers All Time Record pitching 26 Consecutive Scoreless Innings. "No way around it we would not of accomplished all the things we did in 2010 without Adam he was by far the best closer in Amateur Baseball in 2010"says Emilio Fernandez. Sargent was a huge part of the 2010 WWBA National Championship in Marietta , Georgia the Bombers 6 th National Title in Marietta. Sargent was 2-0 with 2 Saves in 5 Appearances in Marietta. He also had 1 Win and 1 Save in the 2010 AAABA Regionals. Sargent held opponents to a batting Average under .200 for the entire season as well as averaging 1.5 Strikeouts per Inning Pitched. "Sargent was as close to automatic as any pitcher at any level can and will ever be , in 2011 replacing Sargent will be our biggest task " says Fernandez.  The Bombers finished 2010 with a # 1 National Ranking and a 6th WWBA National Championship , and alot of that had to do with the Best Closer in Bombers History Adam Sargent.

2010  Stats  - 4-0 Record - 10 Saves - 0.00 ERA - 26 IP - 39 K'S - 26 Consecutive Scoreless Innings Pitched.

CO MVP - 2010

CY Young Award - 2010 

First Team All Bombers

College Commitment - University of Miami

 

 

#   9  Matt Latos             -   RHP -   2005

# 9 Brings us the most dominant starting pitcher in the history of the Florida Bombers Matt Latos. Latos first jumped on the seen in 2005 with the Florida Bombers and a Fastball that reached 95 MPH. Latos currently pitches for the San Diego Padres and was in the running for Cy Young in 2010.In 2005 Latos helped the Bombers win their 3rd WWBA National Championship with a dominating performance against the Dulin Dodgers in the Quarter Finals . A week later Latos pitched a complete game 1-0 Win over the Florida Pokers at the 2005 Connie Mack State Playoffs. Latos had a Bomber record 14 Strikeouts that day against the Pokers. Latos has the most wins in a season without a loss as he finished 2005 with a record of (8-0) . "Till date i feel that staff in 2005 was our most dominant staff of All Times , so its fitting that we had the most dominant pitcher of All Times on that staff"says Emilio Fernandez. Latos finished 2005 with an ERA of 0.35 and 68 Strikeouts in only 36 Innings Pitched . Opponents batted .107 against Latos.The Bombers finished  (42-7) that season winnining their 3 rd WWBA National Championship as well as their 5th Consecutive Connie Mack State Championship.

2005 Stats   -  8-0  Record - 0.35 ERA - 36 IP - 68 K'S - .107 Batting Average Against

First Team All Bombers

Drafted in the 11 th Round  in 2006 by the San Diego Padres

College Commitment - University of Oklahoma - Broward Community College

Currently playing in the Major Leagues

 

 

# 10  David Espinosa   -   INF   -   2000

We start our countdown with the # 10 Best Player in Bombers History. David Espinosa led the Bombers to their first ever National Championship in 2000 as the Bombers won the USABF World Series in San Diego, California. Espinosa was a First Round Pick of the Cincinnati Reds that summer of 2000. Espinosa joined the Bombers after being selected by the Reds in the First Round when contract negotiations came to a halt. "Espinosa put the Bombers on the map that summer of 2000 , adding a player of his magnitude really gave our program the identity it needed back in those days. Not only was he a big name player , but he took that team to a differant level as seen by winning the 2000 USABF World Series " says Emilio Fernandez. Espinosa was a switch hitting Shortstop that played in 34 Games the summer of 2000. Espinosa is still the only Bomber in the history of the program to hit over .500 as he finished with a .511 Batting Average that summer. Hitting .500 wasnt Espinosa only great stat he also had 19 Stolen Bases as well as a Slugging Percentage og .783 and an On Base Percentage of .563. Espinosa had 35 RBI'S to go with 44 Runs Scored 10 Doubles 3 Triples and 3 Homeruns. Espinosa finished 2000 with 92 At Bats making that .511 Batting Average that much more impressive. "Thats a stat that i dont think will ever be broken as a matter of fact i dont think anyone will even come close to breaking that stat , David is one of the most complete offensive players to ever wear the Bombers Uniform, we still cherish his time with the program and we are still very thankful he was a Bomber"says Emilio Fernandez. David was named the Best Offensive Player that summer .

2000 Stats  -   .511 AVE - 44 Runs Scored - 47 Hits - 10 Doubles - 3 Triples- 3 Homeruns - 35 RBI'S - .783 Slugging Pct - .563 On Base Pct - 19 Stolen Bases.

Best Offensive Player Award  - 2000

First Team All Bombers

Drafted in the First Round in 2000  23rd Overall Pick

College Commitment  -  University of Miami



Monday, December 13
Bombers Do It Again
Best Moment in 2010
Bombers Do it Again Leave the East Cobb Braves on the Field
Best moment in 2010 !!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 17
17 and Under Catcher Commits to Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Bombers 17 and under Catcher Alex Marquez committed to Florida Gulf Coast University late Saturday Night. Marquez a 2 year member of the Florida Bombers Organization becomes the first member of the 17's to commit to College, although a few more players are expected to commit soon.  Last summer Mike Fernland a member of the Florida Bombers Unsigned team committed to Miami Dade College. "We are very happy for Alex and his family, he works his tail off and he deserves success in this game, we also like the fact that the Bombers Organization can help other members of the program other than the 18 and under guys as well" says President Emilio Fernandez. A special thank you goes out to Florida Bombers Recruiting Coordnator Josh Starr for being an integral part of this commitment getting done.

Monday, September 27
Florida Bombers Celebrate 10th Year Anniversary USABF National Championship

        Florida Bombers 10th Year Anniversary of the Organizations First Ever National Championship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The Florida Bombers will be celebrating the Organizations first ever National Championship for the remainder of the year. In 2000 the Florida Bombers won the USABF World Series in San Diego, California capturing the first of what is now 12 National Championships. The Bombers ended 2000 with a record of (41-9) . "As we look back over the last ten years , that 2000 group was the one that put the Florida Bombers on the map , and paved the way to where we are today. That was a magical year as we captured the USABF Championship, it seems like just yesterday that we celebrated that special day in 2000" says Bombers President Emilio Fernandez.

Below is a recap of the 2000 season with the Championship Game recap. " When we won the Championship in 2000 we thought we had achieved it all , who would of known that 10 years later we would be the # 1 Ranked Team on the planet . 11 other National Championships have been won by this great organization and it all started with the first one in 2000" says coach Fernandez.

 

 



Bombers World Champions
The Florida Bombers ended their 2000 season with a bang. The Bombers on Saturday August 12 , 2000 became the 2000 USABF World Series Champions. The Bombers become the first ever South Florida Team to win this event. Florida finished the USABF World Series with a (9-2) record and an overall summer record of (41-9). A year after finishing in 8th place at the USABF World Series, the Bombers are World Champions. On Saturday August 12 the Bombers earned a spot in the Championship Game with a 9-2 win over Fox Sports of Seattle. That win put the Bombers in the Championship Game against the Shockers of Washington. The Bombers which were beat by the Shockers just 24 hrs ago, got there revenge with a 12-4 win and the Championship. "It feels like a fairy tale , this Championship is what we set out to win this year and here we are sitting on top of the world its a great feeling, now we will start preparing to repeat in 2001"says coach Fernandez.The Bombers in only there 3rd year of existence have won there first Championship. After a heartbreak loss in the Championship Game just 2 weeks ago in the USSSA the Bombers rebounded back to win the big one.

The 2000 Florida Bombers Season was an extremely exciting and successful Summer. The Bombers have emerged as a National Power thanks to the success of the 2000 Season. In 2000 the Bombers accomplished several goals the one that stands out the most is the USABF World Championship. The USABF World Series is what the Bomber organization set out to win from day one and that goal was accomplished. Alone the way were several great moments as well as several near misses. The Bombers opened up the Summer season competing in Boca Raton at the Bush Bash Tournament. The Bombers placed second at the Bush Bash losing in the Championship Game. From there the Bombers moved on as every day brought new challenges to the Bombers coaching staff and manegement. On June 13 , 2000 the Florida Bombers took a step in becoming the top summer program in the Nation , as they added First Round Pick David Espinosa to there roster. The Bombers ran off 12 straight wins after the roster moves and the Bombers were on thier way. The Bombers split a State Championship with the Manatee Titans at the USSSA State Tournament. July 23 , 2000 the Bombers were off to the USSSA World Series in Winter Haven Florida. The USSSA World Series Featured 30 of the top Teams around the Country. The Florida Bombers entered this World Series as the Nations # 3 Ranked Team in USSSA. The Bombers after a grueling schedule once again found themselves in the Championship Game. The Bombers lost the Championship Game in Heartbreak fashion as they led 2-1 in the Top of the 7th with two outs and could not hold on. The Bomber players and Coaches were devastated as they knew they had let one slip away. The good news is the Bombers were headed to San Diego California to compete at the USABF World Series where the Bombers finished 8 th in 1999. The Bombers entered the USABF World Series with a record of 32-7. The Bombers once again found thier way to the Championship Game only this time the Bombers were the Team celebrating after the last out. The Bombers finished the Season 41-9. Here is a look at some of the Bombers accomplishments along the way.

2nd Place Bush Bash Tournament
First Place Tie at the USSSA State Tournament
2nd Place USSSA World Series
# 1 Final Ranking in the Nation USSSA Polls
41-9 Overall Record
USABF World Series Champions


Alone the way the Bombers defeated some of the Top Teams in the Nation such teams as , Southwest Florida Baseball , South Florida Bandits , Manatee Titans , Washington Shockers , Fox Sports Seattle , Sylmor Stallions California , Sunrise Florida , just to name a few. Besides all the on field accomplishments the Bomber Organization was proud to announce the Signing of several Florida Bomber Players. There were 7 College Signees and one Pro Signee In The 2000 Season. This was just the beginning of what we hope will be the Top Summer Program in the Country.

Miami Beach Outfielder Javi Socorro was named USABF World Series Tournament MVP. Socorro the Bombers Leftfielder finished the Tournament Hitting .531 Socorro was 17-32 with 5 doubles , 1 triple , 2 homeruns and 6 RBI'S. Socorro also added 2 stolen bases as well as several great plays in the Outfield.

Other Notable Performances
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David Espinosa      .516 - 4 2bs - 2 3bs - 9 rbi - 7 sb.

Danny Figueroa      .476 - 1 2b - 2 hr - 9 rbi - 4 sb.

Aaron Braithwaite   .368 - 2 2b - 4 rbi - 1 sb.

Pitchers
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Robert Clayton    2-0 0.78 era.

Matt Bomeisl      2-0 1.14 era.

Eric Rivera       2-0 1.56 era.




National Champions
2010 National Championship Ring Best in the Nation
Monday, September 20
Florida Bombers Top 18U Rankings ( 2010 National Champions )

Armed with a philosophy and mind-set different from most, and an almost single-minded focus on working to be the nation’s best has helped separate the Florida Bombers from many of their top-notch travel-team brethren.

The Florida Bombers is a high school-age program that targets ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. All the teams play under the “Bombers” banner, and in the past several years anywhere between 150 and 180 players are involved during the summer.

Based in Miami, Fla., the Florida Bombers first started as a local team in 1998 when Emilio Fernandez, after a short two-year professional baseball career, decided to put together a team of high school-age players. The team was originally called the Miami Bombers in its first year, but switched to the Florida Bombers in 1999.

The program held tryouts for the first time in 1999 and it was in subsequent years things really took off. Every year this decade, the Bombers have fielded one of the most successful 18U teams in the country, one with 11 national championships to its credit.

“It’s been a pretty exciting ride and it’s come a long way from 1998 to now,” Fernandez said. “It’s been a pattern here over the last few years where early on in the summer we start off a little slow, and then once school’s over and guys are here and you’re able to kind of get into a routine that we started to play really, really good baseball.”

It was in 2002 when the Bombers first stepped onto the national stage and developed their singular focus. They won the inaugural Perfect Game USA WWBA 18U National Championship in Marietta, Ga., that year and were 50-0 at the completion of the tournament.

The Bombers went back to Marietta in 2003 and won again, and the WWBA 18U National Championship had officially become the focus of their summer season. They won back-to-back championships again in 2005-06, and added titles five and six in 2008 and this year. They have played in seven of the nine tournament championship games.

“It’s gotten a lot bigger, a lot more competitive over the years,” Fernandez said of the Perfect Game 18U WWBA Nationals. “That is basically what we pin our hats on. We feel that that’s just the most prestigious, most noteworthy event that goes on in the summer.”

The Bombers finished this summer season with a 43-5 record and at one point enjoyed a 33-game win streak.

The championships are special, of course, but the runner-up finish in 2009 is the event Fernandez can’t wipe from his mind.

The Bombers played in the championship game against the East Cobb (Ga.) Braves and took a 10-1 lead into the final inning, only to lose, 11-10.

“It was one of the most incredible things you’ll ever see in the game of baseball,” Fernandez said. “That was very tough to swallow a year ago. That was not easy and it stayed with us. We had a good core of players coming back in 2010, and all they talked about was getting back to that game and, obviously, winning it.”

The Bombers earned a rematch with Braves in the 2010 championship game and won dramatically when tournament MVP C.T. Bradford smacked an RBI single that scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

“That was very rewarding for all the players and the organization,” Fernandez said. “It felt like it was a year in waiting, but we finally got to where we wanted to be.”

There are also Florida Bomber 17U and 16U teams.

“The 16-and-under team is usually a highly competitive club, and it’s a lot of young guys that we are looking to for the future,” Fernandez said. “We also have a Florida Bombers 17 which is mostly high school juniors that are good players and maybe not at the level of the 18-and-under Florida Bombers, but they are still good enough to have in your program and they’re going to compete very well and do a good job.”

Many of the players in the program are what Fernandez calls “organizational” players who may never be moved up to the elite 18U team.

“They may not be quite as talented, but they want to play and they want to play in an organized environment, they want to play on good fields and go to good tournaments,” Fernandez said. “We call those guys ‘organizational’ guys, guys who are going to be involved. They’re not (NCAA) Division I talent and they’re not even Division II players, but they’re good enough to go out there and participate.”

The Bombers have sent loads of players into the college ranks and dozens have been selected in the Major League Draft. This year alone, four members of the 2003 Bombers’ team made their Major League debuts – J.P. Arencibia with the Blue Jays, Jon Jay with the Cardinals, Mat Latos with the Padres and Danny Valencia with the Twins. Latos won 13 games in his first 23 starts with an ERA of 2.33.

Fernandez is thrilled to be a part of Perfect Game tournaments, where many of those current Major Leaguers first got noticed.

“I’ve had a very good relationship with Perfect Game throughout the years, and it was ’02 since I first became involved with them,” Fernandez said. “I think we have both treated each other with mutual respect.

“They obviously put the best teams on the field in the best environment possible to go after something that is very noteworthy and very prestigious. What they hang their hat on, at least in the summer months, is the (nationals) in Georgia and they do a very good job with that. I think the Florida Bombers are good for them and Perfect Game is good for us.”

Young players become involved with the Bombers through a “hands-on” approach practiced meticulously by Fernandez and the program’s other coaches.

 “I myself like to see the players play. I like to see them with my own eyes,” Fernandez said. “I like to figure out myself how they’re going to fit in with our club. You don’t always need the big name, high profile guy. You need the right guy, which is what I think we’ve been able to do over the last decade or so.

“Year after year we’re not only able to compete with all those high name guys but out-play those guys because we just feel that to be a successful club you need to put the right guys on the field, the guys that are going to buy into what you’re doing, the guys that are going to play hard and the guys that are going to lay it on the line.”

Fernandez will take a team to the Perfect Game WWBA 18U World Championships in Jupiter, Fla., at the end of October, but, but in their typical non-conformist style, the Bombers view that tournament a little differently than most of the other elite squads.

“It’s kind of a tryout period for us,” Fernandez said. “We’ll put together guys now that we’ll see or we’ll hear about or we’ll acquire, and we’ll do some research on them and we’ll put them on the field. We’ll see who we like, who we don’t like, who fits and who doesn’t fit. From there we’ll try to get a commitment from those players for the summer of 2011.”

Despite that approach, the Bombers have finished in the top-eight at Jupiter each of the past three years.



Monday, September 20
Florida Bombers' mission accomplished

YOUTH BASEBALL

Florida Bombers' mission accomplished

Led by coach Emilio Fernandez, the Florida Bombers rebounded from losing in last year's tournament final and won this year's WWBA National Championship.

Miami Herald Writer

After losing in the final game of last year's WWBA National Championship, the Florida Bombers baseball team returned to the 2010 tournament on a mission.

With a year of hard work and dedication, the Bombers found success in July: going a perfect 10-0 and finally winning the national championship.

``Our story could be a Disney movie,' coach Emilio Fernandez said. Although this might sound like a typical Hollywood sports story, this Miami-based summer team isn't the typical underdog.

Since 2000, the Bombers have dominated the 18-and-under division, winning six national championships and currently ranking No. 1 in the country.

``We have been able to do some pretty special things over the years,' Fernandez said. ``Nobody has even come close to what we have done.'

This year's dramatic 4-3 victory in the WWBA championship has only added to the Bombers' impressive legacy.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bombers were tied with the defending champion East Cobb Braves. After a double by catcher Luke Guarnaccia, leadoff batter C.T. Bradford came up to single home pinch-runner Carlos Garmendia. The throw from the outfield beat Garmendia to the plate, but a bobble by the Braves' catcher allowed Garmendia to score the winning run.

``After coming up short last summer, it was awesome to go undefeated at the tournament this year,' said Bradford, who was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

Bradford, a left-handed pitcher and Mississippi State signee, went 2-0 on the mound, including a complete-game win in the semifinal.

``Everyone in travel baseball knows who the Bombers are,' Bradford said. ``To be able to play for them and get the chance to legitimately win makes it all worthwhile.'

After creating the organization in 1998, Fernandez and the Bombers have quickly developed into one of the most prestigious travel teams in South Florida baseball.

Originally starting with just one 18-and-under team, the organization has grown to eight teams and a total of more than 150 players.

``Our program is known for its success,' Fernandez said. ``And we have many more successful seasons ahead of us.'

The Bombers ended their season with a 40-5 record and a 33-game winning streak; and they've expected nothing less.

``We always set out to dominate,' Fernandez said. ``Winning the national championship has been our goal from the beginning.'

So how does the most successful team in youth baseball live up to these expectations?

``Work ethic,' Fernandez said. ``We are going to work and play harder than anyone else out there.'



Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/17/1828950/florida-bombers-mission-accomplished.html#storylink=fbuser#ixzz104YH4YWI


2010 National Classic Champions
2010 WWBA National Champions... 6 Time Champs Best on the Planet!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 6
Florida Bombers win 18U WWBA
Florida Bombers win 18U WWBA
Friday, July 02, 2010


C.T. Bradford singled home pinch runner Carlos Garmendia with 2 out in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Florida Bombers a dramatic 4-3 victory over the East Cobb Braves 17's.  It was the Bombers unprecedented sixth WWBA 18U National Championship and avenged their 11-10 loss to the Braves in the 2009 championship game. The Bombers are npw (35-3) on the year and have won 28 games in a row.

Both teams were visably nervous at the start of the game and a sloppy first inning ended with the score 1-1.  Each team's starting pitchers settled down nicely after that.  RHP Ben Lively of the Bombers pitched 6 innings, allowing DH Brandon Stephens' 2-run double in the third inning but otherwise controlling the game and only allowing 3 hits.  The Braves Kyle Burchfield matched Lively, though, giving up 3 hits and 3 runs over his five innings of work before giving the ball to reliever Alexander Cruz.

The Bombers 7th inning rally started with a strikeout but C/RHP Luke Guarnaccia laced a double deep to left centerfield with one out and was replaced by Garmendia.  3B Tyler Filliben flied out to right field for the second out before the Braves walked 2B Adam Frazier to put men at first and second.  That brought up the leadoff hitter, Bradford, who lined a hard single up the middle.  The throw from CF Michael Hodorowski beat Garmendia to the plate but was bobbled by catcher Garrett Boulware, allowing Garmendia to slide under the late tag.

Guarnaccia got the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

Bradford, a Mississippi State signee and the Bombers captain, was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.  The 5-10 left hander went 2-0 on the mound, including a complete win in the Bombers semifinal victory over the Orlando Scorpions.  Bradford batted leadoff and played centerfield when not on the mound and led the Bombers in runs scored in addition to his final game heroics.

Braves RHP John Magliozzi was named the tournament Most Valuable Pitcher.  The Massachusets native and Florida signee went 2-0 in 11 innings, allowing only 1 run while striking out 12.  He threw a complete game 1-hit shutout against the Texas SunDevils in the Braves 3-0 semifinal win.



Tuesday, July 6
Bombers Do It Again
Braves lose after late inning rally
by Adam Carrington
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East Cobb starting pitcher Kyle Burchfield had the lead through the first four innings before allowing two runs in the fifth to tie the game. The Florida Bombers went on to win the World Wood Bat 18 national championship game 4-3 on a close play at the plate in the last inning.
East Cobb starting pitcher Kyle Burchfield had the lead through the first four innings before allowing two runs in the fifth to tie the game. The Florida Bombers went on to win the World Wood Bat 18 national championship game 4-3 on a close play at the plate in the last inning.
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MARIETTA - The last two World Wood Bat 18 National Championship finals between the East Cobb Braves 17's and the Florida Bombers produced dramatic finishes.

The Braves beat the Bombers in 2009 after coming back from nine runs down in the fifth inning. This year's final between the two teams was just as intriguing, but the game and the tournament went in favor of the Bombers.

The Bombers defeated the Braves 4-3 victory in Monday's championship at the East Cobb Complex in the bottom of the seventh inning on what appeared to be a close play at the plate.

Florida leadoff hitter C.T. Bradford ripped a single to center field on the first pitch. The Braves made the relay in time to tag Luke Guannaccia, who was trying to score from second base.

But Guannaccia beat the tag, and the Bombers took the championship away from the Braves.

"Tough way to lose it," Braves coach Kevin Baldwin said.

In last year's championship, the Braves trailed going into the fifth inning. This year, it was the Braves who couldn't hold the lead in the fifth frame.

A two-run double by former Lassiter standout Brandon Stephens in the third opened a 3-1 lead for the Braves. Based on starting pitcher Kyle Burchfield's performance and low pitch count, the Braves were liking their chances.

But the Bombers got two runs back in the fifth to tie it at 3-all.

Guarnaccia, who was 2-for-3 with two doubles for the Bombers, led off with a double to left center. Tyler Fillman followed with a near perfect bunt to the left of the catcher. Guarnaccia came home on an Adam Frazier groundout and Fillman tied the game on a Bradford pop to center.

"If you saw all of our games in the playoffs, we always had to come from behind," Bombers coach Emilio Fernandez said. "This is what baseball clubs do. You got to figure out a way to win."

The Braves had success early against Bombers starting pitcher Ben Lively. Even though they scored three runs in the first three innings, they still left runners in scoring position.

East Cobb got things started in the top of the first when Harrison standout Michael Hodorowski scored on a deep fly to center by Javier Baez. The Bombers answered back in the bottom half of the frame when Nolan Thomas scored Bradford on a bases loaded 6-4-3 double play.

After Stephens' two-run double in the third inning, Lively got stronger as the game progressed, despite throwing more than 120 pitches in six innings of work. He worked a scoreless fourth, fifth and sixth.

Dwight Smith was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Braves.


Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Braves lose after late inning rally


2010 National Classic Champions
2010 WWBA National Champions... 6 Time Champs Best on the Planet!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 6
Florida Bombers win 18U WWBA
Florida Bombers win 18U WWBA
Friday, July 02, 2010


C.T. Bradford singled home pinch runner Carlos Garmendia with 2 out in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Florida Bombers a dramatic 4-3 victory over the East Cobb Braves 17's.  It was the Bombers unprecedented sixth WWBA 18U National Championship and avenged their 11-10 loss to the Braves in the 2009 championship game. The Bombers are npw (35-3) on the year and have won 28 games in a row.

Both teams were visably nervous at the start of the game and a sloppy first inning ended with the score 1-1.  Each team's starting pitchers settled down nicely after that.  RHP Ben Lively of the Bombers pitched 6 innings, allowing DH Brandon Stephens' 2-run double in the third inning but otherwise controlling the game and only allowing 3 hits.  The Braves Kyle Burchfield matched Lively, though, giving up 3 hits and 3 runs over his five innings of work before giving the ball to reliever Alexander Cruz.

The Bombers 7th inning rally started with a strikeout but C/RHP Luke Guarnaccia laced a double deep to left centerfield with one out and was replaced by Garmendia.  3B Tyler Filliben flied out to right field for the second out before the Braves walked 2B Adam Frazier to put men at first and second.  That brought up the leadoff hitter, Bradford, who lined a hard single up the middle.  The throw from CF Michael Hodorowski beat Garmendia to the plate but was bobbled by catcher Garrett Boulware, allowing Garmendia to slide under the late tag.

Guarnaccia got the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

Bradford, a Mississippi State signee and the Bombers captain, was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.  The 5-10 left hander went 2-0 on the mound, including a complete win in the Bombers semifinal victory over the Orlando Scorpions.  Bradford batted leadoff and played centerfield when not on the mound and led the Bombers in runs scored in addition to his final game heroics.

Braves RHP John Magliozzi was named the tournament Most Valuable Pitcher.  The Massachusets native and Florida signee went 2-0 in 11 innings, allowing only 1 run while striking out 12.  He threw a complete game 1-hit shutout against the Texas SunDevils in the Braves 3-0 semifinal win.



CT Bradford
Bombers Captain CT Bradford

Friday, June 18
Bombers Captain Bradford is named Florida's Mr. Baseball

The magical season on Pace Patriot Blvd. continues with news out of Gainesville Friday.

Pace High School’s C.T. Bradford has been named the 2010 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball.

Bradford, a shortstop/pitcher, finished the 2010 season with a 12-0 record, a 1.19 ERA and 95 strikeouts. In addition he finished with a .473 batting average, 13 doubles, one triple, six home runs, 45 runs scored and 27 RBI, leading his team to a 29-2 record, the Class 5A state title and the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 national prep poll.

Bradford will continue his playing career at Mississippi State University, the same school attended by his father, Mike, who played with the likes of Rafael Palmerio, Will Clark, and Jeff Brantley while attending school in Starkeville, Miss.

 

Also recognized on Friday was Bradford's coach, Charlie Warner.

Warner was named the Florida Baseball Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

 

 

Pace finished the season with a 29-2 record and won the Class 5A state championship.

In his 19 years at Pace, coach Warner’s teams have won two state titles (2006 and 2010). He has a career record of 507-114 at Pace. Warner’s team finished the season with a 25-game winning streak and was ranked No. 1 in the final ESPN Rise Fab 50 national prep poll.

The winner of the 18th annual Mr. Baseball Award and Florida Baseball Coach of the Year, sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers, Inc. and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, was determined in voting by a statewide panel of high school baseball coaches and prep media representatives.

 

Bradford, who was earlier chosen the Class 5A Player-of-the-Year, finished ahead of Class 2A Player-of-the-Year David Thompson of Miami Westminster Christian, as well as winners in the four other state classifications.

Javier Marticorena of Hialeah American, the Class 6A Player-of-the-Year, finished third followed by Daniel Gibson of Tampa Jesuit (Class 4A), Chino Vega of Deltona Trinity Christian (Class 1A), and Brandon Sedell of Plantation American Heritage (Class 3A).

 

 

 

Warner, who was earlier chosen the Class 5A Coach-of-the-Year, finished ahead of Class 6A Coach-of-the-Year Ray Evans of Pembroke Pines Flanagan as well as winners from the four other state classifications.

Storm Davis of Jacksonville Bolles, the Class 3A Coach-of-the-Year finished third, followed by Emil Castellanos of Miami Westminster Christian (Class 2A), Bryan Maples of Deltona Trinity Christian (Class 1A) and Rich Bielski of Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy (Class 4A).

The Florida Dairy Farmers Sports Awards program exemplifies Dairy Farmers Inc.'s commitment to the state's youth. While honoring the state's top athletes and coaches in 27 FHSAA-sanctioned sports, the program also emphasizes to young people the importance of keeping dairy products a primary part of their diet in their overall nutrition plan.

 

Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball Winners

 

1993 – Alex Rodriguez, Miami Westminster

1994 – Doug Million, Sarasota

1995 – Doug Blosser, Sarasota

1996 – Nick Stocks, Tampa Jesuit

1997 – Geoff Geotz, Tampa Jesuit

1998 – Felipe Lopez, Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley

1999 – Bobby Bradley, Wellington

2000 – Tony Richie, Bishop Kenny

2001 – Casey Kotchman, Seminole

2002 – Edgar Ramirez, Miami Southridge

2003 – James Houser, Sarasota

2004 – Warren McFadden, Davie Nova

2005 – Andrew McCutchen, Fort Meade

2006 – Max Sapp, Orlando Bishop Moore

2007 – Michael Main, Deland

2008 – Casey Kelly, Sarasota

2009 – Patrick Schuster, New Port Richey Mitchell

2010 – C.T. Bradford, Pace

Florida Dairy Farmers Baseball Coach-of-the-Year Winners

 

1993 – Clyde Metcalf, Sarasota

1994 – John Crumbley, Tampa Jesuit

1995 – John Carpenter, Lakeland Santa Fe

1996 – Rich Hofman, Miami Westminster

1997 – John Crumbley, Tampa Jesuit

1998 – Howard May, Terry Parker

1999 – Scott Benedict, Wellington

2000 – Bob West, Bishop Kenny

2001 – Fred Burnside, Miami Southridge

2002 – Fred Burnside, Miami Southridge

2003 – John Crumbley, Tampa Jesuit

2004 – Pat McQuaid, Davie Nova

2005 – Ralph Henriquez, Key West

2006 – Scott Benedict, Palm Beach Central

2007 – Dave Wheeler, Orlando Bishop Moore

2008 – Tom Hilbert, Dunedin

2009 – Rick Turner, Naples

2010 – Charlie Warner, Pace




Friday, June 18
Bombers Move to (18-3) on the Year

                    The Florida Bombers are riding an 11 game winning streak heading into the 2010  National Classic. The Bombers are coming off a 4 game sweep of some of the Nations Top Teams. The Bombers defeated # 25 Chet Lemon Juice, # 3 Orlando Scorpions, # 7 FTB Mizuno, and # 15 SF Elite  all in consecutive games at the UCF Tournament.  The Bombers outscored all 4 Nationally Ranked opponents by a margin of 26-7. The Bombers now gear up for the National Classic, the Bombers will be looking for a 3 Peat. "This team gets after it as well as any club we have ever had, we are looking to do big things and we are hungry"says coach Fernandez.The Bombers were crowned FAU Showdown Champions last week as the team finished 5-0 at the FAU Showdown defeating the SF Huskies 19's 4-1 in the Championship Game. Nolan Thomas was named FAU Showdown M.V.P.

 



Wednesday, June 9
Bombers Move to (9-3) with Big Win over the SF Elite

The Florida Bombers defeated the SF Elite by a score of 11-1. Nolan Thomas, Adam Frazier, and Eric Jhones all Homered for the Bombers. Jhones finished 2 for 2 with 7 RBI'S including a Grand Slam and a 2 RBI Double. Frazier making his Bombers debut added 2 Hits including a Solo Homerun. Thomas belted his 2nd Homerun of the Season. Christo Jones (2-0) pitched 3 1/3 Innings Strikingout 5 while allowing 2 Hits and 0 Runs. Shawn Heide pitched the final 2 1/3 Innings Strikingout 5. The Bombers now move to (9-3) on the year.



Sunday, June 6
Bombers Down the Prospects
The # 3 Ranked Florida Bombers (7-2) defeated the # 13 Ranked All American Prospects Saturday night by a score of 7-3. The Bombers scored 4 runs in the Bottom of the 1st Inning capped by a 2 Run Homerun by Alex Santana. Santana finished 2 for 3 with 2 RBI'S and 1 Run Scored. Tyler Filliben was 2 for 2 with a Double 1 RBI and 3 Runs Scored. Nolan Thomas and Carlos Garmendia both added RBI Doubles. Sean Hurley also added an RBI Single. Shawn Zebriske (2-1) picked up the win pitching 4 + scattering 4 Hits while Strikingout 2. Steve Harrison picked up the 3 Inning Save Strikingout 2. The Bombers will be back in action Sunday at 1 P.M. versus the Prospects.

Tuesday, May 25
Bombers Complete Most Successful Opening Weekend in Team History

Florida Bombers Baseball  2010 got off to a festive start Saturday Night at Barry University, as the Florida Bombers opened up their 2010 schedule versus the Florida Stars in front of over 600 fans. Opening night featured the largest home crowd ever to witness a Bombers game, and it also saw the return of Micheal Broad, Frankie Ratcliff, and Steve Ewing. The three former Bombers were presented their 2009 individual awards on opening night, and all three former Bombers took part in throwing out the ceremonial 2010 first pitch. Micheal Broad was awarded his 2009 M.V.P. Trophy, Frankie Ratcliff received the 2009 Gold Glove Award, while Steve Ewing took home the 2009 Cy Young Award. Opening night also saw a pre game parade of over 120 players that are all part of the Florida Bombers Organization, players were in full uniform and each team was led by their respective Head Coaches during the parade. The night featured a DJ blasting songs all night and an MC handling the ceremonies , pre game introductions, and PA during the game. On the field the Bombers opened up 2010 by making history defeating the Stars by a score of 5-3. The Bombers which open up 2010 as the Nations # 3 Ranked Team No Hit the Stars on opening night. Nolan Thomas set the tone early with a 2nd Inning leadoff Homerun to Right Field. "Early in the season its all about getting these kids on the same page our goal is to be ready for Marietta says coach Fernandez, we had alot of wide eyed kids out here this weekend , these kids play Highschool baseball , but most have never taken part in anything like Saturday night". The players went through a Live BP session as seen in the big leagues ,while infielders took ground balls. "We wont have a feel for how good we will be till about mid June once we get our guys back and playing full time , but nights like tonight make these kids realize that there is another world out there" says coach Sevilla. The Bombers took the series from the Stars winning 2 out of 3 games , as they split a Double Header Sunday morning. The Stars defeated the Bombers 2-1 in Game 1 while the Bombers took the rubber game by a score of 4-1. Now the Bombers will prepare to host the 2010 Memorial Weekend Invitational starting Friday at Westminster Academy. The Bombers have won this Tournament in 2001,2006,2007 yet have failed to win the event the last two seasons.



Monday, May 24
Bombers Open 2010 in Historic Fashion
Florida Bombers Baseball Florida Bombers open 2010 in Historic Fashion. The Bombers defeated the Florida Stars on opening night by a score of 5-3. The opening day win makes it 11 Straight Opening Day wins for the Bombers. The Bombers have now defeated the Stars 7 Straight Years on Opening Night, Dating back to 2004. 3 Bombers Pitcher combined on the opening night No-Hitter , making it a Historical Opening Day.
Its the first Bombers No Hitter on Opening Day in Team History. Jason Garcia, Nolan Thomas , and Adam Sargent combined to make History. At the Plate Nolan Thomas connected on a Solo Homerun in the Top of the 2nd Inning . Thomas Homerun was the first in 2010. Andy Fortuna was 3 for 4 with a Triple and an RBI. Ryan Perez added a pair of Singles. The Bombers will be back in action Sunday at 10 A.M. as part of a Double Header at Barry University.


Wednesday, March 31
Bradford Makes Bomber History
CT Bradford named Team Captain for the 2010 Season . Bradford is the first ever player to be named Team Captain in the History of the Florida Bombers. Bradford which was named 2009 Best Offensive Player will return as the Bombers Centerfielder and Closer in 2010.

Thursday, March 25
Bombers set sights on more national baseball titles
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With nine national championships to its credit, the Florida Bombers program has been one of the nation's most successful summer baseball programs since 2000 and is bringing high expectations into the upcoming season.

The Bombers have competitive teams at the 18-under, 17-under and 16-under levels that will be in action in tournaments starting in May.

Dan Petrovich, head coach of the Bombers' 18-and-under unsigned senior team, said the purpose of the program "is for the teams to play in showcase tournaments in an effort to provide exposure for the players to collegiate programs and help them to obtain their goals of playing collegiate baseball."

In Plantation, a few familiar names have been instrumental parts of the Bombers' success in recent years. They include Eric Hosmer, an American Heritage School standout and the third overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, and Plantation resident Michael Broad, a freshman at the University of Miami who played shortstop at Nova High School and was selected to the second-team All-Bombers squad in 2009.

Several Plantation players are expected to see action for the Bombers this summer. Scott Petrovich, a senior at Fort Lauderdale High School, will play with the Bombers for the second consecutive season. He will be with the 18-and-under unsigned senior team.

Petrovich, who can play infield, outfield and catcher, is from an athletic family. Older brother Alex played baseball at South Plantation.

Danny Brito, a senior pitcher, has been recruited by a number of schools, including some on the West Coast. Mark Ramcharitar, a rising sophomore pitcher from Plantation High School, will play for the Bombers' main under-16 team.

"The travel and summer programs are beneficial because the level of play increases from playing in recreational and city leagues," Dan Petrovich said. "They become better players in high school because they play throughout the county areas year-round instead of just three and four months."

The 18-under unsigned senior team is one of the more unique teams in the league, as Alex Petrovich and Mike Brito, Danny's brother, both serve as assistant coaches.

The Florida Bombers started with just one summer team back in 1998. Now, the program is a hotbed of high school talent that attracts college recruiters and professional scouts.

Noel Sevilla, who previously served as a coach, is the Bombers' recruiting coordinator. Sevilla said the Bombers attract players from all around the state, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Naples, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Orlando and Lake Mary.

"The summer circuit makes a lot of sense because you have the best players playing against each other in one setting and it provides exposure to professional scouts and recruiters," Sevilla said. "It has become very competitive to recruit, and it's important to stay a step ahead. The main 18-under team is our most competitive team, and we have the expectation that our players go out there and win and put our team on the map."

With the upcoming season approaching, Sevilla said the Bombers may stage tryouts to fill roster spots. The three teams in the 16-under age group might have openings in the outfield and on the pitching staff. The three 17-under teams may fill spots for catchers, first basemen, outfielders and pitchers. Additionally, the 18-under unsigned senior team may look to fill spots at multiple positions.

Those interested in playing opportunities can visit http://www.floridabombers.net to learn more.



Thursday, March 11
Florida Bombers Headed to the Altoona Regionals

The 2010 AAABA Annual National meetings was held this past weekend in Orlando,Florida. The Florida Bombers the only Florida Franchise will be headed to the Altoona regionals starting play July 31 - Aug 3 . The winner of the Altonna regional will earn a berth in the 2010 AAABA World Series held in Johnstown, PA  August  9-15. The Florida Bombers will depart on July 29.



Friday, January 22
Florida Bombers on Facebook

Now you can follow the Florida Bombers Organization on Facebook. Become a Fan of the Nation's Top Program.



Monday, January 11
Florida Bombers Announce Season Opener
The Florida Bombers will open up 2010 versus the Florida Stars on May 22, 2010  at 7:00 P.M. followed by a Double Header Sunday May 23, starting at 10:00 A.M. The Sunday Double Header will be played at the University of Miami. The opener versus the Stars will mark the 7th Straight Season that the Bombers and Stars open up the season versus each other. In 2009 the Bombers swept the Stars 3 games to none although in 2 of those games the Bombers used walk off Doubles to defeat the Stars. The Bombers are (12-4) versus the Stars in the previous 6 Season opening series. The Bombers are riding a 6 Game Winning Streak in this series that dates back to 2008.

Saturday, November 14
Florida Bombers 2010 Commitments

Florida Bombers 2010 Commitments

CATCHERS

Luke Guarnaccia                    SW          5"11             200            SR           Palm Beach College

Nick Collazo                           SW          5"11             185            SR           UNC Ashville

Corey Janson                         RHH          6"3               195           SR           University of Miami

 

INFIELDERS

Alex Santana                          RHH          6"4              195            JR

Tyler Filliben                          RHH          6"3              195            SR              Sanford

Adam Frazier                          LHH          5"11             175            SR              Miss St

Ryan Perez                             RHH          6"4               230           SR              University of Miami

Jarred Smith                           LHH          6"0               175            JR  

Carlos Garmendia                   RHH         6"0                175          SOPH          University of Miami

Shawn Heide                           RHH         6"4                220            JR 

 

OUTFIELDERS

CT Bradford                             LHH           5"10             170             SR              Miss St

Dale Carey                              RHH           6"2               185             SR             University of Miami

Gavin Patton                            RHH          6"1               200             SR             University of Kentucky

Sean Hurley                             RHH          6"3                210            JR              University of Miami

Andy Fortuna                            RHH          6"0               170            SR

 

PITCHERS

Ben Lively                               RHP            6"3               195            SR               UCF

Colby Sims                              RHP            6"3                200            SR               FSU

Jason Garcia                            RHP           6"0                190            SR               FAU

Matthew Campbell                   RHP            6"0               190            SR               Clemson

Nick Burdi                                 RHP            6"3               195            JR              Louisville

Shawn Zebriske                        RHP            6"4               195            SR             Austin Peay

Nick Krolczyk                             RHP            6"4               210            SR             Florida Southern

Will Solomon                             LHP            6"1               185             JR     

Adam Sargent                           RHP            5"11              180            SR           Florida Gulf Coast        

Shawn Heide                             RHP            6"4               220            JR 

CT Bradford                               LHP             5"10             170            SR              Miss St

Jarred Smith                             RHP             6"0               175            JR

Sean Hurley                              RHP            6"3                210             JR            University of Miami

Christo Jones                            RHP            6"4                225            SR

Nolan Thomas                           LHP            6"0                200           SR          ST. Thomas University 

The Florida Bombers have several other verbal commitments that will be made public once paper work is turned in.

 

 

 

 



Thursday, May 13
Link to the teams in the program

 



Thursday, November 5
2009 Florida Bombers Place 6 Players on All Time Bomber Teams

The Florida Bombers have announced the selection of 6 members from the 2009 squad to its All Bomber Teams.The following players have been selected.

First Team

RP   -  Josh Gonzaga

Second Team

SS   -  Micheal Broad

SP   -  Steven Ewing

Third Team

2B   -  Frankie Ratcliff

OF   -  CT Bradford

C     -  Micheal Ohlman

Congratulations to the following players on a tremendous 2009 Bomber season, one that saw the Bombers finish with the 2nd most wins in Franchise history with 47.



Monday, November 2
Florida Bombers Win Elite Underclass Tournament
  Florida Bombers Win the Inaugural Elite Fall Championship!
The Inaugural Elite Fall Championship came to an end with the Florida Bombers defeating the Miami Chiefs 16-10. There were only two teams possible that would have to play 3 games in bracket play on Sunday to capture the title and sure enough those teams were the Bombers and Chiefs. The Bombers were resilient to go home as they beat the Florida Game and came back to beat the SF Snappers in the bottom half of the seventh to send them to the championship game! The Chiefs had the challange of playing the Florida Pokers and an Elite Squad Red team who made a late comeback to win or tie in each of their first 3 games. After a long , hot afternoon the Bombers and Chiefs met at Broward College. Both teams came ready to win a championship by following what got them there, the talent and ability to hit the ball although one team had to win it all. The Bombers outscored the Chiefs by a score of 16-10. We would like to congratulate the Chiefs and ofcourse the Champion Bombers on a job well done!
 
At this time we would like to thank the Parents, Coaches and Players for making the first Elite Tournament in it's brief history a huge success. Everyone was well represented and acted in a first class manner. The players also had the privilage and the oppourtunity of being scene by college recruiters and professional scouts:

Florida Atlantic University
University of Central Florida
University of Miami
Cincinatti Reds
Houston Astros


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Saturday, October 10
Pudge Rodriguez with the Bombers
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ivan Rodriguez won the American League MVP award in 1999, helped the Florida Marlins win the World Series in 2003 and broke Carlton Fisk's major league record for most games by a catcher this past season.
He's not done yet.
Rodriguez, who turns 38 in November, said Friday he'd like to return to the Texas Rangers in 2010 for his 20th year in the big leagues, and beyond that he'd like to play two or three more years and try to reach 3,000 hits for his career. He's currently sitting at 2,711.
Rodriguez is in Fort Myers this weekend to see his son, Derreck, play for the Florida Bombers Team Blue in the WWBA Underclass World Championship and help coach the team. He seemed to enoy himself immensely.
"He's a good player, and now I'm just here to spend time with him and see him play for a little while," Rodriguez said. "It is fun. It's nice to see him play, and play the way he does. He's a great player and hopefully he's got a future."
Derreck, a high school junior from Florida, used to be a catcher but switched to the outfield, partially to escape the pressure of being his father's son. "Everybody ... I don't know," he said, not finishing the thought.
Expects a lot? "Yeah, expects a lot from you," he remarked.
Rodriguez doesn't see his son play too often, due to conflicts with his own games, so Friday was a treat for both of them. "This is the first time in like a year he's seen me play," Derreck said.
Does it make you nervous, having him in the dugout?
"A little bit," he said with a smile. "But I have to keep playing the game the way I know how to play it."
That's the Rodriguez way.
"Play the game hard," said Ivan Rodriguez, a trim 5-foot-9, 190-pound all-star who's been nicknamed "Pudge" and "I-Rod" during his career. "Play the game hard and go out there and do your best and don't try to do too much. Go out and have fun."
That formula has worked extremely well for Rodriguez during his career. He's slugged 305 home runs, knocked in 1,264 runs and fashioned a lifetime batting average of .299. On top of that, he's considered one of the top defensive catchers in history, ranked alongside Johnny Bench.
Rodriguez caught his 2,227th game on June 17 this past season, snapping Fisk's old record. He could retire now and make the Hall of Fame on his first try in five years, but has other things in mind.
"To keep playing," he said. "I'm very honored to do the things that I've done already in baseball, and there are going to be other things to come. I'm just going to keep playing, because I keep enjoying baseball. I'm just going to keep working hard to see if I can get 3,000 hits. You know, I'm not too far from that. So I'm just trying to keep playing and keep myself in good shape and try to get 3,000."
Rodriguez has played for Texas (twice), Florida, Detroit, the New York Yankees and Houston during his career. He hit .251 in 93 games this past season with Houston, then returned to Texas -- where he began his career -- and hit .245 in 28 games.
He's currently a free agent, but would like to stay with the Rangers.
"I'm a free agent, but good things have been happening with the Rangers and hopefully I'll be back with the Rangers next year," he said.
Rodriguez signed autographs and posed for pictures after the Florida Bombers played in the WWBA tournament Friday. Derreck is accustomed to hanging around the ballpark with his father, but this time his father was hanging around with him. Derreck seemed to enjoy that. And he's proud of what his father has accomplished in baseball.
"I'm very glad for him. He works hard," Derreck said. "I know he's taking a little time off right now, then I guess in three, maybe four weeks he goes back in the gym and starts throwing to get ready for next season."
Rodriguez is definitely not ready to retire.
"I've got plenty of time left in me," he insisted. "I'm going to play for two or three more years. I feel healthy and I feel strong and I'm going to play.
"I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old. A long time ago," he said. "I'm 37, I've played 19 years in the big leagues and I still love it. It's a great sport to play. When you take care of yourself and work hard and keep yourself in good shape, you're gonna play the game for a long time."

 

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Monday, August 17
2009 Hall of Fame Nominees

The following former members of the Florida Bombers have been nominated for Induction into the Florida Bombers Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2008 Gaby Sanchez became the first player ever inducted into the Florida Bombers Hall of Fame. Players must have a minimum of 4 years removed from playing in the organization to be elgible for Hall of Fame consideration. The 2009 nominees are the following.

Camilo Vazquez

JP Arencibia

Jemile Weeks

Kevin Moses

David Espinosa

Javi Socorro

Yonder Alonso

Willy Hernandez

Sean Watson

Aaron Braithwaite

the selection will be announced on September 1 with the inductuin ceremonies happening this Fall.



Monday, August 17
2009 Season Review

The Florida Bombers finished 2009 as the franchise second winningest team of All Time with a 2009 record of (46-7-1)  .869 Winning PCT . In 2006 the Bombers also won 46 Games but that season they lost 8 games. 2009 brought some great moments that included a 25 game winning streak , the Florida Bombers National Classic Championship making it back to back National Classic Championships, it also saw the Bombers win the FAU Showdown. It saw the Bombers defeat 13 Teams that were Ranked in the Top 40 and 4 Wins over Teams Ranked in the Top 10 including a 4-2 win over the Nations # 2 Ranked Team the ABD Bulldogs.

2009 also brought the Bombers some difficult memories , none more difficult than the Championship game in the 2009 WWBA versus the East Cobb Braves, a game that saw the Bombers 3 outs away from capturing their 6 th WWBA National Championship only to squander a 10-1 lead and lose the game by a score of 11-10. The Bombers rebounded well after that devastating loss and were a perfect 9-0 in the BCS Championships only to lose to the St.Louis Pirates the eventual BCS Champion by a score of 4-1.So as the Bombers say good bye to 2009 it isnt without joy and agony that they await 2010. The Bombers have 9 returning players in 2010 led by Centerfielder CT Bradford and Rightfielder Dale Carey as well as Pitching Staff leader Ben Lively.

2009 also saw possibly the best second basemen in Bombers History Frankie Ratcliff play his final season , it saw Micheal Broad one of the best offensive Shortstops in team History, and CT Bradford one of the grittiest Bombers of All Time, as well as Micheal Ohlman one of the finest catchers to ever wear the Bombers uniform. On the mound Steven Ewing led the staff in wins and quality starts, Ben Lively every time out gave the Bombers a chance to win as he pitched 4 outstanding Innings in the 2009 WWBA Championship game putting the Bombers in position to win their 6 th Title only to fall short.

2009 saw Bombers catcher Micheal Ohlman sign a contract with the Baltimore Orioles in the neighborhood of 1 Million Dollars, 2008 Bombers M.V.P. JR Murphy signed a contract with  the  New York Yankees worth over 1 Million Dollars. Murphy is the only player in the history of the Florida Bombers to win the offensive Triple Crown as he did that in 2008. 2009 also saw 6 Juniors commit to 4 year college programs.

As 2010 approaches the Bombers organization will look to reach new heights with the  purchase of their own Baseball Facility as well as their Alumni Reunion weekend. The Bombers will now focus on 2010 with work beginning immediatly, like the Bombers slogen goes "Success is Never Final". The 2010 National Classic will be better than ever as will the 2010 FAU Showdown. The Bombers will look to get back to Farmington to win the Enevitable Connie Mack National Championship.

So we close the book on 2009 and look forward to a prosperous 2010.



Sunday, July 26
Bombers Head into Month of August
The Florida Bombers head into the final month of the season with a 2009 record of (42-6-1) . In 2009 the Bombers have captured 2 different tournament Championships , while finishing Runner Up in the 2009 WWBA National Championships. The Bombers placed 2nd out of 192 Teams at the 2009 WWBA, the Bombers followed that with a 3rd place finish at the 2009 BCS Championships. The Bombers went a combined (18-2) at the 2 National Events . In the WWBA the Bombers had their 25 Game Winning Streak snapped in the Championship Game, a game in which the Bombers led 10-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th Inning. The Bombers now look to finish 2009 as the 2nd winningest team in Bombers History.

Sunday, July 26
Bombers Commit to College

The Florida Bombers 2010 Junior Class is stacking up to be one of the best classes of All Time. The Bombers have had 6 of its Juniors already commit to college , with  several others still waiting to make decisions. The following is the current list of 2010 commitments.

INF  -  David Perkins      -   Duke University

OF    -  Dake Carey        -   University of Miami

OF    -  CT Bradford        -   Mississippi State

RHP  -   Colby Sims        -   Florida State University

RHP  -   Ben Lively         -    University of Central Florida

OF    -   Zac Houck         -    University of North Florida



Sunday, June 28
Bombers Capture National Classic Championship

The Florida Bombers (25-4) defeated the All American Prospects in the Championship game of the 2009 National Classic by a score of 7-5. The Prospects finished the Classic with a record of (5-1) as the Bombers finished (6-0). The 20 Team National Classic featured 4 programs that are Ranked in the Top 10 Nationally, matching up the Nations # 1 team versus the Nations # 4 Team.

Tournament M.V.P. Frankie Ratcliff a University of Miami signee got things going in the top of the first Inning with an opposite field Homerun to put the Bombers ahead 1-0. The Prospects tied things at 1-1 in the bottom of Inning # 2. The Prospects then took a 2-1 lead after 3 Innings of play, before the Bombers scored 3 Runs in the top of the fourth Inning on a Zeke Devoss 3 Run Homerun that put the Bombers up 4-2.The Prospects trimmed the lead in the bottom of the 4th Inning making it a 4-3 Ball game. Micheal Broad Doubled to open the 5th and was followed by a David Richardson Homerun to put the Bombers up 6-3. In the top of the 6th Inning the Bombers added a run to lead 7-3, before the Prospects rallied to cut the lead to 7-5. CT Bradford was brought in to pitch with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th Inning with the tying run at the plate and got a ground ball out to finish the 6th Inning. Bradford Struckout the side in the 7th for his (1) Save of the year. The Bombers have now captured back to back National Classic Championships and have won 17 Games in a Row in 2009. "Right after the draft when we got back some of our guys we have played really consistant baseball, this season is very reminisant of last year when we ran off 27 wins in a row and played our best baseball during the WWBA National Championships, I think we are heading to Georgia this summer with the right frame of mind and playing with the tempo we were hoping for "says coach Fernandez. "We know how hard it is to win the WWBA Championship , but it is something we want to do bad this summer so now we have to look at the marathon we will have ahead of us starting Tuesday".

The Following players were named to the ALL Tournamnet Team

Micheal Ohlman

Luke Granaccia

Micheal Broad

Zeke Devoss

Anthony Tzamtzis

CT Bradford

Tournament M.V.P. - Frankie Ratcliff

 

Congratulations to the All American Propsects on a job well done.

Schools that Attended the classic

1.  University of Miami

2.  UCF

3.  FAU

4.  FIU

5.  Florida Gulf Coast

6.  Stetson

7.  Lynn University

8.  Bethuan Cookman

9.  Florida Tech

10. Broward Community College

11.  St.Thomas University

12.  Mississippi State

 

Pro Teams

1. Boston Redsox

2. St.Louis Cardinals

3. Baltimore Orioles

4. Pittsburg Pirates

5. Florida Marlins

 



Tuesday, June 23
Bombers Open Up 2009 National Classic with a Win

The Florida Bombers (20-4) defeated the SF Huskies in day 1 of pool play by a score of 8-7. The Bombers led 8-1 heading into the top of the 6th Inning, but had to hold off a bases loaded situation in the top of the 7 th Inning for the Win.

More info will be posted tomorrow



Frankie Ratcliff Scores

Friday, June 19
Bombers Move to (19-4) on the Year

The Florida Bombers defeated the SF Elite Black Thursday night at FIU by a score of 13-3. The Bombers had a 16 hit attack. Boxscore will be posted tomorrow. The Bombers have now won 11 games in a row.



Tuesday, June 16
Florida Bombers Capture Another Championship

           The Florida Bombers the Nations # 1 Ranked Team defeated the Nations # 9 Ranked team the Diamond Vision Elite by a score of 8-3 in the Championship game of the 2009 FAU Showdown. The Bombers now (18-4) on the year finished the tournament with a record of 6-0.The Bombers had wins over Nationally Ranked SF Elite and Diamond Vision Elite. The tournament featured 19 teams in the 18 and under age group , the tournament featured 5 Teams that are Ranked Nationally by Perfect Game. The Bombers outscored their opponents in the playoff rounds by a score of 33-14. The Bombers have now won 10 games in a row including wins over Diamond Vision and Chet Lemons Juice. The Bombers will host a few games this week before playing host to the 2 nd annual Florida Bombers National Classic starting June 22. The 2009 Classic will feature teams like the All American Prospects, Orlando Scorpions, Chet Lemons Juice, SF Elite, Florida Pokers, just to name a few.

All Tournament Team

David Richardson

Zeke Devoss

Brent Zimmerman

Kevin Alexander

Mike Ohlman

Tournament M.V.P.  CT Bradford

 



Wednesday, June 10
Bombers Down Nations # 8 Ranked Team

       The Florida Bombers (12-4) dominated the Nations # 8 Ranked Team Chet Lemons Juice by a score of 8-0 Tuesday Night at FIU. Kevin Alexander (2-0) pitched 5 Innings of 1 Hit Ball while strikingout 6 and allowing 0 walks. Brent Zimmerman was 2 for 4 with 2 Doubles and 5 RBI'S. David Richardson went 2 for 3 with a Double and 1 RBI. CT Bradford had 2 Hits 1 RBI and 1 Run Scored. The win over the over the Juice gives the Bombers 4 consecutive wins and also gives the Bombers 8 wins over Nationally Ranked Opponents. The Bombers now get ready to host the FAU Showdown in Boca Raton starting tommorrow.

 

Congratulations to current Bomber JR Murphy , Murphy was drafted in the 2nd Round of the Baseball draft Tuesday by the New York Yankees. Murphy the 2008 Florida Bombers M.V.P. is also a First Team All Bomber. Murphy has committed to the University of Miami. Congratulations to JR and his family.



Thursday, June 4
Bombers Defeat the Atlanta BlueJays
The Florida Bombers (8-2) defeated the Nations # 48 Ranked team the Atlanta BlueJays Wednesday night by a score of 10-5. The Bombers now have 6 wins over nationally ranked opponents. More info will be posted tonight.

Monday, June 1
Bombers Take 2 out of 3 Versus the All American Prospects

The Florida Bombers (7-2) defeated the All American Prospects by a score of 12-0 in Game 3 to win the series versus the Countries # 4 Ranked 17 and Under Team . The Bombers took game 1 Saturday night by a score of 8-6 after jumping ahead 8-0 after 4 Innings of play. The Prospects took game 2 Sunday morning by a score of 6-3 before the Bombers exploded in the rubber game of the series as the Bombers scored 9 runs in the 1 st Inning and went on to the 12-0 win. The Bombers now have 5 wins over Nationally Ranked Teams.

 

More info will be posted tomorrow



Monday, May 18
Bombers Complete Improbable Sweep
The Florida Bombers completed one of their most dramatic 3 game series in Team history, with 2 walk off wins in back to back games Late Saturday and early Sunday. In less than 17 Hours the Bombers twice left the Florida Stars on the field , with a walk off Double to win late Saturday and another Walk Off Double to win early Sunday.On Sunday in game 1 it was Micheal Broad driving home Frankie Ratcliff with the RBI Double that captured the game 1 win. It was a game that saw the Bombers fall behind early ,as the Stars went up 7-0 after 2 complete Innings . The Bombers closed the margin to 7-3 then tied the game at 7 -7 in the bottom of the 6th Inning, only to see the Stars take the lead in the top of Inning # 7 by a score of 9-7. Like Saturday night the Bombers did their best work late scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th Inning to win the game 10-9. The Bombers move to (2-0) on the year.In game 1 Micheal Broad finished 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored. Antonio Alvarez added a 2 RBI Single and Mike Parker finished 2 for 3 with 2 RBI'S.Dale Carey finsihed 1 for 1 with a Double and 2 Runs Scored. Brandon Hernandez picked up the win (1-0).
Handout: Game 2 Boxscore

Monday, May 18
Bombers Down Stars 15-5 in Game 3
The Bombers completed the 3 game sweep of the Stars with a 15-5 win in the final game of the series. The Bombers took an early 3-0 lead , but saw the Stars climb back and cut the lead to 4-2 after 4 Innings of play . In the Top of the 5th Inning the Stars took a 5-4 lead .The Bombers once again had to come from behind this time scoring 3 Runs in the bottom of the 5th Inning to take a 7-5 lead , before scoring 8 runs in the bottom of the 6th Inning to finish off the Stars by a score of 15-5. The Nations # 1 Ranked Team now moves to (3-0) with a 3 game sweep of the Nations # 41 Ranked Team. Mike Parker was 3 for 5 with a 2 Run Homerun and 5 RBI'S. Micheal Broad finished 2 for 4 with 3 RBI'S.Brent Zimmerman added 2 Hits and Dale Carey went 2 for 3 with 2 Runs Scored. Antonio Alvarez was 2 for 5 with a Double and 2 RBI'S. Jake Wiesler (1-0) got the win.
Handout: Game 3 Boxscore

Sunday, May 17
Bombers Open 2009 with Dramatic Walk Off Win

              The Florida Bombers defeated the Florida Stars by a score of 3-2 Saturday night at FIU,it was the season opener for both teams. The Bombers which enter 2009 as the Nations # 1 Ranked team needed a 2 out rally to defeat the Florida Stars. The Stars entered the night as the Nations # 41 Ranked Preseason team. The Stars led the Bombers 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 7th Inning, started Scottie Allen was still on the mound for the Stars, Allen pitched the entire night going 6 2/3 Innings  in the 89-92 MPH Range.The Bombers put runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 Outs and brought leadoff hitter CT Bradford, with the count even at 2 and 2 Bradford laced a Double off the Left Field fence bringing home Dale Carey all the way from 1 st Base for the winning run. Bradford finished the night going 2 for 4 with 2 Doubles and 2 RBI'S.Antonia Alvarez added a Single for the Bombers.The Bombers got things going first as they took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Bombers led 1-0 till the top of Inning # 5 as the Stars scored 2 unearned runs to take the lead 2-1.The game stayed 2-1 till the bottom of the 7th Inning ,as the Bombers scored 2 Runs for the walk off win.  On the mound RHP Colby Sims went 4 Innings allowing 0 Runs while Strikingout 4. Kyle Finch (1-0) picked up the win pitching 3 Innings allowing 0 Earned Runs and Strikingout 3. The Bombers and Stars conclude the 3 Game Series tomorrow morning at FIU at 10:00 A.M.

 


Handout: 2010 Boxscores

Tuesday, May 12
2009 Florida Bombers Season Preview

           The 2009 Florida Bombers season opens Saturday May 16 at 7:00 P.M. at FIU. The Bombers open 2009 as the Nations # 1 Ranked team, a ranking that will be tested right off the bat ,as the Bombers will play host to the Nations # 41 Ranked Team the Florida Stars in a 3 game series, that concludes Sunday morning with a Double Header at FIU starting at 10:00 A.M. The 2009 version of the Florida Bombers will return a very very good core group led by 2008 M.V.P. and Best Offensive player of the year JR Murphy, Murphy is a University of Miami signee. The Bombers also return 2008 Cy Young Award winner Kevin Alexander, Alexander is a Florida Atlantic University signee. Also returning in 2009 are University of Miami signee 2B Frankie Ratcliff, University of Virginia Tech signee INF-RHP Brent Zimmerman. The Bombers also return University of South Florida bound Jimmy Falla. On the mound the Bombers also bring back University of FIU signee Albert Cardenas and University of East Tennessee LHP Josh Gonzaga. All in all the Bombers return 7 players from the 2008 WWBA National Championship team.                                                                                                                                                

Besides the returning players the Bombers have in what they feel the best recruiting class in the nation , a class that features 5 University of Miami signees , 1 NC State signee, 1 North Florida Signee, 1 University of East Tennessee signee, and 1 Barry University Signee.Also Junior Outfielder and LHP CT Bradford has verbally comitted to the University of Mississippi State.All in all the Bombers have 17 Division One players on their opening day roster. 2009 does not come without expectations says coach Fernandez"anytime you wear the Bombers uniform expectations follow, and that is the best thing about being a memebr of this organization, people expect you to win and we expect to win so everyday is a challenge to meet those expectations".The Bombers will be looking to expand on their WWBA Dynasty status as they will seek their 6th WWBA National Championship in 8 years. "Its by far the toughest event to win in amateur baseball, we have been fortunate to win this event 5 times, but looking forward winning a 6th National title is what we have set out to do in 2009"says coach Starr.In less than 5 days the Bombers will look to make more and more history every time they take the field, as they will attempt to go from start to finish with that tag of Nations # 1 Ranked Team. Lets meet the Bombers

Catchers

Mike Ohlman - Luke Guarnaccia - Ryan Gallardo , JR Murphy

Infielders

Mike Parker - Jimmy Falla - Johnny Cole -  Frankie Ratcliff - David Perkins - Micheal Broad - Antonio Alvarez - David Perkins - Brent Zimmerman

Outfielders

JR Murphy - CT Bradford - Zac Houck - David Richardson - Dale Carey - Zeke Devoss

Pitchers

RHP - Kevin Alexander - Joe Loveccio - Anthony Tzamsis, Colby Sims , Kerry Doane , Kyle Finch - Jharel Cotton - Olvido Aquino - Albert Cardenas - Brandon Hernandez - Brent Zimmerman - Nick Krolczyk - Ben Lively - David Richrdson - Luke Guarnaccia - Tyler Kinley

LHP  - Steve Ewing - Josh Gonzaga - Zac Houck - Johnny Cole - CT Bradford

 

 



Thursday, April 9
19 Bombers Named Preseason Rawlings All Americans

The Florida Bombers 2009 roster is loaded with All Americans according to the 2009 Rawlings preseason All Americans list.The 19 All Americans gives the Bombers the most preseason All Americans of any summer team in the country.The Bombers which enter 2009 as the Nations # 1 Ranked Team , would like to congratulate all the nominees.

2009 Grads

2 nd Team All American

SS    -   Micheal Broad

 

3 rd  Team All American

OF-C -   JR Murphy

 

Honorable Mention

RHP  -  Albert Cardenas

RHP  -  Joe Loveccio

C      -  Michael Ohlman

OF-RHP - David Richardson

RHP-INF - Anthony Tzamtzis

 

Underclassmen All Americans

2 nd Team All American

RHP   -  Colby Sims

 

3 rd Team All American

OF    -  Dale Carey

 

Honorable Mention

INF   -  Antonio Alvarez

OF-LHP - CT Bradford

C-RHP - Luke Guarnaccia

OF-LHP - Zac Houck

INF   -   David Perkins

C      -   Ryan Gallardo

RHP   -  Brandon Hernandez

1B     -   Mike Parker

RHP   -   Ben Lively

RHP   -   Nick Krolcyk

The Bombers again would like to say congratulations on a job well done.

 

 

 



Wednesday, March 25
2009 Alumni and Current Bombers Fundraiser Banquet Announced
Notice to our Former and Future Players Our Organization has pride itself in enhancing and continuing to develop the skills of our players.  We have established a program that has proven it can take our ball players to the next level.  As a past player, you are living proof that anything can be accomplished with the skills, tools and experience we have helped to develop throughout the years.   In this our “10 year Anniversary”, we want to celebrate the future while remembering the past that got us here.  We would like for each of you to join us and celebrate our great organization.  During this event we would like to introduce our present players to the alumni of our great organization and give an opportunity to reconnect with former players by meeting the new generation of the Florida Bombers. To help our future athletes achieve the same type of success, we are looking for the support of our past players to help improve our program by providing donations, memorable or to be a part of our “1st Annual Florida Bombers Fundraising Event”.  The event will introduce our current players to the history of our program along with introducing them to our great family and allowing all current players a chance to meet their teammates.  All monetary funds raised will help enhance our program and help continue developing the future of our beloved sport. We are currently in the process of planning the event but your help is greatly appreciated.  Save the Date Sunday, May 24, 2009 6:00-9:00pm Location, to be determined  If you are interested in attending or would like additional information on how to contribute to our program please contact us at any of the following; Olga White - 321-689-9299 – olgawhite@aol.com Florida Bombers Main Line: 305-671-3699 - floridabombers@earthlink.net Thank you for being a part of our success and 10 year history…..

Sunday, March 15
Florida Bombers Announce 2009 Season Tickets Stimulus Plan

The Florida Bombers Organization has put together a stimulus plan for all the families in the organization, with the announcement of the 2009 Season Tickets plan. The season tickets will be good for any Florida Bombers event in 2009 regardless of age groups.Season tickets can be purchased by calling the Florida Bombers Baseball Office. 

305-671-3699

or they can also be purchased at the 2009 Preseason Teams Banquet, date of the Banquet is TBA.

 

The following will be the pricing breakdown for the 2009 season.

Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational

$ 8.00     (per person per day)

$ 20.00   (tournament pass per person)

Florida Bombers Showdown at FAU

$ 8.00     (per person per day)

$ 20.00   (tournament pass per person)

Florida Bombers National Classic

$ 10.00   (per person per day)

$ 40.00   (tournament pass per person)

AABC Week

Games played at FIU 

$ 6.00 single game

$ 8.00 Double Headers

Gmaes played at UM

$ 8.00 single game

$ 10.00 Double Headers

 

The Florida Bombers Stimulus plan is for parents in the Florida Bombers Organization only.

Season Tickets are $ 150.00 per Family this will give each season ticket holder up to 3 people per game. A family of 3 only needs to purchase 1 season ticket and the entire family is covered by the season ticket plan. The season tickets work in different ways as well , if a parent would like to bring himself plus 2 friends they will be covered that day by the season pass.

Season Ticket Plan $ 150.00 for the entire summer of 2009 (Only for Florida Bombers Events) good for up to 3 people per game.

The prices above are the prices for admission to each event in the summer of 2009 , so the Season pass obviously gives families a huge discount for the 2009 season.

 

For season tickets please call 305-671-3699



Thursday, October 30
Bombers Announce 2009 Tournament Dates

2009 Tournament Dates

 

18 and 16  Under  Memorial Weekend Invitational

May 22-25   2009

4 Games Minimum

$ 800.00 Per Team

 

18 and 16  Under Florida Atlantic Invitational

June 10-14   2009

4 Games Minimum

$ 850.00 Per Team

(this tournament is currently sold out we have the max number of teams in the event , to be placed on the waiting list please contact us at) www.floridabombers@earthlink.net

 

2009 Florida Bombers National Classic

June 21-27   2009

6 Games Minimum

$ 1,250 Per Team

 

For more information please contact us at 305-671-3699  Baseball Office

or Email us at  www.floridabombers@earthlink.net  

 

 



Tuesday, December 9
Florida Bombers Organization Announces New Age Groups

The Florida Bombers Organization continues to grow and expand with every passing day. The Florida Bombers would like to announce the addition of the Junior Bombers to the Organization. The Bombers organization will be introducing the Junior Bombers Baseball , which will feature leagues for players ages 3-6. Players ages 3 and 4 will play in the Bombers Tee Ball Division, and players ages 5 and 6 will play in the coach pitch division. The Junior Bombers league will begin play January 31 ,2009 . The league will play out of Continental Park located at 10000 SW 82nd Ave in Miami , Florida. Registration is currently open.

For more information please contact us at

Baseball office       305-671-3699

Emilio Fernandez    786-286-5176

Miguel Quintana     305-219-2957

or you can email us at juniorbombers@earthlink.net  

you can also find us at www.juniorbombers.net



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Ben Lively

Friday, December 19
Bombers Add More Talent
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David Perkins

The Florida Bombers have added more talent to the 2009 roster. The Bombers which enter 2009 as the Nations # 1 Ranked Team are now stronger.The newest members of the Bombers are as follow.

RHP   -  Junior   Ben Lively, Ben is a 2010 6"4 RHP the currently is in the 86-89 Range. Lively will be one of the top 2010 pitchers in the country. Ben will be looked at to provide depth to an already incredible pitching staff. The Bombers look for big things from Ben in 2009.

INF   - Junior   David Perkins, David is another 2010 addition to the Bombers. David is one of the better offensive infielders in the country, and will be a big time Division 1 prospect. David will be an impact bat in 2009 and will give the Bombers depth at all infield positions.

OF-INF - Senior Zeke Devoss , Zeke is a University of Miami signee . Zeke is a switch hitting OF that plays the speed game better than most. Zeke is a 6.6 runner with plus instincts and tools.



Zeke Devoss
Zeke Devoss


Friday, December 12
Bombers Add a 3 Game Series with the All American Prospects

The Florida Bombers have added a 3 Game series with the All American Prospects. The Bombers will play the Prospects May 30,2009 at 7:00 P.M. at FIU , followed by a Double Header May 31 at FIU starting at 10:00 A.M.

The Bombers now are waiting to hear back from the  Florida Legends in regards to scheduling for the 2009 season. "We have done everything we can to schedule the Legends , we are waiting to hear back from them"says Coach Fernandez. "We want to play the best possible competition , we want to be ready come playoff time, we added the Prospects now we wait for the Legends"says coach Starr.

The Bombers 2009 schedule is about 75 % completed, as they need to add a few more regular season games.



Sunday, December 7
Bombers Add Starting Pitcher
Steve Ewing
Steve Ewing
The Florida Bombers have added 6"3 LHP Steven Ewing to the 2009 roster. The Bombers already the Nations # 1 Ranked Team in the Country, just got stronger with the addition of Ewing. The 6"3 SR LHP is a University of Miami Signee, and will be looked at as one of the Bombers front line pitchers in 2009. "Steven gives us another horse to go to battle with , Steven is the type of pitcher a team needs to win in Farmington"says coach Fernandez.

Monday, November 17
Florida Bombers Nations Number 1 Ranked Team in the Country
2008 National Champions

The Florida Bombers are Ranked # 1 in the Country by PG Crosschecker in their preaseason 2009 Rankings. PG Crosschecker put out the Top 64 Ranked Teams in the country,placing the Bombers at the top.

You can see the Rankings at www.pgcrosschecker.com

In 2008 the Bombers won their 5 th WWBA National Championship as well as their 7th Connie Mack State Championship. The Bombers also won their 1st ever Florida Bombers National Classic.

The Bombers 2009 team features a great core of returning players to go along with a great recruiting class that includes a total of 12 Division 1 Signees including 6 University of Miami signees.

In 2008 the Bombers faced 9 Teams that are currenttly ranked in the Top 64 teams in the country , the Bombers went 10-3 versus the Countries Top 64 Teams in 2008.

 

                                                                            



Wednesday, November 26
Florida Bombers Announce Season Opener
The Florida Bombers the Nations # 1 Ranked Preseason Team ,will open 2009 versus the Florida Stars on May 16, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. at FIU. The Stars will enter 2009 as the countries # 40 Ranked Team. The 3 game series will conclude Sunday with a Double Header starting at 10:00 A.M. In 2008 the Bombers swept the Stars to open the season, although in Game 2 the Bombers had to rally from a 6-0 deficet. The Bombers finished 2008 with a record of (4-0) versus the Stars. 2009 will mark the 6th consecutive season the Bombers open up their season versus the Florida Stars.

Saturday, November 22
2008 Award Winners Announced
JR Murphy MVP 2008
Emilio Fernandez and JR Murphy 2008 M.V.P. and Offensive Player of the Year

The Florida Bombers 2008 banquet was a great success, as it saw the Induction of Gaby Sanchez into the Florida Bombers Hall of Fame. Gaby becomes the first ever Bomber inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 2008 WWBA National Championship Members also received their Championship Rings.The evening also saw a great slide show compliments of Carolina Murphy for all her pictures.And finally the individual award winners were announced.

2008 AWARD WINNERS

M.V.P.                         -   JR Murphy

Best Offensive Player    -  JR Murphy

Cy Young                     -  Kevin Alexander

Gold Glove                   -  Rony Rodriguez

Mr. Bomber                  -  Anthony Angulo

 

You can also check out the Florida Bombers slide show on You Tube and The Florida Bombers My Space page. We should have the videos up and running by next week. We will post an announcement when they are up and running.



Sunday, November 23
Florida Bombers 16's Ranked # 49 in the Country
The Florida Bombers 16's are Ranked # 49 in the Country in the PG Crosschecker Preseason Rankings. The Bombers 16's are managed by former Bomber Tommy Duenas. In 2007 the Bombers 16's won the AABC Micky Mantle Southeast Regionals. Look for big things from the Bombers 16's in 2009.For more information on the 16 and Under Florida Bombers please contact us at 305-671-3699.The Bombers 16's have produced current Bomber greats JR Murphy , Frankie Ratcliff,and Edward Peiderman.

Friday, November 14
Bombers Sign National Letters of Intent

The Florida Bombers Organization would like to congratulate all of the players that signed National Letters of Intent.The following players have signed with the following schools.

Joe Hudson  -  Notre Dame

Frankie Ratcliff  -  University of Miami

Brent Zimmerman  - Virginia Tech

Jimmy Falla - University of South Florida

Niko Fraser - Elon University

JR Murphy - University of Miami

Kevin Alexander - Florida Atlantic University

Albert Cardenas - Florida International University

Micheal Broad - University of Miami

Micheal Ohlman - University of Miami

Anthony Tzamsis - NC State

 



Tuesday, November 4
Bombers Add More Talent for 2009

The Florida Bombers have added yet more talent to the 2009 team, with the addition of 9 new players. The Bombers which are coming off a very impressive showing in Jupiter ,without two of its key members look primed to win their first ever Connie Mack World Series.In 2009 the Bombers will look to do something that has never been done before, that is win their 6th WWBA National Championship, and their First Connie Mack World Series  Championship.Looking at some of the new talent the Bombers are in great position to make history once again.

A look at the newset members

RHP-INF - Anthony Tzamsis   88-91 mph Anthony has committed to NC State as is considered the best pitching prospect in Dade County. Anthony is also a solid two way guy that can swing the bat and play defense.Anthony is a Nationally Ranked Senior.

RHP- Colby Sims  - Sims is 88-91 and is currently Ranked in the Nations top 75 ,2010 players. Sims is a top Division 1 talent as he will be one of the highest touted Bombers in 2009.Sims will be one of the Bombers top pitchers this summer .

LHP - Steve Ewing - Ewing is a front line LHP that has committed to the University of Miami. Ewing is 87-89 with a plus Breaking Ball and solid Change Up. Steve will be one of the Bombers top pitchers in 2009 as he should be atop the rotation this coming summer. 

RHP - Nick Krolczyk  - Nick is a big 6"4 2010 Junior out of Coral Springs, that looks to be a power arm here in the near future. Nick currently sits in the 86-87 range with much more in him. Look for Nick to make big noise this summer.

RHP - Ben Lively - Ben is a 6"4 Junior 2010 RHP . Ben is coming on strong as he has jumped on the National scene. Ben is a plus body guy with all the tools to be a top guy this summer. Currently Ben shows 86-88 with a solid 3 pitch arsenal. Ben should be 88-91 if not better very very soon as the ball leaves his hands very clean and with very little effort. Ben is a very good student and he should be a top recruit in 2009.

1B - Mike Parker - Parker is a 6"4 Left Handed Hitting First Basemen. Parker is one of the Nations premier offensive players. Parker is looked at as a plus power guy that will hit for Average. Parker is one of the Nations top 2010 players .

SS - Micheal Broad - Broad is a University of Miami recruit, and one of the Nations best Shortstops. Broad will be a staple in the Bombers success in 2009. The Bombers feel Broad is the best Shortstop in the State of Florida , and are very excited to have him as a member of the organization.

OF-RHP - David Richardson - The Bombers have added 5 tool talent David Richardson to the 2009 Outfield.Richardson is a 6.6 Runner with Plus Plus Arm Strength. Richardson fits the mold of Bomber players, he can help you win games in many different ways.

1B-LHP -Johnny Cole - Cole is a 2010 player from Broward County that is looked at as a two way talent. Cole hands down is one of the Nations best defenders at First Base as well as a good looking offensive talent. On the mound Cole is 84-86 with a solid breaking ball. Cole will be one of the Bombers top Juniors in 2009.



Monday, October 27
Bombers 2009 Newest Members

2009 Recruits

1.  Micheal Ohlman          SR     6"4    210    University of Miami

2.  Luke Guarnaccia        JR     5"11   200

3.  Mike Parker               JR     6"4     210

4.  Micheal Broad            SR    5"11   180    University of Miami

5.   David Perkins            JR    5"11   180

6.   Zeke Devoss            SR    5"10   185     University of Miami

7.  CT Bradford              JR     5"9    170

8.  David Richardson       SR     6"0    185

9.  Zac Houck               JR      6"2    170

10.  Colby Sims              JR      6"3     190

11.  Anthony Tzamsis      SR      6"1      190     NC State

12. Steve Ewing           SR     6"3     220     University of Miami

13. Johnny Cole           JR      6"2       190 

14. Nick Krolczyk         JR      6"4       220

15. Ben Lively             JR      6"4      195

 

 

The Bombers have received several other commitments that will be announced in the next few days.



Sunday, October 12
Bombers Add Talent for 2009

The Florida Bombers have added 3 more pieces to the 2009 puzzle. The Bombers have added CF - LHP CT Bradford, OF-LHP Zac Houck, and Catcher -RHP Luke Guarnaccia. "We feel the addition of these 3 talentd Juniors sets us up well for the 2009 season,Bradford in my opinion is the best Centerfielder in our State hands down, he is the type of player that has made the Florida Bombers what they are, we are very fortunate to have a talent like CT"says coach Fernandez. "Houck is another Bomber type of player, he is a very good runner that knows how to hit and can playall 3 Outfield positions, and Luke in my opinion is one of the most athletic catchers we have seen in a very , very long time, all 3 of these 2010 players will have a great Bomber career"says coach Starr.



Sunday, September 28
Congratulations to Kevin Alexander for Winning the Fans M.V.P. Vote
RHP Kevin Alexander gained more votes than JR Murphy to win the fans choice for 2008 Florida Bombers M.V.P. The Bombers will announce the actual 2008 M.V.P. at the 2008 Florida Bombers Banquet.

Friday, August 22
Micheal Ohlman Commits to the Bombers

6"4 University of Miami signee Micheal Ohlman has committed to the Florida Bombers for the 2009 season. Ohlman is a Catcher with plus defensive skills to go along with tremendous offensive ability. Ohlman stands an impressive 6"4  205 LBS. "In our opinion we feel Ohlman can be the best cather in the state of Florida, his skills package is just as good as any catcher in the state , we are very excited to have Mike with us in 2009 " says Josh Starr.

 

The Bombers will return a very impressive core from the 2008 WWBA National Championship Team.

JR Murphy         -  University of Miami

Frankie Ratcliff  -  University of Miami

Kevin Alexander  -  Florida Atlantic University

Jimmy Falla        -  University of South Florida

Niko Fraser        -  Elon University

John  Brabbia     -  Elon University

Josh Gonzaga      -  East Tennessee University

Albert Cardenas    -  Florida International University

Brent Zimmerman

Joe Hudson

 

 



Monday, August 4
Murphy , Alexander Headline 2008 First Team All Bombers

OF -JR Murphy and RHP Kevin Alexander headline  six  2008 Florida Bombers named to the All Time Bomber Teams. Murphy and Alexander were both named to the First Team All Bombers. 3B Raiko Alfonso was named to the Second Team, while 1B Rony Rodriguez, LHP Justin Leith and LP Josh Gonzaga were named to the Third Team. JR Murphy just completed the finest offensive year in the history of the Florida Bombers, while Kevin Alexander completed one of the most complete pitching seasons in the history of the Florida Bombers.

Please check the updated All Time Teams to see where the 2008 players match up.

We have also completed the All Time Single season records, check to see how the 2008 Bombers compare, to other Bomber greats from the past.

 



Tuesday, July 29
Ratcliff Latest to Commit
2B Frankie Ratcliff became the latest in a long string of Juniors to commit to college, Ratcliff joins JR Murphy as Ratcliff has committed to the University of Miami. "We are very happy for Frankie and his Family, this is what its all about for us , seeing our players move on and continue to pursue their dreams."says the Florida Bombers Organization.Ratcliff set an all time Bombers record with Base on Balls as he finished with 42 Base on Balls on the year, he also hit .340 with 5 HR'S and 42 RBI'S and 50 Runs Scored , he was also 10 for 10 in SB'S.

Wednesday, July 23
Bombers Open SE Regionals With a 5-3 Win

The Florida Bombers (39-6-2)defeated the Miami Powerhouse by a score of 5-3 in Round One of the Southeast Regionals played at Ft.Lauderdale Stadium. John Brabbia (6-1) got the win pitching 5 + Innings allowing 1 Run, scattering 4 Hits while Strikingout 5. Josh Gonzaga got the Save (1) getting the last out of the game with runners on 1st and 2nd.Raiko Alfonso was 2 for 4 with 1 Double and 1 RBI.Rony Rodriguez was 2 for 2 with 2 Runs Scored.Frankie Ratcliff was 1 for 3 with a Double and 1 RBI.JR Murphy added an RBI Single.Anthony Angulo added 2 hits. The Bombers will play the Memphis Tigers at 1 P.M. on Thursday in Round 2.



Tuesday, July 22
Bombers Win Unprecedented 6th Connie Mack State Championship

The Florida Bombers (38-6-2)defeated the Miami Lakes Bombers by a score of 8-2 in the Championship Game of the Connie Mack State Tournament.The Florida Bombers now have won State Championships in 2001,2002,2003,2004,2005, and 2008.The Bombers will now gear up for the Southeast Regionals which begin Wednesday July 23 at Ft.Luaderdale Stadium.The Bombers will open up versus Miami Powerhouse at 1:00 P.M.

In the Championship game of the State tournament Kevin Alexander (8-0) pitched 5 + Innings to earn the win.JR Murphy connected on his (10)  Homerun of the year. Jimmy Falla added a 3 Run Homerun his (4)  of the year. Falla finished the game 3 for 3 , also adding a Single and Double. Carlos Lopez also connected on a 2 Run Homerun his (5)  of the year.



Saturday, July 12
Several Bombers Commit to College

The Florida Bombers pride themselves on being an instrumental tool for players to move on and play college baseball. Every year numerous Bombers commit to Division 1 schools, and 2008 is no exception. So far the Bombers have seen several of its 2009 grads commit to college.

Here is a list of commitments

OF    JR  Murphy  - University of Miami

INF   Frankie Ratcliff - University of Miami

RHP  Kevin Alexander - Florida Atlantic University

OF   Niko Fraser - Elon University

OF   Jimmy Falla - University of South Florida 



Saturday, July 12
Bomber Win in Regular Season Finally
The Florida Bombers defeated the Bruins 18's at FIU by a score of 8-0. Josh Gonzaga and Albert Cardenas combined on the 2 Hit Shutout. At the plate JR Murphy was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI'S.Albert Cardenas was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. Joel Capote,Frankie Ratcliff,Rony Rodriguez,Jose Rodriguez,Jimmy Falla, and Joe Hudson added 1 Hit apiece.The Bombers now move to (33-5-2) and extend their winning streak to 25 games. The 25 game winning streak is the second longest in Bomber History.In 2002 the Bombers won 50 games in a row before losing in the Southeast Regionals. The Bombers will now gear up for the Connie Mack State Tournament that starts Wednesday July 16 at Pace Highschool.The Florida Bombers have won the State Championship 5 Times.

Tuesday, July 8
Florida Bombers WWBA Dynasty

The Florida Bombers won their unprecedented 5th World Wood Bat Association National Championship with a 3-2 win over the Illinois Sparks Monday afternoon at the East Cobb Complex in Marietta, Georgia.

 

The Bombers, who also claimed the championship in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, did it in normal Bomber fashion, with outstanding defense in the middle of the field, timely hitting and a deep staff of pitchers who pound the strike zone.

 

RHP Brent Zimmerman was the star of the championship game, throwing a complete game 4 hitter, walking none and striking out 4.  Zimmerman, a 2009 prospect, pitched in the upper 80’s with a sharp curveball and excellent change up that kept the powerful Sparks lineup off balance.

 

The Bombers scored 3 runs in the third inning, with the key blow being a run scoring double by SS Carlos Lopez.

 

The Illinois Sparks became the first team from the northern tier of the country in WWBA and BCS history to make a National Championship final.  They were a dominant offensive team and had scored 13, 12 and 10 runs in their previous 3 playoff games. 

 

Illinois defeated the East Cobb Yankees 10-4 in one semifinal match up.  The Florida Bombers defeated the South Carolina Bombers 10-3 in the other semifinal.

 

Sparks CF John Ruetigger was named the Most Valuable Player of the event.  Ruettiger was the Illinois leadoff hitter and went 11-22 with 7 walks, 13 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in leading the team’s offense.  He also picked up a win on the mound during pool play.  Ruettiger will be attending Arizona State in the Fall.

 

LHP Adam Westmoreland of the South Carolina Bombers was named the event’s Most Valuable Pitcher.  Westmoreland, a 6-5, 275 lb southpaw from the 2008 class, went 2-0 with 1 save, throwing 14 innings without allowing a run while striking out 21 hitters.  He threw a shutout in the Bombers quarterfinal win over Chain Baseball, regularly touching 90-92 mph with his fastball.  Westmoreland has signed with University of South Carolina.

 

Honoring Westmoreland without mentioning his teammate, RHP Gus White, wouldn’t be proper.  White, a 2008 pitcher from Lexington, SC, threw 2 complete game shutouts during the championship, also allowing no runs in 14 innings.

 


Tuesday, July 8
Bombers Win 5th WWBA National Championship

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By Adam Carrington
Marietta Daily Journal Sports Writer

 

MARIETTA - Brent Zimmerman isn't a fulltime starting pitcher for the Florida Bombers but he looked like one against the Illinois Sparks 18U Black.

His strength is playing shortstop but he was called upon to pitch in the championship game of the World Wood Bat Championships against the Sparks at the East Cobb Baseball Complex on Monday morning.

He took the hill and slowed down the high-octane Sparks offense as the Bombers prevailed 3-2 to win their fifth championship in the last seven years.

Zimmerman did yield two runs on four hits and had just four strikeouts for his Miami-based squad. But what made him so effective was how quickly he was getting hitters out. His pitch count never went beyond 12 in an inning and finished the game with just 65 pitches.

"(Monday), he was the best guy for the job," Bombers coach Emilio Fernandez said. "For him to go out there and throw a complete game against a good offensive team was unbelievably impressive."

Three of Zimmerman's four strikeouts came against the first four batters faced, but started having trouble afterwards. The fifth batter he faced, Tony Zych, hit a double to left field off a first-pitch offering that was high in the strike zone. Zimmerman also made the same mistake to Nick Brown, who ripped a double to center off the first pitch to bring Zych home.

Two batters later, Sam Munson hit a single to center off Zimmerman to score Brown, giving the Sparks a 2-0 against a pitcher that was showing first-inning dominance. Zimmerman's first inning stuff returned after Munson's single as he sat down 11 straight batters.

"I told coach I didn't need any help and that I was going to get through the whole game," Zimmerman said. "The whole tournament, we put up lots of runs and lots of hits so I was had to get out of the (second) inning without self destructing."

Zimmerman managed to get help from his offense in the third inning as the Bombers put up three runs. After the Bombers worked the pitch count to Sparks starter Chris Wakefield of Canton in the first two innings, they started hitting him in the third.

Raiko Alfonso's single with one out in the third got things started for the Bombers. After Rony Rodriguez walked on four straight pitches, J.R. Murphy delivered an RBI hit to put the Bombers on the board. Both Rodriguez and Murphy came home on a two-run double by Carlos Lopez.

The Sparks had runners on second and third with two outs in the sixth but Joey Debernardis grounded to Zimmerman on the first pitch. And with two outs in the seventh, Brown made Zimmerman throw six pitches to a batter for the first time since the fourth inning but popped foul to the catcher to end it.

"We ran into a good pitcher and sometimes that happens. You just have to tip your hat," Sparks coach Bill Copp said. "That guy (Zimmerman) shoved it on us."

n The East Cobb Yankees yielded 10 first-inning runs in their semifinal game against the Sparks en route to a devastating 10-4 loss.

They went through three pitchers in the first, allowing 15 Sparks batters to come to the plate.

The Yankees held them scoreless the rest of the way but scoring four runs wasn't enough to account for the first inning damage. Evan Martin and Kyle Farmer were both 3-for-4 for the Yankees, and Brandon Miller and Jason Stolz each hit home runs.

 

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Monday, June 30
Florida Bombers Crowned National Classic Champions
The Florida Bombers ran the table in the first annual Florida Bombers National Classic. The Classic which featured 25 teams, was played in Miami,Florida from June 22-28.The Bombers defeated the Brevard Aces in the Championship game by a score of 10-4 , to capture the Championship. The Bombers finished pool play with the # 2 overall pool play seeding. In game 1 of the playoffs sweet 16 , the Bombers were matched up versus the # 15 Broward Bulldogs at the University of Miami. The Bombers defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 12-2. In round two the Bombers were matched up against the # 8 seeded Miami Lakes Bombers at 7:30 P.M. at FIU.The Florida Bombers held on the defeat the Miami Lakes Bombers by a score of 6-5. The Bombers then moved into the final four on Saturday morning versus the  3 seeded Action Basebll from Texas. The Bombers and Action faced off at 10:00 A.M. at the University of Miami.The Bombers defeated the Action Baseball Club by a score of 12-5, putting the Bombers in the cHampionship Game versus the Brevard Aces. The Aces entered the game with a tournament record of (5-1-1). The Bombers put the Aces away with a 6 Run 4th Inning. The Bombers now move to (23-5-1) and will now head up to Marietta ,Georgia to compete at the WWBA National Championships. The Bombers finished the Bombers National Classic with a (7-0-1) record.

Wednesday, June 25
Scores
 Monday June 23
Pokers 18's   18  vs Broward Mavericks  9
Brevard Aces   4  vs Miami Lakes Pirates 4   TIE
Bruins 18's         vs Powerhouse
Lakes Bombers   vs Broward Mavericks    (Lakes Bombers Won no score reported)
Florida Bombers 10 vs Florida Futures 5
Bomber Braves    6 vs Fat Cats  3
Pokers 17's 5         vs Florida Thunder 0
Scorpions Purple     vs West Coast Wave     
Broward Bulldogs  5 vs Miami Lakes Pirates 3
Action Baseball    11 vs Hitaway Prospects 3
Bruins 17's              vs Bruins 18's       Rained Out
Ohio Hurricanes    7  vs Scorpions Black 2
 
Tuesday June 24
Scorpions Purple   13 vs Line Drive 18's 7
Action Baseball       8 vs West Coast Wave 3
Pokers 17's            4 vs Fat Cats 3
Scorpions Black     10 vs Florida Futures 9
Florida Bombers    14 vs Line Drive 17's 0
Bruins 17's             8 vs Miami Lakes Bombers 6
Line Drive 18's           vs Hitaway Prospects    (Line Drive WINS No score reported)
Broward Bulldogs    11 vs Broward Nationals 3
Ohio Hurricanes      19 vs Line Drive 17's 8
Fat Cats                     vs Powerhouse           (Fat Cats WIN  no score reported)
Bomber Bluesox      11 vs Brevard Aces 10
Florida Thunder       12 vs Bomber Braves 5
Miami Lakes Pirates 14 vs Broward Nationals 6
Bomber Bruins 17's    2 vs Florida Pokers 2   TIE
 
Wednesday June 25
Ohio Hurricanes        11 vs Florida Futures  1
Action Baseball           5 vs Scorpions Purple 1
Bruins 17's                 7 vs Bruins 18's   0
Florida Futures            9 vs Line Drive 17's  8
Florida Bombers          5 vs Scorpions Black   3
Pokers 17's                   vs Powerhouse   (Pokers 17's WIN no score reported)
Hitaway Prospects        5 vs Scorpions Purple  2
West Coast Wave        4 vs Line Drive 18's     3
Fat Cats Baseball        15 vs Florida Thunder  1
 
Thursday June 26
Scorpions Black          14 vs Line Drive 17's   3
Broward Mavericks      10 vs Bomber Bruins 18's   8
Bomber Braves            3 vs Pokers 17's   2
Hitaway Prospects        5 vs West Coast Wave   1
Florida Bombers          4 vs Ohio Hurricanes    4   
Powerhouse                8 vs Florida Thunder   2
Action Baseball           5 vs Line Drive 18's   5
Florida Pokers 18's     2 vs Lakes Bombers   1
Bruins 17's                8 vs Broward Mavericks  2
Florida Pokers 18's     3 vs Bruins 18's   2
Miami Lakes Pirates   5 vs Bluesox 18's  4
Bluesox 18's             7 vs Broward Bulldogs  0
Brevard Aces            12 vs Broward Nationals  2
Brevard Aces            11 vs Broward Bulldogs   1
Powerhouse             10 vs  Braves  7
 
Championship Round
Schedules
 Bracket # 1
# 1  Bruins 17's vs # 16 Bomber Braves    2 P.M.  FIU - Braves  Advance
# 8  Brevard Aces vs # 9 Miami Lakes Pirates  9 A.M.  Florida Christian - Brevard Aces Advance  
# 5 Florida Pokers 18's vs # 12 Scorpions Black  11:30 Florida Christian - Scorpions Black Advance
# 4 Ohio Hurricanes  vs #13 Powerhouse  11:30 A.M.  FIU - Powerhouse Advance
 
Bracket # 2
 
# 6 Florida Pokers 17's vs # 11 Scorpions Purple  9 A.M.  FIU - Pokers 17's Advance
# 3 Action Baseball  vs Hitaway Prospects  11:30 A.M.  University of Maimi - Action Baseball Advance
# 7 Bomber Bluesox 18's vs # 10 Miami Lakes Bombers  9 A.M. University of Miami - Lakes Bombers Advance
# 2 Florida Bombers vs Broward Bulldogs  2 P.M. University of Miami - Florida Bombers Advance
Round 2 Of Championship Round
# 16 Bomber Braves vs # 8 Brevard Aces  7:30 P.M.  at Pace  - Brevard Aces Advance
# 12 Scorpions Black vs # 13 Powerhouse - Scorpions Black Advance
# 3 Action Baseball vs # 6 Florida Pokers 17's - Acrion Baseball Advance
# 2 Florida Bombers vs # 10 Miami Lakes Bombers - Florida Bombers Advance
 
Final Four (Round 3 Championship Round)
# 8 Brevard Aces vs # 12 Scorpions Black at FIU 10 A.M.
# 2 Florida Bombers vs # 3 Action Baseball at University of Miami 10 A.M.
 

 



Wednesday, June 25
National Classic News

We have completed two days of pool play in the Florida Bombers National Classic. In what has been a great two days of pool play, a few teams remain undefeated. The Florida Bombers, Action Baseball from Texas,Florida Pokers 17's,are still perfect in the Classic. Wedensday pool play continues with 9:00 A.M. Games at the University of Miami, Florida Christian, and Woolbright.At night all players and coaches will take part in a parade hosted by the Florida Marlins at Pro Player Stadium prior to the Florida Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays game.

College Coaches at the Classic

University of Miami

Florida State

Florida Atlantic

Florida International

Stetson University

Lynn University

University of South Florida

Bethune Cookman

St.Thomas University

Barry University

Broward Community College

Miami Dade Community College

 



Monday, June 16
Bombers Complete Perfect Weekend

The Florida Bombers completed a perfect weekend with a Double Header sweep Sunday at Mark Light Stadium.In game 1 the Bombers defeated the Miami Lakes Pirates 6-5 to move to (14-5) on the year. JR Murphy 2 Run Homerun (1) st of the year in the 5th Inning put the Bombers up 5-3. Rony Rodriguez added a 2 RBI Single in the 5 Run 5th Inning.Niko Fraser was 2 for 4 with a Double and 2 Runs Scored. Joel Capote added 2 Hits and 1 RBI. Frankie Ratcliff added a Solo Homerun (1) in the 5th Inning to end the scoring.Eric Rice pitched 2 plus Innings to earn the win (1-0) . Kevin Alexander picked up the Save (4) Strikingout 4 in 2 Innings of work.

In game 2 the Bombers pounded Powerhouse by a score of 9-1. Jimmy Falla was 2 for 3 with a Grandslam (2) . Falla finished with 4 RBI'S. Joel Capote (2) and JR Murphy (2) added Solo Homeruns. Raiko Alfonso was 2 for 3 with a 2 Run Homerun (1) . Mike Tomasi (1-0) pitched 5 Innings allowing 1 Run to pick up the win. The Bombers now move to (15-5) on the year , and have now won 7 games in a row.



Saturday, June 21
National Classic Intinerary

Florida Bombers National Classic Itinerary


Sunday

June 22  -    9:00 a.m.- Junior and unsigned senior showcase FIU

June 22   -    2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Team Check In at FIU Stadium

June 22   -    5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. Players,Coaches,Parents Cookout FIU                                                                                                

June 22   -    6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Homerun Derby FIU

June 22   -    8:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Umpire , Coaches Meeting

Monday 

June 23   -    9:00 A.M Games begin

June 23   -    7:15 P.M. Opening Ceremonies at FIU

Tuesday

June 24   -    Pool Play Continues

Wednesday

June 25   -    Night at the Ballpark with the Florida Marlins 7:00 P.M.


Saturday, June 14
Bombers Sweep the Florida Pokers

The Florida Bombers completed a Double Header sweep Saturday over the Florida Pokers,at the University of Miami. The Bombers defeated the Pokers 8-2 in Game 1, followed by an 11-1 Win in Game 2.

John Brabbia (4-0) picked up the win in game 1 pitching 5 Innings ,while Strikingout 4.Albert Cardenas was 2 for 3 with a 2 Run Homerun in the 5th Inning.Niko Fraser added a Single and 2 SB's.JR Murphy was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI'S.Franke Ratcliff added an RBI Double ,Brent Zimmerman added an RBI Single and Joe Hudson added an RBI Double. The Bombers move to (12-5) on the year.

In Game  2 the Bombers pounded the Pokers by a score of 11-1.Justin Leith (2-0) pitched 4 Innings earning the Win.Niko Fraser was 3 for 4 with 5 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored.Joel Capote was 2 for 3 with  Double and 1 SB and 2 RBI'S.JR Murphy was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI'S.Jimmy Falla added an RBI Single. The Bombers now are (13-5) on the year.

The Bombers will be back in action Sunday at 10:00 A.M. versus the Miami Lakes Pirates at the University of Miami, followed by a 12:45 P.M. game versus Miami Powerhouse at the University of Miami.



Thursday, June 5
4 Former Bombers Drafted in Round 1

Florida Bombers alumnus Jamile Weeks, Yonder Alonso,Carlos Gutierrez, and Eric Hosmer were all drafted in the First Round of the 2008 Major League Draft. Alonso played for the Bombers from 2003-2005, Weeks played for the Bombers in 2004,2005,Gutierrez played in 2004. Gutierrez, Weeks and Alonso were part of the Bombers first ever Connie Mack World Series Team.Hosmer was part of the Bombers 2nd Connie Mack World Series Team in 2006.Weeks ,Gutierrez,and Hosmer are all First Team All Time Florida Bombers Selections and Alonso is a 2nd Team All Florida Bombers selection.

The Florida Bombers would like to congratulate all 4 former Bombers.



Saturday, May 24
Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational Game Results

Satndings

North Division 1                                                                                                           South Division

All American Prospects Blue                           1-0                                                         Bomber Bluesox 18's                          1-0     

Florida Pokers 17's                                        0-1                                                         All American Prospects Grey              0-1

Hitaway Prospects                                                                                                       Florida Bombers

Bomber Bruins 17's                                                                                                      Florida Riptide

North Division 2                                                                                                         Bomber Bruins 18's

All American Prospects Red                           1-0                                                         SF Elite

Bomber Bulldogs                                             0-1

Bomber Braves

Bomber Bluesox 16's

Friday May 23

Game 1                                                                                                                             

All American Prospects Blue  - result not reported

Florida Pokers 17's

Game 2

All American Prospects Red  - 3

Bomber Bulldogs                   - 2

Game 3 

Bomber Bluesox 18's            - 4

All American Prospects Grey - 2

 



Monday, May 19
Bombers Complete Sweep

The Florida Bombers completed a 3 game sweep of the Brevard Stars Sunday .In game 1 the Bombers were trailin 6-0 after 2 Innings,but came from behind to defeat the Stars by a score of 8-7. The Bombers offense came to life in the 3rd inning scoring 8 runs while banging out 7 hits in the inning.Eric Doty got a Hold (1) and Kevin Alexander picked up the Save (1) of the year. John Brebbia picked up the win (1-0) in relief.Niko Frasor had 2 Hits and Scored 1 Run.Frankie Ratcliff added a pair of hits for the Bombers while also scoring 1 Run.Joe Hudson  added a pair of hits and 2 RBI'S for the Bombers. The Bombers sweeped the Stars for the first time in 5 years.

 

In game 2 the Bombers defeated the Stars by a score of 10-2.Justin Leith (1-0) picked up the win pitching 4 Innings while Strikingout 5.Joe Housey belted a Solo Homerun (1) of the year.Raiko Alfonso added a 2 RBI Double.Brent Zimmerman was 2 for 4 with 1 SB and 1 Run Scored. Albert Cardenas added 2 Hits and 2 RBI'S.Jimmy Falla had 2 Hits. The Bombers now (3-0) on the year will gear up for the Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational starting Friday May 23.

 



Sunday, May 18
Florida Bombers Open 2008 With an Impressive Win

The Florida Bombers opened up 2008 in typical Bomber style, with a win. The win marks the Bombers 9th consecutive opening day win. The Bombers defeated the Brevard Stars on Saturday night at FIU by a score of 10-0. The Bombers pitching staff combined to throw a No-Hitter on opening night. Starter Brian Johnson (1-0) went 4 Innings of no hit ball,while Strikingout 5. Johnson was followed by Eric Doty, and Josh Gonzaga.The Bombers also put together a 12 hit attack against the Stars led by Jimmy Falla who went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI'S.JR Murphy was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI'S and 1 Run Scored and 1 Double. Joel Capote was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI'S.Rony Rodriguez was 1 for 1 with an RBI Double in the 1 st Inning.Brent Zimmerman ,and Raiko Alfonso added Doubles . Frankie Ratcliff also added an RBI Double. Niko Frasor added an RBI Single.Anthony Angulo added a Single and 1 Run Scored.

The Bombers will be back in action Sunday May 18 at 9:00 A.M. at FIU versus the Brevard Stars in game 2 of a 3 game series. Game 3 will follow 20 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.

Boxscores will be posted tomorrow.

 



Friday, April 11
Bombers 2008 Schedule Among the Nations Strongest

The 2008 Florida Bombers schedule is nearly complete, and looks to be among the toughest schedule in team history. The Florida Bombers will host several of the states top programs this summer ,including a series with out of state power the Atlanta Bluejays."Well in June we will play the Pokers,Powerhouse,Tampa Bay Raiders,West Florida Young Guns,Atlanta Bluejays and we will compete in the UCF Invitational and our National Classic, that will be a very challenging month, but we feel it will prepare us for Marietta, as well as our State Tournament ,Regionals and Farmington"says coach Fernandez.   Besides the month of June the Bombers will play in the World Wood Bat National Championships, which is always among the strongest tournaments in the country.In May the Bombers will also play host to the Brevard Stars, Florida Riptide ,as well as hosting the Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational.

On top of a very active schedule the Bombers play in their own Connie Mack State League ,which features the Bluesox which won well over 20 games in 2007, as well as the Braves and Bruins."In 2008 it seems we wont be able to take many days off as a team , because most if not all the teams on our schedule can beat anyone "says recruiting coordinator Josh Starr. The 2008 season kicks off with a 3 games series versus the Brevard Stars on May 17 at 7:00 P.M. at FIU.

The Bombers have big expectations in 2008 ,and by the looks of things they have not backed down from playing the best of the best. If the Bombers can make a push at 50 wins in 2008 , without a doubt that should be considered a tremendous accomplishment."We do have big goals in 2008, we want to reclaim our tournament in Marietta this summer, by winning our 5th WWBA National Championship., and beyond that anything less than Farmington will be a disappointment for us"says coach Fernandez.

                                                                                     

 



Friday, March 28
Florida Bombers National Classic Nearly Set

The Florida Bombers National Classic, which will be held from June 22-28 in Miami,Florida is gearing up to be one of the nations top tournaments.This event will be a yearly event, although this is the events first year. "We have put alot of work into this National Tournament , and we are expecting one of the finest and strongest tournaments in the country"says Scott Patterson. The event truly will be a National Tournament, as 5 different States will be represented.     

"This is another big step in our programs forward progress, I have been attending tournaments for the last decade and we feel we have the knowledge and work ethic to make this event one of the finest in the country"says President Emilio Fernandeaz. So far the tournament has 22 participants , although that number should increase over the next few weeks."The plan all along was to cut out the tournament at 24 teams,but with the overwhelming interest in the tournament , we might have to push the number to 32 teams"says Fernandez.

The tournament has some unique features that should seperate it from other national events.The event will have a Homerun derby on Sunday June 22, followed by a opening tournament banquet style dinner.On Wednesday all players and coaches will be attending the Florida Marlins vs Tampa Bay Rays game.The event will also feature nationally broadcasted games live on the internet.And the finishing touch is a M.V.P. Ring to the Tournaments most outstanding player."We know that when teams leave this event ,they will want to come back year after year, and thats the goal, we want to put on a great show for the kids, coaches, and parents"says Josh Starr.

"We know the field is going to be very good ,we know the team from Texas will be very good , as will the team from Ohio, Georgia always has very good teams so when you combine those out of state teams with some of our top in state teams like the Orlando Scorpions, Florida Pokers,Miami Powerhouse, Chet Lemons Juice Etc, you know the field will be very good"says coach Fernandez.                              

 



Monday, February 4
Season Tickets Plan Goes On Sale

The Florida Bombers 2008 season tickets have gone on sale, for all the members of the Florida Bombers Organization. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Florida Bombers Baseball Office 305-671-3699.

The following is a price base for all games

Games at UM   $ 6.00 per person

Games at FIU   $ 6.00 per person

Double Headers at UM  $ 10.00 per person

Double Headers at FIU  $ 10.00 per person

Games at Highschool Fields   $ 4.00 per person

Double Headers at Highschool Fields  $ 6.00 per person

Tournaments

Memorial Weekend Daily Rate $ 7.00 per person regardless of Field

Memorial Weekend Tournament Pass  $ 20.00 per person

 

Florda Bombers National Classic 18's Daily Pass  $ 10.00 per person

Florida Bombers National Classic 18's Tournament Pass  $ 40.00 per person

 

Florida Bombers 4th of July 16's Classic   Daily Pass $ 10.00

Florida Bombers 4th of July 16's Classic   Tournament Pass $ 35.00 per person

 

Season Ticket Pass

Family or Friends Plan

With the purchase of the season ticket family or friends pass you get admission for up to 3 people per game.It includes all tournament games for any team in the organization, as well as entry to all individual games played by any team in the program.

 

The Season Ticket Family and Friends plan is $ 150.00 per pass (allows up to 3 people per game)

for example a family of 3 needs to only purchase 1 Season Ticket  Pass and they will be covered all year

If a single parent decides to purchase the Season Ticket plan they are intitled to themselves and 2 guests to every game played in the organization in 2008.

 

For more information please contact us at 305-671-3699 or at floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net

 

 

 



Tuesday, January 29
Florida Bombers to Play at the University of Miami in 2008

The Florida Bombers will call the University of Miami home in 2008. The Bombers made their decision official last night January 28."What better place for the Florida Bombers to play their home games than the University of Miami, we feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity"says Bombers Presidant Emilio Fernandez.

The Bombers will also be using the University of Miami for their National Classic in June.  The Bombers have had over 40 players play at the University of Miami over the years. The Bombers will kick off their 2008 season May 17.             

 

 



Thursday, January 24
Florida Bombers Tournaments Update

The Florida Bombers Tournaments are filling up quicky, if you would like to attend one of our events please contact us at www.floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net  or 305-671-3699.

Currently The 18 and Under National Classic has 16 Teams committed to attend.      The 16 and under 4th of July event has 9 teams currently committed to attend.

The Bombers would like to close out the National Classic at 24 teams , and the 4th of July Classic at 18 teams.

Space is still available, but limited please contact us to secure a spot.                     

 



Wednesday, January 23
Individual Teams Tournaments Announced

The Florida Bombers organization announced the organizations tournaments layout plans. The following dates will be only for tournaments, the regular season games will be announced at a later date.

 
Florida Bombers 18's
May  22-26    Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational
June  TBA     UCF Tournament
June  22-28   Florida Bombers National Classic
July   1-7     WWBA Perfect Game Marietta , Georgia
July   17-20  Connie Mack State Tournament
July    23-27   Connie Mack Southeast Regionals
Aug      1-8     Connie Mack World Series
 
Bomber Bluesox  18'swww.bomberbluesox.net
May    22-26    Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational
June   TBA       UCF Tournament
June   22-28    Florida Bombers National Classic
July     1-7      WWBA Perfect Game Marietta, Georgia
July    16-21    BCS Finals
July    TBA      World Series
 
Bomber Braves 17U www.bomberbraves.net
 May    22-26    Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational
June      7-11    Under Armour Tournament
June      13-15   BCS Qualifier
June      22-28   Florida Bombers National Classic
July        8-14    WWBA Perfect Game 17's Marietta, Georgia
July       16-21   BCS Finals   17's
July        TBA     World Series
 
Florida Bomber Bruins (seniors)www.bomberbruins.net
May    22-26    Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational
June      7-11    Under Armour Tournament
June      13-15   BCS Qualifier
June      22-28   Florida Bombers National Classic
July     1-7      WWBA Perfect Game Marietta, Georgia
July    16-21    BCS Finals
July       TBA    World Series
 
Florida Bomber Bluesox 16's
May    22-26    Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational
June   20-28    USA Baseball Junior Olympics
June  30- July 5    Florida Bombers 4th of July Classic
July     8-13     BCS Finals
July      TBA     Mickey Mantle State Tournament
July      TBA     Mickey Mantle Regionals
Aug      TBA     Mickey Mantle World Series
 
 
 
 


Thursday, August 28
Florida Bombers Announce 2008 National Tournament Schedule

Florida Bombers to Host 4 different National Tournaments in 2008.

 

The Florida Bombers have announced the dates for 4 National tournaments to be held in 2008.

 

Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational

18 and Under

16 and Under

May  22-26     2008

4 Game Minimum

 

-  All Tournament Team Awards

-  M.V.P. Award

-  Championship Game on the Internet Live

-  Top Notch Competition

-  4 Game Minimum

-  $ 850.00  Entry Fee

 

 

Florida Bombers National Classic

18 and Under

 

June 22-28       2008

-  6 Game Minimum

-  Pre Tournament Banquet with guest speaker

-  All Tournament Team Awards

-  Tournament M.V.P. Ring (Individual Ring for the MVP)

-  Tremendous College Exposure

-  Championship Game Live on the Internet

-  Homerun Derby

-  Florida Marlins Game Tickets ( June 25 vs Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7:00 P.M.)

-  Top Summer National Tournament

-  $ 1,350 Entry Fee

and much much more

 

 

16 and Under Florida Bombers 4th of July Classic

 

June 30 - July 5

-  5 Game Minimum

-  Pre Tournament Barbeque with Skills Competition

-  All Tournament Team Awards

-  Tournament M.V.P. Award (Individual Ring for the MVP)

-  Championship Game Live on the Internet

-  Florida Marlins Game Tickets (July 1 vs Washington Nationals 7:00 P.M.)

-  Top Summer National Tournament

-  $ 1,250 Entry Fee

 

and much much more

 

for more information on attending one of these National events please contact us at the Florida Bombers Baseball Office  305-691-3699

or you can email us at   floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net

Tournament Packets upon request

 

 

 



Friday, December 7
2008 Teams Taking Shape

      The 2008 season is about 6 months away and the Florida Bombers have been as busy as ever. The 2008 teams are starting to take shape, as the Bombers have introduced a new team to the program. The Florida Bombers organization will be introducing the Unsigned senior team in 2008.After the success of 2007 the organization is looking to build on that success.

Here is a look at what the Florida Bombers Organization has to offer

Teams

Florida Bombers 18's        -  The Florida Bombers 18's are viewed as one of the nations best teams , over the last decade the Bombers 18's have been among the top 3 teams in the country and have dominated the WWBA National tournament.

Bombers Bluesox 18's       - The Bluesox 18's finished 4th at the B.E.S.T. National Championships in 2007. The Bluesox which finished their first year with a record of 25-18 , were among the best teams in the State of Florida. The Bluesox Carlos Lopez committed to Wake Forest University , making him the first Big Time Division 1 player in team history.The Bluesox compete at the top National Tournaments in the Country including the WWBA in Maritta,Georgia.

Bomber Braves 17's          - The Braves 17's is designed for 2009 graduates . The Braves will be competing at all of the major showcase tournaments in 2008. The Braves will be playing at the  WWBA 17's in Marietta,Georgia. The Braves will also compete at the BCS events held in the state of Florida. The Braves will only carry 2009 players. In 2007 the Braves finished with a record of 19-19 . RHP Mike Tomasi committed to Florida Atlantic University making Tomasi the first Division 1 Commitment in team history.

Unsigned Seniors GPA Team - This team is designed for players that are uncommitted to college , but yet are Division 1 qualifiers. To be eligible for this team you must be a 2008 graduate and carry a GPA minimum of 2.4 and a score of 900 or better on the SAT or and 18 or better on the ACT. The GPA team will mostly travel to showcase tournaments giving their players the best possible opportunity to play in front of coaches seeking unsigned seniors. This team will travel to the WWBA in Marietta , Georgia . The GPA team will compete in 5 or 6 Showcase tournaments.

Florida Bombers 16's            - This team which qualified and advanced to the Mickey Mantle World Series in 2007 was viewed as one of the best 16 and under teams in the country. The Bombers 16's will provide a player develompment process in which players will have the opportunity to move up the ladder with the Florida Bombers Organization. The Bombers 16's will compete at the Junior Olympics tournament as well as competeing in the Mickey Mantle division in AABC.

Bomber Bluesox 16's            - the Bluesox 16's experienced tremendous success in 2007 finishing with a record of 22-18. The Bluesox 16's will carry mostly freshmens and compete at the same events as the Bombers 16's. The Bluesox 16's will give younger players the opportunity to develop and grow towards playing on the Bombers 16's.

 

players interested in playing for the Florida Bombers organization please go to www.floridabombersbasball.org and fill out the player information section please be specific on which one of the Bomber team you would like to be considered for

you can email us at floridabombersbasebll@earthlink.net

or efernandez@flrodabombersbaseball.org

you can also contact us at 305-671-3699

 

 



Monday, November 5
Bombers Finish in the Final 8

The Florida Bombers Scout Team finished in the top 8 at the Perfect Game National Fall tournament in Jupiter last week.The final 8 finish was the best  in team history for this event. The Bombers which lost to the eventual runner up the Orlando Scorpions had a 6-0 lead on the Scorpions but , could not hold on.The Bombers which played 6 games in less than 60 hours where a little short on pitching for that final 8 game versus the Scorpions. The Bombers Scout Team which only featured 3 2008 Grads had the youngest team among the final 8 clubs.

The Bombers scout team featured 13 committed Bombers for the 2008 Summer season. "We saw some great chemestry out there this weekend I think this will go a long way for this group as we gear up for a return to Farmington'says coach Starr.

The Bombers had to many individual performences to mention all of them , but it was a great weekend of baseball from this group."We are doing things a little different this fall , we want these guys to play as much as possible together in order to develop that sense of being a teammate"says coach Fernandez."You could see these guys really pulling for each other and you could see these guys playing hard , that has been a trade mark of this organization and we want to make sure this group understands that"says coach Fernandez.

 

 



Thursday, October 25
Bombers Set for Jupiter

The Florida Bombers scout team is set to compete at the Worldwoodbat National Showcase tournament , that starts today in Jupiter , Florida. The Bombers roster will feature 12 players from the 2008 summer roster. Veteran Bombers Tyler Pastornicky, Anthony Angulo, Eric Doty, and Joey Housey will lead the way.

The Bombers will get their first look at Jimmy Falla,Gage Upthegrove, and Joe Hudson in a Bomber uniform this weekend.

Friday the Bombers will send out Jacob Johnson to the mound, Johnson a 2009 Grad was the ace on the 16 and under Bombers in 2007. Johnson is looked at as a rotation type of pitcher for the Bombers in the 2008 season.
The Bombers will be without Raiko Alfonso, Frankie Ratcliff, Jose Rodriguez, Issac Ballou, Johnathon Walsh, Gary Ward,and Arthur Strauss for this event.
"We are excited to see some of our newest members perform, and we are also excited to see some other players perform as well, this will give us a great chance to evaluate guys in preparation for the 2008 season"says coach Fernandez.

 



Monday, October 15
Florida Bombers Organization Raises the Bar

The Florida Bombers organization prides itself on always being two steps ahead of the competition.Sunday the Bombers proved once again to be the top program in the state of Florida.The Bombers held the first ever Junior scout day at Sunset Highschool. The event featured 30 of the States top 2009 players.The event also featured some of the countries top dividsion 1 schools as well as division 2 schools.

Among the headliners at the event were committed Florida Bombers Jimmy Falla, Brian Johnson, Chase Green , JR Murphy, Jacob Johnson, Jay Laurienzo, Frankie Ratcliff, and Joe Hudson.

"We want this to be a yearly national event, yesterday was a monumental day in the Florida Bombers Baseball program, we feel we took six steps forward yesterday as an organization"say VP Mike Quintana.

"No one and I mean no one out works us and no one provides more for its players than we do , and thats something we pride ourselves in we never want to lose focus of that and yesterday was a great reminder of what the Florida Bombers Organization is all about"says Presidant Emilio Fernandez.



Tuesday, October 9
Promoted Recruiting Coordinator Josh Starr Begins with a Bang

Newly promoted recruiting coordinator Josh Starr enjoyed a very successful first weekend on the job.The Bombers landed 9 of the Nations best Juniors and 1 of the Nations best freshmens.The Bombers have now received 24 commitments in their quest of winning the 2008 Connie Mack World Series.

The Bombers which return 11 players from their 2007 club seem as the early favorites of reaching the World Series in 2008.

"This organization has always looked for a special type of player , we go after winning players and players that fit our system and the newsest recruits fit that mold'says coach Starr.

The newest members of the Florida Bombers are:

3B-1B    Jimmy Falla         6"2     200   Junior

1B-LHP  Brian Johnson      6"4     220   Junior

INF       Chase Greene      5"11   170   Junior

RHP      Arthur Strauss     6"3     195   Junior

LHP      Gage Upthegrove  6"2    180   Junior

C         Joe Hudson          6"0    185  Junior

OF       Issac Ballou          6"2    185  Junior 

OF-RHP Cody Stiles          6"2     190  Junior

C-1B    Johnathon Walsh   6"3     205  Junior 

INF       Tyler Greene        6"0    170   Freshmen 16 and Under Bombers

 

2008 Committed Players

Catchers

---------

(Junior) Johnathon Walsh    

(Senior) Anthony Angulo 

(Junior) Joe Hudson    

(Junior) JR Murphy     

 

Infielders

---------

(Junior) Brian Johnson

(Senior) Raiko Alfonso

(Senior) Tyler Pastornicky

(Junior) Chase Greene

(Junior) Frankie Ratcliff

(Junior) Jimmy Falla

(Senior) Logan Thompson

 

Outfielders

-----------

(Senior) Jose Rodriguez

(Senior) Tyler Thompson

(Junior) Jay Laurienzo

(Junior) JR Murphy

(Junior) Issac Ballou

(Junior) Cody Stiles

 

 

Pitching

--------

(Senior) Gary Ward

(Junior) Jacob Johnson

(Junior) Joey Housey

(Junior) Brian Johnson

(Senior) Eric Doty

(Senior) Travis Miller

(Junior) Gage Upthegrove

(Junior) Arthur Strauss

(Junior) Cody Stiles

(Senior) Josh Gonzaga 

 

 

The Bombers are waiting on several other commitents the next few days

currently the Bombers roster features

14 Juniors

10 Seniors

 

"We are very excited about this roster as we feel this entire roster has a chance to show up on opening day , unlike other rosters that have zero chance to show up this team can stay together throughout "says coach Fernandez

 

 

 

 

 



Monday, September 17
Florida Bombers Junior Scout Day Set

The Florida Bombers will be hosting a Junior scout day at Miami Sunset SR Highschool on Sunday October 14th at 11:00 A.M.

The workout will be for 2009 graduates by invitation only

Expected College Coaches to attend

University of Miami

FIU

Florida Atlantic University

LSU

University of Florida

Stetson

Broward Community College

Florida Gulf Coact University

 

if you are a 2009 graduate and feel you are one of the top juniors in the State of Florida please fill out the player information section at www.floridabombersbaseball.org  for an official invitation

 

The workout will feature about 40 of the states top players

you can also email us at www.floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net  or contact us at 305-671-3699

 

 



Monday, September 17
Pastornicky and Others Commit to College

The Florida Bombers are proud to announce the commitments of several of its members.

SS Tyler Pastornicky committed to Florida State University

2B Raiko Alfonso has committed to FIU

OF Tyler Thompson has committted to the University of Florida

LHP Gary Ward has committed to the University of Miami

RHP Eric Doty has committed to Florida Gulf Coast University

 

the Florida Bombers organization would like to congratulate all of its committed players

all 5 players have committed to return to the Florida Bombers for the 2008 season.

We have a great core of players coming back for the 2008 season, its good to see that they got the school thing out of the way, now next summer they can concentrate on getting us back to Farmington"says coach Starr.

The Bombers will return 10 players in 2008 from its 2007 team.

The Bombers organization would also like to congratulate Bomber Bluesox SS Carlos Lopez which committed to the University of Wake Forest.

Also Bomber Braves RHP Mike Tomasi has committed to Florida Atlantic University.

 



Monday, September 10
Scott Patterson Named Coach of the Year

Scott Patterson was named coach of the year of the Florida Bombers Organization for the 2007 season.Patterson guided the first year Bomber Bluesox 18's to a (25-17) record and placed 4th at the B.E.S.T. National Championships.Patterson was recently named the Head Coach of the Florida Bombers 16's.Coach Patterson and the Bluesox had wins over teams like the Midland Indians, Miami Powerhouse,Florida Pokers,Bama Bombers,Louisiana All Stars just to name a few.Coach Patterson wins the first ever coach of the year award.

The Florida Bombers organization would like to congratulate coach Patterson on being named coach of the year for 2007."We feel very fortunate to have Scott as part of our program, he goes above and beyond the call of duty for his players as well as the organization, we look forward to a great 2008 with coach Patterson congratulations once again"says Bombers VP Miguel Quintana.
 


Sunday, September 9
Big Florida Bombers News

The Florida Bombers have joined forces with the Miami Wave. The Miami Wave coaches have become the newest members of the Florida Bombers organization.

The Wave coaches will take over the 18 and under Bomber Bluesox program. The Bluesox program is coming of a great first season, one which saw the Bluesox finish 2007 with a (25-17) record.

 

Here is a profile

 

Bomber Blue Sox Coaching Staff:


Matthew Diaz has agreed to become the manager of the Bomber Blue Sox 18U after its
successful inaugural season in 2007.  Currently, Diaz is the varsity pitching coach
for the District Champion Michael Krop Senior High Lightning baseball squad.  Diaz
is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University where his team won an NCCAA South
Regional and he also played at Rollins College & Oglethorpe University.  Professionally,
Diaz was named to the independent Arizona Winter League?s All-League Team and pitched
for the Herkimer Trailbusters of the New York State League.  Previously he served
as the manager & general manager of the Miami Wave amateur baseball organization.

Jason Sullivan joins Matthew Diaz after having served as the 3rd base coach &
handling hitting duties for the Miami Wave in 2007.  Sullivan is the hitting coach
at Michael Krop Sr. High as well.  Sullivan is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University
and also played at Florida Atlantic University.  His 3 year professional career
ended on a high note when he won the Frontier League Championship with the Kalamazoo
Kings.

Louis Diaz has been a staple of amateur baseball in South Florida over the past
15 years.  In the past he has served as the president of the Kendall Hammocks Optimist
Club and its baseball program and most recently has been the team president and
bench coach for the Miami Wave.  Since founding the Miami Wave, Diaz has seen 24
players in his program in the past three years move on to play collegiate baseball.
Last season, the Wave finished as the Florida Runner-Up in the AABC Connie Mack
division and garnered a berth in the AABC Connie Mack South Regionals.

 

The Florida Bombers would like to welcome Matt Diaz,Louis Diaz and Jason Sullivan to the greatest organization in the country.

"When this situation presented itself we knew we had to make this happen, the Wave is a program that we have always respected . I have always felt Matt and his coaches were top notch all the way around,we know these guys will help the Bombers program continue to grow"says Bombers CEO Emilio Fernandez.

 Also

Bart Hunton will be the Head Coach of the Bombers academic team.

 



Sunday, July 29
2007 Fall and 2008 Summer Season Tryouts

25 Championships
6   National Championships

Florida Bombers Baseball be a part of it

The Florida Bombers organization will be holding tryouts for the 2007 Fall Showcase season as well as the 2008 Summer Baseball season.
The dates for the tryouts are
16 and under Aug 25
18 and under Aug 26

Tryouts will be at Sunset Highschool starting at 9:00 A.M. both Saturday and Sunday

All of the 2007 members of the Florida Bombers organization will be required to tryout for the 2007 Fall Showcase season as well as the Summer season of 2008.


The Florida Bombers organization will be starting a new team for the 2008 season that will be for unsigned seniors only. The name of the team has not yet been determined
the team will only feature players that are uncommitted to college also players must have a minimum of
a 2.4 GPA as well as a 900 on the SAT or an 19 on the ACT.
This year the Bombers attracted over 12 different Division 1 Schools to attend Home games

tryouts are for the following teams

Fall Underclassmen National Showcase/Tournament  (Perfect Game)
World Championships in Jupiter (Perfect Game)
as well as other scouting events

Summer Season

16 and under
Florida Bombers
Bomber Bluesox
Bomber Braves

18 and under
Florida Bombers
Bomber Bluesox
Bomber Braves
College Placement Team (name TBA)

also the Bombers program will be expanding to the 14 and under level
more information will follow

for players interested please fill out the player information section at www.floridabombersbaseball.org
or you can email us at www.floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net
or you can contact us at 305-671-3699 (Florida Bombers Baseball Office)

Early registration is recommended



Sunday, August 12
Scott Patterson and Bart Hunton Receive Promotions

Coach Patterson

Coach Hunton

               Coach Scott Patterson which led the Bomber Bluesox 18's to a (26-15) record  and a 4th place finish in the BEST World Series in 2007 has been promoted to Head Coach of the Florida Bombers 16's. Coach Patterson will bring pitching coach Andy Hernandez with him. The two combined on a very successful inaugural season for the Bluesox in 2007. Coach Patterson had victories over programs like Midland and the Louisiana All Stars as well as the Bama Bombers and The Florida Pokers in 2007.Coach Patterson and coach Hernandez will look to build on the success that the 2007 Bombers 16's had. The Bombers 16's reached the Mickey Mantle World Series in 2007. The goal for the 2008 season is to win the Mickey Mantle World Series.

Coach Patterson did establish the Bomber Bluesox 18 and under program and paved the way for new coach Bart Hunton. The Bluesox program was as solid as any program in the State of Florida and produced several college scholarships in the 2007 season.

"We are very excited to make this announcement , we feel Scott is a great guy for this job and we feel he can take the program to an even higher level in the next years "says VP Mike Quintana.

 

 

Coach Hunton to lead the Bluesox 18's.

Coach Bart Hunton which also directed a very successful 2007 season has been promoted to the Head Coaching job of the 18 and under Bluesox.Coach Hunton led the 16 and under Bluesox to a 2007 record of (22-17) and finished 5th at the Scott Fletcher World Series.Coach Hunton has not yet announced a pitching coach for the 2008 season although a front runner would be David Bernat which served as the teams pitching coach before signing a professional baseball contract 4 weeks into the season.

Coach Hunton will have the opportunity to be reunited with some of his 2007 players that will be moving up in age brackets."The goal for coach Hunton is to build upon the success enjoyed by coach Patterson in 2007. "We feel the 2007 Bluesox 18's was a very solid ballclub and now the goal is to make the Bluesox a Championship level ballclub as well as a ballclub that exposes the players to great college and pro opportunities"says Founder Emilio Fernandez.

 

The Florida Bombers organization is proud to make these two major announcements as the program has already started working towards a more successfull 2008.



Wednesday, August 1
Bombers Canela Wins the Hitters Challenge

The Florida Bombers debuted in fashion at the Mickey Mantle World Series .The Florida Bombers won the Homerun Derby / Hitters Challenge , as well as the Outfield team relay.
Bombers Danny Canela and Jay Laurienzo combined to bring home the hitters challenge for the Florida Bombers. Canela won the individual award by outhitting everyone else at the event.
The Bombers open up Mickey Mantle play versus the Dallas Tigers at 4:00 P.M. Wednesday.

Congratulations to the Bombers for winning the Hitters challenge as well as the OF Team Relay.



Thursday, July 26
Bombers 18's Season Ends Short of Quest

The Florida Bombers 18's were defeated twice at the Florida State Championship to end their run of 6 straight Southeast Regional berths. In 2006 the Bombers advanced to the Southeast Regionals after placing 3rd at the State Championship. In 2007 the Bombers placed 4th at the State Tournament and did not advance. After a round 1 win over the SF Elite by a score of 14-0 the Bombers dropped back to back games despite having leads in both games heading into the 5th Inning. "I think we had a solid year , but obviously we set out to get to the World Series and we did not do that, I just think the injuries wore on us and it showed at the State tournament , but we have received 9 commitments from players on this years team that are  ready to to get the Bombers back on top"says coach Fernandez.
The Bombers were without Tyler Thompson  and Yasel Gomez both hurt during the final 2 games and Bombers 1B Javi Sujo played at about 25 % percent. Between those 3 players the Bombers were missing 18 Homeruns .
"We went to the toughest state tournament in the country and we went in banged up, we will regroup for the 2008 season and win the State tournament ,we will never advance to the World Series through the back door , we will either advance or not advance through our state and regional tournament "says coach Fernandez.
The Bombers finished the 2007 season with a (27-7-1) record thats a .784 winning percentage not bad for a season.
The Bombers brought home the 2007 Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Tournament as well as the UCF Invitational.Among other accomplishments the Bombers organization produced more Division 1 signees in 2007.The 2007 Season also saw Andrew Durden break Willy Hernandez franchise record 20 game hitting streak. Durden actually shattered the old mark with a 25 game hitting streak and a new franchise record. Congratulations to Andrew Durden for his tremendous accomplishment.

JR LHP  Gary Ward              - University of Miami
SR 1B    Javi Sujo                 - FIU
SR RHP Danny Desimone  - FIU

among others expected to sign soon are

SS    JR     Tyler Pastornicky
2B    JR     Raiko Alfonso
OF   JR     Tyler Thompson
C      JR     Anthony Angulo
INF  JR     Logen Thompson
RHP JR    Joey Housey
RHP JR    Travis Miller
RHP JR    Eric Doty

The Bombers would like to thank all of its players on a great season that saw lots of great moments and lasting memories. The Bombers would also like to thank the parents for their continued support.

The Bombers organization would also like to thank its great coaching staff for their tremendous commitment and work ethic in 2007.

"We will be back in 2008 , and we will win the State Championship as well as the Southeast Regionals you can bet on that , I am very proud of what we accomplished after everything this organization has had to go through in 2007, I think we definitely beat the odds and we showed to the world that the Bombers are here for the long haul"says coach Fernandez.



Saturday, July 21
Bombers 16's Win the Southeast Region
The Florida Bombers 16's became the first team in Florida history to advance to the Mickey Mantle World Series. The Bombers defeated the Georgia Mavericks by a score of 9-3 in the Championship game Friday night in Douglasville Georgia. The Bombers finished undefeated in the regional  tournament. The Bombers 16's a First year program advance to the World Series starting Aug 1 ."We have been to the Connie Mack World Series and now we are going to the Mickey Mantle World Series , we are extremely proud of our program and our players and coaches, this shows our program truely has taking that jump we were looking for at the beginning of the season"says Founder Emilio Fernandez.
The Bombers 16's are coached by former Bombers Aaron Braithwaite and Robert Clayton as well as assistant coach Josh Varges.
"Seeing our 16's win the regionals was just as exciting as the day the 18's advanced to Farmington , it was no different "says Founder Fernandez.

The Bombers will be departing from Florida on July 31.

More info will be posted soon

Once again congratulations to the coaches , players , and parents of the Florida Bombers.


Wednesday, July 18
Bombers 16's in Mickey Mantle Regionals
Mickey Mantle Tournament opens play today

Florida Bombers favored to win it all

By Bill Evans
Sports Writer

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 1:17 AM EDT


Following a quick glance at the rosters for the annual AABC Mickey Mantle (age 15-16) Southeast Regionals, it would be hard not to establish the Florida Bombers as pre-tournament favorites.

Not only do the Miami-based Bombers feature standouts from different high schools in greater Miami, but some members of the club travel from out of state to spend two months playing in south Florida.

The Bombers are a summer baseball squad, led by former Cleveland Indians scout George Diaz. The Bombers are better known for their under-18 year old club, which has enjoyed major success over the past years.


Now, the younger Bombers are attempting to make their mark on the Mantle division.

“They tried to field a younger team about five years ago, and it didn’t work,” said Bombers’ head coach Aaron Braithwaite, who is working with younger players for the first time. “This year we have a talented group built around pitching and defense.”

The Florida Bombers face the Georgia State champion Seminoles from Henry County in today’s tournament opener at 5 p.m. before the host Georgia Mavericks meet the North Henry Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. in the double-elimination regionals.

The Bombers were awarded the Florida state championship when nobody else in the Sunshine state entered the tournament.

“We haven’t played in over a week and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces,” said Braithwaite, whose team arrived in Douglasville in mid-afternoon Tuesday following a 9 1/2 drive in vans.

So, who have the Bombers been playing all season?

“We try to find the best possible competition available - mostly under 18-year old teams,” said the coach. “Our program is a lot like East Cobb. We have six different teams.”

Another club which didn’t play last week was the host Georgia Mavericks, coached by Reggie Davis. Two weeks ago, however, the Mavericks finished second against a strong field in a tournament at Nashville, Tenn. The Mavericks fell to an Indiana club 11-10 in the finals.

“We had a really good practice Monday, and our team has matured during the season,” said assistant coach Gary Hardie.


Davis and his staff put together their squad last fall, and this summer’s team has played over .500 baseball competing in tournaments throughout the southeast. Making up the host club are high school players from Chapel Hill, Alexander, Carrollton, Central Carrollton, Bremen, Villa Rica, Rockmart and Harrison.

“Our pitching has improved and overall we’ve picked it up as the season has gone by,” added Hardie.

Heading the pitching staff are Jake Waters of Harrison, Randall Wright of Central, Dylan Smith of Chapel Hill and Adam Camara of Rockmart.

Rounding out the field are two Henry County squads, the Georgia Seminoles and the North Henry Bulldogs - who faced each other seven times during the season.

Although they went 2-2 against each other in last week’s three-team Georgia State Tournament, the Seminoles posted a 4-1 win in the finals.

The North Henry Bulldogs will be the youngest team in the field. Despite fielding an all 15-year-old club, the Bulldogs have enjoyed a successful summer, swinging the bats well.

Following two games today, three contests are set for Thursday with games at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. . The championship round will be played Friday at 5 p.m. if a second game, if necessary, at 7:30 p.m. The winner advances to the World Series in Texas.


Thursday, July 5
Bombers Win Pool and Advance to the Championship Round at the WWBA
The Florida Bombers defeated the New England Ruffnecks by a score of 13-4 to win their respected pool. The Bombers now advance to the Championship round of 40 teams starting Friday morning. The Bombers finished pool play with a record of (2-0-1) and improving their overall record to (24-3-1) on the year.
Individual game summaries will be posted after the tournament.

Wednesday afternoon  the Bomber Bluesox defeated the Midland Indians 5-4. The Bluesox a first year program defeated the well established Midland team.
The Bluesox finished pool play with a record of (1-0-2).


In other news Bomber JR Left Handed pitcher Gary Ward made a verbal commitment to the University of Miami . Ward  a Junior from Virginia joins a long list of Florida Bombers to sign with the University of Miami.
The Bombers would like to congratulate Gary.

Also Bombers 1st Basemen Javi Sujo committed to FIU becoming one of Turtle Thomas first recruits . Sujo who is having a monster year for the Bombers will try to lead the Bombers back to Farmington. The Bombers would also like to congratulate Javi.

Also Bomber pitcher Danny Desimone also committed to FIU. The Bombers would like to congratulate Danny.


Other news Florida Bombers OF Andrew Durden has now extended his hitting streak to 24 games. Durden which broke the all time record held by Willy Hernandez has hit safely in every game at the WWBA.


Sunday, July 1
From the WWBA

2007/18U National Championship (July 3-9)


The big question with the 18U will be “Can any team beat the Florida Bombers?”  The Bombers have won the event four of the five years it’s been held, with the streak interrupted only by the South Carolina Diamond Devils in 2004.  The Diamond Devils team that year entered the championship round as the last of the 16 seeded teams but rode talents such as C-RHP Matt Wieters (Cubs, 1st round, 2007) and 1B Justin Smoak (probable 2008 1st rounder) to the championship.


While the Bombers have featured their share of top prospects, the key to their continued success has always been a deep pitching staff comprised mostly of Miami area pitchers and excellent defense.  So while there may be teams with more highly acclaimed prospects on their rosters to start the tournament, the Bombers will be the event favorite until someone beats them on the field.


As much as any event on the WWBA schedule, the 18U championship lends itself to unheralded teams making strong championship runs.  In 2003 it was the Indiana Yankees and their shortstop Eric Campbell (now a top Braves prospect).  In 2004 it was the Diamond Devils.  Last year, the Florida Magic behind championship MVP 3B Gary Gustavson made an improbable run all the way to the championship game before they lost to the Bombers.


It would take too long to list all the future first round draft choices that have played in the 18U championships over the past five years.  Some of the future Major Leaguers who have performed in front of the hundreds of scouts and college coaches include C Brian McCann (East Cobb Tigers), RHP Brandon Morrow (NorCal), LHP Scott Kazmir (PG Gold), OF Jeremy Hermida (East Cobb Yankees), RHP Zack Greinke (Team Florida USA), LHP John Danks (Austin Baseball Club), RHP Matt Capps (East Cobb Yankees), OF Billy Butler (Jacksonville Royals), RHP Jonathan Broxton (Diamondplex A’s), OF Lastings Milledge (PG Blue), LHP Andrew Miller (PG Blue), RHP Micah Owings (East Cobb Yankees), C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (PG Royal) and RHP Chad Billingsley (PG Blue).


 



Wednesday, June 27
Durden Ties All Time Record in Win
The Florida Bombers defeated the Parkland Pokers in a Connie Mack League game by a score of 8-1. The Bombers now move to (19-3) on the year and (7-0) in League Play. In the win Bombers Right Fielder Andrew Durden tied the All time record for longest hitting streak in team history. In the bottom of the 3rd Inning Durden connected on a 2 out Double to extend his hitting streak to 20 games and tie the all time mark set by Willy Hernandez in 2002.
Andres Diaz connected on a 3 Run Homerun in the bottom of the 3rd Inning to blow the game open for the Bombers. Yasel Gomez added a 2 RBI Double. Glen Troyanowski now (3-0) started and earned the win pitching 2 Innings and strikingout 4. Taylor Reeves pitched 2 scoreless Innings and Eric Doty added 2 scoreless Innings.


Tuesday, June 26
Bombers 18's Move to (18-3) on the Year
The Florida Bombers defeated the Bomber Braves in a Connie Mack League game Monday night by a score of 11-0 to move their record to (18-3) on the year.Jose Rodriguez led the charge going 2 for 2 with a 3 Run Homerun his (4)th of the year. Joel Carranza added a Solo Homerun his (2)nd on the year. Andres Diaz added a pair of Doubles and 1 RBI. Andrew Durden extended his hitting streak to 19 games going 1 for 3 with 2 RBI'S. The 19 game hitting streak puts Durden 2nd on the all time in the  longest hitting streak record books , Durden is 1 game shy of tying the All Time mark of 20 games set in 2002 by Bomber great Willy Hernandez. Durden will try and tie the record Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. when the Bombers host the Parkland Pokers.
On the mound Craig Gullickson raised his record to (4-0) pitching 3 scoreless Innings while strikingout 2. Roger Fernandez pitched the final 2 Innings strikingout 5.
The Bombers now move to (6-0) in League play and (18-3) overall.



Sunday afternoon result

The Bombers dropped a 7-6 game versus the Florida Pokers Sunday afternoon at Sunset Highschool.The Bombers fell behind big early before storming back to close the gap to 7-6 , but couldn't get over the final hump.
The Bombers left 13 runners on base while committing 2 costly errors that led to 4 unearned Poker runs.
Raiko Alfonso was 3 for 4 with a 2 Run Homerun his (2)nd of the year.Raiko finished with 3 RBI'S. Jose Rodriguez hit a monster shot to lead off the 3rd Inning his (3)rd of the year.Tyler Pastornicky was 3 for 4 with 1 RS. Andrew Durden finished 2 for 3 with 1 Double and 1 RBI.
On the mound Eric Doty gave the Bombers 4 2/3 Innings of great relief allowing 0 runs.
The Bombers left the bases loaded twice without being able to capitalize on those runners.


Sunday, June 24
Bombers 18's Move to (17-2) on the Year
The Florida Bombers 18's defeated the Miami Wave Saturday morning at Westminster Academy by a score of 8-1. The Bombers scored 8 runs in the bottom of the 2nd Inning and never looked back.Tyler Thompson led the way connecting on a 3 Run Homerun his (4)th of the year. Andrew Durden was 2 for 3 with 1 Double and 1 RS. Yasel Gomez added an RBI Double. Raiko Alfonso added a 2 RBI Double and Tyler Pastornicky added an RBI Single.
Danny Hernandez (1-0) pitched 5 Innings allowing 1 Run. The Bombers now move to (17-2) on the year)


Saturday, June 23
Bombers 18's Defeat the Bluesox
The Florida Bombers 18's defeated the Bomber Bluesox in a well played hard earned game. The Bluesox which have a 2007 record of (13-9-2) are one of the better teams in the State of Florida , had the tying run on 3rd base in the top of the 7th Inning. Glen Troyanowski recorded the final 2 outs via the Strikeout and left the bases full of Bluesox to earn his (3)rd Save of the year.
The Bombers now move to (16-2) were led by Andrew Durden who connected on a 3 Run Homerun his (4)th of the year in the bottom on the 1st Inning. Durden finished 2 for 2 with 4 RBI'S and 1 RS. Tyler Thompson was also 2 for 2 with a Double and 2 Runs Scored. Tyler Pastornicky added 2 Hits and Scored 1 Run.
Travis Miller earned the win pitching 5 Innings while scattering 6 Hits to improve his record to (3-1) on the year.
The Bombers now move to (6-0) in Connie Mack League Play.


Wednesday, June 20
Bombers 18's Now (15-2) After Double Header Sweep

On Tuesday the Bombers defeated the Orlando Scorpions and the Weston Whitesox to complete a Double Header sweep and move their record to (15-2) on the year.
In game 1 the Bombers defeated the Orlando Scorpions by a score of 7-2. Andrew Durden got things going with a 3 Run Homerun in the 1st Inning, that was Durdens (3)rd Homerun of the year.Andres Diaz added a 2 Run Homerun his (2)nd of the year.In the bottom of the 2nd Inning Logan Thompson and Tyler Pastornicky went back to back connecting on solo Homeruns. It was Logans (1)st of the year and Pastornicky (2)nd on the year. Raiko Alfonso added 2 Hits. Pastornicky finished with 2 Hits and 2 Runs Scored.
Joey Housey (3-0) got the win pitching 4 Innings and Strikingout 3.
Glen Troyanowski got the 3 Inning Save (2)nd on the year.Troyanowski pitched 3 Innings Strikingout 3.

In Game 2 the Bombers defeated the Weston Whitesox by a score of 20-0. The Bombers move to (15-2) on the year . The (15-2) record is the same identical record the Bombers had in 2006 at the same point in the season.
Raiko Alfonso connected on a 2 Run Homerun his (1)st of the year. Alfonso finished 2 for 3 with 3 Runs Scored and 2 RBI'S.
Andrew Durden finished with a Double a Single and 3 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored.Joel Carranza was 2 for 2 with 2 Doubles and 3 RBI'S. Jose Rodriguez added 2 Doubles and 5 RBI'S. Andres Diaz added an RBI Double. Tyler Pastornicky was 1 for 1 with 3 SB and 3 Runs Scored.
Craig Gullickson now (3-0) got the win Pitching 3 Innings Strikingout 4. Travis Miller combined on the shutout pitching 2 Innings Strikingout 3 .



Saturday, June 16
Bombers 18's Down Powerhouse
The Florida Bombers defeated Powerhouse by a score of 8-6 Saturday afternoon. The Bombers now move to (13-2) on the year. Javi Sujo led the Bombers going 2 for 3 with 2 Homeruns and 3 RBI'S.Sujo now has (5) Homeruns on the year.Anthony Angulo finished 2 for 2 with a Solo Homerun and a Double and 2 Runs Scored. Logan Thompson was 3 for 4 with 2 Doubles and 2 RBI'S.Tyler Thompson added an RBI Single and Jose Rodriguez added an RBI Double. Glen Troyanowski (2-0) earned the win in relief pitching 3 Innings while strikingout 6. Joey Housey got the Save (1) strikingout the only batter he faced

Saturday, June 9
Bombers 18's Finish (4-0) at UCF Tournament
The Florida Bombers 18's defeated the Brevard Stars by a score of 14-1 early Saturday to improve their record to (11-1). In game 2 the Bombers defeated the Tampa Bullets by a score of 14-3. With the win the Bombers move to (12-1) on the year. More info will be posted soon.

Thursday, June 14
Pokers Snap Bombers 11 Game Winning Streak
The Florida Bombers 18's 11 game winning streak was snapped late Wednesday night by the Florida Pokers. The Pokers edged the Bombers by a score of 5-3. The Bombers led 3-1 after 3 innings , but the Pokers battled back and held on to the 5-3 win. The Bombers now are (12-2) on  the year. In the bottom of the 3rd inning the Bombers scored 3 runs and looked to have had a much bigger inning as Jose Rodriguez crushed a ball to Center with the bases loaded . Pokers centerfielder made a game saving catch about 10 inches from the fence. "Jose missed a grandslam by about 10 inches that would of broken the game open , give their Centerfielder credit he made a great play and the Pokers battled all night, just one of those nights , but we will see them plenty down the road when it counts and we will play better"says coach Fernandez.

Saturday, June 9
Bombers 18's Take 2 Games in Day 1 at UCF Tournament

After a 5 hour bus ride the Florida Bombers stepped of the bus and won back to back games at the UCF tournament to improve their record to (10-1) on the season. In game 1 the Bombers defeated one of the best teams in the country the Orlando Scorpions by a score of 8-5 in 8 Innings. Trailing 5-4 heading into the top of the 7th Inning the Bombers tied the game and scored 3 runs in the top of the 8th Inning to down the Scorpions.
In game 1 Logan Thompson had the go ahead RBI Single in the top of the 8th Inning. Tyler Thompson added a 2 RBI Double to extend the lead to 8-5.Andrew Durden was 2 for 2 with 2 Runs Scored. Eric Doty pitched the final 2 Innings to earn the win.

In game 2 the Bombers defeated the Scorpions Grey team by a score of 7-3. Tyler Thompson was 2 for 3 with 1 Triple 1  RBI and 1 SB.Andrew Durden was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI'S and 1 RS.
Kyle Allen added an RBI Double. Logan Thompson added a Double. Sophomore RHP Jacob Johnson pitched 5 Innings to earn the win. Roger Fernandez pitched 2 Innings to earn the save (1).



Thursday, June 7
Bomber Single Season Homerun Leader Arencibia Drafted in the First Round
2004 Florida Bombers M.V.P. JP Arencibia was drafted in the first round of the amateur draft on Thursday. Arencibia was drafted 22nd overall by the Toronto Bluejays. JP is the Bombers first team all time catcher , JP was instrumental in leading the Bombers to the teams first ever Connie Mack World Series.
JP went on to star at the University of Tennessee as well as Team USA.
The Bomber family would like to congratulate JP and his mom Irene on this tremendous accomplishment.


Wednesday, June 6
Bombers 18's Down the Parkland Pokers
The Florida Bombers 18's defeated the Parkland Pokers by a score of 13-1 late Tuesday night. The Bombers now move to (8-1) on the year and (4-0) in Connie Mack League play. Javi Sujo led the way connecting on a Two Run Homerun (3)rd on the year.Raiko Alfonso was 2 for 2 with 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored. Andres Diaz was 2 for 2 with a Double and 2 RBI'S.Kyle Allen added a 2 RBI Single. Joey Housey (2-0) on the year pitched 3 Innings strikingout 7 and scattering 2 hits.

Friday, June 1
Bombers Defeat the Wave
The Florida Bombers 18's defeated the Miami Wave in Connie Mack League play by a score of 12-0 on Thursday night at Westminster Academy. Javi Sujo went 2 for 3 connecting on a Grandslam Homerun his (2) Homerun on the year. Andres Diaz also was 2 for 3 with a Solo Homerun (1) on the year and finished with 3 RBI'S. Yasel Gomez added a Two Run Homerun in the bottom of the 1st Inning. That was Gomez (3)rd Homerun of the year. Andrew Durden was 3 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 SB. Dan Marcacci (1-0) pitched 3 Innings to earn the win allowing 0 hits while strikingout 3.
The Bombers now move to (7-1) on the year.


Tuesday, May 29
Florida Bombers Show Why They Are Best Organization in the Country
The Florida Bombers Baseball Organization would first like to thank all the fans , parents and workers that contributed in the most successful Memorial Weekend tournament in the history of the Florida Bombers.27 games were played in 5 days great baseball all weekend , as well as great weahter all weekend , and when the dust settled 4 teams in the Bombers program were playing for the championship in their respected age groups.

The Florida Bombers 18's add another championship to their total with a perfect weekend of baseball. The Bombers now move to (6-1) on the year went (5-0) in the tournament outscoring their opponents by a total of 57 to 7. Tyler Thompson wa named Tournament MVP . The Bombers Centerfielder belted 3 Homeruns in the tournament .

Also named to the All tournament team were

Javi Sujo
Jose Rodriguez
Andrew Durden
Tyler Thompson
Danny Desimone
Yasel Gomez

The tournament championship makes it back to back Memorial weekend championships. In 2006 the Bombers defeated the Homestead Stars in the championship game.

In the 16 and under age group the Florida Bombers 16's went (5-0) in the tournament and are now (8-0) on the year. The Bombers 16's defeated the Bomber Bluesox 16's which finished the event with a record of (4-1)
JR Murphy was named tournament MVP in the 16 and under category.

The Bomber program went a combined 20-8 in the tournament






Monday, May 21
Schedule for the Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational

The following is the schedule for the 16'S and the 18's Memorial Weekend Invitational


Few changes have been made to the schedule please review the updated schedule

Tournament will start on Thursday May 24

Thursday May 24 at Westminster Academy

5:00 P.M.  D Ball vs Bomber Braves                                        Main Field
5:00 P.M.  Bomber Bluesox 16's vs Coral Reef                        Field 2
7:30 P.M.  Florida Bombers 16's vs Homestead Storm             Main Field


Friday   May 25  at  Westminster Academy

5:00 P.M.  Miami Wave vs Bomber Bluesox 18's                     Main Field
5:00 P.M.  Bomber Brewers vs Renegades                                  Field 2
7:20 P.M.  Homerun Derby                                                      Main Field
8:15 P.M.  Florida Bombers 18's vs SF Elite                             Main Field


Saturday  May 26 at Westminster Academy

8:00   A.M. SF Canes vs Bomber Braves                                     Main Field
8:00   A.M. Florida Bombers 16's vs Renegades                           Field 2
10:45 A.M. Homestead Storm vs Bomber Brewers                      Main Field
10:45 A.M. Bomber Bluesox 18's vs SF Canes                             Field 2
1:30   P.M. Florida Bombers 18's vs D Ball                                 Main Field
1:30   P.M. Bomber Bluesox 16's vs Homestead Storm               Field 2
4:15   P.M. Bomber Braves vs Miami Wave                               Main Field
4:15   P.M. Coral Reef vs Renegades                                           Field 2
7:00   P.M. Miami Wave vs SF Elite                                           Main Field


Sunday     May 27 at Sunset Highschool

8:00    A.M. D Ball vs SF Canes   
10:15  A.M. Florida Bombers 16's vs Coral Reef
12:30  P.M. Florida Bombers 18's vs SF Canes
2:45    P.M. Bomber Bluesox 18's vs SF Elite
5:00    P.M. Bomber Bluesox 16's vs Bomber Brewers   

Note Sunday games will have a 2 Hour time limit


Monday    May 28 at Westminster Academy

8:30    A.M. Consolation Game     Miami Wave  vs D Ball            Main Field
10:45  A.M. Playoff Round           SF Elite vs Bluesox 18's            Main Field
10:45  A.M. Playoff Round          Bombers 16's vs Brewers         Field 2
1:30    P.M. Playoff Round           Bombers 18's vs Braves             Main Field
1:30    P.M. Playoff Round           Bluesox 16's vs Renegades        Field 2
4:30    P.M. Championship Game  16's                                                Main Field
7:00    P.M. Championship Game  18's                                               Main Field





Game Results

Game 1 -  Braves   8              (1-0)
                D Ball    3              (0-1)

Game 2  - Bluesox 16's   7      (1-0)
                Coral Reef      3      (0-1)

Game 3  -  Bombers 16's  6     (1-0)
                 Storm             3     (0-1)
             
Game 4  -  Bluesox 18's   15   (1-0)
                 Wave               5   (0-1)

Game 5  -   Brewers          10  (1-0)
                  Renegades        2  (0-1)

Game 6   -  Bombers 18's  13   (1-0)
                  SF Elite            3   (0-1)

Game 7   -  Braves              7  (2-0)
                  SF Canes           6  (0-1)

Game 8   -  Bluesox 18's      9  (2-0)
                  SF Canes           0  (0-2)

Game 9   -  Storm               11 (1-1)
                  Brewers            10 (1-1)

Game 10 -  Bombers 16's    23 (2-0)
                  Renegades          4  (0-2)

Game 11 -  Bluesox   16's   10  (2-0)
                  Storm                 1  (1-2)

Game  12 - Bombers 18's     16 (2-0)
                  D Ball                  0 (0-2)

Game   13 - Renegades           4 (1-2)
                   Coral Reef          3 (0-2)

Game  14  -  Miami Wave     7 (1-1)
                    Braves               6 (2-1)

Game 15   -  SF Elite             7 (1-1)
                    Miami Wave     6 (1-2)

Game 16   -  D Ball             16 (1-2)
                    SF Canes           2 (0-2)

Game 17   -  Bombers 16's   11 (3-0)
                    Coral Reef         1 (0-3)

Game 18   -  Bombers 18's   14 (3-0)
                    SF Canes            0 (0-3)

Game 19   -   SF Elite           10 (2-1)
                     Bluesox 18's      8 (2-1)

Game 20   -  Bluesox 16's    12 (3-0)
                     Brewers            2  (1-2)

Consolation Game

Game 21   -  Miami Wave     5
                    D Ball               4

Championship Round

18 and Under Round

Game 21   -  Bluesox            15
                    SF Elite              4

Game 22   - Bombers 18's       9
                   Braves                 0

18'S Championship Game

Game 23   - Bombers 18's       5
                   Bluesox   18's      4


16 and Under Championship Round

Game 24   - Bombers 16's       3
                   Brewers               1

Game  25  - Bluesox 16's        6
                   Renegades           5

16's Championship Game

Game 26   - Bombers 16's      14
                   Bluesox  16's        1


All tournament team and MVP will be posted tonight 



Sunday, May 27
Bombers 18's Finish Pool Play as # 1 Seed
The Florida Bombers 18's finished pool play undefeated and seeded # 1 for Mondays Championship round. The Bombers will play the Bomber Braves in round 1 of the Championship round.

On Saturday the Bombers defeated  D Ball by a score of 16-0 to improve their record to (3-1) on the year. Tyler  Thompson Homered twice to pace the Bombers. Javi Sujo also connected on his (1) Homerun of the year and Andrew Durden also connected on his (1) Homerun of the year.
Glen Troyanowski (1-0) started and got the win.

Sunday

The Florida Bombers 18's defeated the SF Canes by a score of 14-0 to move to (4-1) on the year. Andrew Durden connected on Homerun number (2) on the year. Yasel Gomez also Homered (2) on the year. Joel Carranzza added a Solo Homerun his (1) of the season and Tyler Pastornicky hit Homerun number (1) on the year. Travis Miller (1-1) started and got the win.

The Bombers outscored their opponents by a score of 43-3 in pool play. The Bombers have hit 10 Homeruns in the 3 pool play games.

The Bombers will be back in action tomorrow at 1:30 P.M. at Westminster Academy . The Bombers look for a repeat tournament Championship on monday.


Saturday, May 26
Bombers 18's Win Big in Tournament Opener
The Florida Bombers 18's defeated the SF Elite Friday night in day one of pool play by a score of 13-3. Yasel Gomez connected on a 2 Run Homerun and Jose Rodriguez added a 2 Run Homerun .Tyler Thompson , Andrew Durden and Logen Thompson added added 2 hits apiece. Joey Housey earned the win pitching 4 innings.

Saturday, May 26
Bluesox 18's and Brewers Win Opener
The Bluesox 18's defeated the Miami Wave by a score of 15-5 in round one of pool play. The Bomber Brewers defeated the Renegades by a score of 10-2 in round one.

Saturday, May 26
Bombers Rodriguez Crowned Homerun Derby Champion
The Florida Bomber Jose Rodriguez and Andrew Durden faced off in the Championship round of Friday night Homerun derby. Both Rodriguez and Durden advanced to the championship round hitting 9 Homeruns each in round one. Rodriguez connected on a tape measure homerun in the championship round to defeat Durden. Rodriguez hit a few tape measure shots that were well over 420 feet.

Bomber Bluesox Gabby Deverona was crowned the 16 and under champion connecting on 3 Homeruns.


Friday, May 25
3 Bomber Teams Earn Wins in Day 1 of Tournament
The Florida Bombers 16's defeated the Homestead Storm by a score of 6-3 in the opening round of pool play. The Bombers 16's now move to (4-0) on the year.

The Bomber Braves defeated D Ball by a score of 8-3 to even their 2007 record to (2-2).

The Bomber Bluesox 16's defeated Coral Reef by a score of 7-3 to earn their first win in team history. The Bluesox 16's now move to (1-3).


Wednesday, May 23
Bluesox Pound the Riptide
The Bluesox 18's  defeated the Riptide by a score of 24-4 to improve their record to (3-1)


Wednesday, May 23
Bluesox 18's Win Showdown
The Bomber Bluesox 18's defeated the Bomber Braves Tuesday night by a score of 7-3. The Bluesox 18's now move to (2-1) on the year.
To hear the broadcast of the game go to www.floridacast.com



Other results

The Florida Bombers 16's remained undefeated by beating the Bomber Bluesox 16's by a score of 7-1.The Bombers now move to (3-0) on the year.


Friday, May 18
Florida Bombers Baseball Live on the Internet
To listen to the Florida Bombers baseball games go to  www.floridacast.com  and click the link under Current Events or Up-coming events.

Next Game Broadcast

5-22-07     7:30 P.M.  Bomber Bluesox 18's vs Bomber Braves


Monday, May 21
Bomber Braves Earn First Ever Win
The Bomber Braves defeated the Parkland Pokers Monday night by a score of 8-3 to earn the first ever win in team history. The Braves move to (1-1) on the year.

Monday, May 21
Bluesox 18's Capture First Win in Team History
The Bomber Bluesox 18's defeated the Florida Pokers late Sunday night by a score of 6-5 to capture the first ever win for the new program.For more info goto www.bomberbluesox.net

Monday, May 21
Bombers Season Opener a Success
The Florida Bombers 18's (1-0) opened up the season on Saturday night in impressive fashion with a 10-0 win over the Brevard Stars. LHP Craig Gullickson (1-0) pitched 4 scoreless Innings for the win. Gullickson allowed just 1 hit while strikingout 6. Johnathon Griffin pitched the final 2 scoreless Innings facing the minimum.Tyler Thompson led the way going 4 for 4 with 1 Double 1 SB and 2 RBI'S,Thompson also scored 3 Runs. Jose Rodriguez , Raiko Alfonso,and Yasel Gomez all added RBI Singles. Javi Sujo added an RBI Double.
The game was broadcasted live across the country at www.floridacast.com


Sunday May 20

The Florida Bombers fell to the Brevard Stars Sunday afternoon by a score of 5-2 . The Bombers led 2-0 heading into the top of the 4th before Brevard scored 3 runs in the 4th and held on to several Bomber threats late in thegame. The Bombers now (1-1) will gear up to defend their 2006 Bomber Invitational Championship.
Javi Sujo led the way going 2 for 2 and Yasel Gomez added an RBI Double.

The win by Brevard in game 2 marks the 4th consecutive year the Stars have defeated the Bombers in the 2nd game of the series.
"It was a great first weekend we came out Saturday and looked great, Sunday give the Stars pitcher credit he did a good job, I guess from now on we will have to make it a 1 Game series versus Brevard , they seem to always get us that 2nd day "says coach Fernandez.


Saturday, May 19
Bombers 16'S Open Season With a Win

The Florida Bombers 16's opened up the 2007 season with a 7-1 win over the SF Elite.
More game info will be posted tomorrow.
To hear a repeat of the game go to www.floridacast.com



Tuesday, May 15
2007 Season Starts Friday

Florida Bombers State of the Program



In 2007 the Florida Bombers will venture on a new voyage, with a growing organization the Bombers are anxious to get things going.
The organization opens up the season Friday at 5:00 P.M. with the Bombers Bluesox 16's hosting the Florida Pokers 16's at Westminster Academy.That game will be followed by the season opener of the Florida Bombers 16's hosting the SF Elite at 7:30 P.M. at Academy.
Saturday the Bomber Bluesox 18's get their season going by hosting the Brevard Stars at 4:00 P.M.
at 7:00 P.M. the Florida Bombers 18's open up their season versus the Stars.
Sunday the Bomber Braves kick things of versus the Florida Pokers 17's at 11:00 A.M., and the Bomber Brewers will open up their season on Memorial Weekend.
"We cant wait till Friday , we have had alot of haters out there saying we were done but, in reality we are stronger and bigger than ever and Friday is the start of all"says coach Braithwaite.
The Florida Bombers have grown 6 fold in 2007, currently the Bombers organization has 150 players to go with 15 coaches on payroll . "There are times in life when things seem bleak and dark only to find sunshine and paradise the next day , thanks to what happened we have been able to get to the point we are now, I thank the man up above every  day for what happened and where we are today"says coach Fernandez.
"I look back at the days we used to play at Killian Highschool and I see where we are today playing at a multimillion dollar complex, it shows the growth and tradition of the Florida Bombers"says coach Fernandez.

What has changed with the Florida Bombers ?

- The Florida Bombers now have 6 teams in the organization as opposed to only 1 team in past years.
- The Florida Bombers have over 150 players in the program as opposed to 25
- The Florida Bombers have giving employment opportunities to 15 coaches as opposed to 3
- The Florida Bombers now play out of a multimillion dollar complex
- Coaches salaries have increased
- The Florida Bombers now have a host home where all of its coaches and players call home during the   season
- The Florida Bombers Home games are live on the internet
- The Florida Bombers are now associated with 5 different governing associations
- The Florida Bombers now have a Baseball office where they conduct all of their daily operations
- Most importantly no one in the organization has to answer to suits

"None of this would be possible without the work of Aaron Braithwaite, Rudy Camejo, Scott Patterson, Josh Starr , and Bart Hunton and the departure of the old regime"says coach Fernandez.

The Florida Bombers have had alot to overcome this past offseason . "Alot of different people tried to bring us down by saying things that were not true fortunately for us our new coaches and personal believed in what we were doing and we were able to overcome all the negative things our competitors put out there"says coach Fernandez.

Friday everything unfolds for the coaches and players of the organization, the road to many different National Championships start Friday with a WWBA National title and 2 different AABC National titles being the ultimate goal.





 



Sunday, May 13
Bombers Memorial Weekend Tournament

The information for both the 16 and 18's will be posted by Friday May 17 no later than 6:00 P.M                                We will be closing out both age groups by Wednesday we have 1 spot left in each age group
please contact us at floridabombersbaseball@earhtlink.net  if you are interested in attending
the tournament will feature a 5 game guarantee as well as a Homerun derby Friday night



Thursday, January 25
Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational
The Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational will be held from May 25-28 at Barry University. Last years Bomber invitational saw some of the best teams in the State of Florida in action.The Bombers will be running the 18 and under event as well as the 16 and under event that weekend.


Teams Committed to Attend

18 and Under Age Group


1)  Florida Bombers
2)  Bomber Bluesox
3)  SF Elite
4)  SF Canes
5)  Miami Wave
6) Perfect Competition Baseball
7) Hammertime
8) Team Mizuno  (Orlando Florida)





16 and Under Age Group


1)  Florida Bombers
2)  Bomber Bluesox
3)  Perfect Competition Baseball 16's
4)  Bomber Brewers
5)  Renegade Baseball
6)  Miami Lakes Pirates
7) 
8)










for teams interested in competing in the 2007 Bomber invitational please contact us at  305-671-3699
or at floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net



*  5 game guarantee
*  Homerun Derby
*  All Tournament Team Awards
*  Top Notch Fields
*  Top Notch Competition
*  Semi Final and Championship game will be broadcasted live on the internet nation wide




Saturday, May 12
Bombers Ready for Season Opener
Saturday the Florida Bombers 18's took the field versus the Bomber Bluesox 18's in an exibition game. The Bombers playing with about 70 % of their roster looked sharp in the 10-2 win. The Bombers relied on outstanding pitching and timely power to defeat the talented Bluesox.6 of the Bombers 7 pitchers Saturday were 90 mph or better on the gun. At the plate Jose Rodriguez connected on a 2 run homerun. Danny Canela also added a solo homerun. Tyler Pastornicky and Raiko Alfonso added 3 hits apiece. "Everyone from top to bottom looked great ,everyone contributed in someway and all I can say about our arms on the mound is WOW"says coach Camejo.
"We looked good out there on Saturday, we went up against a very good club that will compete on a daily basis against most any team in the country and we were sharp ,should be a great year "says coach Fernandez.
For the Bluesox 5 of the 7 pitchers were 85 mph or better on the gun.

Other results
The Florida Bombers 16's edged out the Bomber Braves 18's by a score of 5-3.
The Bluesox 16's defeated the Bomber Brewers 16's by a score of 8-1.



Sunday, May 6
First Workout of 2007 Makes History
The 2007 summer season got off to a magical start.The Florida Bombers Organization took the field for the first time with new personal .The day got started at 9:00 A.M. when the Bomber Bluesox 16's took the field, followed by the Bomber Braves at 11:00 A.M. The Bomber Bluesox 18's followed at 1:00 P.M. and the Florida Bombers 18's followed at 3:00 P.M. The day concluded with the Florida Bombers 16's at 5:00 P.M.
Over 110 players took the field on saturday and all 5 teams showed tremendous promise for the upcoming season. "What can you say , it was an overwhelming day but, it was a magical day " says coach Fernandez.
The Florida Bombers 18's again will be loaded in 2007 . On saturday the Bombers got a good look at Kyle Allen ,Jose Rodriguez,Anthony Angulo,and returnee Javi Sujo ."Rodriguez and Allen showed plus power on saturday and Angulo and Sujo showed above average hitting ability.
The Bombers 16's showed to be one of the top 3 teams in the country without a doubt, the 2007 16 and under team looks loaded.
Both Bluesox teams looked sharp and will compete day in and day out with anyone in the country.
Lastly the Bomber Braves took the field and looked as sharp as any team on saturday.
"We are hitting new heights and we are 2 weeks away from unveiling our new product , we are anxious we think all our teams will compete for national championships in 2007 "says coach braithwaite.


Friday, April 27
Bombers Make Big Announcement

The Florida Bombers have agreed to terms with the Westminster Academy Baseball complex for the 2007 season and beyond. The Florida Bombers Organization is proud to call Westminster Academy home. The baseball complex at Westminster Academy features 2 top notch baseball fields . "We want to make Westminster our East Cobb Complex says coach Fernandez , we will play all of our teams out of Westminster which is something we were looking for, this is a great day in our program for the present as well as the future".
The Bombers have been playing out of Barry University for the past 2 seasons. " Barry was great to us and for us but , we just out grow Barry and we needed a place with more fields "says VP Aaron Braithwate.
"This is just the beginning we have very big plans for this organization in the years to come , and solidifying a complex was one of the most important steps "says President Emilio Fernandez.


The Bombers program opens up the 2007 season on May 18 with the 16's Bluesox taking on the 16's Florida Pokers.


We would like to take this moment and thank Barry University and their coaching staff for giving us a first class experience the last two seasons. A special thanks to Ray and coach Pavo from the Florida Bombers.



Tuesday, April 17
Jay Laurienzo and Cody Emerson Committe to the 16's
The Florida Bomber 16’s have gotten commitments from both Jay Laurienzo and Cody Emerson. Laurienzo is 5’11 OF/RHP from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, FL. Laurienzo has the potential to be a 5 tool player in the future. Currently, Laurienzo is a 7.0 runner, with excellent arm strength and tremendous bat speed. On the mound, Laurienzo pitches between 85-86, with an outstanding change-up. Emerson is a 6’0 OF/LHP from Atlantic High School in Boynton Beach, Fl. Emerson is a above average runner, with excellent arm strength, and a good approach at the plate. On the mound Emerson pitches between 81-84, with great command of three pitches.

Thursday, April 12
16's Pitching Staff Gets Stronger
Miguel Llorenz, a RHP from Ferguson High School has committed to play with the Florida Bombers 16's.  Llorenz pitches between 85-86 and has touched 88 through out the regular season. Miguel also has one of the best breaking balls in Dade County, that he throws between 74-76.  Coach Fundora said, " Miguel should be a key guy for us this summer, his breaking ball will make it tuff for right handed hitters to make adjustments."

Saturday, April 7
Orginizational Website Up and Running
The Florida Bombers orginizational website is up and running .The website is about 80 % complete and has current up to the minute schedules as well as rosters and orginizational information. The schedules for all teams are about 60 % complete as are the rosters. Please refer to this website if you have any questions about the Florida Bombers orginization.


Also any players interested in playing for the Bombers latest expansion team the Bomber Braves out of Palm Beach can fill out the player information section . You can also email us at floridabomberbaseball@earthlink.net

The Bomber Braves will compete in several national events including the BCS Regionals as well as the BCS finals.

The Bomber Braves will fill the teams roster with 25 players. Currently the Bomber Braves have received 14 commitments.

The Bomber Braves will be coached by former professional player Pedro Gavillon. A full profile on coach Gavillon will be posted soon.


Tuesday, April 3
Bomber Bluesox Website Up and Running
The website for the Bomber Bluesox 18' and 16's is currently up and running. Please go to this site for the latest information on the Bluesox.

Saturday, March 31
Bombers Have Sights Set on Farmington
The Florida Bombers have received several big time commitments that have them closer to a repeat trip to the Connie Mack World Series.We are the only team in the world that can say they are the 4 time WWBA National Champions and we are looking for a 5th title this summer"says coach Fernandez."We are also the only team in Florida state history to be the two time Southeast regional champions"says coach Fernandez.
The Bombers have moved one step closer to build on their accomplishments, with the additions of 4 key players.

The Bombers have received commitments from

LHP -  Craig Gullickson  6"1  215  SR
Gullickson is a senior at Cardinal Newman in West Palm Beach that has committed to the University of Clemson. Gullickson is 87-91 with 3 above average pitches as well as plus mound presence. Gullickson is a front line starter that the Bombers will be looking at to lead the way this summer."We had Craig as one of our top targets this offseason , we are thrilled to death to have this big time lefty"says coach Camejo.

RHP - Matt Baran    6"3  190 SR 
The 6"3 SR is the ace at Palm Beach Gardens and is committed to the College of Charleston. Baran is 87-91 with 3 plus pitches . Baran is another front line starter that should lead the pitching staff this summer."Matt was another one of our top targets , we feel Matt has the ability to be one of the staffs top 3 starters"says coach Camejo.

Catcher-1B-RHP  Shawn Zarraga
6"2 215 SR
Shawn is currently a senior at Trinity Christian in Palm Beach that has committed to UNC Greensboro.
Zarraga is a frontline type of a player that can hit in the middle of the lineup. Shawn is also 88-92 on the mound. "Shawn reminds me of 2004 MVP JP Arencibia , if he can come close to JP we will be in for a special treat , but he does have JP type talent"says coach Fernandez.

1B-OF - Zach Floyd    6"4    195  JR
The 6"4 Left Handed Hitting Floyd is one of the top hitters in the 2008 class. Floyd is currently a Junior at Sarasota Highschool.F
Floyd has a big league body to go with a big time stroke"We think Zach will be one of the most recruited players this summer as he has pro tools that will help us get to the World Series"says coach Camejo.



"We are getting closer and closer we think this pitching staff will be our deepest in team history and has a chance to be our best overall pitching staff in team history"says coach Fernandez


Wednesday, March 28
16's Get Big Time Commitment

The Bombers have gotten a commitment from Arthur Strauss, 6'2 RHP, from Birmingham, Alabama. Strauss is the 73rd ranked prospect in the 2009 class.  Arthur pitches between 86-89, with great command of three pitches.  Coach Braithwaite said “We are glad to have Arthur in our program; I believe he will have a great career within the bombers organization.  I believe this kid is just going to keep on getting better."



Sunday, March 25
Bombers Add More Bullpen Depth
The Florida Bombers added Junior RHP Roger Hernandez from Brito Highschool. Hernandez is a 6"0 RHP with a lightning quick arm.Hernandez was 90-94 his last outing with a 78-79 mph slider. "He has great stuff hes a strikeout pitcher and we feel he can do a great job for us out of the bullpen"says Coach Camejo.

Friday, March 23
Bombers Add Another Rotation Guy
The Florida Bombers announced the commitment of 6"4 RHP Dan Marcacci. Marcacci is a SR at Jupiter Highschool . Marcacci is committed to Florida Atlantic University. "We feel Dan is a rotation guy that can pitch and win he is 86-89 with command of 3 pitches , and the kid is a winner"says coach Camejo.

Thursday, March 22
16's Johnson and Mckenzie Move Up As Predicted

Jacob Johnson and Kyle Mckenzie have both broke into the top 150 prospects for the class of 2009, as predicted by coach Bratihwaite.  Jacob Johnson has moved into the 122th spot. Kyle Mckenzie has moved into the 129th spot.  Coach Braithwaite said, " Rankings are not everything, but it gives these athletes a sense of accomplishment. I know these guys will push even harder to brake the top hundred."



Tuesday, March 20
Bombers Land Two Big Recruits
The Florida Bombers announced the commitment of two big time recruits Monday night.The Bombers have received a commitment from Senior 3B-SS-RHP Ryan Acosta and Junior RHP Travis Miller.Acosta has committed to the University of Georgia. The 6"2 Acosta is a legit two way player. " I did not know who Ryan was going into the fall , but after watching him play in Jupiter i left that event thinking Ryan was the best player i had seen all weekend, i still feel he is the best player i have seen so far this year and we are thrilled to have him with us "says coach Fernandez.
Ryan is a great athlete , hes a 6.8 runner with above average arm strength, and on the mound he is 87-91.
"Its funny in this business sometimes you lose great players , but the next day you get a great player, i guess its out with the old and in with the new Ryan is one of those new great players "says coach Fernandez.

Travis Miller is a 6"1 Junior from Jupiter he is a rotation type of guy that is in the 87-90 range with plus feel and command of 3 pitches. "We really like Miller we think he can be one of our top guys this summer he can pitch and he has very good stuff"says Recruiting Coordinator Rudy Camejo.


Monday, March 19
Bombers Add Talented OF
The Florida Bombers received a commitment form JR OF-RHP Kyle Allen from Tampa Catholic. The 6"4 Allen is a 6.8 runner with plus Arm strength and power. Allen also pitches in the 88-92 range. Allen currently is hitting over .450 for Catholic and has 2 Homeruns and 6 Doubles. Allen is a top prospect in the 2008 class.

Monday, March 19
Doty Steps Up
[u]SALADINO BASEBALL TOURNAMENT[/u]

Doty Steps Up In Gaither's Victory
By ADAM ADKINS The Tampa Tribune
Published: Mar 18, 2007

[u]BRANDON - [/u] Gaither coach Frank Permuy needed a pitcher to step up if his team was going to have any chance to win the Saladino Tournament. Saturday night, Eric Doty answered the call.

Making only his second start of the season, the Cowboys junior right-hander was dominant. Doty limited Brandon to only two hits, walked none and struck out 10 in Gaither's 9-1 victory on the tournament's opening day.

"I felt great out there," said Doty, who missed a week and a half with bronchitis earlier this season. "It was great to come back and finally have a good game and get a win."





Tampa Catholic bounced back from its loss to Alonso by beating East Bay (3-8) 12-2. Kyle Allen homered for the Crusaders


Monday, March 19
Current Bluesox Roster

Here is a list of the committed players to the Bomber Bluesox so far

18 and Under

Sean Hotusing                C-1B       6"1         SR      Sunset Highschool
Rick Versace                  C             5"11       JR      West Boca
Mike Lopez                     C-3B       5"11        SR      Atlantic Highschool
Joseph Pagen                 1B           6"1          JR       Archbishop Curley
Matt Holsman                2B           5"10        JR       Douglas Highschool
Carlos Lopez                  SS-3B     5"11        JR       Atlantic Highschool
Jesus Garcia                   INF-OF  5"10        SR       Brito Highschool
Scott Woodrey        3B-SS-RHP  6"0         SR       Cardinal Gibbons
Marcus Mejia                INF-OF   6"2         JR        Everglades
Micheal Yeash      INF-OF-RHP  5"10       JR        Archbishop Curley
Joe Keebler                   INF-OF    6"0        JR         Palmetto Highschool
Drew Sherwood             OF          5"10      SR         Sunset Highschool
Javier Busutil                 OF          6"1        SR         Brito Highschool
Donald Smith              OF-C         5"11      JR          Dwyer Highschool
Gerry Gonzalez     1B-OF-LHP    6"0        JR           Ransom
Marvin Colegial           RHP        6"1        SR          Coral Gables
Danny Hernandez       RHP        6"1        SR          Coral Gables
George Bahadue     1B-RHP      6"2        JR           Dade Christian
Frank Lanzana         LHP-OF     5"11      SR           Chaminade Madonna
Steven Thiele      OF-INF-RHP 6"0        JR            Coral Reef
Mike Tulio           RHP-1B       6"2         JR            Dwyer Highschool 
Brian Daley         OF                 6"0        SR            Ransom




16 and Under Bluesox

Height and Weight will be added later today


Eros Medina
Jonathan Diaz
Noah Soven
Edward Pidermann
Charles Erickson
Jonathan Arche
Ronald Lozada
David Hall
Zack Berger
Mario Rojas
Jose Aguiar
Manuel Machado
Jorge Dieguez
Yoenny Gonzalez
TJ O Drscoll

both Bomber Bluesox teams are looking to carry around 25 players
if you are interested in participating on one of these teams please contact us at
floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net

 



Sunday, March 18
Bombers 16's Get Wiltz

The Florida Bombers 16's have received a commitment from AndresWiltz. Andres Wiltz is a 6'1 RHP, who pitches between 85-88, with a outstanding change-up and breaking ball. Andres shows great command of all three of his pitches. Coach Braithwaite said, " Wiltz will be one of our go to guys this Summer. Andres comes from a great high school program at Belen. They do a great job of developing student-athletes."



Saturday, March 17
Bombers 16's Get 2 More Big Time Freshman

The Florida Bombers 16's have received commitments from Casey Mulholland and Josiel Garcia. Casey Mulholland is a 6'3 RHP/OF from IMG Academy, who pitches between 86-89, with a excellent breaking ball and outstanding change-up. Mullholand offensively shows great bat speed, and plus power. Josiel Garcia is 5'11 OF/LHP from Brito High School, who has 7.0 speed, a great approach at the plate, great outfield instincts along with above average arm strength. On the mound, Garcia pitches between 82-84. Coach Fundora says " These 2 kids will be among the best players in the country in the 2010 class.



Tuesday, March 13
Bombers Add Rennspies
 The Florida Bombers received a commitment from Junior catcher J Ryan Rennspies. Rennspies is a 6"1 Junior catcher from Tate Highschool in Florida. J Ryan is considered one of the top 08 catchers in the country. J Ryan is an offensive catcher with above average arm strength. J Ryan is ranked in the top 150 players in the country.

Friday, March 9
Bombers Announce a Home and Home Series with the Orlando Scorpions
The Florida Bombers have announced a home and home series with the Orlando Scorpions. The Bombers will travel to Orlando on June 9-10 . The Scorpions will travel to Miami on June 19-20. The Bombers will travel to Orlando with the Bombers 16's , as well as the Bluesox 18's. When the Scorpions visit Miami all 4 Bomber teams will be in action.

Tuesday, March 6
Florida Bombers Baseball Office Open and Ready for Business
The Florida Bombers are now actively working out of the Florida Bombers baseball offices.The Bombers baseball office phone number is  305-671-3699 that is also the Florida Bombers fax number
Any player interested in participating in the Florida Bombers organization please contact our baseball office.
or try us at floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net

also the Florida Bombers orginizational website should be up and running in the next week or so
here is a quick look at what the website will look like keep in mind this is not the finished product only a rough draft 

this website will show all the information about the Florida Bombers organization

teams interested in participating in the 18 and under or the 16 and under Florida Bombers Memorial weekend tournament please contact our office


Monday, March 5
Bombers 16's Get Commitment From John Ryan Murphy
The Florida Bombers 16's have received a commitment from John Ryan Murphy, of Pendelton High School in Sarasota, FL. Murphy is an exceptional catcher with, 7.0 speed, plus arm strength, and tremendous bat speed. Coach Braithwaite said, "A Lot of people are talking about John Ryan's ability to swing the bat, but he is a developing catcher who has the chance to be great defensively. John Ryan has been catching for a little less than six months, and looks like a guy who has been doing it his entire career. It is going to be very interesting to see Murphy's progression behind the plate this summer."

Friday, March 2
Bombers Receive Big Time Commitments From Talented Twins
The Florida Bombers received commitments from Tyler and Logan Thompson. The Thompsons are twin boys whose father is  former Big Leaguer Robbie Thompson. Both Tyler and Logan are Juniors at Jupiter Highschool. Tyler is a 6"1 Left Handed hitting Centerfielder and is currently the nations # 50 ranked player. Logan is a 5"10  middle infielder with plus instincts and defensive actions to go with a very good offensive game."These are two outstanding commitments , we think they will be great players for our program we are very excited with the additions of Logan and Tyler"says Recruiting Coordinator Rudy Camejo.

Tuesday, February 27
Bombers Announce Sponsor
The Florida Bombers are happy to announce the addition of Jorge Diaz to the family. Diaz is one of the new sponsors for the Florida Bombers. Details of the agreement have not been finalized. Jorge Diaz currently a very successful developer in the real estate world is also a professional baseball scout for the Cleveland Indians.Diaz was the Head Baseball coach at Southwest Sr Highschool from 1988-1994 where coach Fernandez played from 1990-1993."We are very happy Jorge has decided to get involved , Jorge is a baseball guy all the way "says coach Quintana. "Having Jorge involved will be very refeshing ,not having to deal with some of the things we had to deal with in the past will make life alot easier, Jorge has really played the game and relating to him will be second nature" says coach Fernandez.  
   

Did you Know ? Jorge Diaz is the older brother of Florida Bombers pitching coach JC Diaz


A full bio will be posted soon



Wednesday, February 28
Rudy Camejo Joins Coaching Staff
The Florida Bombers 18's have announced the hiring of recruiting coordinator Rudy Camejo. Camejo will serve as the Florida Bombers recruiter as well as assistant coach throughout the season. "We are very excited with the addition of Camejo , he has been working in professional baseball the past 3 years,we  feel he will be a tremendous asset to the program"says VP Mike Quintana. Camejo will start in his new role immediately as the Bombers gear up for opening night May 19 versus the Brevard Stars.

Sunday, February 25
Bombers BlueSox 16's Rosters Taking Shape
Heres a preview of the 2007 Bomber Bluesox 16's.

2010 Class
Eros Modena -OF/INF/RHP- Very athletic player, 7.0 runner, strong arm, good bat speed, 82-85 mph on the mound. One of the top 2010 ball players in the area.

Noah Sovern -INF- Great defensive actions, plays hard! Good size athlete, look for Noah to be one of the better infielders in Dade County, in the next few years.

2009 Class
Edward Pidermann -INF- Very good ball player, with a great set of tools. 7.1 runner, great bat speed, good arm strength, and excellent defensive foot work. One of the top 2009 players in the area.

Zachary Berger -C/1B- 6'0 185 pound catcher, strong kid, good defensive catcher. Good approach at the plate.

Charles Erickson -LHP/1B- 6'4 LHP from Massachusetts, who pitches between 80-83. Strong kid with some pop in the bat.

2008 Class
Steven Thiele -INF/OF/RHP- Good looking ball player. Great defensive ball player. Plays all 4 infield positions and all 3 outfield positions. On the Mound Steven pitches between 83-87, with a sharp slider, and an excellent change-up.


Wednesday, February 21
The bombers 16s Getting Stronger

The bombers 16's have gotten commitments from Jacob Johnson and Kyle Mckenzie.  Jacob is a 6'2 RHP from Lakeworth, FL, who pitches between 84-87, with a plus slider and change-up. Johnson is currently the 25th ranked player in the State of Florida and the 205th ranked player in the class of 2009. Mckenzie is a 5-11 RHP-INF, with excellent defensive skills and a great approach at the plate.  On the mound, Kyle pitches between 85-88 with excellent command and a "VERY" sharp breaking ball.  Kyle is currently the 209th ranked player in the class of 2009.  Coach Braithwaite said, "Look for both of these guys to take a gradual leap in the rankings over the course of this high school season.  I personally feel like both Jacob and Kyle are two athletes that are a lot more talented than there rankings may suggest."



Friday, February 16
Bombers Add Another Solid Arm
The Florida Bombers added Senior RHP Danny Desimone. Desimone is the ace at Gulliver Highschool in Miami. Desimone is a 6"1 RHP that pitches in the 87-90 range with a good slider. "He reminds me of guys like Nalepa and Guitierrez, guys that have been really good for us in the past we feel he will be one of our better guys this summer , we are very excited to have him with us"says coach Fernandez.

Thursday, February 15
Bombers Add More Talent
The Florida Bombers have received more commitments. RHP Eric Doty and INF Vickash Ramjit both Juniors are now members of the Florida Bombers.Ramjit  is a 6"3 INF that will see time at several positions , Vickash is the nations # 113 Ranked player.Doty is a 6"1 RHP from Tampa, Florida , Doty is the nations # 410 Ranked player. "We think Doty can be a special player for us this summer , we think he has the ability to be our closer with his low 3/4 delivery and his ability to pitch on back to back days. He also is a guy that could be in the rotation either way he will be a big asset to the team for the 2007 season, Doty is 85-89 with plus , plus movement"says coach Fernandez. "Ramjit is also another player we are high on we think hes one of the better hitters in dade county as well as one of the best prospects in the area , Vickash has a pro body and has pro hitting tools "says coach Fernandez.

Tuesday, February 13
Bombers Season Opener Announced
The Florida Bombers will open its 2007 season versus the Brevard Stars on Saturday May 19 . The Florida Bombers 16 and under team will open the season at 4:00 P.M. versus the 16 and under Brevard Stars while the 18's are set to square off at 7:00 P.M.
This marks the 4th straight season the Bombers have opened their season versus the Stars. "Its always a great weekend, it marks the beginning of a special season and the Stars have a great time down here in South Florida , its a great weekend all the way around"says coach Fernandez.
This year it will be a little different with the 16's opening up before the 18's.
The series will conclude Sunday with a Double Header starting at 10:00 A.M.
Both Bomber Bluesox teams will more than likely open its inaugural season on Sunday May 20 versus the Brevard Stars.


Monday, February 5
Scott Patterson Named Head Coach of the 16's Bluesox
Scott Patterson has been named head coach of the 16 and under Bomber Bluesox. Scott Patterson, a graduate from Lakewood High School in Cleveland Ohio is in his first season as an assistant baseball coach at Urbana University. While at Lakewood High School, Coach Patterson was nominated All-State his senior season and was selected to play in the All Ohio Mizuno All Star Game. After graduation, Coach Patterson continued his playing career at Cuyahoga Community College as he played under current head coach Brian Harrison. While playing at CCC, he racked up back to back All-Conference short stop awards as he set records for hits in a career and double plays in a single season. While at CCC, he also had the opportunity to play in Australia for the United States Baseball Stars. Following his two year stint in junior college, Coach Patterson accepted a scholarship to Union University in Jackson, Tenn. That summer his playing ability afforded him the opportunity to play in the prestigious New England Collegiate League. A league that is primarily for Division 1 players, Scott was second on the team in hitting with an average that was over .300. In the fall of 2006, Coach Patterson decided to transfer back to play for Coach Harrison at Urbana. While in his second stint with Coach Harrison, Scott was able to hit .402 and defensively he set the assists record and be nominated second team all conference on a team that accomplished one of the greatest turnarounds in all of college baseball history.

Sunday, February 11
Bombers 16's Get 3 Big Commitments
The Florida Bombers 16's have gotten commitments from Malcolm Clapsaddle, Justin Gonzalez, and Anthony Iglesias. Clapsaddle is a 6'1 Rhp from Geneva, FL, who pitches in the 84-86 mph range and touches 88, with a sharp breaking ball. Malcolm is the number 55th ranked player in the 2009 class. Gonzalez, the number 66th ranked player in the 2009 class; is a 6-1 middle infielder with great defensive actions, plus runner, and has great bat speed. Iglesia is a very projectable 6-0 195lb catcher, with great arm strength, and outstanding power to all fields. Coach Braithwaite said, "these are 3 outstanding commitments for the organization. We are getting better as we move closer to our World Series run."

Wednesday, January 24
Bombers Announce Internet Deal
The Florida Bombers and Floridacast.com have reached an agreement for the 2007 season. The Florida Bombers 18's will have all of its home games broadcasted live nation wide on the internet. The deal also includes several 16 and under Bomber games broadcasted as well as a hand full of Bomber Bluesox 18' and 16's games. The Bombers will broadcast the semi final as well as the championship game of the Memorial Weekend Invitational.The Florida Bombers are pleased to become the first summer program in the country to have all of its home games broadcasted live on the internet.


Wednesday, January 24
Bombers Add More Coaches to the Program
The Florida Bombers have hired 2 new coaches to join the program for the 2007 season. The Bombers have hired Ryan Dorsey and former Bomber Robert Clayton. Dorsey will be the Head Coach of the 18 and under Bomber Bluesox . Clayton will be the Pitching coach of the Florida Bombers 16 and under club. Andy Hernandez will be the Head Coach of the 16 and under Bomber Bluesox. Dorsey a former professional baseball player comes with very good experience.Dorsey was drafted in 1999 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.Dorsey ended his career in 2006 with the St.Louis Cardinals.Dorsey was a middle infielder in pro ball.Dorsey got involved with summer baseball last year and now finds himself as the first ever Head Coach of the Bluesox.
Former Bomber Robert Clayton will bring plenty of experience with him to the Florida Bombers 16 and under team. Clayton a 4 year Bomber from 1999-2002 is the only Bomber pitcher in team history to finish his career undefeated with more than 10 decisions. Clayton led the Broward Community Seahawks to their first ever Junior College World Series in 2006. Clayton was the ace of that team. The Florida Bombers would like to welcome back Robert Clayton to the organization.


Wednesday, January 17
Bombers Moving Full Speed Ahead in 2007
          The 2007 summer season will bring plenty of change for the Florida Bombers, without a doubt change that will be for the best. Founder Emilio Fernandez decided to move in a different direction at the end of the 2006 season , a season that saw the Bombers fall a little short of their first ever Connie Mack World Series. "Well i just felt we were stuck in mud a little bit with last years finish , in my opinion once again some of our coaches were outcoached in the World Series and i felt we needed to bring in better Baseball personnel"says Coach Fernandez. Coach Fernandez now feels he has upgraded his coaching staff with the additions of Miguel Quintana , Pitching coach JC Diaz and bench coach Steve Barton."Well with our new coaching staff we have coaches with real credentials , coaches that have really played the game at a high level , coaches that can get more out of our players than what we have gotten in the past"says coach Fernandez. Twice the Bombers have advanced to the Connie Mack World Series and twice the Bombers pitching failed and this essentially is what led to the change in coaches."To have the other teams hitters make adjustments and our pitch calling to remain the same in a game that we were up 3-0 was the tell tell sign to me that we would need to make a change, twice to lose by the run rule at the World Series was unacceptable"says coach Fernandez.
2007 also sees the expansion of the Florida Bombers organization. The Florida Bombers have added 3 more teams to the organization with plans to expand even more in the near future.The Florida Bombers will feature a 16 and under team coached by former Bomber Aaron Braithwaite. Former Bomber Robert Clayton will lead the 18 and under Bomber Bluesox, and former Bomber Andy Hernandez will lead the 16 and under Bomber Bluesox.
The Bombers will be host to two major events throughout the course of the 2007 summer season.
"Change is always difficult , but being surrounded by non baseball people for the last few years ran its course , I just felt it was time to surround the program with Baseball people and thats what has happened"says coach Fernandez.
The Bombers will be looking forward to defending their back to back WWBA National Titles as well as its 2006 Regional crown. "We will either defend our WWBA Titles or disgrace our WWBA Titles ,having players and coaches that are committed to everyday excellence , I feel very strongly that we have no choice but, to defend our titles"says coach Fernandez.

And by looking at some of the work done so far by coach Fernandez and his staff it seems the Bombers will once again be the team to beat in 2007. "Well people felt the moves we made would hurt our recruiting a little as our recruiting coordinator was also let go, but from the looks of it we are doing as good a job as ever getting recruits"says coach Fernandez.
The Bombers early returns has 5 top 100 2008 players committed to the Bombers.

New Players committed to the Bombers  are as follow

RHP   Sean Adelman            # 33   top RHP in South Florida
OF      JP Ramirez                # 40   top hitter and OF in the country
INF     Tyler Pastornicky     # 67  top infielder in the State of Fl 
LHP    Brian Busch               # 76  top LHP in South Florida
3B-1B Jacob Rogers              #  82 one of the nations best hitters

INF     Raiko Alfonso            # 111 one of the nations best IF
RHP   Zack Levitt                 # 413 one of the best pitchers in the country if he was 6"2 would be top # 50 in the country


the Bombers also have several  other top 50 recruits  ready to commit in  the next few days

also note we will be adding a brand new website in the next few weeks that will cover the entire organization it will have all of the rosters of every team in the organization
tournament information
waivers
etc
the new website will cover the entire organization
each individual team will still have its own website as we will keep the one we currently have
please check back soon as we evolve into one of the nations largest organizations



Wednesday, January 17
Florida Bombers New Office Phone Number
The Florida Bombers Baseball Organization has a new office contact number. The Florida Bombers new office phone number is 305-671-3699 please make a note of this number. This number will be available as of Monday January 22,2007. This will also be the new Florida Bombers Fax number.

Tuesday, January 16
Bombers Add More Talent
The Florida Bombers 18 and under team received another key commitment. Junior RHP Zack Levitt from  Naples Barron Collier.Levitt is one of the States top pitchers. Levitt is 87-90 with 3 outstanding pitches and very good command and tremendous mound presence.

Friday, January 5
Bombers Receive More Commitments
The Florida Bombers received a couple of more key commitments for the 2007 season. The Bombers have added Junior   Middle Infielder Raiko Alfonso and Senior RHP Glen Troyanowski . Alfonso is a SS at Keywest Highschool and is the Nations # 97 Ranked player. Alfonso is a switch hitting infielder with plus instincts and plus defensive ability to go along with a very good offensive game from both sides of  the plate. Troyanowski is a Senior that has committed to Florida Atlantic University . Glen has a lightning quick arm that pitches in the 88-91 range with more to come in the very near future.Glen also has one of the best breaking balls in the 07 class.

The Bombers also have several other key commitments that will be announced early next week.


Thursday, December 21
2006 Award Winners
Florida Bombers Announce the 2006 Award Winners

M.V.P.        -        The 2006 M.V.P. was a very difficult award to hand out becuase so many players had great years this is why the Florida Bombers decided to hand out CO .M.V.P. Awards


CO M.V.P.                      -  Cole Figueroa
                                            Yan Gomes

Best Offensive Player   -   Yan Gomes

Gold Glove                      -  Cole Figueroa

Cy Young                       -  Anthony Nalepa

Mr.Bomber                    -  Cory Figueroa
                                           David Rivas


we congratulate all the 2006 award winners.


Wednesday, December 6
David Holmberg Commits To The Bombers 16's
David Holmberg has committed to the 16's Bombers. Holmberg is a 6'3 lefty from Port Charolette High School, that pitches between 83-85, and shows a plus change up and breaking ball. Coach Starr said " Holmberg will be a great addition to our pitching staff, he is very projectable and I belive he will vastly improve over the next few years."

Sunday, December 3
Florida Bombers Get 2 More Key Commitments
The Florida Bombers 16's have received commitments from Antonio Alvarez and Danny Figueroa. Alvarez is a switching hitting freshman infielder , from Miami Southridge, with 6.8 speed. Figueroa is a sophomore outfielder, from Gulliver High School, who also is a 6.8 runner. Coach Braithwaite said, " I feel like we have improved tremendously by adding these 2 ball players to our roster. These are the type of ball players that make a difference in a ball game, not only can these guys swing the bat and play defense, they are also a threat on the base paths"

Thursday, November 30
Florida Bombers New Email Address
The Florida Bombers have a new email address please make a note of this
Thank you in advance

the new email address is   floridabombersbaseball@earthlink.net


Also the Florida Bombers would like to wish all of its current and former players a very Happy Holiday season


Thursday, November 16
Bombers Receive Commitments
The Florida Bombers received 2 commitments on Thursday. RHP Anthony Gallego and LHP Mike Martinez both committed to the Florida Bombers. Gallego a senior from Pace Highschool has also committed to the University of Tennessee.Gallego is a 6"1 RHP and Martinez is a 6"3 senior LHP from Columbus Highschool. Both Gallego and Martinez should be among the top pitchers in Dade County.

Wednesday, November 8
Andy Hernandez Named Head Coach of the Bomber Bluesocks

Andy Hernandez has been named the head coach of the Expansion 18 and under Florida Bombers. Andy Hernandez will coach the Bomber Bluesocks in their inaugural season in 2007.Coach Hernandez is a former Florida Bomber player. Coach Hernandez played for the Bombers in the 1999 season. "We welcome coach Hernandez to the organization, we feel Andy is a baseball guy that has stayed involved with the game he will do a great job with this club."says President Emilio Fernandez.
The Bomber Bluesocks will play a National schedule and compete in a National Affiliation. Players on the Bluesocks will have the opportunity to be called up to the Florida Bombers based on performance and team needs. The Bomber Bluesocks will be a competitive team that will be as good as any other local team in South Florida . The Bluesocks will compete with other local teams such as the Miami Powerhouse , Florida Pokers etc.


Note

Drew Sherwood became the first player in Bluesocks history to commit.
The Bluesocks welcome Drew to be the teams catalyst at the top of the order and patrol centerfield in 2007.



Monday, November 6
Florida Bombers 16's Get Commitments
The Florida Bombers 16 and under team received 2 key commitments . Sophomore RHP Danny Healy and sophomore RHP Javier Barrows have both committed to the Bombers.Healy is a 6'3 pitcher from Cooper City Highschool and Burrows is a 6"3 RHP from Ferguson Highschool.

Wednesday, November 1
Individual Performers Standout
The Florida Bombers scout team didn't show well as a unit this past weekend but , individually the Bombers showed well.Some of the standout performers were :

Sean Adelman  - was 88-92 sitting on 90 mph with plus plus running sink on his fastball Adelman drew the attention of several top college recruiters look for Sean to be atop the 2008 Rankings

Brian Busch    - was 86-89 sitting on 88 mph with plus command and a solid breaking ball to go with it Busch should also appear in the top half of the rankings

JP Ramirez       - showed to many why he is one of the best OF in the country JP played hard all week and swung the bat extremely well

Yasel Gomez    -  swung the bat well all weekend hitting over .400 for the event Gomez also showed plus defensive actions to go with his bat

Alex Pandeliodes - was 85-88 in the rain at 8:00 A.M. Alex had plus command to go with plus pitchability

Mike Mcgee  -  showed the versatility that he displayed all summer Mike played 6 different positions in Jupiter. On the mound Mike was 88-90 Mike also swung the bat well in the event

Tyler Pastornicky  - played well all weekend making several good plays in the field and also showing the ability to play the OF as he showed a solid arm in the OF

Sam Mende  -   made several outstanding plays

Javi Sujo   -    swung the bat well towards the end of the event

Eric Doty     -  had a very effective outing strikingout 7 in 3 Innings

Several other players had good moments during the weekend tournament.


"Winning and losing is not important for us at this event , but seeing some of these guys for the first time and evaluating them is very important ,all in all it was a great week for both of our clubs"says coach Fernandez.


Tuesday, October 31
Florida Bombers Baseball Organization Expanding
The Florida Bombers Baseball Organization will be expanding in 2007 with future expansion ahead in the near future. The Florida Bombers which have added a 16 and under program for the 2007 season will also be adding another 18 and under program to go with another 16 and under program. "The idea is to give more players an opportunity to play baseball at a high level with the top program in the country"says Emilio Fernandez.
"In the past we have only been able to have 25 players in our program , but now we will have 50 players in each age group which will give us over 100 players in the program in 2007 and thats the direction we want to go in"says Mike Quintana.

The coaches for the expansion teams have not been hired yet, although the Bombers have several interviews lined up with possible coaching candidates.
The expansion teams will be playing a national schedule in the 40-45 game range including joining a national association.


Tuesday, October 31
Florida Bombers 16's Taking Shape
Aaron Braithwaite and his coaching staff have been working really hard to make sure the 2007 season is one people wont forget.The Mickey Mantle World Series is the ultimate goal for the coaching staff. From the early returns it seems coach Braithwaite plan is right on target. The Bombers 16's have received several key commitments for the 2007 inaugural season. Here is a look at the committed players so far as we hit the month of November:

Catcher -1B   - Alex Pacheco    Goleman Highschool  2nd year Varsity catcher good catch and throw guy
Catcher -1B   - Kyle Figueroa       Lincoln Highschool - can swing the bat with power
Catcher   - Tyler Ross           Barron Collier - Nations # 7 Ranked player in the 2010 class big time player
3B-1B-RHP - Danny Canela    Ferguson - big time Left handed bat 85-88 on the mound
3B-2B-       - Nick Castellanos  American Heratige  - big bat only a freshman 6"2 and growing
RHP           - Craig Warner        Chaminade Madonna - 84-86 with 3 pitches
RHP-INF  - Anthony Tzamtzis Lasalle Highschool   - 86-89 on the mound
LHP          - Josh Gonzaga        Nova Highschool      - 82-85 LHP with a solid breaking ball
OF-RHP  - Ronnie Richardson Lake Region - 6.5 Runner 88-91 MHP on the mound top national player


The Bombers have received 2 other commitments that will be made public in a few weeks




Sunday, October 29
Bombers Add LHP Busch
6"3 Junior LHP Brian Busch committed to the Florida Bombers. Busch will be one of the States top lefties Busch is in the 86-89 range with plus command and a solid breaking ball and change up. Busch attends West Boca Highschool. "We feel Busch and Adelman have a chance to both be top 10 rounders in the 2008 draft, both are top of the rotation type guys,we are very excited about these two gems"says coach Fernandez.

Wednesday, October 25
Sean Adelman Commits
The Florida Bombers received a commitment from 6"3 Junior RHP Sean Adelman . Adelman is one of the top Juniors in South Florida , Adelman is in the 87-90 range. "We like what Adelman brings to the table and come the summer we feel he will be one of the best Juniors in the State of Florida"says coach Quintana.Adelman attends West Boca Highschool.

Tuesday, October 24
Bombers Receive Big Time Commitment
Junior Outfielder JP Ramirez has committed to the Florida Bombers. Ramirez is regarded as one of the Nations top Outfielders in the 08 class.The Left Handed Hitting Ramirez is also a 6.7 runner to go with an above average arm. Ramirez has a chance to be an Aflac All American next summer."Losing Kentrail Davis you need to replace a guy like that with a special talent and we feel we have done that with JP"says coach Fernandez."JP is a middle of the order type of player very similar to Davis we are very excited to have JP"says Fernandez.

Tuesday, October 17
Florida Bombers Have a New Address

The Florida Bombers Baseball Organization has a new mailing address. Please make a note of this change. Soon the Bombers will have a new contact number as the Bombers plan on opening the doors of the Florida Bombers offices by November 1.

The new Florida Bombers mailing address is

Florida Bombers Baseball
PO Box 960627
Miami , Florida  33296-0627



Monday, October 16
Big News
Bombers Join Forces

The Florida Bombers have joined forces with one of the Nations top athletic companies. The specifics of the deal and the company the Bombers have joined forces with cannot be revealed till January 1, 2007. "At the present time we are only able to make this announcement we cannot discuss much more, but we can tell you that this is sweetest deal any amateur Baseball program in the entire country has, without a doubt this deal puts us head and shoulders above any other program in the country"says President Emilio Fernandez.


Friday, October 13
Bombers Receive Commitment

  • Pastornicky Commits to the Florida Bombers

    Junior Infielder Tyler Pastornicky the Nations # 55 th ranked player has committed to play for the  Florida Bombers . Pastornicky is a Junior at IMG The Pendleton School. Tyler will be next in line of great Bomber players from the Pendleton School. "Following in the footsteps of Chris Perez and Paolo Espino wont be easy but, Tyler is the type of player that has made the Bombers the best program in the country"says coach Fernandez.
    Tyler is a 6.7 runner with great baseball instincts. Tyler comes from a baseball family as his father is currently the State of Florida scout for the Kansas City Royals.
    Pastornicky is 5"11 - 170  Tyler  is capable of playing all three infield positions and hes a good enough athlete to play in the outfield.


Friday, October 13
2006 Florida Bombers College Commitments

Here is a look at the 2006 Florida Bombers College Commitments

Kentrail Davis      OF   -   University of Tennessee
DJ Jones               OF   -   University of Auburn
Hunter Ovens      OF   -   Virginia Tech University
DJ Swatscheno   LHP -   University of Miami
Mike Mcgee         OF  -    Uncommitted
Matt Sergey        RHP -    Uncommitted
Javi Sujo              INF  -    Uncommitted
Iden Nazario       LHP  -    University of Miami



Tuesday, October 10
Rosters For Jupiter


  • Florida Bombers Scout Team Grey

    1) Joel Caranza             -     Catcher
    2) Javi Sujo                   -     3B-1B-RHP
    3) Yasel Gomes             -    MIF
    4 )Tyler Pastornickey  -       MIF
    5 )Vickash Ramjit         -     3B-1B
    6) Denny Almonte      -       OF
    7 )JP Ramirez               -     OF-1B
    8) Mike Mcgee           -       OF-INF-RHP
    9) Victor Lara              -      RHP
    10)Nick Rickles           -      Catcher-3B
    11)Danny Healey       -        RHP
    12)Jacob Rogers        -        INF
    13)Sam Mende          -        INF
    14)Danny Sanchez     -        RHP
    15)Sean Adelman      -        RHP
    16)Eric Doty             -        RHP
    17)Alex Panteliodis   -        LHP
    18)Ryan Acker       -         RHP
    19)Brian Busch          -      LHP










    Florida Bombers Scout Team White

    1) Tyler Everett         -      3B-RHP
    2) Anthony Boix       -      INF
    3) Mike Garcia           -     OF
    4) Jake Frazier            -     LHP
    5) Alex Parker            -     RHP-UTL
    6) Frank Gali              -     RHP
    7) Konrad Zielonka  -     RHP
    8) Drew Sherwood   -     OF
    9) Joseph Kibbler    -      INF
    10)Sean Houtsing   -     Catcher




  • Monday, October 9
    Florida Bombers Underclass Team Drops a Close One
    The Florida Bombers Underclassmen Scout Team dropped a 1-0 game to the East Cobb Astros in the semi finals of Sundays playoffs. The Bombers defeated the South Florida Bandits earlier in the day by a score of 2-1. The Bombers scout team finished the event with a record of (4-1) .

    Saturday, October 7
    Florida Bombers Underclass Scout Team Finishes Pool Play Undefeated
    The Florida Bombers Underclassmen Scout Team finished pool play undefeated. The Bombers are the number # 4 overall seeded team. Playoff schedule will be posted later tonight. "For all the talk about the Florida Bombers breaking up and no longer existing , we have done a pretty good job at this event"says VP Mike Quintana."Its funny different faces same results , we are better than ever and this event shows that " says coach Fernandez. The 3-0 finish marks the best finish in Bomber history at the underclassmen event.

    Friday, October 6
    The Florida Bombers Baseball Office to Open Soon
    The Florida Bombers baseball organization will be opening the doors to their baseball offices soon. The Bombers will be conducting the everyday operations from the offices. The Bombers will sell team merchandise at the Bomber office. The Florida Bombers will also be changing their current mailing address. The Bombers plan to open the Bombers offices by November 1 , 2006.
    Be sure to check back with us for the latest information.


    The Bombers will be hiring part time employees. The Bombers will look for people with secretary experience.
    For more information on these positions please email us at conniemackcoach@bellsouth.net


    Tuesday, September 26
    Fall Scout Teams Information
    Any player interested in playing for one of the Florida Bombers scout team please email us at   conniemackcoach@bellsouth.net

    It appears the Bombers will carry 3 Scout Teams to the Perfect Game Underclassmen event October 6-9 in Ft.Myers
    Due to the extreme interest we have received it is possible that we will carry 4 teams to the underclass event.


    The underclass teams will be coached by the following Bomber coaches


    Florida Bombers Fall Scout Team - Aaron Braithwaite

    Bomber Ball Grey - Chris Braithwaite

    Bomber Ball Red - Josh Starr

    If necessary the Bombers will add
    Bomber Ball Blue and that team will be coached by Steve Barton

    We will add more information for the underclassmen event shortly.


    Friday, September 15
    Important Tryout Information
    Important Tryout Information

    The Florida Bombers tryout set for Sunday at Barry University has been moved to Sunset Highschool. The tryout date remains the same Sunday September 17 starting at 10:00 A.M. at Sunset Highschool. The reason the Florida Bombers had to move the workout is due to some unpaid balances left behind by the former administration of the Florida Bombers.Barry University will be the home field of the Florida Bombers 18 and under team as well as the 16 and under team in 2007.
    The former administration still owes the University of Barry some financial obligations. Once these obligations are met the Bombers will once again be on the Barry University Field.
    Thank you for your understanding and we apologize in advance as this was an unforeseen situation.


    New tryout information

    Sunday September 17 ,2006   at Sunset Highschool in Miami

    10:00 A.M. Start Time
    9:00 A.M. Registration


    Wednesday, September 13
    Message to All
    Please Read


    Over the last couple of days it has been brought to my attention that the Florida Bombers name is being misrepresented. I am here to let everyone know that there is only ONE Florida Bombers team and that team is coached by Emilio Fernandez. That team and no other team are the true Florida Bombers. This message is for any player fan or future player of the Florida Bombers. It has been brought to my attention that another team called the Florida Legends has been using the Florida Bombers name to attract players. The Florida Bombers have no IDEA who this other team is, we  are in no way shape or form associated to this other team. Just a reminder if you are approached by this other team saying they are the NEW FLORIDA BOMBERS please be aware that it is a complete lie. The Florida Bombers are not responsible for the tactics of other teams and organizations .The Florida Bombers only use its own name as a recruiting tactic we do not misrepresent and mislead anyone into believing something that is not true in order to recruit them. We feel our tradition ,name and our accomplishments speak for themselves. So please be advised that there is another team misrepresenting the FLORIDA BOMBERS name . Please be advised that We will put an end to this immediately. 
    Remember there is only one team in the country that is 4 Time WWBA National Champions and that team is The FLORIDA BOMBERS.
    We will continue to operate as usual and we will once again be one of the best teams in the country in 2007 doing it the right way.
    Thank you to all for your interest and support in the Florida Bombers organization.

    Florida Bombers Head Coach and President
    Emilio Fernandez


    Wednesday, September 13
    Coaching Staff Nearly Complete
    The Florida Bombers 18's  2007 coaching staff is nearly complete. The Bombers have added pitching coach JC Diaz and assistant coach Kyle Bone. Diaz is currently the pitching coach at Sunset Highschool and Bone is currently an assistant coach at Broward Community College.Diaz  which has over 15 years of coaching experience will bring a great work ethic to the Florida Bombers. Diaz has coached several Big League pitchers  in his tenure. Bone is currently the hitting coach at Broward Community College , Bone played several seasons of Professional baseball."Both of these guys want to be part of the Florida Bombers and that is what we want guys that want to be here and are ready and willing to work to maintain the Bombers at the same level we have been for years , they will be great additions"says President Emilio Fernandez.

    Wednesday, September 13
    16'S Taking Shape

    The Bombers 16's is also taking shape as Chris Braithwaite has been hired as an assistant coach to Head Coach Aaron Braithwaite. The Bombers have also hired Josh Starr to be the director of marketing and Corporate Sponsorships. Starr will also serve as a bench coach for the Bombers 16's."Since the changes Corporate Sponsorships have been booming and Josh will be in charge of that department he did a great job with the Homestead Stars last summer and i know he will do a great job for the Florida Bombers "says Emilio Fernandez.



    Monday, August 28
    Aaron Braithwaite Named 16 and Under Head Coach
    Former Bombers star  Aaron Braithwaite has been named the Head Coach of the 16 and under club. Aaron Braithwaite which holds the All Time and Single season records for Stolen Bases in Florida Bombers history will now be looked at to lead the 16 and under Bomber club into action. Braithwaite was the Head Coach of the Homestead Stars last summer . "We think it will be a great transition for Aaron he is familiar with youth baseball as he was very successful last year in his first year as a coach, and we want to keep hiring and involving former Bombers with the program, we are very pleased with this announcement"says President Emilio Fernandez.
    Aaron played for the Bombers from 2000-2002 Braithwaite was part of the 1st ever WWBA National Championship team in 2002. Braithwaite was also part of the 50 consecutive wins team in 2002. Aaron was also part of the Bombers first ever Championship in 2000 the USABF World Series Champion team.
    In his 3 years as a player Aaron was part of back to back Connie Mack State Championships.
    Braithwaite was drafted twice in his playing career.


    Friday, August 25
    Bombers Hire Vice President
    Miguel Quintana has been named Vice President of the Florida Bombers. Quintana will the the VP of Baseball Operations for the Florida Bombers.
    Here is a look at Miguel Quintanas Bio

    Miguel played for the FIU Golden Panthers from 1998 to 2001. As a Junior he hit .370 and was Drafted in the 13th Round by the Boston Redsox. Miguel decided to return to FIU for his senior season, one in which he led the Golden Panthers to the schools  first ever Super Regional. Quintana hit .339 with 17 Homeruns and 62 RBI'S that season. Miguel was once again drafted , this time the Cleveland Indians took him with their 8th round pick. Quintana played three seasons in the Indians organization . Quintana finished his pro career in 2004 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
    Miguel currently runs the Miguel Quintana School of Baseball a business he started several years ago.
    Quintana was born on June 29,1979 in Miami,Florida.

    Quintana also joins President Emilio Fernandez as the Vice President of the Florida Bombers baseball Academy, more on that soon.

    "I am extremely proud to announce my Vice President as Miguel Quintana, I feel Miguel has the same vision and work ethic as i do and i feel together the Florida Bombers will take the next step, I just want to welcome him to the greatest organization in amateur baseball" says President Emilio Fernandez.


    Wednesday, August 23
    All Time Bomber Teams Released
    The All Time Bomber teams have been updated.And this year we added a Third Team to the mix. Here are some of the highlights.
    Eric Hosmer, Yan Gomes , Cole Figueroa , and Anthony Nalepa have all been named to the First Team All Time Bombers.
    Chech out the rest of the list.

    Also updated are the Single season and Career stats


    Wednesday, August 16
    Bombers Finish Great Season Look for Repeat in 2007
    The Florida Bombers finished 3rd at the Connie Mack World Series in 2006. The Bombers finished with a (47-8) record the 2nd most wins in Team history. The Bombers also defeated the Florida Magic to capture their 4th WWBA National Championship. The Bombers now will look to improve on their 3rd place finish in Farmington in 2007.
    Things look great for a repeat performance as the Bombers will return 6 players from the 2006 World Series team.
    "Getting a commitment from these key players is huge for the success of the 2007 team" says Head  Coach Emilio Fernandez.

    players committed to the 2007 Florida Bombers

    Catcher  -  Adrian Nieto
    1B           -  Eric Hosmer
    3B-RHP  - Javi Sujo
    OF-RHP - Mike Mcgee
    LHP        - DJ Swatscheno
    RHP       -  Kevin Youst

    with this nucleus the Bombers should be favorites to get back to Farmington in 2007.


    Wednesday, August 16
    Tryout Information to be Posted Soon
    The Florida Bombers will be holding a workout for all players interested in playing for the Florida Bombers in 2007.  The Bombers will be expanding to a 16 and under club as well in 2007.
    "I am very excited in the direction this program is headed as I feel  expansion will be a good thing for the Florida Bombers organization"says Head Coach Emilio Fernandez.
    The Bombers are also considering adding another 18 and under club as well as a 14 and under club. More on those announcements will be posted in the next couple of weeks.


    Monday, August 7
    Bombers Set to Meet Midland
    The Florida Bombers will sqaure off tonight in a 2nd round winners bracket game versus the Midland Redskins. The Bombers (45-6) which defeated the Carolina Raiders on Saturday will send LHP DJ Swatscheno to the mound.


    You can follow the game live on www.cmws.org


    Sunday, August 6
    Bombers Win Game One

    Florida bombs the Raiders
    By Louie St. George III The Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — Florida Bombers center fielder Yan Gomes didn't mix words when he said, "We're a great team with nothing to lose and we expect to win," following Florida's 11-2, five-inning win over the Carolina (Puerto Rico) Raiders Saturday night in the final first-round game of the World Series.

    The Bombers utilized a potent offense and solid pitching to rout the Raiders, scoring 11 runs on 11 hits, while Anthony Nalepa tossed a three-hitter in five innings of work. Nalepa struck out seven and walked three to lead Florida into a Monday showdown with the Midland (Ohio) Redskins.

    The Raiders play at 5:15 today against the NFWB (Mich.) Cobras in a game that will knock the loser from the tournament.

    Gomes was a spark in the middle of the Bombers lineup, producing three extra-base hits and a pair of RBIs.

    "Coming up to bat in the World Series, I felt confident," said Gomes. "It's a big thing coming out here and representing Florida."

    The loss and subsequent drop into the loser's bracket left Carolina and coach Hector Rivera to lament a devastating third inning. The Raiders put two guys on to lead off the inning and had the bases loaded with one out before Nalepa picked up his fifth strikeout of the game and forced Alexis Lopez into a groundout that kept Rivera's team from scoring as the the Bombers maintained a 1-0 lead.

    The Bombers capitalized on the momentum from the top of the third by scoring four times in the home half of the inning to take a 5-0 lead. Eric Hosmer drove in two runs with a single to right field and Gomes followed two batters later with an RBI triple to left and capped the outburst by scoring the fourth run of the inning on a Carolina error.

    Rivera, using his son as a translator, expressed his disappointment at the Raiders' inability to get on the board early.

    "It was a bad game for us," the coach said. "We didn't get basehits at the right time and we had our No. 3 and cleanup hitters at the plate, but we just didn't get it."

    They did however, get a pair of Florida errors in the third and a Nalepa walk, and still couldn't break the ice. The Bombers committed four errors in the game, compared to two for the Raiders.

    But it was the right arm of Nalepa that proved to be the difference. The right-hander made key pitches when he had to and allowed his offense to take over the game.

    "I felt comfortable and went up there and just tried to put zeros on the board," Nalepa said. "I don't know the batters so all I can do is try and hit my spots."

    Florida added four runs in the fourth on the strength of four basehits, including the second double of the contest for Gomes. Leading 9-0, the Bombers were one out away from ending the game in the top of the fifth, but two more errors allowed the Raiders to stay alive. Lopez doubled to the corner in right to make it 9-2.

    The inning could have been worse for the Bombers if not for a heads-up play by shortstop Cory Figueroa, who threw out Carolina's Jonathan Gelpi at third base after Gelpi overran the bag on a Juan Lopez bunt. Figueroa barehanded the ball and fired to third baseman Gaby Saade for the first out of the inning.

    "We'll regroup this week," Cintron said after a lively postgame talk with his team. "Tomorrow is another day. We're behind and in the loser's bracket, but we're going to get it. (Saturday) was just one game."

    The Bombers and Redskins meet Monday, and although both teams were victorious in their opening games, both will be looking to improve upon sloppy performances. Like the Bombers, the Redskins committed four errors in their game Saturday.

    Nonetheless, Nalepa isn't overly concerned with his team's defense, citing Florida's ability to light up the scoreboards as the reason for his optimism.

    "If we hit the ball like we did (Friday), I don't think anyone can stop us."

    Mcgee ended the game in the fifth with a two-run homer to right field.

    Louie St. George: lstgeorge@daily-times.com

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    Tuesday, August 1
    Bombers on Their Way Back to Farmington
    The Florida Bombers (44-6) are headed back to the Connie Mack World Series for the 2nd time in team history. The Bombers which became the first ever team in the history of Florida to reach the World Series have done it again. The Bombers are coming off their second South East Regional Championship. The Bombers defeated the Central Florida Renegades twice on Saturday to capture the Southeast regional Championship. In game 1 the Bombers defeated the Renegades by a score of 13-1 followed by a 12-7 win in the Championship game. The Bombers enter the World Series as the Nations # 1 Ranked team according to the pgcrosschecker national rankings. The Bombers will now look to continue to make history as they can become the first team from Florida  in the history of the Connie Mack World Series to win it. The Bombers will open up the World Series Saturday night versus the Carolina Raiders from Puerto Rico.

    Wednesday, July 26
    Bombers Win Game 1
    The Florida Bombers (40-5) opened up the 2006 Southeast Regionals with a 21-4 win over the Twitty City Knights from Tennessee. Anthony Nalepa (9-0) earned the win. For the Bombers Yan Gomes,Mike Mcgee,Eric Hosmer,Cory Figueroa,Marcus Salmon,and John Housey all connected on Homeruns.
    The Bombers will now take on the rival Memphis Tigers in a winners bracket game tomorrow at 1:15 P.M. at Georgia Tech University.


    Thursday, July 20
    Regionals Here We Come
    The Florida Bombers (39-3) have advanced to the Southeast Connie Mack Regionals starting next Wednesday in Marietta , Georgia. The Bombers advanced thanks to a 14-0 win over the Florida Pokers. The Bombers will play the Central Florida Renegades today. The Bombers which have won 5 straight Connie Mack State Championships will look to make it 6 in a row.


    more info to follow


    Thursday, July 20
    From the WWBA

     



    WWBA 18U NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    SCOUTING BLOG (Final)


    By David Rawnsley



     


    Saturday/Sunday, July 15-16, 2006



     


    The first day of the playoffs brings out most teams best pitchers and today was no exception.  At one point during the 11:30 am games at the Complex, 5 of the 6 pitchers were throwing in the 90’s and the other was throwing a no-hitter into the 6th inning.  The hitters were prospects such as Michael Burgess, Justin Jackson, Kentrail Davis, Chris Epps and Hunter Morris.



     


    Here’s a quick synopsis of some of the pitchers that threw:



     


    LHP Josh Smoker:  Smoker’s command wasn’t especially sharp as he walked 5 in 6 innings.  But he only allowed 2 hits and struck out 10 while throwing up to 93 mph.  Smoker is pitching more aggressively with his fastball and throwing fewer breaking balls, which may account for his increased velocity.  RHP Austin Bailey came in to get the final out for Smoker and got it with four 93 mph fastballs



     


    RHP Tim Alderson:  Alderson is a warrior and he might have been too pumped up against the Midland Redskins, relying a bit too much on a 90-93 mph fastball and not going to his nasty 85-87 mph slider very often.  He allowed 3 runs in 5 1/3 innings.  Alderson also hit his second home run of the Championship in the 9:00 am game.



     


    LHP Walker Kelly:  Kelly is a 6-0 2008 grad from Fort Worth and is certainly one of the top 2 or 3 pitching prospects in the 2008 class.  He no-hit a very good Ohio Warhawks team for 5 innings in a high pressure game with a 89-92 mph curveball and very sharp curveball.  Kelly  has some Scott Kazmir in his build, delivery and raw stuff.



     


    LHP Chris Masters:  It wouldn’t be fair to not mention Masters (East Cobb Cardinals), a 2006 grad, who took a no-hitter into the 6th inning before Epps broke it up with a double.  Masters threw 83-86 with a slow, slower, slowest change and curveball to keep the East Cobb Braves off balance before losing 4-1.



     


    RHP John Housey/RHP Kevin Youst:  The two Florida Bombers pitchers combined for a 3-hit shutout against the Ontario Blue Jays.  Housey threw 4 effective innings but the 2008 Youst was especially impressive during 3 almost perfect innings, throwing 88-91 with very good command.



     


    RHP David Francis:  Francis closed the Ontario Blue Jays first round game with some 91-92 mph heat, then pitched even with Housey and Youst for all but a couple of hitters.



     


     


    Redskins C Sean Owchinko was the offensive hero of Midland ’s hard fought 3-0 and 4-3 wins during the first two rounds of the playoffs.  His home run off Alderson gave them their first run in the 3-0 win and his 2 Rbi double in the bottom of the first extra inning vanquished Hitmaster.  Owchinko is a 2006 grad who is signed with LSU.



     


    Redskins CF Michael Burgess put his mark on the win against Hitmaster with a huge home run that tied the score at 2-2.  Observers put Burgess’s blast into the RCF parking lot in the same category as Cameron Maybin’s bomb that was walked off at around 480 feet in the 2004 18U championship.  Burgess had three home runs during the week and was walked 8 times in 9 games.



     


    2008 RHP Ryan Acker was mentioned earlier this week as a promising young prospect who threw 84-88 in a 6 inning start.  He came into close a Round of 16 playoff game and was 88-90 while striking out 3 in 2 innings.  That’s stepping up your game when it counts and impressive for a young pitcher.



     


    Ohio Warhawks OF Daniel Carroll is a 2007 prospect you might hear a lot more about.  He’s a Californian with a tall, projectable body and two present plus tools in his speed and arm strength.



     


    ABD SS Nick Noonan probably led the Championship in balls hit to the warning track.  He seemed to hit two or three balls every game to the track, some falling for extra base hits.  When Noonan gets stronger those balls are going to start going off and over fences.  The ball comes off his bat really easily.



     


    ABD LHP Forrest Moore (Louisiana ) solidified his unofficial title as “Best Sub-90 mph Pitching Prospect” in the country with 10 K’s in 6 innings in a Round of 16 shutout win over the East Cobb Padres.  He’s been unhittable for the past two weeks, pitching mostly with an 84-88 mph fastball and big downer curveball, both of which he spots flawlessly.  The title isn’t as glamorous as “Best Golfer not to win a Major” but it’s a start.



     


    Louisiana phenom CF Chad Jones showed his ability on the mound, throwing a complete game 1 hit shutout against Midwest Blazers in the first round of the playoffs.  The 6-3, 220 southpaw threw 88-91 with a 77-78 mph curveball.  He’s one of the best football prospects in the country along with being a 5-tool prospect in baseball.



     


    The 18U Most Valuable Player Gary Gustavson from the Florida Magic is a 2007 third baseman who was pretty much unknown to the PG scouting staff prior to the event.  He’s listed at 6-2, 170 lbs but look pretty solid and strong at more like 6-2, 190.  Gustavson centered the ball almost every time up it seemed and especially in the playoffs against better pitching.  He hits to all fields and the ball really carries well off his bat.  Gustavson doesn’t run especially well and will have to maximize his physical tools to stay at third base at the higher levels but his bat looks like it plays big.



     


    A few thoughts on the Florida Bombers and why they have won 4 of the last 5 WWBA 18U championships, when no other event has any team that has anything close to that kind of track record.



    --  At the 18U level, a huge key is getting your graduated seniors to play hard.  These “kids” are no longer kids, they are getting ready to go off to college in another month and have other things on their minds.  The Bombers coaching staff does a great job in getting their older players to play hard and play with emotion.



    --  This goes back many, many years but the Bombers have always shown a team ability to go for the jugular when they sense a big inning about to happen.  They must lead all of baseball in 4 or 5+ run innings.  They’ve always had the ability to cruise along for a couple of innings, down by a couple runs and not worried, then drop a 6 spot on the board.  You can almost see them switch gears.



    --  They are annually, if not the best, one of the best, defensive teams at this level.  This year they had primary shortstops at second base, third base and right field and a primary centerfielder in left.  That’s the norm for them.



    --  The Bombers always have one or two grinder, non-projectable right handers who throw 85-88 with good breaking balls, throw strikes and can eat innings.  They figure they are going to play 60 innings in 7 days and 20-30 of their innings are going to come from these type of pitchers.  This year it was Anthony Nalepa and David Rivas and they both did a great job.




    Monday, July 17
    Bombers Do it Again 4 Titles in 5 Years

    Florida Bombers win WWBA 18U National Championship
    Posted: 7/16/2006 7:09:36 PM

    The Florida Bombers continued their unique hold on the WWBA 18U National Championship with a 5-2 championship game victory over the Florida Magic Sunday afternoon in Marietta, Georgia.  The title was their second in a row and fourth in five years.   Only the Diamond Devils in 2004, featureing players such as C/RHP Matt Weiters (Georgia Tech) and 1B Justin Smoak (South Carolina), has been able to beat out the Bombers for the title.
     
    The Bombers used a strong and deep pitching staff and excellent overall defense as the keys in their title defense.  That formula was loudly stated in the final game when U Tennessee signee LHP Brian Morgado was replaced by U Miami recruit Alex Koronis in the third inning with the Magic leading 2-1 and threatening a big inning.  Koronis shut down the rally, then proceeded to finish the game with 4 1/3 no-hit innings.  He didn't strike out a hitter in that time despite pitching in the 89-91 mph range, a testament to the Bomber defense.
     
    1B Eric Hosmer, a 2008 prospect, had 13 Rbi's during the Championship despite having only 5 hits.  OF Kentrail Davis, SS Cory Figueroa, RF Mike McGee and CF/C Yan Gomes also figured prominently in the Bomber offense.
     
    Bomber RHP Anthony Nalepa, another U Miami signee, was named the Championship's Most Valuable Pitcher.  He threw 12 1/3 innings in 2 starts, going 2-0 with 4 hits allowed, 1 walk and 15 strikeouts.  He threw 6 1/3 1-hit innings in a 3-2 win over the East Cobb Astros 18U in the semi-finals.
     
    The Florida Magic were definitely the surprise team of the tournament.  They finished second in their pool during the week behind the Midland Redskins, perhaps the most physically talented team of the 114 at the Championship.  They worked their way through the playoffs and faced up against the Redskins again in the other semifinal.  The Magic, 6-1 losers in their first matchup against Midland, came away with a 5-4 upset win to gain their spot in the finals.
     
    The Magic impressed all observers with their hitting ability and very high overall level of play.  They were led by 2007 3B Gary Gustavson, a 6-2, 190 lb right handed hitter from Melbourne, Florida.  Gustavson went 13-29 during the Magic's 10 games with 2 home runs, 12 Rbi's and 11 runs scored and was named the Championship's Most Valuable Player.  The Magic's top pitcher was RHP Richie Erath, who went 2-0 with 11 scoreless innings during the week, including a 6 inning no-hitter where he was one infield error away from a perfect game.
     


    Saturday, July 8
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers (28-3) defeathed the Homestead Stars by a score of 8-2. Adam Veres pitched 4 Innings to earn the win.Cory Figueroa was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI'S and Eric Hosmer added a Double and 1 ingle. Yan Gomes added 2 hits .
    The Bombers were without the services of
    Kentrail Davis
    Cole Figueroa
    DJ Jones
    Hunter Ovens

    all 4 players will rejoin the team in Marietta


    Saturday, July 1
    WWBA National Rankings as of July 1 , 2006

    Top 25 Teams, 1
    YOUTH BASEBALL TEAM RANKINGS
    Perfect Game Crosschechecker's Jeff Simpson has issued the first youth baseball team rankings for 2006. The rankings will be updated roughly every two weeks through the summer.
      18
     Years Old

    Rankings by Jeff Simpson


    Rank Team State
    1 Florida Bombers         (25-3) Record Florida
    2 Midland Redskins Ohio
    3 Savannah Chain Georgia
    4 ABD Bulldogs California
    5 Houston Heat Texas
    6 Ohio Warhawks Ohio
    7 East Cobb Yankees Georgia
    8 Dirtbags North Carolina
    9 All American Prospects Florida
    10 Louisiana All Stars 18U Louisiana
    11 Trombley Braves California
    12 NorCal California
    13 Orlando Scorpions Florida
    14 Arizona Firebirds Arizona
    15 NJ Twins New Jersey
    16 SW FL Baseball Florida
    17 East Cobb Cardinals Georgia
    18 Texas Blackhawks Texas
    19 East Cobb Braves 17U Georgia
    20 Team Connecticut Connecticut
    21 Georgia Stars Georgia
    22 Atlanta Blue Jays Georgia
    23 EDH Vipers California
    24 Team Florida USA Florida
    25 SE Texas Sun Devils Texas
    NR Florida Pokers Florida
    NR Orlando Baseball Academy Florida
    NR Homestead Stars Florida


    Saturday, July 1
    boxscore
    Bombers Complete the sweep with an 8-1 win in game 2 of the Double Header. Mike Mcgee led off the game with his (2) Homerun of the year. Yan Gomes was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI'S and Hunter Ovens added 2 hits. Anthony Nalepa (6-0) earned the win pitching 4 Innings while strikingout 5. Brian Morgado earned the Save (2) of the year pitching 3 Innings and strikingout 4. The Bombers now improve to (25-3) on the year.

    Saturday, July 1
    boxscore
    Bombers # 1 Ranked Team in the Country Sweep Powerhouse


    The Florida Bombers are on top of the National Rankings. The Bombers are the # 1 Ranked Team in the Country by Perfect Game. The Bombers which are currently (25-3) in the 2006 season.

    On Saturday the Bombers completed a Double Header sweep of the Miami Powerhouse. In game 1 the Bombers defeated Powerhouse by a score of 12-1. Javi Sujo led the way going 3 for 3 with a 3 Run Homerun, Sujo ended game 1 with 4 RBI'S. Cole Figueroa also added a 2 Run Homerun and finished with 2 Hits. Chris Archer picked up the win pitching 2 Innings and strikingout 5.


    Thursday, June 29
    boxscore
    The Bombers completed the Double Header sweep of the All American Prospects by a score of 7-4. In game 2 Kentrail Davis went 2 for 3 with 2 Homeruns and 6 RBI'S. Davis Grandslam in the bottom of Inning 3 broke a 1-1 Tie. Davis later connected on a 2 Run Homerun to put the Bombers up 7-1. Mike Mcgee was 2 for 4 with a Triple and 2 Runs Scored. Justin Dalles added a pair of Hits. Nick Hernandez (3-0) picked up the win pitching 4 Innings while Strikingout 8. John Housey earned the Save (1) pitching the 7th. With the win the Bombers now improve to (23-2) on the year.

    Thursday, June 29
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers defeated the All American Prospects 18's in game 1 of a Double Header by a score of 8-5. The Bombers welcomed back Mike Mcgee which was 1 for 2 with a 3 RBI Double. Kentrail Davis also made his return going 1 for 2 with 1 RBI. Eric Hosmer also returned to the lineup going 2 for 3. Newcomer Justin Dalles Homered in his first Bomber At bat. Dalles finished 2 for 3. David Rivas picked up the win in relief. The Bombers now move to (22-2) on the year.

    Monday, June 26
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers move to (21-2) on the year with a 12-3 win over the Orlando Scorpions Grey Team. Cole Figueroa led the charge going 3 for 5 with 4 RBI'S. Cole connected on his (3) Homerun of the year. DJ Jones added a 3 Run Homerun and Adrian Nieto added a Solo Homerun. Anthony Nalepa (5-0) pitched 6 Innings allowing 2 hits.

    Monday, June 26
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers improved to (20-2) on the year with a 4-3 win Friday night versus the Orlando Scorpions. Cole Figueroa sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th Inning plated Cory Figueroa with the winning run. Yan Gomes gave the Bombers a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st Inning with his (6) Homerun of the year. Newcomer Gabby Saade added a Triple and 1 Run Scored.

    Friday, June 23
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Florida Pokers Thursday afternoon in 9 Innings by a score of 3-2. The Bombers now move to (19-2) on the year. Yan Gomes game winning single in the bottom of the 9th gave the Bombers the win. John Housey was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and Harold Martinez added a couple of singles. Ryan Butner (1-0) picked up the win in relief pitching 2 scoreless Innings.

    Wednesday, June 21
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Florida Pokers Wednesday afternoon by a score of 8-1. The Bombers now improve to (18-2) on the year and (6-1) in League Play. Eric Hosmer was 2 for 4 with a 2 Run Homerun and an RBI Double. Yan Gomes connected on his 5th Homerun of the year. Harold Martinez added a 3 Run Homerun his (3) of the year. Adam Veres (2-0) picked up the win pitching 4 scoreless Innings while strikingout 5.

    The Bombers will be back in action tomorrow at 12:00 Noon at Barry University versus the Florida Pokers.

    LHP Nick Hernandez will get the start.


    Sunday, June 18
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers completed the Double Header sweep of the Space Coast Meteors by a score of 13-1. Alex Koronis pitched 4 Innings for the win. The Bombers now move to (17-2) on the year. Cole Figueroa was 2 for 2 with 1 Double and 3 RBI'S. David Rivas added a pair of Hits and Brian Morgado connected on a Two Run Homerun.

    Sunday, June 18
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Space Coast Meteors in game 1 of the Double Header by a score of 11-3. Anthony Nalepa (4-0) picked up the win pitching 4 scoreless Innings and Strikingout 5. Cole Figueroa was 4 for 4 with 3 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored . Eric Hosmer added 3 Hits and 2 RBI'S. Cory Figueroa added 3 hits and 2 Runs Scored. The Bombers now move to (16-2) on the year.

    Friday, June 16
    boxscore
    The Florida Bombers took game 1 of the 3 game series versus the Space Coast Meteors by  a score of 3-0. Nick Hernandez (2-0) pitched 4 scoreless Innings scattering  4 hits while Strikingout 5. Brian Morgado set a Bomber record with 4 Strikeouts in the top of the 7th Inning. Morgado picked up the Save (1) pitching a scoreless 7th. The Bombers now move to (15-2) on the year and will conclude the 3 game series with a Double Header Saturday starting at 10:00 A.M.

    Thursday, June 15
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    The Florida Bombers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Florida Magic Wednesday night at Barry University by a score of 4-3. The Bombers now move to (14-2) on the year. Yan Gomes had the game winning RBI with a single to deep right field in the bottom of the 7th Inning. Gomes finished 3 for 4 with 2 RBI'S and 1 Run Scored. Eric Hosmer added 2 hits and Harold Martinez added an RBI Double. Kevin Youst picked up the win in relief pitching 3 scoreless Innings while strikingout 4.

    Sunday, June 11
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    The Florida Bombers completed the Double Header sweep of the Florida Pokers. With the win the Bombers won the series from the Pokers winning 2 out of  3. The Bombers defeated the Pokers by a score of 14-6 in Game 2 on Saturday. The Bombers now move to (13-2) on the year. Kentrail Davis led the Bombers going 4 for 4 with 2 Homeruns and 8 RBIS. Davis also added 4 Runs Scored and 1 SB.Davis Homered twice in the 1st Inning to tie a Bombers record with 2 Homeruns in 1 Inning. Eric Hosmer went 2 for 4 with 1 Double and 3 RBI'S.Nick Hernandez (1-0) picked up the win in relief pitching 3 scoreless Innings and Strikingout 5.



    Sunday, June 11
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    The Bombers took game 1 of the Double Header by a score of 7-2. The Bombers now move to (12-2) on the year and bounce back from last night 1-0 loss in the opening game of the 3 game series.Eric Hosmer was 1 for 2 with a 2 RBI Double. Cory Figueroa added 2 Runs Scored and 1 RBI and Cole Figueroa added a Hit and 1 RBI. DJ Swatscheno picked up the win (2-0) pitching 3 No Hit Innings while Strikingout 4. Ryan Butner earned his (2) Save of the year pitching 2 Innings and Strikingout 2.

    Tuesday, June 6
    4 Bombers Drafted on Day 1
    The Florida Bombers had 4 players drafted on day 1 of the Major League Draft.
    RF David Christensen headlines the group as Christensen was drafted in the 2nd round by the Colorodo Rockies. RHP Chris Archer was drafted in the 5th Round by the Cleveland Indians. RHP Shane Hill was drafted in the 8th round by the Milwaukee Brewers and Cole Figueroa was drafted in the 9th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Bombers would like to congratulate all of the players dafted on this magical day.


    Tuesday, June 6
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    The Florida Bombers defeated the Miami Wave by a score of 10-1 late Monday night. Anthony Nalepa earned the win pitching 3 Innings while Strikingout 2. Kentrail Davis was 3 for 3 with 1 Triple 2 SB and 4 Runs Scored. Eric Hosmer added a single and a Double and 3 RBI'S. Cole Figueroa was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI'S. The Bombers move to (11-1) on the year and extending their winning streak to 10 games.

    Saturday, June 3
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    The Florida Bombers defeated the Eagle Baseball Club by a score of  23-2 early Saturday as part of a Connie Mack League game. The Bombers now move to (10-1) on the year and (1-0) in League play. Kentrail Davis making his Florida Bomber debut Homered on the very first pitch he saw. Kentrail finished 2 for 5 with 3 Runs Scored in his debut. Cole Figueroa went 4 for 5 with 2 Homeruns and 8 RBI'S. The Bombers broke a team record with 7 Homeruns in the contest as well as 23 Runs Scored both of which are franschise records.
    Mike Mcgee, Buddy Munroe , Harold Martinez , and Adrian Nieto contributed the other Homeruns.
    Mason Mcvay (1-0) picked up the win and Ryan Butner got the Save pitching 3 scoreless Innings.


    Wednesday, May 31
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    The Florida Bombers extended their winning streak to 7 games with a 10-2 win over the Miami Wave Wednesday night at Barry University.Correy Figueroa led the Bombers offensively connecting on a 3 Run Homerun (1) of the year. Cole Figueroa added 2 hits and 1 RBI and Harold Martinez was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI'S. David Rivas got the win (1-0) pitching 4 Innings allowing 1 Earned Run while Strikingout 5. The Bombers now move to (9-1) on the season. The Bombers will be back in action Friday night versus the South Florida Rebels.

    Tuesday, May 30
    Bombers Win the Memorial Weekend Tournament
                The Florida Bombers completed an unbelievable 2 days of baseball with an extra Inning win over the Homestead Stars in the Championship game late Monday night. The Bombers defeated the Stars by a score of 8-7. The Bombers finished the tournament with a record of (6-0) as they won 3 games on Sunday as well as 3 more games on Monday.
    The Bombers started the Championship round as the number # 1 seeded team. The Bombers faced the number # 8 seeded Miami Powerhouse. The Bombers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back.
    Game 2 featured the All American Prospects. The Bombers chased started Chris Hernandez in the bottom of the 2nd Inning by putting up a 5 spot as the Bombers led 5-0 after 2 Innings and cruised from there. The Championship game featured the Florida Bombers and the Homestead Stars. The Bombers led 5-0 but the Stars battled back and tied the game at 6 in the top of the 7th Inning. In the top of Inning number 8 the Stars took the lead 7-6.The Bombers had 3 consecutive singles by sophomore Adrian Nieto, Sophomore Harold Martinez, and Junior DJ Jones to load the bases . With tournament MVP Mike Mcgee at the plate the Homestead Stars pitcher Andy Fernandez uncorked back to back wild pitches . As the Bombers defeated the Stars 8-7 to capture the tournament crown.

    On Sunday the Bombers played 3 games of pool play as they defeated the Miami Wave 7-2, the Space Coast Meteors 2-1 and Team Orlando 4-1.


    Wednesday, May 31
    5 Bombers Named to the All Tournament Team
    The Bombers were very well represented in the Tournament awards . 5 Bombers were named to the All Tournament team.

    Adrian Nieto
    Harold Martinez
    Correy Figueroa
    Yan Gomes
    Mike Mcgee

    were all named to the All Tournament Team.

    Mike Mcgee was named tournament M.V.P.
    Yan Gomes won the Big Stick Award

    The entire Bombers pitching staff was named Cy Young for the Tournament


    Wednesday, May 24
    Bombers Set to Host Memorial Weekend Tournament

                  The Florida Bombers Memorial Weekend Invitational is here and the field is set.10 top temas will be competing all weekend for the right to play in the Championship game Monday afternoon. Some of the nations top teams will be participating in this event " it will be a good field , we think it could be one of the strongest early season tournaments in the country "said tournament director Angel Herrera.
    Friday morning at 9:00 A.M. at Barry University the Florida Pokers and the Miami Wave will kick things off. Friday will conclude with the Florida Bombers playing Team Orlando in the night game at 7:30 P.M.
    The tournament will not only feature some very good teams , but it will also feature a Homerun Derby on Friday night. Also the tournament will feature awards for the Tournament MVP and the Cy Young pitcher of the tournament as well as an All Tournament Team selection.
    For tournament information please contact Tournament Director Angel Herrera at 786-547-3553.



    Monday, May 22
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    The Bombers dropped game 1 by a score of 3-2. The Bombers only managed 5 hits versus the Stars Sunday morning to even their record at (1-1). Yan Gomes connected on his (1) Homerun of the season in the 4th Inning to tie the game at 2 runs apiece Bombers put runners on 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 7th Inning with 2 outs but failed to score.Mason Mcvay got his first start of his career in a Bomber uniform and pitched very well. The 6"6 LHP Sophomore pitched 3 1/3 Innings allowing only 1 hit and Strikingout 1.

    Monday, May 22
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    Bombers Take the Nightcap

    The Florida Bombers now (2-1) on the year defeated the Brevard Stars by a score of 2-1 in Game 2 of the Double Header. Closer Mike Mcgee (1-0) picked up the win in relief as he pitched 1 1/3 Innings Strikingout 2. Mcgee entered the game in the top of the 6th Inning with the bases loaded and 2 outs. Mcgee Struckout Brevard LF Slack to end the threat in the top of the 6th inning. DJ Jones sacrifice fly to deep center brought home Iden Nazario with the eventual game winning run.Eric Hosmer extended his hitting streak to 3 games going 1 for 2.


    The Bombers will now be off till Friday as they will play Team Orlando in pool play of the Florida Bomber Memorial Weekend Invitational.








    Sunday, May 21
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     Bombers No Hit the South Florida Rebels in their Season Opener

       The Florida Bombers opened up the 2006 season on a high note as the Bombers defeated the South Florida Rebels by a score of 8-1. Three Florida Bomber pitchers combined on a No Hitter. Anthony Nalepa (1-0) pitched 4 No Hit Innings Striking Out 7 . John Housey pitched 2 No Hit Innings Strikingout 3. Iden Nazario put the finishing touches on the No Hitter Strikingout the side in the top of the 7th Inning to preserve the No Hitter.
    At the plate the Figueroa twins led the way as Cole Figueroa was 3 for 3 with a Triple, Double and 3 RBI'S in the season opener. Correy Figueroa was 2 for 2 with 1 RBI and 1 Run Scored.Eric Hosmer was 2 for 4 with 1 Double and 1 RBI.Ryan Jackson added a 2 RBI Single .Mike Mcgee added a Triple and 2 Runs Scored as the Bombers won their 7th Consecutive Season Opener.
    The Bombers will be back in action tomorrow versus the Brevard Stars at 11:00 as part of a Double Header.



    Thursday, May 18
    Bombers Set For Season Opener

                 The Florida Bombers are set to take the field Saturday night at 7:00 P.M. at Barry University versus the South Florida Rebels.The Bombers will follow Saturday nights opener with a Double header Sunday morning versus the Brevard Stars."We are very excited about this weekend , alot of work has been put into this club and we are anxious to see them play"says coach Fernandez.
    Saturday will be the first step towards a Connie Mack National Championship."Its a long season alot of things happen ,we just want this team to come together as quick as possible and improve everyday so we can be in position at the end to get to Farmington"says coach Herrera.
    The Bombers will see star CF DJ Jones in action for the first time this Saturday , Kentrail Davis will not be in the lineup this weekend as he will make his debut on June 2.
    Anthony Nalepa will take the hill for the Bombers Saturday night, Nalepa is a 6"3 RHP . Nalepa is one of several returning Bombers from the 2005 Regional runner up squad, Nalepa has also committed to the University of Miami.
    The Bombers will honor Cory and Cole Figueroa as part of the opening night ceremonies. The Figueroas will be receiving their 2005 WWBA Championship Rings as well as their Sam Torcise Award. The Sam Torcise Award is always giving to the Bomber or Bombers showing the most character and commitment towards the Bombers and towards life . The Sam Torcise award is named after Bomber owner Rick Torcise late father Sam. The Sam Torcise award is the most prestigious award handed out by the Bombers each summer.
               The excitement begins Saturday the anticipation for this season to finally start is here in less than 2 days the Bombers will begin their quest on becoming Connie Mack National Champions.



    Friday, May 12
    Kentrail Davis Now A Bomber
    One of the nations top offensive players will now be wearing the Florida Bombers prestigious uniform. Davis an "07" OF from Alabama is considered one of the best hitters in the country. Davis is a 6.5 runner with power and plus bat speed. Davis joins fellow Alabama star OF DJ Jones which is also one of the top "07" OF in the country.

    Friday, May 5
    Practice on May 13
    the Bombers will be working out Saturday May 13 at 12:00 P.M. at Barry University all players must attend.
    Please remember to bring the following if you have not done so

    Copy of Birth Certificate
    Copy of your Drivers License


    Monday, May 1
    2006 Bombers Take the Field

                             The 2006 season is upon us and with that comes expectations and hope as another Bomber season approaches.On Sunday the Bombers took the field for the first time since last July's regional loss to the East Cobb Yankees (3-1) to end their 2005 season.Sunday was very laid back with the new guys getting a feel for what the Bombers are all about, the returners looking forward to the long adventure ahead and the coaches anxious to see their offseason work unfold. The Bombers open up the 2006 season versus the Brevard Stars on Saturday May 20 at 7:00 P.M.
    The 2006 Bombers might start as many as 7 new position players with 11 new pitchers joining the 2006 team.
    "Its always a guessing game to see how things unfold , but we thought we saw some great things on day one and we are very excited about this team , we think this team can win a Connie Mack World Championship, let the games begin" says coach Herrera.
    The Bombers will be back in action on Saturday May 6 at 1:00 P.M.



    Friday, April 21
    Florida Bombers Christensen Selected to Play in the All American Game
    David Christensen will be Awarded All-Star Game Jersey

    2006 All-American Baseball Game Presented by PlayStation



    Hackettstown, NJ (April 22, 2006) --- Today, Florida’s David Christensen of Stoneman Douglas H.S.and the Florida Bombers will be selected and announced to the only all-star baseball game for senior athletes - The 2006 All-American Baseball Game presented by PlayStation. Christensen joins an elite list of athletes playing in the 4th annual East vs. West all-star classic on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2006 All-American Game will be cablecast live on Fox Sports Net at 7:00 p.m. (MST) and will feature the nation’s top 36 high school baseball student-athletes.


    Sunday, March 26
    Bombers Add Mcgee
    The Florida Bombers have added one of the finest players in the state of Florida in INF-OF-RHP Mike Mcgee. Mcgee a member of the 2005 Junior National Team is one of the best 2 way players in the country. The 6"0 Mcgee plays at Port ST.Lucie Highschool in Vero Beach , Florida.

    Friday, March 24
    Clemson Bound Munroe Now a Bomber

    Catcher Buddy Munroe a senior at Columbus Highschool is the latest member of the Florida Bombers. Buddy has already committed to the University of Clemson. The 6"0 Munroe is regarded as the finest defensive catcher in South Florida.



    Monday, March 13
    Gomez Becomes Latest Member of the Florida Bombers
            The Florida Bombers received a commitment from INF Rolando Gomez . Gomez a sophomore at Flanigan Highschool currently leads broward county in RBI'S and Homeruns and is in the top 5 in Batting Average. The 5"10 Left Handed hitting Gomez  is among the best players in his class.

    Friday, March 3
    Bombers Sophomore Class Unreal

            To play for the Florida Bombers as a sophomore is a pretty special task, to play as a sophomore and be productive is even more special. In 2006 the Bombers will carry a record number 6 sophomores that are expected to produce. "The thing about  these 6 guys is that they are really young , but they are really special"says coach Herrera.
    There has been talk already that at least 3 of these sophomores might be First Round Picks in the 2008 draft."We feel really fortunate to have these 6 players in our program at such an early stage in their careers, we are excited about the present and extremely excited about the future"says coach Fernandez.

    The 6 players everyone is talking about are

    SS-3B    Harold Martinez  6"3  one of the top Infield prospects in the country if not the top infield prospect in the country

    1B         Eric Hosmer  6"3    the 6"3 Left handed hitting Hosmer is regarded as one of the best pure hitters in the country

    LHP      Mason Mcvay   6"5  Mcvay is a cant miss prospect who skies the limit for the LHP is currently in the 85-87 MPH Range comparisons of Andrew Miller abound

    RHP      Kevin Youst     6"3   Youst is a 6"3 RHP with tremendous upside Youst is 86-89 with the ability to be 90 + very very soon

    Catcher   Adrian Nieto  5"11  switch hitting catcher with an above average arm and above average power Nieto should be among the top catching prospects in his class

    INF        Rolando Gomez  5"10  the LH Hitting Gomez is currently among the leader in all offensive categories in Broward county Gomez is a pure hitter with very good arm strength as well as being a solid 6.9 runner



    Friday, March 3
    Christensen ,Sergey Now Bombers
    The Florida Bombers have added star Outfielder David Christensen . Christensen who is committed to the University of Miami is among the top OF prospects in the country.Christensen is a 5 tool player . The Bombers also received a commitment from JR RHP Matt Sergey from Plantation ,Florida. Sergey is a 6"3 JR with an 87-89 MPH Fastball .Sergey is among the top Juniors in the country.

    Thursday, February 23
    2006 Season Around the Corner
          The 2005 season was supposed to be the year the Florida Bombers would win their first Connie Mack World Series, instead the season ended with a punchless effort versus the eventual Connie Mack World Series Champions the East Cobb Yankees.The Bombers lost that regional Championship game by a score of 3-1 and the season came to an abrupt end, way short of Farmington and the teams dreams.
    "2005 didnt finish the way we had hoped but, the great thing about sports is that there is always next year , and next year is just a couple of months away "says coach Fernandez.
    The 2005 Bombers finished the season with a 43-7 record and that team won another WWBA National Championship their 3rd in 4 years, and that team also won their 5th consecutive State Championship, but that team also fell short of the ultimate goal.
    "It just wasnt meant to be we went into that regional with Jason Place hurt and David Dinatale hurt and Matt Latos suspended , you never want to make excuses but , not having those guys will always hurt "says coach Herrera.
    Jason Place was the Bombers 4 hole hitter and David Dinatale was the Bombers 5 hole hitter neither one was able to perform up to par.Matt Latos was considered the countries best pitcher and he was not available for the regionals , so how can a team that looked destined for a Championship fall flat ? "Its part of sports things dont always go according to plan the only thing we can do as coaches is try and put our selves in a better situation the following year"says coach Fernandez.
    The 2006 season is almost here and expectations are once again very high. The 2006 team looks as good as ever on paper, but Championships arent won on paper so what will be different in 2006 ? "Well we do feel really good about this years team as we do every year , so I feel its just a matter of staying healthy and getting this team to really take pride in representing the Florida Bombers if we can accomplish that then skies the limit "says coach Fernandez.

    2006 Roster

    Catchers                First Basemen            Infielders
    --------                -------------          -----------
                            Eric Hosmer    6"3      Cory Figueroa    5"11
    Yan Gomes      6"2                              Cole Figueroa    5"11
    Adrian Nieto   5"11                            Ryan Jackson      6"2
                                                    Harold Martinez   6"3
                                                    Rolando Gomez    5"10

       
    Outfielders                RHP                            LHP
    -----------               -----                         -----

    DJ Jones          6"1                                    DJ Swatsheno    6"3
    Hunter Ovens       6"3   Alex Koranis    6"1             Nick Hernandez   6"4
    David Christensen 6"2   Anthony Nalepa   6"2             Brain Morgado    6"3
                             Ryan Butner      6"5             Mason Mcvay      6"5
                             Adam Veras       6"3             DJ Jones         6"1
                             David Rivas      6"1
                             Kevin Youst      6"3
                             Shane Hill       6"5
                             John Housy       6"5
                             Matt Sergey      6"3
                             Paolo Espino    5"11

    The 2006 roster is almost complete as the Bombers are still trying to fill in a couple of more pieces.
    Opening night is May 20 at 7:00 P.M versus the Brevard Stars.


    Sunday, February 19
    Bombers Add to Great Recruiting Class
    The Florida Bombers were pleased to announce the commitments of two very talented, and highly touted players. The first is D.J Jones; junior outfielder/pitcher from Gulf Shores Alabama. Jones, a 6.6 runner, is 6'1 and weighs 190. One of the best Juniors in the state of Alabama, Jones hit .410 8 HR and had 50 RBI as a sophomore. He had 11 triples as well. He currently is 8 triples away from breaking the state record for a career. "We are really exited to add DJ" says Coach Fernandez, "he gives us a versatile player who will come in here and carry the tradition of great Bomber outfielders. Coach Herrera got a good one." Also committed to the Bombers is Sophomore sensation Mason McVay. Mason is 6'5 left handed pitcher who has drawn comparisons to Andrew Miller out of North Carolina. "McVay has the ability to be one of the best pitchers to ever wear a Bomber uniform. Sky is the limit for this young man, and we are extremely excited to have him in our program." says Coach Herrera. McVay is currently pitching for Miami Killian High School; State semifinalist last season.

    Monday, January 30
    Bombers to Host 2006 Memorial Weekend Tournament
    The Florida Bombers will be hosting a 2006 Memorial weekend Tournament. The Tournament will be played at Barry University starting on Friday May 26 and running thru Monday May 29. The tournament will feature 10 teams . Each team will play a minimum of 5 games throughout the course of the weekend , with some teams playing up to 7 games. Spots are limited. For tournament information please contact coach Fernandez at conniemackcoach@bellsouth.net or at 786-286-5176.

    Monday, January 23
    Bomber Alumnies Named to Baseball America First Team All American
    Florida Bombers alumnies Shortstop Adam Davis "03"(University of Florida) and Catcher J.P.Arencibia "03-04"(University of Tennessee)were named First Team All Americans by Baseball America.
    Both Davis and Arencibia were part of the USA National team in 2005.

    Adam Davis was named the Florida Bombers M.V.P. in 2003
    J.P.Arencibia was named the Florida Bombers M.V.P. in 2004

    both Davis and Arencibia are First Team All Bombers

    also John Jay "03" OF (University of Miami) was named to the Second Team All American.
    Jay was also a member of the 2005 USA National Team.


    Monday, January 9
    Bombers Add 5 Tool Player
    The Florida Bombers have received a commitment from one of the top players in the country. RF Hunter Ovens committed to the Florida Bombers late Sunday Night. Ovens which is ranked in the top 20 players in the country by Baseball America is considered a 5 tool player.At 6"3 215 pounds Ovens is a 6.6 runner with a plus plus Arm and plus plus power.

    Monday, January 9
    Report from Jupiter
    Florida Bombers

    The Bombers are one of the top teams from year to year. At the '05 WWBA Championships they made it to the quarterfinals, losing to the East Cobb Astros 2-1. At least they scored against the stingy Astros pitching staff, one of only two teams to do so. This team was loaded with underclassmen prospects and a few very good '06 players as well. Let's first talk a bit about some of those seniors.



    There were three '06 players I liked in particular, one of whom I had seen before, but that was way back in December of 2004. That player was RHP Alex Koronis (6'1" 190, Miami Pace HS, committed to U of Miami). Koronis has a quick arm, just as I saw that December, but now his delivery is considerably better. He is in control of his body on the mound and was focused from pitch to pitch, at least he was in the game I saw. Koronis is a strong and lean bodied athlete on the mound and he is aggressive with the ball.



    He pitched in and out with the fastball (86-91 mph) and very effectively mixed in his two breaking balls, a slider and a curveball. His slider was sort of a cutter, but bigger and it had tight spin and late, small action (83-85 mph). That slider is a good pitch to steal strikes or as a change of pace of his fastball, but his curveball (69-73 mph) is a plus pitch, especially for the college level. Koronis can really spin the curveball and he gets sharp and late action on it, resulting in a lot of swing and misses from the hitters.



    From what I saw of him, if he stays healthy, Koronis looks like a weekend guy in the ACC and will pitch a lot as a freshman. He is also going to get pro attention this spring, but like a lot of undersized right handers, it is not likely to be in a round where forgoing his opportunity at Miami would be an attractive thing to do.



    Two other '06 grads caught my eye as good college prospects. Those two players were twins Cory and Cole Figueroa, both of them are middle infielders. Cory is listed at 5'11" 185 and Cole was listed five lbs smaller. Cole is a switch hitter and Cory hits only from the left side. Both of them are decent runners for the college game, in the 4.4s down the line. For me, Cory is the more advanced hitter, and Cole was the better defensive player.



    Cory made consistently hard contact and really takes an aggressive hack. He is not big but is strong and has a quick bat, suggesting a lot of doubles in his future. He does a nice job of hitting ground balls and line drives, keeping the ball out of the air and putting pressure on the defense to make plays.



    I only saw Cole hit from the left side, and curiously it was against a left hander on the mound, though he was listed as a switch hitter. His hips were a bit early left on left, but I don't have much more to offer than that. I did note his ability to play 2B. He took good angles and set-up to field the ball well. I am not aware of a college commitment for either player, but both look like D1 college baseball players.



    I did not see '06 RHP Shane Hill (committed to Tennessee). I saw him last December at the same event I saw Koronis, but have not come across him since then.



    For me, there were no less than six outstanding '07 prospects on the Bombers and that doesn't include outfielder Hunter Ovens (Cardinal Mooney HS, Bradenton FL) because I did not see him play. I have read his name as one of the top '07 prospects in the nation, but I will have to wait until next summer to see Hunter.



    The '07 players I did see and like were 1B/P Iden Nazario (6'1" 190, L/L, Southridge HS, Miami), LHP D.J. Swatscheno (6'2" 180, Flanigan HS, Pembroke Pines FL), C/1B Danny Rams (6'3" 215, R/R, Gulliver HS, Miami), C Yasmany Grandal (6'2" 215, S/R, Miami Springs HS, Hialeah FL), OF/P Denny Almonte (6'2" 190, S/R, Miami HS), and OF Jose Rodriguez (6'1" 195, R/R, Hialeah HS, FL). I am not sure what year OF Joey Belviso is, but I liked his bat.



    Due to the number of their prospects and the fact that I have to still cover the Braves Scout Team, I am going to try to keep the reports on the Bombers short and sweet. The good thing is that they are underclassmen so I am not going to delve into my thoughts regarding their professional prospects.



    Nazario's bat is most intriguing to me. I first saw him at the USA Baseball Junior Olympic East tournament in Jupiter last June. Nazario has a lively and quick bat. He is short to the ball and stays flat through the zone. He has a good trigger that regularly puts him in a ready to hit position. Nazario is currently more of a power line drive hitter but in time his power numbers will increase, as we all know that power is the last thing that develops for most players.



    Nazario is aggressive to pitches in the zone but at the same time has patience - that asset goes back to his readiness to hit on each pitch and his ability to pick up the pitch early. Another thing I love about him as a hitter is that he is very competitive in each at-bat. Nazario clearly loves to hit and he has some flair for the game. He seems to really enjoy being watched by onlookers and being on a big stage.



    Defensively I have seen Nazario also do some good things. He made a very nice play on a pop-up on a very windy day and looks to have soft hands and decent feet. His arm is strong and would also fit in right field. On the mound I was surprised a bit by Nazario. He pitched the quarterfinal game against East Cobb Astros and competed very well. He featured a tailing fastball that ranged from 84-89 mph and a big 65-68 mph 1/7 shaped curveball.



    Nazario pitches from an over the top slot and makes a quick, clean circle on the back side. There really isn't too much body in his delivery, it is basically all arm. He is competitive on the mound and clearly can be effective, especially against left hand hitters (including Cody Johnson and Cedric Hunter). However, his future, for me, is with the bat and it is a very good future. I would rate him among the top hitters in the 2007 class.



    Ok, so much for short and sweet. I like Nazario, so hopefully I can keep the other Bomber reports short. Then again, now I am about to talk about a Danny Rams, regularly discussed as one of the top players in the 2007 class. I had heard his name before, but WWBA Jupiter was my first look at Rams. What did I see? In five at-bats I saw a deep F8 when he pulled off the ball a bit but still drove the ball a long way, I saw him crush a hanging change-up for a home run, I saw him hit a laser off the fence for a double, I saw him a tracer down the left field line for another double, and I saw a backward K on a fastball in. Five at-bats, four of them with plus contact.



    There is no doubt that he is as legit of a power prospect as there is in the 2007 class. The great thing about Rams is that he has a short power stroke, not a big, load up and swing out of your shoes stroke. He has a quick trigger and that short path to the ball will allow him to not only hit for tremendous power, but also for average. He has strong arms and hands and a physical lower half. Whether he catches or plays 1st base, his power is a plus, but obviously at the catcher position, his power rates as plus plus.



    I didn't get to see him make any throws on attempted steals and really didn't get to see him have to work to hard behind the plate. I was not a fan of how high he sets up behind the plate, but I know there are other big, strong bodied catchers that get away with that. He is a very physical and firm looking lower half and really didn't look like his agility was going to allow him to stay behind the plate long term. He can continue to work on his defensive game and agility. It is his bat that is most attractive.



    Denny Almonte was yet another top 2007 grad on this team. Physically he is one of the first players you notice on the field. He is long, strong, lean, and athletically built. Almonte moves with fluid actions and just absolutely has the look that suggests a very bright future. A switch hitter, I liked him much more from the right side than the left. His balance and length of his swing were much better from that side. As a left hand hitter he a nice swing path and takes an easy swing, but there is some length in that swing that creates some problems.



    Almonte should continue to work on switch hitting, but at some point in the near future, he likely is going to have to significantly improve from the left side before scouts start suggesting to him that he strictly hit from the right. My guess is that he will figure it out this offseason (just seems like too good of an athlete not to figure it out) and unveil a better left handed swing this spring and next summer.



    In the outfield he moves gracefully to the ball and has a big arm that will allow him to play in right field if he develops the type of power bat that would fit there. However, he is so fluid and smooth in centerfield that moving him from there would seem like a crime. With Rams, Nazario, and Almonte, the Bombers had three premium '07 prospects, all of them will be scouted heavily by the pro game next summer.



    Of the other '07 grads that caught my attention on the Bombers, I think the one I liked most was OF Jose Rodriguez. He has life in his bat, with plenty of bat speed and strength to suggest very good future power numbers. If Rodriguez can learn to drive the ball the other way and commit to hitting middle away, he is going to be very dangerous with the bat. He is put together very well and will get a lot of attention from major D1 programs as well as from pro ball next summer. I don't have any notes on his defensive abilities.



    Catcher Yasmany Grandal is another top catching prospect on the Bombers. He is a physical switch hitter. I saw Grandal swing the bat from the left side and saw a flat swing, a quick bat, strength, and hands that really work in the swing. He was a little late to the ball but his hand path and swing plane allow him to be late and still drive the ball the other way from the left side. At 6'2" 215 lbs and swinging the bat from both sides of the plate, Grandal is also going to garner his share of attention from major D1 programs and pro baseball as well.



    I have notes on LHP D.J. Swatscheno, but they are from another of our scouts. The report I got was that the 6'2" lefty was 86-88 with the fastball and also featured a very nice 76 mph 1/7 shaped curveball. Our scout said the curveball was his best pitch. He pitches from an over the top slot and has a long arm action, with a little cup of the wrist on the backside. There are some things he can work on that will allow him to gain even more velocity in the coming year, such as better balance over the rubber, better front side stability, and direction to the plate. Overall, the report was very positive, in particular because of his body, raw arm strength, and feel for a hard breaking ball.



    That is it for the Florida Bombers.


    Thursday, January 5
    Bombers to Open Up 2006 Season Versus the Brevard Stars
    The Florida Bombers will open up the 2006 season with a 3 game series versus the Brevard Stars. The Bombers will open up the season Sunday night May 20 at 7:00 P.M. followed by a Double Header on May 21 at 10:00 A.M. at Home at Barry University.
    This will mark the 3rd straight season the Bombers open up play versus the Brevard Stars.In 2005 the Bombers won the series as the Bombers won 2 out of 3 games.
    The rest of the schedule will be posted as we confirm games.


    Monday, November 21
    Bombers To Do Work in the Communty
    The Florida Bombers 2006 squad will be active this Holiday season as the Bombers have teamed up with the Miami Rescue Mission in efforts to give back to the Community. The Bombers will be assisting in the feeding of the needy this weekend as part of the Thanksgiving festivities. The Bombers will be very active in the community in 2005-2006 as this will be the first of many planned events."Its always great to be able to give back to our community  and for our players we want to teach them that there is also life after baseball, we want them to get involved in the other fine points of life"says coach Herrera.

    Thursday, November 17
    More Bombers Commit to School
    BASEBALL TEAM ADDS EIGHT SIGNEES DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
    The highly-touted crop of signees includes four of the top arms in South Florida

    Nov. 14, 2005

    Tennessee head baseball coach Rod Delmonico announced Monday that eight players have signed national letters of intent to join the Volunteers for the 2007 season. The highly-touted crop of signees includes four of the top arms in South Florida, a twice-drafted junior college pitcher, a pair of talented infield prospects and arguably the top high school hitter in the state of Tennessee.

    "Obviously by signing another strong group of players we feel like we're continuing to build on the momentum of reaching the College World Series last spring and bringing in a top-10 recruiting class this fall," Delmonico said. "I'm extremely excited to have these eight young men join our program. They should have an immediate impact on our team's success."

    Left-handed pitcher Bryan Morgado (pronounced: mohr-GAH-doh) from Florida Christian High School in Miami, Fla., is rated by Baseball America as the 35th-ranked overall high school senior in the country. A first-team All-State selection and the 2005 Miami Herald Pitcher of the Year, Morgado posted a 9-1 record and a 0.76 ERA as a junior with 117 strikeouts in 67.1 innings pitched. He helped lead Florida Christian to a state title and a No. 5 national ranking.

    Fellow Florida Christian standout Shane Hill has also signed with Tennessee. An All-Dade County right-handed pitcher, Hill fashioned a 1.07 ERA in 2005 while posting a 6-0 mark with 67 strikeouts in 42 innings. He played summer ball with the Midland Redskins out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Yet another pair of high school teammates -- right-hander Ryan Butner and left-hander Nick Hernandez of Miami's Hialeah High School -- have signed letters of intent to play for the Vols beginning in 2007.

    Butner is listed by Baseball America as the 120th-best high school senior in the nation. He was named All-Dade County as a junior in 2005 after going 6-4 with a 1.91 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 44.2 innings of work.

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    Hernandez was an All-Dade County pick and also earned honorable mention All-State status in 2005. His record as a junior was 9-2 with a 0.88 ERA and 76 Ks in 63.1 innings. His father, Nick, is a former catcher at Hialeah who was drafted No. 8 overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978. And his uncle, Angel Hernandez, has been an MLB umpire for 13 years and recently worked the 2005 World Series.

    Morgado, Butner and Hernandez were all members of the 2005 18 & Under World Wood Bat Champion Florida Bombers summer team. Morgado went 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 29.1 innings and was named tournament co-MVP. Butner went 3-1 with a 0.74 ERA, and Hernandez was 2-0 with eight saves and a 0.99 ERA





    Tuesday, November 15
    Another Bomber Commits to College
    Baseball Adds Three Signees
    The three signees bring the number of signees in the current class to six


    Nov. 14, 2005

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Samford baseball program has added three more signees to this year's signing class, head coach Casey Dunn and recruiting coordinator Tony David announced on Monday. The three signees bring the total for this year's class to six.

    Marcus Rodriguez (6-2, 200, 3B, Barron Collier High School, Naples, Fla.) comes from one of the best high school programs in the talent-rich state of Florida. Rodriguez was ranked the No. 210 Best Player in the country earlier this year by Baseball America and his team was the No. 1 5A team in Florida and No. 17 in the country overall by Baseball America his junior season.

    Rodriguez helped lead his team to the high rankings with a .330 batting average while leading the team with 28 runs batted in. He received All-County and All-Area team honors after the season. He played for the prestigious Florida Bombers summer program and was a part of the WWBA Under-18 National Champions. Also excelling academically, Rodriguez was the winner of Academic Excellence Award each year from Barron Collier and is a member of the National Honor Society.

    "Marcus is a well-known and top prospect from Florida," Dunn said. "He is a guy that has played at an extremely high level in one of the most challenging baseball areas in the country. He will be an outstanding addition to Samford on the field and in the classroom."




    The Florida Bombers would like to congratulate Marcus and his Family on this tremendous honor.


    Wednesday, October 19
    Bombers Proud to Announce the Return of Riley Cooper
    Riley Cooper will be back patrolling the outfield in 2006 announced the Cooper family. "We are very excited to have Riley back for another year , in our opinion Riley is the best player in the country and we will build our 2006 team around Riley"says Head Coach Emilio Fernandez.
    Cooper who last year set a single game record in the regionals with 3 Homeruns and 10 RBI'S in a single game is expected to lead the Bombers back to Farmington."This is huge news for us knowing Rileys situation with Football had us all a little worried , but to get the commitment from the Family is huge for us we are very happy"says Recruiting Coordinator Angel Herrera.


    Wednesday, October 12
    Bombers Back To Work

    The Florida Bombers have begun working towards the 2006 Summer season."We lost alot of talent from the 2005 team , so obviously reloading will be alot of work but it will get done "says Recruting Coordinator Angel Herrera.So far so good the Bombers have received several verbal commitments for the 2006 Season.Bombers recruiting coordinator Angel Herrera feels the 2006 Bombers will be as good as ever as Herrera has been really busy on the job. The Bombers have received commitments from RHP - Alex Koranis , RHP -Adam Veras , RHP - Anthony Gallego, 1B Eric Hosmer , RHP - Kevin Youst , RHP John Housy , Catcher Adrian Nieto, LHP- DJ Swatschino , and OF Denny Almonte.
    The Bombers return - Catcher Danny Rams, 2B Cory Figueroa, SS-3B Cole Figueroa, OF Riley Cooper, LHP Brian Morgado, LHP Nick Hernandez, RHP Ryan Butner, RHP David Rivas, Paolo Espino , and RHP Anthony Nalepa.

    So far so good with th 2006 Blue Print.



    Look at a Galnce at the Bombers 2006


    RHP   Paolo Espino          SR    5"11
    RHP   Ryan Butner          SR    6"5
    RHP   David Rivas          SR    6"1
    RHP   Anthony Nalepa       SR    6"2
    LHP   Nick Hernandez       SR    6"4
    LHP   Brian Morgado         SR    6"3
    RHP   Alex Koranis          SR    6"2
    RHP   Adam Veras            SR    6'3
    RHP   John Housy            SR    6"5
    LHP   DJ Swatschino         JR    6"2
    RHP   Anthony Gallego       JR    6"0
    RHP   Kevin Youst          SOPH 6"3
    C-1B Danny Rams            JR    6"3
    C-OF Adrian Nieto          SOPH 5"11
    1B    Eric Hosmer          SOPH 6"2
    2B    Cory Figueroa         SR    5"11
    SS-3B Cole Figueroa         SR    5"11
    OF    Riley Cooper          SR    6"4
    OF    Denny Almonte         JR    6"2


    Monday, September 26
    Update on Bombers Committed to College
    The following is a list of 2005 Bombers that have verbally committed to college

    1)   Paolo Espino                    University of Miami
    2)   Ryan Butner                     University of Tennessee
    3)   Jason Place                      University of South Carolina
    4)   Nick Hernandez               University of Tennessee
    5)   Marcus Rodriguez            University of Samford
    6)   Jared Avchen                   University of Alabama
    7)   Matt Goodyear                 UCF
    8)   Anthony Nalepa               University of Miami
    9)   Nick Kurash                    Miami of Ohio University
    10) Brian Morgado                 University of Tennessee


    Wednesday, August 10
    Bombers Fall Short of Farmington
    The Florida Bombers finished 2005 as the Southeast Region Runners Up. The Bombers were defeated by the East Cobb Yankees 3-1 in the Championship game. The Bombers trailed 3-0 heading into the 7th Inning. The Bombers scored 1 run and put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs and Bomber leadoff hitter Jamile Weeks at the plate. Weeks had an 8 pitch atbat. On pitch 8 Weeks lined a ball to right field unfortunatly for the Bombers the ball was hit directly to the right fielder. That out brought the end to the Bombers 2005 season. The Bombers finished 2005 with a record of (42-7).
    The Bombers had played there way into the Championship game with wins over the Memphis Tigers 9-8, Murfeesburo Diamond Kings 11-1, and the Nashville Trojans 3-0.The Bombers finished the 2005 Regionals with a record of (4-2).It marks the 2nd time in team history the Bombers finish Southeast Region Runners Up. In 2001 the Bombers also finished Runners Up.
    The Bombers could not repeat as regional Champions in 2005.
    "It was a great year we did some great things , but we all feel empty by not reaching Farmington.It just goes to show how truly special it is to get there , we will start working towards 2006 soon"says coach Fernandez.


    Thursday, July 28
    Bombers Bounce Back in Regionals
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Central Florida Renegades by a score of 21-2 early Thursday in a losers bracket game.The Bombers which dropped a tough 2-0 loss to the Pendleton Braves Wednesday afternoon will now have to come out of the losers bracket to advance to Farmington.
    The Bombers will next play the Mississippi Tigers Friday afternoon.
    The Bombers Riley Cooper set 3 different individual single game records Thursday afternoon. Cooper finished 3 for 4 with 3 Homeruns and 2 Grandslams. Cooper finished with 10 RBI'S in the game. Cooper now holds the Bombers single game record for most RBI'S in 1 game with 10. He holds most Grandsalms in a game with 2 and he became the first Bomber ever to hit 3 Homeruns in 1 game. Cooper also tied a record set by Brian Van Kirk and Yonder Alonso with 2 Homeruns in 1 Inning.


    Saturday, July 23
    18&U PG/WWBA Crowns a Champion A familiar National Champion
    18&U PG/WWBA Crowns a Champion

    A familiar National Champion



    by PG Staff



    Finally, after 223 games that included many rain outs in a week that saw parts of the Marietta Georgia area deluged with over 17 inches of rain, the WWBA has crowned a champion. At 1:30 AM Monday morning the championship game was completed, crowning a familiar team as the 2005 National Wood Bat Champions. The Florida Bombers outlasted a very tough Orlando Scorpion team 12 to 9.



    The Bombers who have one of their best lineups ever produced Co-most valuable pitchers in AFLAC All American Matt Latos and lefty Bryan Morgado. Latos looked every bit the top high school pitching prospect in the country. He wowed a very large contingent of scouts with his mid 90s lively fastball and fluid arm action. Morgado has really come on this summer with the Bombers and has to be considered one of the top left-handers in high school baseball in this year that is full of quality southpaws. He was on the mound at 1:30 AM Monday morning throwing low 90s heaters with pin point control and lots of movement. His breaking ball was also very impressive. Without Morgado the Scorpions might have pulled off yet another unbelievable come back.



    New York City 3B Pedro Alvarez was named the tournament MVP. Alvarez was a Red Sox draft pick last month and could easily become the sleeper of the draft if and when he signs. He shined in the field, showing off his outstanding glove and plus arm. In a field full of America’s top amateur hitting prospects and highest level pitching, Alvarez simply owned every pitcher he faced. He had 2 game winning hits, several very long homeruns and led the tournament in RBIs. He could be the best unsigned draft pick left out there.



    The Championship game which looked like a sure blow out until the never-say-die Scorpions created some late night (early morning) magic. This, the same Scorpion team that scored 7 runs in the bottom of the last inning to shock Chet Lemon’s Juice in the semis’ to enter the championship game. The Juice and Louisiana All Stars finished tied for third place.



    The Florida Bombers staked a claim as the top summer club in the nation. On paper they were at the top and now they have proven it on the field. This championship may have been the hardest one ever to come out on top. The Bombers have won the title three of the last 4 years. Several of the top rated teams in the nation did not qualify for championship play. Last year’s Connie Mack National Champs, Midland Redskins, did not win a game. Perennial power East Cobb Yankees fell out of contention early. The star studded Ohio Warhawks entered Championship play as the #1 seed only to drop the next game. The DBAT (TX) club has one of the best pitching staffs in the country and lost a close one to get knocked out. Many other national caliber clubs fell by the wayside in this grueling week of record rainfall and tough competition. 27 AFLAC All Americans were on the various rosters.



    Chet Lemon Juice might have been the most impressive team of all until the last inning they played against the Scorpions. They led 6-0 going into the final inning and everything was looking like a great match up between the Juice and the Bombers. However, the Scorpions weren’t quite ready to pack it in and put together the biggest last inning comeback in WWBA history, winning 7-6.



    The talented Louisiana All Stars were very impressive as always and battled the Bombers hard before dropping the other semi final.



    The Bombers jumped out to a 9-2 lead against the Scorpions in the 5th inning of the final. Everyone in the park thought this one was over and the crowd was very quiet and subdued. Then the same Scorpions that put the unbelievable comeback together in the semis woke up. They stormed back and entering the bottom of the 6th the score was 9-8 and the out come was up for grabs. The Bombers brought in Co-MVPitcher Morgado who shut the door and managed to score three more runs to hang on to a 12-9 victory and take home the rings.



    The Bombers were very deserving and definitely an extremely talented group. They are a class act on and off the field. Once the pile up on the mound and trophy presentation had ended, all the Bombers we talked to had one major thought on their mind. “These Orlando Scorpions just never give up! What a bunch of fighters!” Despite the Bombers taking home yet another title, nearly everyone who witnessed the final few games, had to have the same thought. The Scorpions had gained everyone’s admiration.



    This was truly a tournament with two champions. One will get the rings and the title, but the other put on a performance that will never be forgotten. Scouts and College Coaches big on heart and makeup should put an extra star next to every Scorpion player. They also are chuck full of DI prospects and potential draft picks, but somehow that seems secondary to what they showed “on the inside” in Marietta.



    Disappointments



    Many thought the tournament should have been cancelled. Some teams got the short end of the stick due to the changes made, by the committee, caused by the weather. While this is the most talent to appear in any summer tournament and it is highly competitive, the focus has always been on scouting and recruiting. The scouts and colleges traveled to Georgia in great numbers. For sure they wanted baseball and for sure they got it!



    Every player in attendance was scouted. We have notes on everyone who played or pitched. There were hundreds of college recruiters and MLB scouts who traveled to Marietta. There will be hundreds of college scholarships and hundreds of draft follows because of the 223 games that were played. There will be several of last years draft class who will have enhanced their position with the club that selected them.



    We have never before received so many thanks and compliments from scouts and college recruiters. Of course without the 17+ inches of rain it would have been much better and a whole lot easier, but the truth is “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”. Despite the odds, college coaches and scouts know how to find players. And they found a lot of them in rainy Marietta last week!



    In the end, we learned some very valuable lessons in Marietta. We made some mistakes along the way that can and will be corrected in the future. These are mistakes that most people wouldn’t notice and didn’t always pertain to the weather. Well over 100 teams is too much for a tournament of this caliber, without good weather.



    Of the teams in Marietta last week, most all were very understanding and professional. They understood the circumstances and even offered to help.



    Unfortunately, we will set back and wait for apologies from a few people, apologies that will probably never come. It’s always the minority that speaks the loudest. From those who lived through this very unusual week, we welcome your comments and suggestions. And we thank you for your understanding, cooperation and support. We know some of you were very disappointed, but have too much class to complain about the impossible. Please feel free to email pgjerry@qwest.net



    At 2:00 AM Monday morning Jim Pizzolato who works with the Scott Boras Agency pulled me off to the side to say “You guys did the impossible here, all the college coaches and scouts are absolutely amazed” I was amazed that he was still at the park!



    I stated, “Yes, but it hurts to hear the crap we’ve had to put up with, when we have done everything humanly possible”



    Jim said, “Those who are ***ing are not real baseball people, the real baseball people know what happened here and they’re all talking about it. You guys did an unbelievable job. I don’t think anyone else could have done it”



    The next day I got a call from Braves Scouting Director Roy Clark. He called to say “You guys did a great job. Everyone can’t believe how you made the necessary adjustments and tough decisions” “Our people saw everything we needed to see. You guys should be very proud of what was accomplished” He too stated that every college coach and scout he talked to was amazed this tournament got in so many games.



    While these comments made me feel somewhat better, we are still dissatisfied with much of what transpired.   We know some teams were very unlucky and got the short end of the stick. We are as disappointed as a few of the parents, but we truly believe we did everything possible to accomplish the major goal of this tournament. A big thank you to all who helped us! Too many people to mention lent a helping hand.




    Thursday, July 21
    Bombers Capture 5th Consecutive State Title
    The Florida Bombers (38-5)defeated the Central Florida Renegades Thursday morning by a score of 6-0 to capture their 5th consecutive Connie Mack State Championship. The Bombers began the State tournament by defeating the Florida Pokers by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday the Bombers defeated the Central Florida Renegades in a winners bracket game by a score of 9-0. In game 2 on Wednesday afternoon the Bombers defeated Powerhouse by a score of 5-4.The Bombers have now won 20 consecutive games at the Connie Mack State Tournament dating back to 2001.The Bombers will begin defense of their Southeast Regional Title Wednesday morning in Tennessee.The 2005 regionals will be held in Murfeesburo ,Tennessee starting on Wednesday July 27 thru July 30.

    Monday, July 18
    Florida Bombers Win 3rd WWBA National Championship
    The Florida Bombers have become a WWBA Dynasty with its 3rd National Championship in 4 years.The WWBA National Championship which made its debut in 2002 has seen the Florida Bombers claim Champions in 3 of the 4 years.Sunday night the Bombers outlasted the Orlando Scorpions in the 3rd game of the day for the Bombers by a score of 12-8.The Bombers finished the 2005 tournament with a record of (8-0) making it the 2nd time in team history to go undefeated in the WWBA National Championship.In 2002 the Bombers finished the tournament with a record of (9-0).The Bombers defeated the East Cobb Astros to begin its championship run early Sunday by a score of 4-1. Then the Bombers eliminated the Louisiana All Stars by a score of 5-1. In the Championship game the Bombers led 9-2 heading into the bottom of the 6th Inning , but a 6 run 6th inning for Orlando made the score 9-8. The Bombers scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th Inning to secure the Championship. More information will follow.

    Friday, July 15
    Bombers Complete Pool Play Undefeated
    The Florida Bombers now (29-5) completed pool play undefeated. The Bombers defeated the RBI Braves on Wednesday by a score of 8-0. On Thursday the Bombers completed a Double Header sweep of the Staf A'S and of Top Tier.In game 1 the Bombers defeated the A'S by a score of 9-3 and in the nightcap the Bombers defeated Top Tier by a score of 8-3.The Bombers finished pool play as a # 1 seed . The Bombers next game will be TBA.

    Friday, July 8
    Bombers Nine Game Winnng Streak Snapped
    The Florida Bomber fell to FT.Pierce Post 358 by a score of 2-1.The Bombers which loaded the bases in the 5th Inning couldn't push any runs across.The Bombers also had runners on 1st and 3rd in the bottom of the 7th Inning with 0 outs and could not score.The Bombers are now (26-5) on the year. Cole Figueroa was 2 for 3 and Billy Block added a Double.Jared Avchen added a Double and Jamile Weeks and Cory Figueroa each Singled.

    Wednesday, July 6
    Bombers Sweep Hialeah
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Hialeah T Breds twice on Wednesday afternoon at Barry University. In game 1 the Bombers (25-4)(11-0) defeated the T Breds by a score of 4-1.Preston Paramore was 2 for 3 with a Triple and 2 RBI'S.Danny Rams added a Single and 1 RBI.Cole Figueroa added a Single and 1 RBI.Ryan Butner (2-0) got the win pitching 5 Innings Strikingout 3 and Scattering 3 Hits. Nick Hernandez got the Save (6) of the year pitching the final 2 Innings .

    In game 2 the Bombers exploded for 13 Runs on 14 Hits.Jamile Weeks was 3 for 3 with 2 Triples and 2 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored.Danny Lima added 2 Singles and 2 Runs Scored and 1 RBI.Preston Paramore was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI'S.Danny Rams connected on a Solo Homerun (2)in the bottom of the 3rd Inning.Billy Block was 2 for 3 with a Double and 2 RBI'S and Marcus Rodriguez was 2 for 3 with a 2 Run Homerun (2). Rodriguez finished with 3 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored.
    David Rivas got the Complete Game win pitching 5 Innings Strikingout 4 and scattering 6 hits. The Bombers now move to (26-4) on the year and (12-0) in Connie Mack League Play.


    Tuesday, July 5
    Bombers Raise Their League Record to (10-0)
    The Florida Bombers defeated the South Florida Storm on Tuesday Night at Barry University by a score of 7-1. The Bombers now (24-4)on the year move to (10-0) in Connie Mack League play.Jamile Weeks was 3 for 3 with 2 Triples and 2 Runs Scored, with the 2 Triples Jamile broke the single season Triples record of 5 set by Matt Ferrara in 2001, Jamile now has 6 Triples so far this season.
    Billy Block added a 2 RBI Single and Cory Figueroa also added a Pair of Hits and 2 RBI'S.Cole Figueroa added a Double and 1 Run Scored.Danny Rams added a Single 1 RBI and 1 Run Scored.Brian Morgado got the win pitching 5 strong innings allowing 2 hits and Strikingout 7.


    Monday, July 4
    Bombers Remain Perfect in League Play
    The Florida Bombers defeated Powerhouse Monday afternoon at Killian Highschool by a score of 10-1.The Bombers are now (23-4)overall and(9-0) in League play.The Bombers used a 15 hit attack led by Preston Paramore who was 4 for 5 with a Homerun(4)of the year a Double and 3 RBI'S.Jamile Weeks led off the game with a Solo Homerun (1) in the top of the 1st Inning.Weeks finished 3 for 5 with 3 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored.Danny Lima added 2 hits 1 SB and 1 Run Scored.Billy Block added a Double 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored.Cole Figueroa added a Single and 2 Runs Scored.Jared Avchen added a 2 RBI Single and Evan Chambers added a Double and 1 Run Scored.Paolo Espino (4-0) pitched 5 Innings allowing 3 Hits while Strikingout 7. Ryan Butner pitched 2 perfect Innings Strikingout 1.

    Saturday, July 2
    Bombers Complete the Sweep
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Florida Bandits twice Saturday morning to complete the 3 game sweep.In game 1 the Bombers exploded for 14 runs on 16 hits. The Bombers were led by Danny Rams who was 3 for 4 with 5 RBI'S including a 3 Run Homerun (1)in the 1st Inning.Rams also scored 2 Runs. Marcus Rodriguez was 2 for 3 with a Two Run Homerun (1). Rodriguez finished with 3 RBI'S.Jamile Weeks was 2 for 4 with a Triple and 2 Runs Scored.Danny Lima added a pair of singles.David Dinatale was 3 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored.Billy Block added a 2 RBI Double and Evan Chambers added a pair of hits and 1 RBI. Anthony Nalepa pitched the complete game scattering 3 hits while Strikingout 4. The Bombers defeated the Bandits by a score of 14-1 to move their record to (21-4)(8-0) in league play.


    In game 2 the Bombers defeated the Bandits by a score of 10-4.Preston Paramore had a monster game with 2 Homeruns and 5 RBI'S. In the 1st Inning Paramore connected on a 3 Run Homerun (2) and later in the 5th Inning Paramore connected on his 2nd Homerun of the day (3) a Solo Homerun.Danny Lima was 1 single shy of the cycle as Lima finished 3 for 4 with a Homerun (1) a Triple and a Double. Lima finished with 3 Runs Scored and 2 RBI'S.David Dinatale was 2 for 3 with 2 Runs Scored.Billy Block added an RBI Triple.Matt Goodyear earned the win pitching 4 solid Innings Strikingout 3 .The Bombers now (22-4)(8-0) on the year are set to play Sunday night at 7:00 P.M. versus Powerhouse.


    Friday, July 1
    Bombers Rally to Take Game 1
    The Florida Bombers rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Florida Bandits Friday night by a score of 6-4. The Bombers now (20-4) on the year and (8-0) in league play.The Bombers will conclude the 3 game series tomorrow with a Double Header starting at 10:00 A.M.
    David Dinatale was 3 for 3 with a Double 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored.Billy Block hit his (2) Homerun of the year a Solo Shot in the Bottom of the 3rd Inning.Preston Paramore added a Double and 1 Run Scored.Danny Rams added a Single and 1 Run Scored.
    Nick Kurash (1-1) earned the win pitching 2 Innings in relief Strikingout 2.Nick Hernandez pitched the final 1 2/3 Innings to earn the Save (5) of the year.


    Thursday, June 30
    Bombers Back on Track After Double Header Sweep
    The Florida Bombers moved their record to (18-4)(7-0) on the year with a game 1 win over the Prime Time Prospects by a score of 5-2.Preston Paramore was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI'S and a Solo Homerun (1) on the year.Danny Rams was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 Double.Danny Lima added 2 hits and 2 SB. Jamile Weeks had 1 Triple 2 Runs Scored and 1 SB.David Dinatale added a Double 1 Run Scored and 1 SB.Paolo Espino got a No Decision pitching 3 perfect Innings while Strikingout 7. Brian Morgado got the win pitching 2 Innings in relief Strikingout 4.




    In game 2 the Bombers raised their record to (19-4)(8-0) in Connie Mack League play with an 8-0 win over the St.Thomas Blue Raiders.Matt Latos got the win pitching 3 No Hit Innings while Strikingout 7. Matt Latos tonight broke the All Time single season Strikeouts recored of 44 which was previously owned by Nolan Mulligan.
    David Dinatale was 2 for 3 with a Solo Homerun (1) on the year and Dinatale added 1 Double and 2 Runs Scored. Jamile Weeks was 3 for 4 with 1 Run Scored 1 RBI and 1 Double.
    Preston Paramore was 2 for 4 with 2 Doubles and 3 RBI'S and 1 Run Scored.Cole Figueroa was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and 1 Run Scored.Danny Rams added 2 Hits and Scored 1 Run.


    Sunday, June 26
    Bombers Drop a Close One in 8 Innings
    The Florida Bombers lost to the X Team Sunday morning at Barry University in 8 Innings by a score of 8-5. The Bombers led 4-3 heading to the top of the 6th Inning , but a Solo Homerun from the X Team tied the score at 4. The X Team scored again in the top of the 7th Inning to take a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the 7th the Bombers tied the game at 5. The X Team scored 3 Runs in the top of the 8th Inning to take an 8-5 lead. The Bombers couldn't mount a comeback and fell to (17-4)(7-0) on the year. Jamile Weeks was 2 for 4 with 1 Run Scored.Correy Figueroa was 1 for 4 with 2 RBI'S and Riley Cooper had a Double and 1 Run Scored.Billy Block added a 2 RBI Double. Cole Figueroa and David Dinatale both added singles and 1 Run Scored apiece Rivas pitched well in relief going 4 1/3 Innings allowing 3 hits while Strikingout 5.

    Saturday, June 25
    Bombers Complete the Sweep

    The Florida Bombers completed a 3 game sweep of the All American Prospects with a Double Header sweep of the Prospects Saturday afternoon at Barry University.
    In game 1 of the Double Header the Bombers defeated the Prospects by a score of 14-5. The Bombers now move to (16-3)(7-0) on the year.Cole Figueroa was 2 for 4 with  a Triple and 3 RBI'S and 1 Run Scored. Preston Paramore was 2 for 3 with a Double and 2 RBI'S and 3 Runs Scored.Riley Cooper added a 2 RBI Double and Danny Lima was 3 for 4 with a Triple and 2 SB and 2 Runs Scored and 1 RBI. Billy Block added an RBI Double.David Dinatale was 1 for 1 with 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored.Anthony Napoli got the Win (1-0) pitching 3 1/3 Innings Strikingout 5 . Nick Hernandez got the Save (3) of the year pitching 1 1/3 Innings.


    In Game 2 the Bombers completed the sweep with a 4-2 win over the Prospects. Matt Latos (4-0) pitched 6 Innings of shutout baseball Strikingout 9 and allowing 1 hit.Nick Hernandez got the final out to earn his (4) Save of the year. Billy Block had an RBI Double and Jamile Weeks added a Double and 1 Run Scored.Cole Figueroa added a Double and 1 Run Scored. The Bombers now move to (17-3))7-0) on the year.



    Friday, June 24
    Bombers Take Game 1

    The Florida Bombers improved to (15-3) on the year with a 2-1 win over the All American Prospects Friday night at Barry University. Paolo Espino (3-0) Pitched 6 strong Innings Strikingout 10 and scattering 4 hits. Nick Hernandez pitched a perfect 7th Inning for the Save (2) on the year. Riley Cooper was 1 for 3 with 1 Run Scored and Jamile Weeks added a Double. Marcus Rodriguez added a Hit and 1 Run Scored. Correy Figueroa added an RBI  and Billy Block added a Double. The Bombers will conclude the 3 Game Series Saturday starting at 10:30 A.M. at Barry University.



    Friday, June 24
    Bombers Complete Double Header Sweep of Hialeah to Move to (14-3) on the Year

    The Florida Bombers defeated the Hialeah T Breds twice Thursday afternoon at Barry University. In Game 1 the Bombers defeated the T Breds by a score of 10-0. Brian Morgado (2-0) got the win pitching 3 No Hit innings and Strikingout 8.Anthony Nalepa got the Save (1) pitching 3 perfect Innings Strikingout 5. Jamile Weeks was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored. Correy Figueroa added 3 Runs Scored. Preston Paramore was 2 for 3 with a Double and 3 RBI'S.Riley Cooper added a 2 RBI Double and Cole Figueroa added a Double 1 Run Scored and 2 SB.
    The Bombers now move to (13-3)(6-0) in Connie Mack League Play.


    In Game 2 the Bombers completed the Sweep by defeating the T Breds by a score of 3-0.Riley Cooper hit a Solo Homerun (2) of the year to put the Bombers up 1-0 in the 4th Inning. Cooper finished with 2 Runs Scored and 1 SB. Yonder Alonso added a Double and 1 Run Scored. John Riley got the win in relief (1-0) pitching 2 1/3 Innings Strikingout 3. Nick Hernandez Earned the Save (1) in the 7th getting the final 2 outs.Nick Kurash started and had 7 Strikeouts in 3 1/3 Innings.
    The Bombers now (14-3) on the year and (7-0) in Connie Mack League play.


    The Bombers are now set to open a 3 game series starting Friday night at 7:00 P.M. versus the All American Prospects



    Thursday, June 16
    Bombers Sweep the South Florida Storm
    The Florida Bombers defeated the South Florida Storm twice on Wednesday night at Barry University. In game 1 the Bombers defeated the Storm by a score of 8-2 . Paolo Espino (3-0) got the win pitching 4 Innings allowing 0 Earned runs while Strikingout 6. Matt Goodyear pitched 3 Innings to earn the save (1) . Correy Figueroa was 2 for 4 with 3 Runs Scored and 1 RBI and 1 SB. Preston Paramore added an RBI Double and finished with 2 RBI'S.Jamile Weeks scored 2 Runs and had 1 SB. The Bombers now (10-3)(4-0) on the year. In game 2 Brian Morgado (1-0)threw 4 No Hit Innings while Strikingout 11. Billy Block added a Two Run Homerun (1) in the 1ST Inning. Jamile Weeks was 2 for 4 with a Triple and 1 RS.Preston Paramore added a Double and 3 RBI'S. Cole Figueroa added a Hit and 2 RBI'S and 2 RS.The Bombers now move to (11-3) on the year and (5-0) in league play.

    Bombers Bounce Back with an 11-1 Win
    The Florida Bombers bounced back to split the two game series with the Florida Bandits by defeating the Bandits by a score of 11-1 Tuesday morning.Riley Cooper led the Bombers going 3 for 3 with a Two Run Homerun (1) and finished with 3 RBI'S and 3 Runs Scored. Correy Figueroa was 3 for 3 with 2 Runs Scored and 1 RBI and 1 SB.Drew Taylor added a Solo Homerun (1) and he finished with 2 RBI'S.Cole Figueroa was 2 for 4 with a Double and 3 RBI'S and 3 Runs Scored. Paolo Espino added 2 Hits and Danny Lima added a Double and 1 Run Scored.David Rivas got the Complete Game Win (1-0) pitching 5 Innings while Strikingout 5.The Bombers move to (9-3)(3-0) on the year.




    Tuesday, June 14
    Bombers Drop Game 1 of the 3 Game Series to the Bandits
    The Florida Bombers lost 1-0 to the Florida Bandits on Monday night at Barry University. Nick Hernandez pitched 4 2/3 Innings of shutout baseball. Hernandez scattered 3 hits while Strikingout 6. Jared Avchen had a pair of Singles for the Bombers which now fall to (8-3)(3-0) on the year. The Bombers were held to 7 Singles in the game. The Bombers will conclude the 3 game series versus the Bandits Tuesday morning at 10:00 A.M. at Barry University.

    Monday, June 13
    Bombers Sweep the Pokers
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Florida Pokers twice last Sunday night as part of a Double Header sweep. In game 1 the Bombers defeated the Pokers by a score of 10-0. The Bombers now move to (8-2)(3-0) on the year. Matt Latos pitched 4 No Hit Innings while Strikingout 9. Latos now (3-0) on the year.Matt Goodyear pitched 1 Scoreless Inning Strikingout 2. Cole Figueroa was 3 for 4 with 1 RBI and 1 RS and 1 SB. Jose Kianes was 1 for 2 with 3 RBI'S.Correy Figueroa Scored 3 runs and added 2 SB.Danny Lima added an RBI Single and Yonder Alonso added a Hit and 1 Run Scored.Billy Block added a Single and Scored 1 Run while adding 1 SB.

    In game 2 the Bombers defeated the Pokers by a score of 1-0 behind an outstanding performance by Drew Taylor and Paolo Espino. Taylor worked 6 Innings Strikingout 9 while allowing only 1 Hit.Espino got the Save (10 Strikingout the side in the 7th Inning. Correy Figueroa was 1 for 1 with 1 RS. Danny Lima and Cole Figueroa added singles.
    The Bombers now are (8-2)(3-0) on the year.


    Friday, June 10
    4 More Players Drafted on Day Two
    The Florida Bombers had 4 more players drafted on day two pushing the total of 2005 Florida Bombers drafted to 9. On day two the following players were Drafted.

    Shaun Garceau       20th round ST.Louis Cardinals
    David Dinatale      22nd round Pittsburgh Pirates
    Andres Ibarz       33rd round Philadelphia Phillies
    Danny Lima          38th round Cleveland Indians

    The Bombers would like to congratulate all of the players that were drafted .


    Thursday, June 9
    Bombers Down the X Team 8-1
    The Florida Bombers defeated the X Team 8-1 Wednesday night at Barry University.The game featured the first action of Jamile Weeks and David Dinatale. Weeks led the Bombers going 3 for 4 with a Triple 1 SB and 2 Runs Scored.Riley Cooper was 1 for 3 with a 3 run Double. Corey Figueroa was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI'S and Jose Kianes added an RBI Double. David Dinatale was 1 for 3 with 2 Runs Scored in his debut. Paolo Espino (1-0) Pitched 6 outstanding Innings to Earn the win scattering 7 hits allowing 1 run and Strikingout 10. Matt Latos Struck Out the side in the 7th for his 1 Inning of work. The Bombers now move to (6-2)(1-0) on the year.

    Bombers Split with Hammertime
    The Florida Bombers defeated West Palm Beach Hammertime in game 2 Tuesday night at Barry University by a score of 8-1 to raise their 2005 record to (5-2)(1-0).Jared Avchen led the offense with a Solo Homerun his (1) of the year. Avchen finished with 2 RBI's.Riley Cooper added a 2 RBI Double. Evan Chambers added an RBI Double and Danny Lima was 1 for 1 with 2 Runs Scored and 1 SB.Nick Hernandez earned the win in relief pitching 4 scoreless Innings while Strikingout 6. Brian Morgado made his Bomber debut pitching 3 Innings and Strikingout 5.



    In game 1 Andres Ibarz got a no decision pitching 5 strong Innings allowing 2 runs while Strikingout 9.Cole Figueroa was 1 for 2 with 2 RBI's.


    Tuesday, June 7
    5 Bombers Drafted on Day One
    The Florida Bombers had 5 players from their 2005 roster drafted on day one of the MLB draft.
    Chris Volstad was selected in the 1st Round by the Florida Marlins. Catcher Ralphie Henriquez was selected in the 2nd Round by the Houston Astros. RHP Shane Funk was drafted in the 4th round by the Texas Rangers. 2B Jamile Weeks went in the 8th Round to the Milwaukee Brewers. 3B Yonder Alonso was drafted in the 16th Round by the Minnesota Twins.
    Congratulations to all the Bombers drafted on day one.


    Monday, June 6
    Bombers Defeat the Prime Time Prospects 8-1
    The Florida Bombers raised their 2005 record to (4-1) (1-0)with an 8-1 win over the previously unbeaten Prime Time Prospects Monday Night at Barry University.Matt Latos (2-0) pitched 5 Innings Strikingout 7 and allowing 2 hits. Latos carried a perfect game into the 5th Inning. Paolo Espino pitched 2 outstanding Innings Strikingout 4. Jason Place connected on a 3 Run Homerun in the bottom of the 1st Inning his (3) of the year. Place finished with 4 RBI's and 1 Run Scored. Riley Cooper was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 Run Scored. Corey Figueroa was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI 1 SB and 1 Run Scored.Evan Chambers added an RBI Double and Danny Rams added a hit and 1 RBI.Yonder Alonso added a Double and 1 Run Scored and Danny Lima added a single and 2 Runs Scored.
    The Bombers will be back in action Tuesday at 4:00 P.M.as part of a DH at Barry University versus the West Palm Beach Hammertime


    Sunday, June 5
    Bombers Hope for Better Weather
    The Florida Bombers completed week 1 of the 2005 season on a wet note. The Bombers have had their last 6 games rained out.
    The Double Header versus West Palm Beach Hammertime will be made up this Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. at Barry University.
    Week Ahead

    Monday    -    7:00 P.M. Prime Time Prospects       at Barry University

    Tuesday   - DH 4:00 P.M. West Palm Beach Hammertime at Barry University

    Wednesday -    5:00 P.M. X Team                      at Broward Comm College

    Friday    -    7:00 P.M. Prime Time Prospects       at Barry University

    Saturday - DH 11:00 A.M. X Team                      at Barry University

    Sunday    - DH 4:00 P.M. Coral Springs Pokers       at Barry University


    Pitching Rotation Tenative

    Monday    -       Matt Latos

    Tuesday   - GM 1 Andres Ibarz
                 GM 2 Brian Morgado

    Wednesday -       Paolo Espino

    Friday    -       Shaun Garceau

    Saturday - GM 1 Shane Funk
                 GM 2 Chas Spottswood

    Sunday    - GM 1 Drew Taylor
                 GM 2 Matt Latos


    Saturday, June 4
    Bombers Washed Out Again
    The Florida Bombers and the South Florida Storm were rained out Saturday due to bad weather. The games will be rescheduled for a later date.
    The Bombers will host West Palm Beach Hammertime Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. as part of a Double Header.


    Friday, June 3
    Bombers Double Header versus Hammertime is Rained Out
    The Bombers Friday Double Header versus the West Palm Beach Hammertime has been rained out. The game will be rescheduled for Sunday as part of a Double Header starting at 11:00 A.M. at Barry University. The Chaminade Lions game will be rescheduled for a later date.

    Information for Saturday

    Same uniforms as Friday
    Players must be at Barry University at 9:00 A.M.


    Wednesday, June 1
    Bombers Rained Out
    The Florida Bombers game versus Hialeah has been rained out . No makeup date has yet to be determined. The Bombers will return to action Friday evening as part of a Day night Double Header. Game one versus the West Palm Beach Hammertime will start at 4:00 P.M. followed by game two 30 minutes after.

    Tuesday, May 31
    Bombers Down the Mavericks 17-0
    The Florida Bombers opened up league play with a 17-0 win over the Pembroke Lakes Mavericks on Tuesday Night at Barry University. The Bombers now (3-1) (1-0) were led by RHP Ryan Butner who pitched 4 Innings allowing 1 hit and Strikingout 7.
    Yonder Alonso made his 2005 debut by going 2 for 2 with 1 RBI and 3 Runs Scored.Riley Cooper added a 3 RBI Triple . Danny Rams was 2 for 2 with 1 RBI. Jared Auvchen was 2 for 3 with a Double and 2 RBI'S. Danny Lima added a single and 3 SB.Evan Chambers added a 2 RBI Double and Corey Figueroa added an RBI Double.The Bombers pounded out 13 hits en route to the victory.


    Monday, May 30
    Bombers Defeat the Stars 10-0 in Game Two to Win the Series
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Brevard Stars by a score of 10-0 in game two on Monday afternoon at Barry University. The Bombers (2-1) were led by RHP Matt Latos who pitched 4 Scoreless Innings while Strikingout 7 and allowing 3 Hits. Danny Almonte made his Bomber debut pitching 2 Scoreless Innings and Strikingout 1.
    Latos was 92-95 on the radar gun.
    Offensively Ralphie Henriquez led the Bombers going 2 for 3 with a 3 RBI Triple. Corey Figueroa added a 2 RBI Double and Scored 1 Run and added 1 SB. Danny Rams and Marcus Rodriguez added RBI Singles. Evan Chambers added a 2 RBI Single.

    In game one the Bombers fell to the Stars 8-4. Jason Place led the Bombers going 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and his (2) Homerun of the year.Jeremy Cruz added a Solo Homerun (1) . Cole Figueroa was 2 for 3 with a RBI Double.


    Monday, May 30
    Bombers Open 2005 with a Win
    The Florida Bombers (1-0) opened up 2005 with a 9-3 win over the Brevard Stars at Barry University.The Bombers run their streak of opening day victories to 6 consecutive years. Jason Place led the Bombers with a 3 Run Homerun in the 5th Inning his (1) of the year.Riley Cooper was 3 for 4 with 1 RBI and 1 SB and 3 Runs Scored. Ralphie Henriquez was 1 for 1 with a Double and 1 RBI. Corey Figueroa scored 3 Runs and had 2 SB and added 1 hit. Danny Rams added a pair of Singles and 1 RBI.
    On the mound Drew Taylor (1-0) picked up the win pitching 3 scoreless Innings while scattering 2 Hits. Shaun Garceau, Chas Spottswood, and Nick Hernandez all looked good in relief of Taylor on opening night.
    The Bombers will conclude the 3 game series Monday morning with a DH starting at 10:30 A.M. at Barry University.


    Thursday, May 26
    Bombers Open Season on Sunday
    The Florida Bombers open defense of their 2004 Southeast Regional Championship Sunday versus the Brevard Stars.The Bombers will be hosting the Stars in a 3 game series at Barry University. The Bombers will have LHP Drew Taylor on the mound Sunday Night. Monday in Game One the Bombers will go with RHP Nick Kurash. RHP Matt Latos will start game 2 on Monday. The Bombers are looking to get off to a good start in 2005 as they struggled out the gate last year. "Last year was tough especially that first month , when we got our guys healthy and focused we got on a role , we hope to be more consistent early on this year "says coach Fernandez.
    The Brevard Stars will present a good matchup for the Bombers the Stars are coming off a 30 plus win season in 2004. "The Stars are always a solid group they are well coached and they will be ready to play"adds coach Marti.


    Weekend Rotation

    Sunday       LHP - 6"1 Drew Taylor
    Monday Game 1 RHP - 5"11 Nick Kurash
    Monday Game 2 RHP - 6"6 Matt Latos

    Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:50 P.M. Sunday at Barry University




    Sunday, May 22
    Latos Stars in Bombers Workout
    Bombers Junior RHP Matt Latos pitched 2 Innings in a simulated intersquad game Saturday afternoon at Barry University. Latos dazzled with a Fastball that hit 96 MPH on the radar gun. Latos is considered one of the top prospects in the 2006 draft, Latos is a possible 1st Rounder in 2006.
    Offensively Jared Avchen, Danny Rams,Billy Block, Marcus Rodriguez ,and Evan Chambers all looked very good. The Bombers open up the 2005 season Sunday night versus the Brevard Stars at 7:00 P.M. at Barry University.


    Almonte shadowed by his past
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    By George Diaz | Sentinel Staff Writer
    Posted May 16, 2005


    MIAMI -- The red band fits snugly on his right arm, just below his biceps.

    A one-word inscription gives Danny Almonte a message that bears repeating every day:

    Strength.
    He leans on that word whenever he misses his mom, whom he has not seen in more than five years. The word bears significance every time he steps on the mound and hears a voice screaming trampso! (cheater!). Or maybe when a new teammate looks at him funny, remembering that the kid ranks No. 5 on ESPN's List of Worst Sports Scandals, sandwiched between the Salt Lake City Olympic bribe shenanigans and Ben Johnson's steroid-juiced run in the 100 meters in the 1988 Olympics.

    It's been almost four years since Almonte stepped into sports infamy. Using a falsified birth certificate finagled by the sponsor of a Brooklyn all-star team, Almonte took his team on a glorious joy ride to the 2001 Little League World Series. It all unraveled miserably when Sports Illustrated revealed that Almonte -- a left-handed pitching phenom -- was 14, two years older than the acceptable limit.

    Almonte's records, which included a no-hitter against Apopka, were stricken from the record books, though the Scarlet Letter will never be erased.

    "What happened, happened," he said. "I want to concentrate on the present."

    The eyes shaded by a baseball cap bear the scars of a childhood innocence betrayed. Concentrating in the present is difficult when you can't shake your past.

    Now 17, Almonte recently signed with the Florida Bombers, a summer-league team consisting of 18-and-under elite high school players. Most of the players hail from South Florida, though a budget ranging between $80,000 and $100,000 allows coaches to recruit players nationwide.

    Almonte was a local find, having moved to Miami from Brooklyn in February with his father and older brother.

    He joined 16 other new teammates Saturday afternoon for the first informal practice of the season. The presence of an out-of-town reporter and a local television cameraman focusing on the player wearing No. 43 reflects that Almonte has yet to escape the controversial crossfire.

    A quiet youth by nature, Almonte is the poster child of a scandal not of his doing. Rolando Paulino, the founder of the league in New York, and Felipe de Jesus Almonte, Danny's father, have been banned for life because of their nefarious plans to forge the birth certificate.

    "And unfortunately he's taken the brunt of everything," said Eddie Diaz, a new influence in Almonte's life.

    "The stigma is always going to be there. When does he grow out of it? When he's 22? When he's 32?"

    Diaz has taken on a role as "advisor/mentor" after Almonte moved to Florida. He is trying to help Almonte sort things out, particularly dealing with the logistical challenges of a young man still not comfortable engaging in conversations in English. (Almonte spoke in Spanish for this interview).

    Diaz, a former high school baseball coach, connected with the family though his contacts with one of Almonte's coaches in New York. Moving to South Florida marks a fresh start for a troubled family. Almonte has reconnected with his father, who returned to the Dominican Republic shortly after the scandal broke in the summer of 2001.

    Almonte had remained in New York, living with Paulino, his guardian and league founder, until his father returned to the United States. But the family is still disjointed. Almonte's father and mother have been separated for years. Almonte remains as connected as possible to his mother, Sonia (Maggie) Rojas, who lives in the family's hometown of Moca, Dominican Republic. They talk two or three times a week, chat via Internet and send each other photos.

    "I have part of my family," he said, "but a family needs a mom."

    One of the few places he can find solace is in the game he loves: The soothing soundtrack of cleats scraping against the dirt and concrete in the dugout, the playful banter among teammates, and his whoosh of a fastball popping into a pitcher's glove.

    Almonte's fastball has been clocked between 88 and 91 miles per hour, reason enough to have the prestigious Bombers uniform offered to him. In 2004, the Bombers became the first Florida team to reach the Connie Mack World Series. Great expectations rise again with a lineup that includes Almonte, scheduled to be the starter when the team begins play at Barry University May 29, and Jemile Weeks, a senior shortstop at Lake Brantley.


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    Here on our club, if you're a pitcher on this team you're going to be a guy who throws 88 to 91," said Coach Emilio Fernandez. "But 88 to 91 when you're a lefty is like 92 to 94 when you're a righty. It puts him in the upper-echelon category. It makes him a lot more intriguing."

    Although he only registered in the high 70s on Saturday during a one-inning stint in a simulated game, Almonte easily retired all three batters he faced -- grounder to short, weak grounder to third and called third strike. His velocity was down because he had worked in the bullpen the day before.

    He has proven he can pitch on equal terms. Almonte led James Monroe Campus High School (Bronx, N.Y.) to the state title last season, pitching a one-hitter with four strikeouts in a 4-0 victory against George Washington (Manhattan) for the PSAL Class A championship.

    Then a sophomore, Almonte finished 10-1 with a 1.38 ERA and struck out 95 in 60 innings. Opponents only hit .153 against him. He also batted .449 with 10 home runs, 69 runs and 58 RBIs.

    He had first stepped on the stage of national prominence in August 2001, when he struck out 16 of 18 Apopka batters in the first game of the Little League World Series. It marked only the third perfect game in Little League World Series history.

    Although Apopka eventually emerged from the loser's bracket to win the U.S. championship game against the "Baby Bronx Bombers," they did not have to face Almonte again.

    "We came through a second time and beat them," said Bobby Brewer, coach of the Apopka team. "I don't know if you want to use the word 'justice,' but it happened."

    Brewer, trying to cope with the death of his wife Shelly in August of 2004 and now raising three children with the help of friends and family, understands that it was adults making bad decisions that put Almonte in an overwhelming predicament, one in which he has moved past resentment.

    "My hard feelings left me about two years ago," he said.

    Almonte bears another type of pain. His mother thousands of miles away, Almonte still struggles with trying to adapt to a country not his own.

    His English is getting better, and the youths at American High School in North Dade have embraced him as just another classmate. He has grown to like horror movies featuring Jason, and in school he prefers gym and American History.

    Almonte is ingrained in it now, regardless of how many years pass. The Internet gives anyone instant access to his story. ESPN mocks him in its web site. Answers.com includes him in its list of famous Dominican athletes that feature Sammy Sosa and Pedro Martinez.

    His distinction is quite clear:



    Sunday, May 15
    Buzz in the Air as Bombers Hold First Workout of 2005
    Channel 7 News was there as was the Orlando Sun Sentinel they were there also, the Buzz was in the air as the 2005 Florida Bombers took the field for their first workout of 2005. "It felt like spring training when you see the fans and the media waiting to see the team take the field, it had that type of feeling out there today, it was very exciting "says coach Fernandez.Only about half the 2005 Bomber team was there for the first workout ,but what people saw was exciting. David Dinatale , Danny Rams , Riley Cooper , and Jarred Avchen put on a first round display in batting practice. On the mound Andres Ibarz was 90-92 in 2 innings of work. Also Matt Goodyear showed off one of the best breaking pitches in the country as he looked sharp for 2 innings. "It was a great first day just to get these guys on the field and start our march to accomplish our mission of getting to Farmington, it was really exciting out there today"says coach Marti.The Bombers 2005 season gets under way May 29 at Barry University at 7:00 P.M.

    Wednesday, May 4
    Former Bomber MVP Going to the Olympics
    Arencibia Accepts Invitation to USA Baseball National Team Trials

    Arencibia was one of only four freshmen included on initial list of national team invitees

    May 3, 2005

    Tennessee catcher J.P. Arencibia was among an elite group of 13 college baseball players who accepted invitations Tuesday to the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials. The true freshman from Miami, Fla., will take part in the trials June 27-30 in Raleigh, N.C.

    "This is a great honor," Arencibia said. "This is something that I hoped would happen, and I'm glad all my hard work is paying off."

    Arencibia has started every game for Tennessee this season and ranks among the team and SEC leaders with 54 RBIs and 11 home runs. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, he is one home run away from breaking former Vol Todd Helton's UT freshman record (Helton hit 11 homers in 1993). Arencibia was one of only four freshmen included on Tuesday's initial list of national team invitees.

    USA Baseball will announce a second list of invitees to the trials in late May and a final list of invitees in June. The national team will be selected from the resulting pool of 36 players, and the official 20-man team roster will be announced July 1.

    The 2005 USA Baseball National Team will participate in the 34th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series in Japan, July 8-12, and a Friendship Series vs. Taiwan in Chinese Taipei, July 15-19. The squad then returns home to play six exhibition games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park this summer (July 22-24 and July 29-31).

    Tennessee has had six players on the USA Baseball National Team since 1993. Most recently, current Vols ace Luke Hochevar donned the red, white and blue as a member of last year's squad.

    For more information on the USA Baseball National Team, visit www.usabaseball.com.



    Wednesday, April 27
    Almonte to Pitch For The Bombers (Miami Herald Article)
    Posted on Wed, Apr. 27, 2005




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    Almonte to pitch for the Bombers

    By MANNY NAVARRO

    mnavarro@herald.com


    Nearly three months after leaving the Bronx to start a new life in Miami, troubled former Little League pitcher Danny Almonte has a new team.

    Almonte, who arrived in Miami on Feb. 11 and enrolled at American High, has signed on to pitch for the Florida Bombers, a summer-league team made up of 18-and-under elite high school players -- mostly from South Florida.

    ''I know he's excited and we're excited,'' said Bombers coach Emilio Fernandez, whose team became the first Florida team to reach the Connie Mack World Series, which boasts alumni such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Manny Ramirez.

    ``When he moved here, we were definitely intrigued to find out how good he was. After seeing him pitch for the first time last week, I think he'd pretty much be best pitcher in Dade County.''

    Hialeah coach Carlos Marti, the Bombers' pitching coach, said Almonte, a left-hander, hit between 88 and 91 mph on the radar gun during an intrasquad scrimmage at American High last week.

    ''He looks like a Gio clone,'' Marti said, referring to former Hialeah and Monsignor Pace pitcher Gio Gonzalez, drafted in the first round of last June's major-league draft.

    ``His curveball wasn't as good as Gio's, but he's not exactly in pitching shape yet. Remember, this guy hasn't pitched in a year.

    ``In my opinion, this guy could be a first-round pick. Lefties like him are hard to come by.''

    At the 2001 Little League World Series, Almonte was as dominant a pitcher as anyone had seen. Then it was discovered he was two years older than the 12-year-olds he dominated.

    Almonte, now 17, will have his first practice with Bombers on May 14 at Sunset High. Fernandez said there's a chance Almonte could start for the Bombers when they open the season at Barry University on May 29.

    ''We didn't just ask him to join the team because his name is Danny Almonte,'' Fernandez said. ``We took him because he can pitch. This is a good thing for us. He can probably get us back to the World Series. And he can also show people he's a normal teenager whose really a good kid.''




    Tuesday, April 26
    Bombers Add Little League Legend
    The Bombers have added LHP Danny Almonte to the 2005 roster. Almonte a junior at American Highschool did not play Highschool baseball this season. Almonte the LHP whose story has been much publicized will pitch for the Florida Bombers in 2005. Almonte has a chance to be one of the best pitchers in the country. "We are adding Danny to the team , because we feel he can help this program get back to Farmington, and we feel this program can help Danny get back on his feet and do good things that people will talk about , we feel its a win win situation"says coach Fernandez.
    The Bombers worked out Almonte and he was 88-91 with plus life and a plus 76-77 MPH Curveball."Almonte reminded us of another top dade county pitcher Gio Gonzalez , we feel he has that type of ability he has a chance to be a top 3 round pick in 2006"says coach Marti.


    Monday, April 18
    A Look at How Some Former Bombers are Doing


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    DURHAM, N.C. - Sophomore left-hander David Torcise picked up his first win in more than two months and Javier Socorro cracked his first home run of the year as Duke took two out of three from Maryland with a 6-1 win at Jack Coombs Field. Torcise went seven innings and allowed only one run on seven hits while striking out five and walking only one. Socorro was 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a home run to lead of the bottom of the first.

    After the Terps scored a run in the first with back-to-back two-out doubles, Torcise settled down, allowing no runs and only five hits over the next six innings. In the meantime, Duke was scoring early.

    In the bottom of the first, Socorro sent a high fly ball to left that never seemed to come down, landing well beyond the left-field fence. It was the junior leftfielder's first round-tripper of the year and third of his career.

    After Torcise got the Terrapins in order in the top of the second, Duke broke it open in the second. Corey Whiting led it off by beating out a chopper towards first and then, with Whiting running on the pitch, John Berger executed a perfect hit and run, poking a single through the vacated right side of the infield. Whiting scampered around to third and the Blue Devils had runners at the corners with no outs.

    Bryan Smith followed with an RBI single that gave Duke a one-run lead and then Jimmy Gallagher legged out a bunt single to load the bases with still no one out. After Kyle Silver grounded into 1-2-3 double play, Socorro drove a single into left field to plate two more runs. Adam Murray followed with an infield single and Brett Bartles singled through the right side to score Socorro and give Duke a 4-1 lead.



       

    In the third, Whiting used his legs again to generate a run. After singling up the middle, the sophomore right-fielder stole second and then third, putting himself in position to score on Bryan Smith's sacrifice fly to center.

    Maryland's Brett Cecil came on and threw five innings of two-hit shutout relief, but Torcise and reliever Tony Bajoczky were equal to the task, keeping the Terps off the board for the final eight innings and preserving the 6-1 win.

    "David has pitched very well for us at times," said Head Coach Bill Hillier. "Sometimes he hasn't gotten the best run support or defensive support, but today he pitched with great confidence and he got the results."

    The Blue Devils (11-27, 3-15 ACC) have a midweek game on Wednesday, as they will take on Davidson at Jack Coombs Field. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.



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    Monday, April 18
    Whos Hot a Quick Look at How Some Former Bombers
    JP Arencibia (Fresh)(Tennessee) .353 BA, 7 HR, 34 RBI


    Jon Jay Miami .474 BA, 0 HR 36 RBI, 9 SB

    Paco Figueroa Miami .359 BA, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 17 SB

    Danny Figueroa Miami .336 BA, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 15 SB

    Danny Valencia Miami .318 BA, 3 HR, 44 RBI

    Eddy Rodriguez Miami .302 BA, 4 HR, 18 RBI

    Chris Perez (Soph) Miami 4-1, 22.1 IP 20 H, 28 SO, 10 BB


    Sean Watson (Tennessee) 5-2 3.27 ERA 52.1 IP 53 K's

    Adam Davis   ( Florida) .288 5 HR 40 Runs Scored 32 RBI 16 SB

    Stephen Barton (Florida) .282 18 RBI 10 SB

    Javi Socorro (Duke) .290 6 SB 25 Runs Scored

    David Torcise ( Duke) 2 Wins 1 Save 48.1 IP 37 K's

    Danny Otero (Duke) 3 Wins 65.2 IP 39 K's 8 BB

    Matt Barket (Tulane) .301 3 HR 28 RBI 9 SB 26 Runs Scored

    Andy D'Alessio (Clemson) 5 HR 28 RBI 7 Doubles

    Ramon Corona   (NC State) .300 19 RBI

    Roger Tomas (Miami) .291 26 Runs Scored 23 RBI



    Friday, April 15
    Bombers Finalize Pitching Staff
    The Florida Bombers have added Junior LHP Brian Morgado and Junior RHP Nick Kurash to complete the 2005 pitching staff. Morgado a LHP from Florida Christian High School is among the county leaders in all categories and has been 87-91 this season. Kurash is a Junior from Chicago, Illinois he is among the nations best pitchers. Kurash is 88-91 with a plus knuckle curve. Some people believe Kurash has the nations best breaking ball.

    Friday, April 15
    Who's Hot Updated Information
    We will be keeping you informed on how the 2005 Bomber commitments are doing so far this year during their High School season.


    Ralphie Henriquez - is hitting over .400 with 2 HR
    Jared Auvchen      - is hitting .538 with 8 doubles
    Danny Rams         - is hitting over .400 with 8 HR
    Marcus Rodriguez   - is hitting .398 with 18 RBI
    Jeremy Cruz       - is hitting .320 for columbus
    Jamile Weeks       - is hitting over .500 with 5 HR and 10 SB
    Danny Lima         - is hitting over .500 with 4 HR and 13 SB
    Yonder Alonso      - is hitting .500 with 4 HR
    Billy Block       - is hitting over .500 with 8 HR 43 RBI 10 SB
    Jason Place       - is hitting over .500 with 18 HR and over 30 RBI and is 5-1 on the mound with 71 K's in 37 IP
    David Dinatale    - is hitting .423 7 HR 28 RBI and 14 SB
    Cole Figueroa      - is hitting .493 5 HR and over 20 SB
    Corey Figueroa    - is hitting .475 5 HR and over 20 SB
    Evan Chambers      - is hitting .407

    Chris Volstad      - is 4-1 with an 0.18 ERA and 61 K's in 38 IP
    Drew Taylor       - has been 88-91 all spring
    Matt Latos         - is 6-3 with 98 K's in 62 IP has been up to 94-95 mph
    Shane Funk         - has been 90-93 this spring 6-1 101 K'S 57 IP 0.87 ERA
    Tommy Mendoza      - is 6-1 and has been 88-92 mph
    Jeremy Hellickson - was 90-91 in his first start
    Shaun Garceau      - is 5-2 with over 50 K's and has been 88-92 mph
    Chas Spottswood    - is 6-1 with over 50 K's and has been 88-91 mph
    Paolo Espino       - is 6-0 with over 70 K's and has been 88-91 mph
    Nick Hernandez    - is 5-2 with 27 consecutive scoreless innings has been 86-87 mph
    Matt Goodyear      - is 4-2 with 89 K's in 55 IP has been 88-90 mph
    Ryan Butner       - has 3 wins and has been 87-89 mph
    Andres Ibarz       - is 4-2 with over 50 K's and has been 88-91 mph
    Nick Kurash       - is 5-0 on the year and pitching great


    if your information has not been updated please contact coach Herrera at 786-543-3553 we will be updating this information weekly.
    or you can Email coach Fernandez at conniemackcoach@bellsouth.net


    Wednesday, April 13
    RHP Aaron Tullo Out for the Year
    Junior RHP Aaron Tullo had Tommy John Surgery and he will be out for the year. Tullo is a 6"3 Junior that will be sorely missed in 2005. The Bombers would like to wish the Tullo family a quick and healthy recovery. Tullo should be back for the Bombers 2006 season.

    Monday, April 4
    Bombers Complete Offensive Puzzle with Cooper
    The Bombers have finalized their 2005 position players roster with the addition of 5 tool player Riley Cooper. Cooper is a 6"4 Outfielder from Clearwater , Florida. The 6"4 Cooper is a 6.4 runner with plus power and a plus arm. Cooper is considered a possible St Round Draft pick in 2006.The addition of Cooper finalizes the Bomber outfield. The Bombers will carry 4 outfielders in 2005."With Cooper in the mix we feel this will be the best and most talented outfield foursome in Bomber history, we have 2 possible First Rounders in Place and Cooper and a great player in Dinatale and a young superstar in Chambers, it can't get much better than this "said coach Herrera.

    Monday, March 28
    Florida Bombers 2005 Season Preview
    The 2005 season is less than 2 months away and expectations are at an all time High for the 2005 Florida Bombers.The 2005 Bombers are looking to continue in the footsteps of the 2004 Bomber team. The Bombers which made History by being the First ever team from the State of Florida to advance to the Connie Mack World Series, are looking for a repeat performance in 2005.
    The Bombers will have some big shoes to fill as some of the most outstanding Bombers ever were lost to graduation. Bomber greats J.P. Arencibia, Brian Van Kirk, Pablo Lopez just to name a few will be sorely missed in 2005.The Bombers feel the 2005 club could be the best Bomber Team till date."We have added some tremendous talent to go along with some outstanding returnees,we feel as good about this upcoming season as ever"says Head Coach Emilio Fernandez.

    2005 Team at a Glance

    Catchers - The Bombers threesome of catchers is as good as any in the country . The catching position will be anchored by Oklahoma State signee Ralphie Henriquez with underclassmen Jared Avchen and Sophomore sensation Danny Rams.Henriquez is a 6"1switch hitting catcher from Keywest.Henriquez is the Nations # 73 best rated prospect.Avchen is a tremendous defensive catcher with very good hitting ability. The 6"0 Avchen is the Nations # 310 rated Junior.6"2 Danny Rams is one of the Nations best power hitters and is the # 6 ranked player in the Sophomore class.Rams could be one of the best Bomber hitters of All Time.



    Infield - The Bombers return 2nd Basemen Jamile Weeks and Shortstop Danny Lima as well as 3rd basemen 1st basemen Yonder Alonso.Also 1B -OF Jeremy Cruz is back.The Bombers have added 3B-1B 6"1 Marcus Rodriguez out of Naples Barron Collier Rodriguez is the Nations # 210 rated Junior. Rodriguez is one of the best hitters in the State of Florida. Utility superstar Billy Block will be sporting the Bomber Blue and Red in 2005. Block is one of the better players in the State of Florida. The 5"10 Block is a signee of Florida Atlantic University. Block will be used all over the field as he can play multiple positions. The Bombers have also added twin brothers Cole and Corey Figueroa. Both Figueroas play multiple positions. Cole Figueroa is the Nations # 124 rated Junior and twin Brother Corey is the Nations # 247 rated player. Both Figueroa twins hit from the Left side and both have plus instincts on the Baseball field. The Figueroa twins are one of the best players in the State of Florida.

    The Returnees the Bombers feel Jamile Weeks and Danny Lima are the best Double play combination in the Country as both possess World Series experience.
    Jamile Weeks is a University of Miami signee and he is the Nations # 54 best prospect in the Senior class. Weeks will be the heart and soul of the 2005 Bombers and he returns to continue his tremendous season in 2004. Lima is a signee of Florida Atlantic University and he is the Nations # 186 rated prospect.Lima is one of the finest Shortstops in Florida.
    3B-1B Yonder Alonso returns Alonso is a University of Miami signee and is rated the nations # 148 rated prospect. Alonso will be a three year Bomber. Alonso should break numerous offensive career records in 2005.Alonso should hit in the middle of the Bomber order in 2005.Jeremy Cruz also returns Cruz which has committed to the University of Stetson is the Nations # 283 rated prospect. Cruz will be a valuable member of the 2005 Bombers as he has tremendous versatility and can be used both in the OF and the Infield.Cruz also has World Series experience.


    Outfield - The Bombers will feature a revamped outfield in 2005 with new faces everywhere. The outfield will consist of David Dinatale the Nations # 50 rated prospect . Dinatale has committed to the University of Central Florida. Dinatale is considered a 5 tool player. Junior Jason Place will be patrolling CF in 2005. Place is the nations # 7 rated prospect in the Junior class. Place has plus plus power with an above average arm and he has 6.6 speed . Place will be counted on big time in 2005. Sophomore Evan Chambers will also be part of the Bombers outfield in 2005 Chambers is the nations # 92 rated Sophomore in the country. Chambers is a plus hitter with 6.6 speed. 6"4 Junior Riley Cooper rounds out the outfield for the 2005 Bombers. Cooper which will be ranked in the top 20 players in the 2006 class in the next report is a possible 1ST Round Draft pick in 2006. Cooper is a 6.4 runner with plus power and a plus arm. Cooper will be a big part of the Bombers success in 2005.





    Pitching - The 2005 Bombers feature one of the best pitching staffs in the country led by 6"7 RHP Chris Volstad. The Bombers return only 2 pitchers from the 2004 World Series team. RHP Shaun Garceau returns as does RHP Chas Spottswood.
    The Bombers have added 6"7 RHP Chris Volstad the Nations # 9 prospect, Volstad has committed to the University of Miami. RHP Jeremy Hellickson has committed to the Bombers, Hellickson is the nations # 28 rated prospect. Jeremy has committed to LSU.Tommy Mendoza the nations # 57 rated prospect has committed to the University of Miami will be part of the Bombers rotation in 2005. RHP Shane Funk the nations # 69 prospect has committed to the University of Alabama. HP Drew Taylor an NC State signee is the Nations # 76 rated prospect.Rounding out the seniors are returnees Shaun Garceau which is the Nations # 52 rated prospect and RHP Chas Spottswood which is the nations #104 rated prospect. Garceau has committed to the University of Alabama and Spottswood has committed to the University of Florida. Big things are expected from both Garceau and Spottswood in 2005.

    The newest Juniors , the Bombers have also added 6"3 Aaron Tullo the nations # 41 rated prospect. RHP Matt Latos the nations # 62 rated prospect.RHP Ryan Butner the nations # 64 rated prospect.RHP Matt Goodyear the nations # 213 rated prospect.The Bombers have also added RHP Paolo Espino which is one of the nations best pitchers and LHP Nick Hernandez, Hernandez is one of the best LHP in the State of Florida.

    The Bombers will be adding 1 or 2 more pitchers over the next couple of weeks.

    "We feel this club is as good as any team we have ever had , we feel this team has a great chance to get to Farmington"says recruiting coordinator Angel Herrera.




    Monday, March 28
    Bombers Schedule
    The 2005 Florida Bombers schedule is starting to take shape. The Connie Mack League Scheduling meeting will be held April 10th. The Bombers schedule should be complete after the April 10th scheduling meeting.

    For travel information you can contact Mayra at 305-373-6065.

    More information will be posted as soon as we get it.


    Thursday, February 17
    Updated Palyer Rankings
    The following is the most recent player rankings by Perfect Game.
    2-17-05    The following list is for 2006 grads only

    # 7   Jason Place      OF    6"3
    # 41 Aaron Tullo      RHP   6"3
    # 64 Ryan Butner      RHP   6"4
    # 123 Cole Figueroa    SS    5"11
    # 208 Marcus Rodriguez 3B-1B 6"1
    # 211 Matt Goodyear    RHP   6"0
    # 245 Corey Figueroa   2B    5"11
    # 309 Jared Avchen    C    6"0


    The following rankings are for 2005 grads

    #    9 Chris Volstad    RHP   6"7
    #   28 Jeremy Hellickson RHP   6"0
    #   50 David Dinatale    OF   6"1
    #   52 Shaun Garceau    RHP   6"1
    #   54 Jamile Weeks       2B   5"9
    #   57 Thomas Mendoza    RHP   6"3
    #   69 Shane Funk       RHP   6"6
    #   73 Ralphie Henriquez C    6"1
    #   76 Drew Taylor       LHP   6"1
    # 104 Chas Spottswood   RHP   6"5
    # 148 Yonder Alonso      3B   6"2
    # 186 Danny Lima         SS   6"1
    # 283 Jeremy Cruz       1B-OF 6"2


    2007 Grads

    #    6 Danny Rams       C-1B 6"2
    #   92 Evan Chambers      OF   6"0


    Tuesday, January 11
    Bombers Schedule Taking Shape
    The Bombers 2005 schedule is taking shape we will update the schedule as we confirm games. Please click on the schedule link for the latest 2005 games.

    Friday, January 7
    Bombers to Open the Season Versus the Brevard Stars
    The Florida Bombers will open up the 2005 season Sunday night May 29 versus the Brevard Stars at Home. That will be followed by a Monday morning Double Header versus the Stars to conclude the 3 game series.

    The schedule will be posted once it is finalized.


    Wednesday, January 5
    2005 Pitching Staff Taking Shape
    The one thing that is common in baseball is that pitching wins no matter what if you can pitch you can be successful. The 2005 Florida Bombers hope that holds true to form. If this philosophy is accurate then the 2005 Bombers are in for a great season."The one thing we spoke about last year after the World Series was we had to improve our pitching , and so far I think we have done that " says coach Fernandez.
    The returners from the 2005 staff are led by SR RHP Shaun Garceau followed by Colten Willems and Chas Spottswood.Among the top 2005 recruits are SR RHP Chris Volstad, SR LHP Drew Taylor, SR RHP Tommy Mendoza, SR RHP Jeremy Hellickson ,and SR RHP Shane Funk. Among the top JR recruits are RHP JR Paolo Espino, and JR RHP Matt Goodyear.The Bombers will look to still add about 2 or 3 more pitchers for the 2005 season. "With some of the new guys to go alone with our returners , we feel our pitching will be among the best in the country "says coach Herrera.
    With the new additions the Bombers 2005 pitching staff should be the best and deepest in team history. "We will have to pray the draft treats us well and we also have to keep all of our current commitments , if those two things happen we will be very very good on the mound "says coach Fernandez.


    Tuesday, January 4
    Recruting Coordinator Making a Splash in 2005
    In only his first full offseason as the Florida Bombers recruiting coordinator Angel Herrera is showing why some feel he is the finest recruiter in the country. "Angel works countless hours trying to get this program back to Farmington, he loves his role with this program and it really shows, he has made life easier for myself since he arrived in 2004 " says coach Fernandez.In only his first full season Angel has rounded up a pretty impressive group of recruits for 2005.Coach Herrera had received commitments from the following top notch players -

    JASON PLACE       - countries top 06 Outfielder
    DREW TAYLOR       - top LHP in the country from North Carolina going to NC State front line pitcher
    CHRIS VOLSTAD    - possible first round pick in 2005 going to the University of Miami front line pitcher
    PAOLO ESPINO      - one of the countries top 06 RHP
    DAVID DINATALE    - top 05 OF considered a top 10 round prospect
    SHANE FUNK       - power pitcher 6"6 going to the University of ALABAMA front line pitcher
    MATT GOODYEAR    - top 100 06 players in the country big time curveball should play a major role
    JEREMY HELLICKSON - one of the top 05 pitchers in the country going to LSU front line pitcher

    In coach Herrera short tenure his list of players is very impressive. Coach Herreras 2004 list includes possible First Rounder Josh Bell. In 2004 Coach Herrera also recruited Albert Leboy and Luis Maldenado. Maldenado was part of the Bombers 2004 World Series Team.
    Coach Herrera is currently an assistant coach at Sunset Highschool in Miami.
       Coach Herreras 2005 job was not an easy one to grasp as he has had to replace 2004 CO M.V.P. J.P. Arencibia and Brian Vankirk and 2004 Cy Young Award winner Pablo Lopez."Every year it is a challenge to replace guys and continue putting a product on the field that remains at the top of the charts,Angel has taking this task and hes runned with it as I feel as confident as ever heading into the summer season"says coach Fernandez.
    The Bombers in 2005 should once again be among the top teams in the country. One of the main reasons for success in 2005 will be Coach Herreras recruiting class."He makes everyones job easier we address our needs as a coaching staff and Angel works his tail off to address those needs day in and day ,out hands down hes the best at what he does in the country" says coach Fernandez.

    So as the summer nears Angels awaits to see his work of art revealed."It will be very rewarding to see this group of players come together and strive for one common goal and that is win the Conniemack World Series, the hard work will be well worth it "says Coach Herrera.
    So next time you ask hey how did the Bombers get that player just ask coach Herrera he will tell you.



    Tuesday, January 4
    Eli Villanueva Wins the Homerun Derby
    FIU Freshman Eli Villanueva edged out University of Tennessee Sophomore Sean Watson to win the 2004 Alumni Homerun Derby.Villanueva hit 5 Homeruns in the final round to defeat Watson who hit 3 in the final round.
    The event drew former Bombers from 1999-2004. It was a great way to end the 2004 season.
    The 2004 season saw the Bombers advance to the Connie Mack World Series for the first time in franchise history. The Bombers are ready to build on the 2004 success as they will look to repeat as Southeast regional Champions.


    Weeks Edges Davis
    Congratulations to Jamile Weeks as he edged out Adam Davis in fan voting.

    The final voting was

    30 votes for Weeks
    26 votes for Davis


    Thursday, December 2
    Bombers Add Best Outfield Prospect in the Nation
    The Florida Bombers have added the top outfield prospect in the country. The addition of OF Jason Place has solidified the Bombers outfield for 2005. Place is a Junior Centerfielder out of South Carolina and is considered a 5 tool player. Place is a 6.5 runner with plus plus power. "Adding a player like Place is huge as we feel we have now solidified our club, we are all very excited to add possibly the best player in the country" says coach Herrera.

    Wednesday, December 1
    College Commitments
    Taking a look at the newest members of the Florida Bombers. The following list is of the newest members of the Bombers and their college commitments.

    Catcher - Ralphie Henriquez    - Oklahoma State
    INF-OF - Billy Block                     - Florida Atlantic University
    OF          - David Dinatale            - University of Central Florida
    RHP       - Chris Volstad             - University of Miami
    LHP       - Andrew Taylor             - NC State University
    RHP       - Shane Funk                - Alabama University
    RHP       - Tommy Mendoza       - University of Miami
    RHP       - Jeremy Hellickson    -   LSU



    Monday, November 29
    2004 Bombers Award Winners
    The Florida Bombers 2004 Award Banquet was held this past Saturday. The Award Banquet was a tremendous success , as the day saw former, current, and future Bombers in attendance.

    The Awards went as follow


    M.V.P.               -   J.P. Arencibia , Brian VanKirk
    Best Offensive       -   Yonder Alonso
    Gold Glove          -   Jamile Weeks
    CY Young             -   Pablo Lopez
    Sam Torcise Award    -   J.P. Arencibia


    Tuesday, November 16
    2004 Bomber College Signees
    The early signing period has come and the Bombers have had plenty to be proud of. 7 Bombers from the 2004 World Series Team have made early commitments and singed national letters of intent.
    The Bombers would like to extend a Congratulations from the Bomber Family to the following players.


    Shaun Garceau   - ALABAMA
    Chas Spottswood - FLORIDA
    Yonder Alonso   - MIAMI
    Jamile Weeks    - MIAMI
    Danny Lima      - FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIV
    Jeremy Cruz    - STETSON
    Marcus Jones    - NC STATE
    Pablo Lopez    - ST.PETE JC


    other 2004 Bombers that have committed to college

    Marc Ortega    - BOSTON COLLEGE



    Friday, October 15
    Newest Members of the Florida Bombers
    The Following players are the latest members of the Florida Bombers. These players are the newly committed Bombers for the 2005 summer season.


    1) Ralphie Henriquez       6"1 190 SR   Catcher
    2) Chris Volstad            6"7 190 SR   RHP
    3) Aaron Tulo               6"4 190 JR   RHP
    4) Billy Block             5"10 175 SR   INF-OF
    5) Tommy Mendoza            6"2 190 SR   RHP
    6) Paolo Espino             5"11 185 JR   RHP
    7) Cole Figueroa            5"11 180 JR   INF-OF
    8) Cory Figueroa            5"11 180 JR   INF-OF
    9) Shane Funk               6"6 235 SR   RHP
    10) Jason Place             6"3 205 JR   OF-RHP
    11) Jared Avchen             6"0 195 JR   C-1B
    12) Drew Taylor             6"1 185 SR   LHP
    13) David DiNatale          6'1 195 SR   OF
    14) Jose Kianes             6"1 185 JR   OF
    15) Matt Goodyear            6"0 200 JR   RHP
    16) Evan Chambers            5"11 200 SOPH OF
    17) Marcus Rodriguez         6"1 190 JR   3B-1B
    18) Ryan Butner             6"4 165 JR   RHP
    19) Nick Hernandez          6"2 175 JR   LHP
    20) Danny Rams               6"5 220 SOPH C-1B
    21) Jeremy Hellickson       6"0 185 SR   RHP


    Tuesday, November 9
    Bombers Offseason Recruiting Going According to Blue Print
    The Florida Bombers 2004 Connie Mack World Series experience made one thing clear for 2005, and that was have as much pitching as possible . "Last year in Farmington we all agreed on one thing that we had to improve our pitching for 2005 if we wanted to win the World Series "says coach Fernandez. "And so far so good in our offseason recruiting, if we can keep 80 % percent of our current staff I think we would of accomplished our offseason goal of improving our pitching" says coach Marti.
    Its only early November but, the Bombers are feeling really good of what they have committed so far for 2005.
    The Bombers have received 12 new commitments included in those 12 are 7 new pitchers.
    Among the newly committed players are University of Miami signees Chris Volstad and Tommy Mendoza, Volstad is a 6"7 RHP that is considered a possible high draft pick this June Volstad pitches at 88-92. Mendoza is another pro prospect that pitches at 89-92.
    Junior RHP Paolo Espino anchors a strong Junior class, Espino is a Junior from Panama who currently pitches at the Pendleton School in the Tampa area . Espino is 88-91 with one of the nations best breaking balls. Juniors Blake Dean and Alex Koranes are also top Juniors that will shine in 2005. Dean is a Junior LHP from Crestview Florida and he was also a member of the 2004 Junior Olympic Team . Koranes is a Junior RHP at Miami Pace and Koranes pitches at 88-91.
    Among the other top signees are star LHP Drew Taylor. Taylor is a LHP from North Carolina Drew has committed to N.C. State. Drew is 86-89 with 3 outstanding pitches and a bulldog attitude that makes him an outstanding competitor. The final addition is power pitcher 6"6 RHP Shane Funk, Funk is a Senior from Panama city in Florida. Funk has committed to the University of Alabama. Funk pitches in the 89-93 range with a plus breaking ball.
        The Bombers have also been busy putting together a lethal offense so far the returns have been promising.The biggest issue around the offense is replacing J.P. Arencibia and Brian Vankirk , but we have to understand those kind of players are not replaceable we just have to bring in the best possible players and hope other guys have big seasons" says coach Fernandez.
    Among some of the new position players committed are Catchers Ralphie Henriquez and Jared Avchen.Henriquez is considered one of the best pro prospects in the country and Avchen is a top junior. Henriquez is a power hitting 6"1 Switch Hitter and Avchen is a solid catch and throw guy that can really hit.
    The Bombers have also added infielders Cole and Cory Figueroa , both Cole and Cory are very good hitters with plus instincts and are both solid infielders. The final player committed is Utility player Billy Block , Billy was a member of the Coral Springs Pokers in 2004. Block is a multi talented multi position player that can get it done anywhere .
       "We are not done recruiting for 2005 but, with the new players coming in and the returning players from last year we think we will have a great club in 2005" says coach Herrera.


    Tuesday, September 14
    Bombers Complete Most Successful Season in 2004
    2004 will go down as the Bombers most successful season till date. The Bombers became the first team in the history of Connie Mack Baseball to represent Florida at the World Series.The Bombers finished in the Top 4 at the Connie Mack World Series in 2004. 2004 also saw the Bombers win their first ever South East Regional and their 4th consecutive State Championship. The Bombers finished 2004 with a record of (38-16-1) and finished Ranked # 3 in the Country by World Wood Bat Association final polls. It was the Bombers 3rd consecutive Top 5 finish in the country. 2004 saw the Bombers start of the season with a (7-11) record, after the start though the Bombers finished the year on a ((31-5-1)) run. " It was a great ride a great experience to get to the World Series, but we are not satisfied with just competing in the World Series we will build on this success and our next goal is to Win the World Series " says coach Fernandez.

    2004 saw some records fall most noticeably the Homerun and RBI records both fell thanks in large part to J.P. Arencibia who put together the best offensive season in Bomber History. Arencibia broke the Homerun record as he finished with 12 HR's on the year and he also broke the RBI record with 52.
    2004 also saw Jamile Weeks break the Runs Scored Record with 58 and the At Bats record with 168.
    On the mound 2004 saw Pablo Lopez break the Saves record with 10 and the Appearances record with 22.

    It was a great year for the Bomber organization as the Bombers will now get back to work for the 2005 season with plans of making Farmington a 2nd Home.


    Wednesday, August 11
    Bombers Roll to a 9-2 Win
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    Florida Bombers' Jamile Weeks waits for the ball as Guaynabo Jets' Angel Mercado slides safely into second base during the third inning Tuesday at Ricketts Park.
    Florida remains perfect with 9-2 win over Puerto Rico

    FARMINGTON — The Florida Bombers (2-0) got a solid pitching effort and timely hitting Tuesday to remain undefeated in the Connie Mack World Series with a 9-2 win over the Guaynabo Jets from Puerto Rico.

    Bombers’ starter Elliah Villanueva scattered four hits and struck out eight Jets across six innings to earn the win while the offense slapped the ball all over the field, scoring in five of seven innings.

    J.P. Arencibia and Brian Van Kirk each contributed three hits off Puerto Rico pitching. Mario Alicano took the loss for the Jets.

    Arencibia, who hits in the cleanup spot, called the top of the Bombers’ lineup a bit of a ‘Murderer’s Row.’

    “Coaches always say, ‘Pick your poison,’” Arencibia said. “We come out to the ball field with confidence every day.”

    Florida head coach Emilio Fernandez said his squad can hit the ball up and down the lineup.

    “We’ve got a lot of good hitters who can cause a lot of damage,” Fernandez said. “You make one bad pitch and you can get hurt. Once they make a mistake, we take advantage of that.”

    While the Bombers were scoring, Villanueva was holding Puerto Rico down.

    “He’s a big-game pitcher,” Fernandez said. “We wanted to rest our bullpen a little bit.”

    Villanueva was relieved after six innings with Raudel Alfonso pitching the seventh.

    “I got a little tired,” Villanueva said, adding it was a coaching decision to save his arm.

    “I wanted to come out and shut them down,” said Villanueva, who had thrown just over 100 pitches. “But I respect (the decision).”

    The only thing between Villanueva and a shutout were a couple of fielding errors in the bottom of the second when Puerto Rico pushed two runs across the plate.

    Villanueva got himself in a hole by issuing a lead-off walk to Carlos Rios. Following a fly-ball out to left, Bomber third-baseman Yonder Alonso made a diving stop of a ball in the hole and threw from his knees, pulling the first baseman off the bag. That play was ruled an error and put runners on first and second.

    A ground ball to second looked like an inning-ending double play, but a hard slide at second forced a bad throw at first, allowing one run to score.

    “Our middle infielders have been great all year,” Fernandez said. “We turn that double play and they probably don’t score.”

    A single and double scored another run, but a perfect relay from Lamar Guy in center to shortstop Danny Lima to catcher Arencibia nailed the second runner at the plate for the third out.

    Villanueva pitched out of trouble in the third and fifth, stranding a pair of Jets in each inning snuffing Puerto Rico’s only real threat after the second inning.

    Meanwhile, the Bombers continued their hitting ways. While Tuesday’s output was nothing like Florida’s 17-run effort in the team’s opener, the Bombers pounded out 11 hits led by Arencibia.

    The 6-foot-2, 200-pound catcher mistreated Puerto Rico pitching with a 3-for-3 effort including two doubles and a solo home run. He scored all four times, after being intentionally walked his last time up, and drove in four runs and was.

    “I was hoping to hit,” Arencibia said. “That guy’s curveball was hanging and his fastball was up.”

    Arencibia’s fifth-inning bomb was his 12th of the year, which set a new Bombers’ team record. The old record of 11 was held by Gabby Sanchez who will enter his junior season as the third baseman at the University of Miami.

    Arencibia jumped on first-pitch fastballs his first two doubles, then after Wilmer Morgado came in to pitch to start the top of the fifth, Arencibia greeted him with a solo home run.

    The Bombers face the Arizona Subia tonight at 5:15 p.m.

    “One game at a time,” Arencibia said. “We don’t get cocky. We just come out and play.”



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    Tuesday, August 10
    Bombers Take Game One at the CMWS
    Game 2 - Sunday, August 8, 2004

    Visitor: Florida Bombers, Miami, Florida
    Home: Lubbock Hubbers, Lubbock, Texas


    Game 2
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
    Visitor: Bombers
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    2 0 0 9    17 16 1
    Home: Hubbers
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    0 2 0 3    8 10 3

    Winning Pitcher: Carlos Gutierrez
    Loosing Pitcher: Miles Morgan
    Save: Pablo Lopez

    Visitor Batting Stats Home Batting Stats
    Jamile Weeks 3-4 Taylor Ashby 3-4
    Brian Van Kirk 2-4 (2 HR) J.W. Wilson 1-4
    J. P. Arencibia 2-5 (2 DBL) Kurt Pessa 3-4 (HR)
    Marcus Jones 1-4 (DBL) Josh Wilson 3-4 (DBL, HR)
    Danny Jordan 1-4 (HR) Matt Smith 1-4 (DBL)
    Jeremy Cruz 2-4 Jason Seefeld 0-4
    Danny Lima 1-5 Brian Cloud 0-4
    Elliah Vallanueva 1-3 Steven Ellington 0-2
    Lammar Guy 3-4 (HR) Tucker Mattson 0-2
    Logan Leslie 0-2

    Game Summary:
    In the top of the first Lubbock pitcher Miles Morgan had a little trouble warming up, walking Florida lead off hitter Jamile Weeks and Brian Van Kirk. Catcher J. P. Arencibia doubled to score Weeks. Right fielder Marcus Jones picked up two RBIs with a stand-up double to deep right field. Jones stole third and scored when designated hitter Jeremy Cruz sent a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Florida ended the top of the first with a four run lead. The Hubbers lead off hitter Taylor Ashby got things started with a single to left and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Ashby took third and scored on two passed balls. Third baseman Kurt Pessa was issued a walk bringing up the first baseman Josh Wilson who hit a blooper to short left field. The Hubbers could not push any more runs across in the bottom half of the inning leaving the score at 4-1.

    The Bombers lead off hitter in the top of the second, first baseman Elliah Villanueva got an infield hit and then took second on an error. Center fielder Lammar Guy advanced Villanueva to third on an infield hit down the third base line. Second baseman Jamile Weeks got a single and an RBI and advanced to second on an error. Weeks moved to third when catcher J.P. Arencibia hit a long fly ball to centerfield. Lubbock center fielder Taylor Ashby and right fielder J. W. Wilson both made great plays with diving catches for the second and third out, holding the Bombers to two runs. Lubbock got their first base runner in the bottom half of the second on a walk issued to left fielder Steven Ellington, but Ellington was picked off by Bomber catcher J.P. Arencibia for the second out. Second baseman Tucker Mattson was hit by a pitch giving Lubbock another base runner. Mattson took third on a single to left field by center fielder Taylor Ashby. Right fielder J.W. Wilson drove Mattson across the place with a hard hit single ground ball up the middle. Wilson stole second and on the throw down to second, Ashby stole home to score. Lubbock came up with two runs to end the inning with the score 6-3.

    The Hubbers came up with some strong defense in the top of the third to hold Florida scoreless, featuring a great play by shortstop Jason Seefeld and two strikeouts by Hubber pitcher Miles Morgan. In the bottom of the inning Lubbock lead off hitter Josh Wilson came up with a double to right field but tough defense by Florida kept Lubbock from adding to their score.

    Top of the fourth saw Florida centerfielder Lammar Guy get things started with a single, but he got caught in a rundown for the second out. Second baseman Jamile Weeks took a single right back to the pitcher bringing left fielder Brian Van Kirk to the plate. Van Kirk, winner of the home run derby, took a long homer over the right field fence for two RBI’s, adding to the Bomber lead 8-3. Catcher J.P. Arencibia got a stand up double to center but ended up being the third out on a fielder’s choice to the short stop. The Hubbers could not come up with any runs in the fourth going three-up-three down with some Strong Florida defense.

    The Bombers were quiet in the top of the fifth, with Lubbock showing some tough defense of their own. Third baseman Kurt Pessa got a base hit to short center with two outs and advanced to second on a passed ball. First baseman Josh Wilson stepped to the plate and helped the Hubbers cause knocking a two run homer over the center field wall, cutting the Bomber lead to two.

    Lubbock held Florida scoreless again in the top of the sixth, but could not come up with any offense in their half of the inning leaving the Bombers in the lead 8-5.

    Florida lead off hitter Brian Van Kirk took first on an error, stealing second and third. Right fielder Marcus Jones scored Van Kirk earning an RBI. With two away, third basemen Danny Jordan gave Florida another insurance run when he sent a solo shot over the wall in left field. Designed hitter Jeremy Cruz came up with a ground ball up the center for a single, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Shortstop Danny Lima brought Cruz across for the score when he got an RBI single over second base. Villanueva was issued a walk bringing Lammar Guy to the plate. Lammar busted a three run homer over the center field fence adding to the Florida barrage. With the score 13-5, Jamile Weeks got his second single of the game bringing up the dangerous Brian Van Kirk. Van Kirk got his second homer of the game, this one going over the left field fence, and giving him 4 RBIs for the game. J. P. Arencibia went to first on a dropped third strike and Marcus Jones walked to put two on for third baseman Danny Jordan. Jordan was walked to load the bases. Designed hitter Jeremy Cruz scored Arencibia on a single up the middle. With the bases still loaded, shortstop Danny Lima grounded out to first for the third out. The Hubbers Taylor Ashby got a base hit in the bottom of the inning and J.W. Wilson took first on an error. With two runners on, third baseman Kurt Pessa slammed a homer over out of the park to score three runs. Matt Smith hit a stand up double off the wall in center, but the Florida onslaught in the top of the inning proved to be too much for Lubbock to overcome with final score 17-8.

    Player of the game honors went to Brian Van Kirk of the Florida Bombers going 2-4 with two homers and four RBIs.




    Wednesday, August 4
    Bombers Set to Take on the Lubbick Hubbers
    The Florida Bombers the Southeast Regional Champions are set to face the South Plain winners the Lubbick Hubbers Sunday afternoon at 1:00 P.M. in Farmington New , Mexico.
    The Bombers (36-14-1) represent the State of Florida in Farmington for the first time in Connie Mack World Series History.


    All games will be broadcasted live on the internet at www.cmws.org


    Saturday, July 31
    Farmington Here We Come
    Bombers head to World Series

    By Christy Cabrera Chirinos
    Staff Writer
    Posted July 31 2004

    Boca Raton · For the Florida Bombers, the summer began with questions. After a handful of early losses, opponents and fans began to wonder if the three-time Connie Mack state champions were going to have a down year.

    Friday night, as the Bombers mobbed each other in celebration of their biggest win of the season, those questions were answered.
    They needed some extra at-bats to do it, but the Bombers defeated the East Cobb Yankees 10-7 in 10 innings to claim the Southeast Regional Championship at Florida Atlantic University. With the win, the Bombers became the first Florida team to advance to the Connie Mack World Series.

    And they did it by beating the team that won last year's national championship. The World Series will be played in Farmington, N.M., Aug. 7-13.

    "It's always good to be the first, especially since we've come close and then lost before," said Bombers' pitcher/designated hitter Elih Villanueva. "This is great. We came out and faced the Yankees and beat them twice."

    But East Cobb was not about to let its title slip away without a fight. With the Bombers holding a 7-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees rallied. They scored four runs on four hits, including home runs by Danny Payne and Ryan Peisel.

    After two scoreless innings, the Bombers used the combination of timely hitting and a few breaks to take the lead. Danny Lima walked and scored the eventual go-ahead run when Lamar Guy singled. Villanueva, who advanced to second on an error, scored when his former Westminster Academy teammate Brian Van Kirk walked with the bases loaded. One batter later, Guy scored on a sacrifice fly by Yonder Alonso that gave the Bombers a 10-7 lead.

    Shaun Garceau pitched a perfect inning in the bottom of the 10th to earn the win.

    "Champions don't quit and they were fighting us until the last out," Bombers coach Emilio Fernandez said. "To be the man you have to beat the man, and that's what we did."

    Van Kirk finished 3 for 5 and Villanueva was 2 for 5 with two runs scored.




    Copyright © 2004, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


    Saturday, July 31
    Van Kirk Does it Again

    Bombers top Pokers on late home run

    By Christy Cabrera Chirinos
    Staff Writer
    Posted July 30 2004

    Boca Raton · It is quickly becoming a situation Brian Van Kirk thrives on and one the Coral Springs Pokers are getting tired of watching.

    For the second time this summer, Van Kirk used a walk-off home run to give his Florida Bombers a victory over the Pokers. This time it was an 8-7 win in the Connie Mack Regional Tournament.
    Earlier this summer, Van Kirk hit a home run that capped an 11-inning comeback win for the Bombers in the championship game of the Poker Invitational.

    "I knew with us having a runner on that my at-bat was going to be big," Van Kirk said. "I wasn't even thinking about the last time it happened or planning it to turn out like this. I just knew we had to get someone on."

    The win puts the Bombers in a good position to advance to the tournament's championship game. As the only undefeated team remaining, the Bombers (34-14-1) would have to lose two games today to be eliminated. A win in their 10 a.m. game against the Middle Tennessee Monarchs puts them in an afternoon championship game.

    For the Pokers (42-23), the road is a little tougher. They have to defeat the defending Connie Mack World Series champions, the East Cobb Yankees, in an elimination game this morning.

    "We were sloppy on the field, and I'm not happy about that," said Bombers coach Emilio Fernandez. "But Brian's the guy we want up there in that situation, and I'll take this. We've put ourselves in a great position, but we still have 14 tough innings of baseball before we get where we want to be."

    With the game tied at 6, Pokers first baseman Mitch Houck doubled to open the fifth inning. He advanced to third on a single by Cody Wheeler. Dan Terpak then hit into a double play, but Houck scrambled home on the play, putting the Pokers ahead 7-6.

    In the bottom of the seventh, the Bombers' Jamile Weeks beat out the throw on an infield single, and a few pitches later, Weeks and his teammates were mobbing Van Kirk after he knocked a 3-1 pitch over the fence.

    "When I saw him come up, the first game didn't even enter my mind," said Pokers coach Mike Roberts. "Even though it's a letdown, we can't dwell on this. We have to play and win. I've always said this is the toughest summer tournament in amateur summer baseball, but we'll be back."   




    Copyright © 2004, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


    Saturday, July 24
    Bombers Win 4th Consecutive State Championship
    The Florida Bombers winners of 24 of their last 27 games defeated the Orlando Scorpions to earn their 4th consecutive Connie Mack Florida State Championship. The Bombers now (31-14-1) will get set for the Southeast Regionals in Boca Raton ,Florida starting on Tuesday.
    The Bombers have made a trip to the Southeast regionals 4 consecutive seasons.
    "This is what its all about winning the regionals that is why we put so much work into the summer for this opportunity and now its here , its go time we need to play our best baseball of the year this week no question about it we will be ready " says coach Fernandez.



    Thursday, July 22
    Bombers 2-0 in Connie Mack State Playoffs
    The Florida Bombers (29-14-1) defeated SW Florida in Game 1 and Winning Inning in Game 2 .

    In game one the Bombers defeated SW Florida 9-2 led by Yonder Alonso who was 2 for 3 with Two Homeruns in the 2nd Inning. Yonder Homered twice in the same inning and drove in 4 runs. Alonso finished 2 for 3 with 2 HR'S and 4 RBI'S. J.P. Arencibia was 1 for 3 with 3 RBI'S and Marcus Jones and Danny Lima both added 2 hits for the Bombers. Shaun Garceau pitched a complete game 5 hitter Strikingout 6.

    In game two the Bombers rallied to defeat Winning Inning by a score of 4-3. The Bombers jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 1 inning. Winning Inning scored 2 unearned runs in the bottom of inning number 3. With the score tied at 3-3 in the top of the 7th inning Jamile Weeks RBI Single to drive in Danny Jordan provided the Bombers with the 4-3 win. Weeks finished 3 for 4 with 1 RBI and 2 Runs Scored and 2 SB'S.
    Danny Jordan was 2 for 4 with a Solo Homerun (7) and 2 Runs Scored.J.P. Arencibia was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI'S and Yonder Alonso added 2 Hits. Carlos Gutierrez picked up the win in relief of Teddy Willems and Gutierrez pitched 2 Innings Strikingout 2. Pablo Lopez picked up the Save pitching the 7th Inning.


    Wednesday, July 21
    Bombers Ready for the State Playoffs
    The Florida Bombers the 3 Time defending Connie Mack State Champions are set to take on Southwest Florida in a opening round game Wednesday night at FIU at 8:00 P.M.
    The Bombers which started 2004 with a record of (7-11) have won 20 of their last 23 games to improve their 2004 record to (27-14-1).
    Along the way the Bombers have been crowned Champions of the 2004 Pokers Invitational and the 2004 South Florida Shootout.
    "Its been a very difficult year its been a year full of adversity but, we have managed to ride out the storm, and turn the season around and we are now 2 weeks away of playing very good baseball from going to Farmington"says coach Fernandez.
    It all begins wednedsday night at FIU as the Bombers will entertain SW Florida.

    Pitching Rotation

    Game One    SW Florida    - RHP Shaun Garceau


    Wednesday, July 21
    Bombers Defeat the East Cobb Yankees
    The Florida Bombers (27-14-1) defeated the East Cobb Yankees by a score of 2-1 in a consolation game Saturday at the WWBA National Championships. The Bombers the Two Time defending WWBA National Champions missed out on the Championship round by vertue of a (3-1-1) record in pool play. The Bombers however did finish the 2004 WWBA National Championships with a record of (4-1-1) to move their AllTime record at the WWBA National Championships to (21-2-1).

    Game highlights will be posted soon.


    Saturday, July 10
    Bombers 2004 South Florida Shootout Champions
    The Florida Bombers defeated the X Team 10-4 in the Championship game of the 2nd Annual South Florida Shootout at Westminster Academy Sports Complex. Danny Jordan was 3 for 3 with a 2 Run Homerun (4). Jordan also added a Double and finished with 3 RBI's. Yonder Alonso was 2 for 4 with a Solo Homerun (5) and finished with 4 RBI's. J.P. Arencibia was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI's and 2 Runs Scored. Brian Van Kirk added 2 Hits. Teddy Willems pitched 4 Innings Strikingout 4 and Allowing 2 Earned Runs.
    The Bombers now move to (23-13) on the year and are 16-2 in their last 18 games played.



    Tuesday, July 6
    Bombers Power Their Way Past the Cobras
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Coral Springs Cobras by a score of 8-2 Monday night at Taravella Highschool. The Bombers had 11 Hits including 4 Homeruns in the game. Jamile Weeks led the way going 3 for 5 with 2 Homeruns and 1 Double. Weeks first Homerun of the night was a Two Run Homerun. He later connected on a Solo Homerun. Weeks finished the night with 4 RBI's and 2 Runs Scored. Marcus Jones was 2 for 3 with a Solo Homerun and 1 Double. Jones finished with 2 Runs Scored. Yonder Alonso added a Solo Homerun his (4) of the year. Lammar Guy added a 2 RBI Single and Chris Schaeffer was 2 for 3 with a Double and 2 Runs Scored.
    Manny Miguelez (2-1) Earned the win pitching 3 Innings and Strikingout 5. Raudel Alfonso , Carlos Gutierrez and Pablo Lopez combined to pitch 4 Innings while Strikingout 5 and allowing 1 Unearned run. The Bombers move to (19-12) on the year and have won 12 of their last 13 games.


    Thursday, July 1
    Bombers Sweep the Yellow Jackets
    The Florida Bombers defeated the West Palm Beach Yellow Jackets in both games of the Double Header Wednesday Night in West Palm Beach. In game 1 the Bombers (17-12) held on to defeat the Yellow Jackets by a score of 6-5. The Bombers led 6-2 heading to the bottom of the 7th Inning. Pablo Lopez earned the Save (4) inducing the Yellow Jackets into a game ending Double play.
    Luis Maldenado picked up the Win (1-0) pitching 6 strong Innings allowing 2 earned runs and strikingout 2.
    Jamile Weeks was 3 for 4 with 1 Run Scored and 1 RBI and 2 Doubles.Yonder Alonso was 3 for 3 with 2 Doubles and 2 Runs Scored.Brian Van Kirk added an RBI Single 1 Run Scored and 2 SB's. Lammar Guy added a 2 RBI Single. Josh Bell added an RBI Single.

    In game 2 the Bombers completed the sweep with an 8-4 win over the Jackets . The Bombers move to (18-12) on the year. Josh Bell was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's and 1 Run Scored and 1 SB. Yonder Alonso was 2 for 4 with 2 Doubles and 2 RBI's. J.P. Arencibia added a Solo Homerun (6) and finished with 2 RBI's. Jamile Weeks was 3 for 4 with 2 Runs Scored.Brian Van Kirk added a Single and 2 Runs Scored. Carlos Gutierrez picked up the win pitching 3 solid Innings. Shaun Garceau got the Hold pitching 3 No Hit Innings strikingout 3.


    Tuesday, June 29
    Bombers Defeat the Cobras
    The Florida Bombers (16-12) defeated the Coral Springs Cobras by a score of 6-1 Tuesday night at South Dade Highschool. Raudel Alfonso picked up the win pitching 6 Innings Strikingout 9 and scattering 3 Hits.Josh Bell was 2 for 2 with 2 Doubles and 3 RBI's and 2 Runs Scored. Brian Van Kirk was 2 for 3 with 2 Doubles and 2 Runs Scored. Danny Jordan added 2 Hits and 1 RBI. Yonder Alonso added a Hit and 1 Run Scored.
    Game Two was rained out due to heavy down pours.


    Monday, June 28
    Article From the Sun-Sentinal
    Bombers outlast Pokers

    By Christy Cabrera Chirinos
    Staff Writer
    Posted June 28 2004

    Boca Raton · In the long summer that encompasses the Connie Mack League season, the Coral Springs Pokers and Florida Bombers meet only a handful of times.

    But when they do, the result is usually a hard-fought, intense baseball game, and Sunday was no different.
    Former Westminster Academy standout Brian Van Kirk hit a pair of home runs, including a walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth and a seventh-inning grand slam to push the Bombers to a 14-13 win over the Pokers in the championship game of the Poker Invitational at Florida Atlantic.

    "This was more of a team effort than anything else," said Van Kirk, who is headed to Florida Atlantic.

    "We knew we needed base hits, and we kept getting them. This is fun because it's still a rivalry for both teams."

    It proved to be a hitters' day with the two teams combining to use 12 pitchers and smack 27 hits, including three home runs, five doubles and two triples.

    Van Kirk's grand slam capped an 11-run comeback for the Bombers, who trailed 13-2 when the seventh inning began.

    "This is as good as it gets," Bombers coach Emilio Fernandez said. "You only get one of these comebacks once every 10 years, and this is the kind of win that gets guys together. For us, it's a tremendous step."

    The Pokers (27-14) extended their lead to 7-1 in the fifth inning with five hits, including a two-run homer from Dan Terpak.

    The Pokers added another five in the sixth on the strength of three hits, including Nick Arata's double that scored Tyler Herron and Jimmy Sposa. The Pokers led by 11 by the bottom of the seventh.

    But the Pokers pitching staff, which was so depleted that position players were forced to pitch, gave up seven hits and the lead.

    After forcing extra innings, the Bombers (15-12) were able to secure the win when Van Kirk crushed a 3-1 fastball over the left-field fence.

    "This is like college baseball, and there's never a safe lead in college baseball," Pokers coach Mike Roberts said. "We were missing some guys, but we have yet to peak and it's a long summer. Our guys need to hold their heads high because even though this game counts, when it really matters is in regionals."

    Pokers020055100 -- 13101Bombers010001(11)01 -- 14170 Pitching -- Pokers: Mike McCalla, Charlie Bernert (5), Brandon Holden (6), William Block (7), John Frawley (7), Ryan Hewitt (9) and Alex Silversmith, Chase Patrick (7); Bombers: Manny Miguelez, Danny Wiltz (5), Luis Maldonado (5), Les Rodriguez (5), Danny Jordan (6), Pablo Lopez (8) and J.P. Arencibia, Chris Schaeffer (7). W -- Lopez. L -- Hewitt. Records -- Pokers 27-14, Bombers 15-12.      





    Sunday, June 27
    Van Kirk Completes Greatest Comeback in Bomber History
    Brian Van Kirks 9th Inning walk off Homerun accomplished the greatest comeback in the Florida Bombers history. With the score tied at 13-13 and 1 out in the Bottom of the 9th Inning, Van Kirk connected on his 2nd Homerun (6)of the game to give the Bombers the 14-13 win and the Tournament Championship. The Bombers entered the bottom of the 7th Inning trailing the Pokers by a score of 13-2. The Bombers scored 11 runs in the bottom of the 7th Inning to force extra Innings.The Bombers scored 11 runs on 9 hits including 1 Homerun 2 Triples and 1 Double.With the Bombers trailing 13-9 and 1 out and the bases loaded Brian Van Kirk connected on a game tying Grandslam Homerun to tie the score at 13-13.In the bottom of the 7th Josh Bell had a 3 RBI Triple, Danny Jordan had a 2 RBI Triple, Lammar Guy had 2 Singles in the Inning, Jeremy Cruz had an RBI Double, Chris Schaeffer added an RBI Single and Brian Van Kirk capped the Inning with the Grand Slam.Pablo Lopez pitched a perfect 8th and 9th Inning to Earn the Win in relief.The Bombers had 19 hits in the game a season high for hits in a game this season. Van Kirk finished 3 for 6 with 2 HR's and 5 RBI's. Danny Jordan was 3 for 5 with a Triple and 3 RBI's and Jeremy Cruz was 3 for 5 with a Double and 2 RBI's. Yonder Alonso added a Double and 1 Single and finished 2 for 2. Mark Ortega added a Double, and Jamile Weeks added 1 Single and 2 Runs Scored.
    The Bombers finished the Pokers Invitational with a record of (7-1) and now the Bombers move to (15-12) on the year.

    In game one the Bombers defeated SW Florida Baseball by a score of 8-3.Shaun Garceau picked up the win pitching 5 Innings Strikingout 3 and scattering 5 hits. Pablo Lopez earned the Save pitching 2 Innings and Strikingout 2. Josh Bell was 2 for 3 with a Two Run Homerun (2) and 1 Run Scored. J.P. Arencibia was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's.Lammar Guy was 1 for 3 with 3 SB's and 2 Runs Scored and 1 RBI.Jamile Weeks added a Single 1 Run Scored and 1 RBI and 1 SB.Danny Jordan added a Solo Homerun (3).


    Saturday, June 26
    Bombers Finish Pool Play as the # 1 Seeded Team
    The Florida Bombers finished pool play with a record of 5-1. The Bombers finished as the # 1 seeded team for Sundays elimination round. The Bombers will play SW Florida Baseball at 9:00 A.M. in the main Stadium at Florida Atlantic University. SW Florida finished as the # 4 seed.
    The Bombers split a Double Header Saturday defeating the New Jersey Saints and losing the early game to the Winning Inning.

    In game one the Bombers fell to Winning Inning by a score of 6-3. Yonder Alonso was 2 for 4 with 2 Solo Homeruns (3) as he finished with 2 RBI's and 2 Runs Scored.J.P. Arencibia was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and Danny Jordan added a Triple and 1 Single. Gaby Saade was 2 for 3 .


    In game two the Bombers exploded for 18 Hits en route to a 17-0 victory. The Bombers move to (13-12) on the year.Brian Van Kirk was 2 for 2 including a Two Run Homerun (5) as he finished with 4 RBI's.Yonder Alonso was 3 for 4 with 2 Doubles and 3 RBI's and 3 Runs Scored. Lammar Guy was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI's.Danny Jordan was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and Mark Ortega added a 2 RBI Double. Josh Bell was 2 for 4 with a Double and 2 Runs Scored and 1 RBI and Danny Robitaille added 2 Singles.Chris Vazquez got the win pitching 4 scoreless Innings.


    Saturday, June 26
    Bombers Remain Perfect in the Pokers Invitational
    The Florida Bombers defeated the Orlando Scorpions and SW Florida Baseball in day two of the Pokers Invitational.
    The Bombers extend their season high winning streak to 5 games and move their 2004 record to (12-11) and (5-3) in Connie Mack League Play.

    In game one the Bombers defeated the Orlando Scorpions 10-4. The Bombers were led by J.P. Arencibia who was 3 for 4 with a Two Run Homerun (5). Arencibia also added a Triple and a Double and finished with 4 RBI's.Brian Van Kirk also was 3 for 4 with a Triple and 3 RBI's.Danny Robitaille and Mark Ortega both added 2 hits apiece. Colton Willems (1-0) earned the win pitching 3 Innings and strikingout 2. Carlos Gutierrez picked up the Save (2) pitching 4 Innings of scoreless relief.

    In game two the Bombers used a 15 hit attack to defeat SW Florida Baseball 13-4.Josh Bell was 3 for 4 with 2 Runs Scored and 2 Stolen Bases and 1 RBI. Danny Jordan added 2 Doubles and 3 RBI's and 2 Runs Scored. Lammar Guy was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's and 1 Run Scored and 1 SB. Mark Ortega was 2 for 4 with a Double and 1 RBI and 1 Run Scored.Chris Schaeffer added an RBI Double and Brian Van Kirk added a Double and 1 Single.J.P. Arencibia added a Single and 3 Runs Scored. Yonder Alonso added and RBI Single and 2 Runs Scored. Les Rodriguez (1-2) picked up the win in relief pitching 1 Inning strikingout 2. Danny Wiltz earned the Save (3) pitching 1 1/3 Innings.


    Thursday, June 24
    Bombers Sweep on the Opening Day of the Pokers Invitational
    The Florida Bombers extended their season high winning streak to 3 games with a pair of wins on the first day of the Poker Invitational.
    In game one the Bombers defeated the Jacksonville Warriors 8-1 and completed the sweep with a 5-2 win over the West Palm Beach Yellow Jackets.

    In game one Brian Van Kirk led the offense going 2 for 4 with a Homerun (3) a Triple and 2 RBI's. Yonder Alonso added 2 Hits and 2 RBI's and Josh Bell returned to action going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.Teddy Willems (2-1) earned the win pitching a Complete Game 6 hitter. Willems struckout 2 in the game. Jeremy Cruz added a Double and 1 RBI.

    In game two the Bombers defeated the Yellow Jackets 5-2 to move their record to (10-11) on the year.
    J.P. Arencibia (4)had a Two Run Homerun and finished with 2 Hits.Josh Bell added a first inning 2 RBI Double. Jamile Weeks added 2 Hits and Lammar Guy added an RBI Single. Chas Spottswood picked up the win (1-3)pitching 4 1/3 Innings Strikingout 5 and allowing 0 Earned Runs on 3 Hits.Pablo Lopez picked up the Save (2) pitching the final 2 2/3 Innings of scoreless relief while Strikingout 3.


    Tuesday, June 22
    Highschool All Americans Announced
    The Highschool All American Team was announced and the Bombers had 5 players on the All American team.

    RHP   Eric Hurley          1st Round Pick
    1B    Billy Butler         1st Round Pick
    SS    Josh Johnson         3rd Round Pick
    C    Brian Van Kirk      20th Round Pick
    OF    Warren Mcfadden      Univ of Tulane

          


    Tuesday, June 22
    Bombers Place Two on the Freshman All American List
    Two former Bombers were selected as Freshman All Americans for 2004. 2B Adam Davis from the University of Florida and LF John Jay from the University of Miami were named All Americans.Davis hit .316 with 6 HR and 21 SB for Florida, while Jay hit .358 14 Doubles 48 RBI's and 19 SB for the Canes.
    Both Davis and Jay were members of the 2003 Florida Bombers team that finished 42-8 while capturing the World Wood Bat National Championship.
    Davis was named M.V.P. of the 2003 World Wood Bat National Championships.
    Adam Davis was also the 2003 M.V.P. of the Florida Bombers.


    Tuesday, June 22
    Bombers Bats Come Alive
    The Florida Bombers (8-11) (4-4) used a 13 hit attack to defeat the Orlando Scorpions 11-2 in Orlando. The Bombers scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning and never looked back as Gabby Saade drove in Jamile Weeks with an RBI Double. Yonder Alonso followed with an RBI Double to drive in Saade. J.P. Arencibia drove in Alonso with an RBI Single. Yonder Alonso finished 3 for 4 with 2 RBI's. Gabby Saade was 2 for 3 with 2 Doubles and 2 RBI's in his Bomber debut. Brian VanKirk was 2 for 2 with a Three Run Homerun (2). Danny Jordan added 2 Doubles and 1 RBI. Shaun Garceau got the win pitching a 5 Inning complete game Strikingout 4 and scattering 5 hits.
    The Bombers still missing several key players saw the return of Yonder Alonso who was nursing a sprained thumb. Newcomers Gabby Saade and Danny Robitaille both contributed to the Bomber win combining for 3 Doubles and 3 RBI's.



    The Bombers are expecting SS Josh Bell back for Thursday and RF Marcus Jones should be back in 1 week.


    Sunday, June 20
    Bombers Ridener Turns Pro
    RHP Eric Ridener signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates late Saturday night. Ridener is the 5th Florida Bomber to sign a professional contract this summer. The Bombers would like to wish Eric and his family the best of luck.

    Wednesday, June 9
    Bombers Have a Total of 8 Players Drafted
    On day two of the MLB Draft two more Bomber players were drafted.
    Brian Van Kirk 20th Round with the Boston Red Sox
    Raudel Alfonso 50th Round with the Boston Red Sox

    This gave the Bombers a total of 8 Players selected in the 2004 draft.
    The 8 players selected is a Bomber franchise record.

    Note

    SS Josh Johnson and 1B Billy Butler signed professional contracts late Tuesday night.


    Wednesday, June 9
    Bombers Split with Power House
    The Bombers split a Double Header with Power House late Tuesday night.
    The Bombers fell in game one 9-7 after leading 6-5 heading into the top of the 7th inning.
    In the night cap the Bombers defeated Power House 7-3 and move to (5-5).

    In game two Manny Miguelez (1-1) earned the win pitching 3 1/3 innings Strikingout 7 and allowing 1 Unearned Run. Yonder Alonso hit a Grand Slam in the bottom of the 3rd inning to put the Bombers up 6-0. Alonso finished 2 for 3 with 5 RBI's.Brian Van Kirk was 2 for 3 with a Double and 2 RBI's. Josh Bell added a Single and 2 SB's and 2 Runs Scored. Jeremy Haynes pitched the final 3 innings recording his first (1)save of the year.

    In game One Josh Bell was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI 1 Double and 1 Run Scored.Brian Van Kirk added 2 Hits and 1 RBI.Mark Ortega added a Single and 2 Runs Scored.Yonder Alonso added a 2 RBI Single.Lammar Guy
    added a Single and 2 RBI's.




    Monday, June 7
    Bomber Record Six Players Drafted on Day One
    Bombers have two players drafted in the First Round. The Bombers had a record 6 players drafted on the first day of the draft. For the first time in Florida Bomber history were two players taken in the First Round. This years draft gives the Bombers 3 First Round Picks in Bomber history. The Players drafted were as follow

    Billy Butler          1st Round KC Royals
    Eric Hurley          1st Round Texas Rangers
    Josh Johnson          3rd Round KC Royals
    Eric Ridener          8th Round Pittsburgh Pirates
    J.P. Arencibia       17th Round Seattle Mariners
    Jeremy Haynes       17th Round Boston Redsox


    Congratulations to all the Bomber players drafted.


    Monday, June 7
    Bombers Finish Road Trip With a Win
    The Bombers defeated the SW Florida Baseball 10-4 to finish the road trip with a (2-2) record. The Bombers were led by Chris Vazquez (Hialeah High) was 2 for 3 with a Two Run Homerun and 3 RBI'S.Vazquez added 2 Run Scored and 1 SB. Mark Ortega was 2 for 4 with an RBI Double and an RBI Single. Marcus Jones was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI'S and 2 Runs Scored.Lammar Guy added a Triple and 2 Runs Scored. Jamile Weeks added a Double and 2 Runs Scored. Pablo Lopez(1-0) picked up the win in relief pitching 2 2/3 Innings . Danny Wiltz Earned the Save (2) his 2nd of the year pitching 2 2/3 Innings Strikingout 6.

    In the first game Saturday the Bombers defeated the Central Florida Renegades 4-1 in a rain shortened game that went 5 complete Innings. Lammar Guy was 2 for 2 with a Solo Homerun and 2 Runs Scored.Marcus Jones added a 2 RBI Double and Jamile Weeks added a Single 1 Run Scored and 1 SB.
    Chris Vazquez (Hialeah High) was 1 for 2 with 2 SB. Shaun Garceau (2-0) pitched 3 innings Strikingout 5.Pablo Lopez earned the Save (1) pitching 2 Innings.

    Late Saturday night the Bombers fell to the Winning Inning 3-1.Teddy Willems was outstanding pitching 4 scoreless innings in relief of Chas Spottswood. Willems held Winning Inning to 1 Hit while Strikingout 4. Spottswood pitched 3 innings allowing 5 hits. Marcus Jones was 2 for 3 with 1 Run Scored. Danny Lima added an RBI Double.

    Early Sunday the Bombers fell to the Coral Springs Pokers 7-3.The Pokers scored 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning and never looked back.Chris Vazquez (Hialeah High) was 3 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 SB. Jamile Weeks was 2 for 4 with 1 Run Scored. Jeromy Haynes was 2 for 3 with 1 Run Scored and 1 SB.









    Thursday, June 3
    Bombers Fall to the X Team
    The Florida Bombers early season slide continued Thursday night as the Bombers fell to the X Team 4-2.The Bombers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd Inning thanks to a Solo Homerun by J.P. Arencibia. The X Team scored 2 unearned runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. The X Team put up 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th Inning to go up 4-1. A one out triple by Jamile Weeks and a sacrifice fly by Lamar Guy made the score 4-2 and thats how it ended. Eric Ridener pitched 3 Innings Strikingout 7. Offensively the Bombers were led by Marc Ortega who was 2 for 3 and J.P. Arencibia who added a Solo Homerun. "We continue to struggle at the plate we just have no rhythm to our offense right now, our pitching today was solid , but just no offense right now hopefully this weekend we can start turning things around"says coach Fernandez.
    The Bombers were held to 5 hits.
    The Bombers fall to (2-2) on the year.


    Pitching Rotation for this Weekend

    Saturday Game One      RHP Shaun Garceau   (1-0) 0.00 ERA

             Game Two      RHP Chas Spottswood (0-0) 1.75 ERA


    Sunday
             Game One      LHP Manny Miguelez (0-0)   7.00 ERA

             Game Two             TBA


    Tuesday, June 1
    Bombers Win Series Versus Brevard
    The Florida Bombers (2-1) defeated the Brevard Stars 5-3 in the 2nd game of the double header to win the 3 game series over the Brevard Stars. In game one the Bombers had a 5-1 lead heading into the top of the 6th inning.The Stars scored 4 in the top of the 6th and 2 runs in the top of the 7th to defeat the Bombers 7-5.
    In game one Mark Ortega was 2 for 3 with 2 Doubles and 1 RBI and 1 RS.Lamar Guy added a Single and 2 RS and 1 SB.Danny Lima added a Single and 1 RBI.The Bombers bullpen wasted a strong outing by RHP Chas Spottswood who went 4 innings allowing 4 Hits and Striking Out 2.Spottswood got a No Decision.
    In game two the Bombers defeated the Stars 5-3 behind very good bullpen work from RHP Carlos Gutierrez (1-0)who pitched 3 Scoreless Innings Earned the win and RHP Danny Wiltz who earned the save (1) pitching the final 2 Innings while Striking Out 5. Yonder Alonso was 2 for 2 with a Double and 1 RBI. Westminster Christian Chris Vazques added a Single 1 RBI and 1 RS. Jamile Weeks added a Single a RS and 1 RBI while also adding 1 SB.Jeremy Haynes was 1 for 3 with 1 SB and 1 RS.

    Note
    The Bombers were missing 5 key offensive players during the 3 game series versus Brevard. The Bombers hope to have all 5 players back within the next 7 days.


    Sunday, May 30
    Bombers Open 2004 Season with a 9-2 Win Over Brevard
    The Bombers opened the 2004 season with a 9-2 win over the Brevard Stars . The Bombers (1-0)were led by Junior RHP Shaun Garceau (1-0)and Senior RHP Eric Ridener the two combined on a 2 hit 9 Strikeout performance.Garceau pitched 4 innings Striking out 4 while allowing 1 hit. Ridener earned his first Save of the year pitching 3 innings and Striking Out 5.Hialeah High Chris Vazquez was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 SB Vazquez also added 1 Run Scored. Westminster Chriatian Chris Vazques added a 2 RBI Double in the 2nd inning to put the Bombers up 2-1. Danny Lima added a 2 RBI Single and 1 SB. Lamar Guy added a Single 1 Run Scored and 1 SB.

    The Bombers will complete the 3 game series versus the Brevard Stars Monday at Sunset Highschool at 10:30 A.M. followed by game two 30 minutes after.


    Saturday, May 29
    Chris Vazquez Joins the Bombers
    Westminster Christian SS Chris Vazquez is the newest member of the Florida Bombers. Vazquez is a Junior 5"11 175 lbs Infielder. "We fell Chris will give us versatility all over the diamond , we know hes a great player and a high character person"says coach Herrera.

    Monday, May 24
    2004 Florida Bombers Season Preview
    When the 2004 Florida Bombers take the field on Sunday night to open the 2004 season whispers of Farmington will be in the air.
    Last year heartbreaking 6-4 extra inning loss still remains fresh in the minds of the the coaching staff."We have been really close the last couple of years , but we haven't been able to get over the hump"says coach Fernandez.
    In 2004 the Bombers feature almost a revamped roster that will feature at least 7 new everyday starters.The pitching staff only returns 3 pitchers off the 2003 regional roster."We have alot of new faces so getting comfortable with one another and becoming a team will be our first task, we hope it wont take long to gel"says coach Marti.
    The road is always long and sometimes seems endless , but the 2004 Bombers ultimate goal is to play in the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico."The reason we work so hard in the offseason is to put a product on the field that we feel can compete and get to the world series"says coach Fernandez.
    The 2004 roster seems every bit as talented as previous Bomber rosters so Sunday will begin a new adventure in the quest to Farmington.
    We will take a look at the 2004 Florida Bombers
    Behind the plate the Bombers return J.P. Arencibia and have added Brian Van Kirk and newcomer Chris Schaeffer.

    The 2004 infield also looks very strong
    The Bombers only returning infielder is Ramon Corona
    the Bombers have reloaded in the infield led by newcomers SS Josh Johnson 1B Billy Butler and 2B Jamile Weeks. Also new to the Bombers infield are 2003 Olympic team member Mark Ortega, also new to the Bombers in 2004 are Danny Lima and Chris Vazquez.

    In the outfield the Bombers only return one player from the 2003 team
    CF Warren Mcfadden will be patrolling the OF in 2004 . Newcomers Marcos Jones, Lamar Guy, and Jeremy Haynes lead an extremely athletic outfield in 2004.

    On the mound the Bombers 2004 staff looks very promising.
    The starting rotation should feature
    RHP Shaun Garceau,RHP Eric Ridener, RHP Raudel Alfonso, LHP Manny Miguelez, RHP Anthony Perez, and RHP Chas Spottswood.
    In the bullpen the Bombers have alot of depth and talent led by
    RHP Pablo Lopez, RHP Carlos Gutierrez, Danny Wiltz , LHP Les Rodriguez, and LHP Teddy Kaufman.
    The Bombers closer should be RHP Johnny Montoya.

    also RHP Billy Butler and RHP Jeremy Haynes should provide extra depth out of the bullpen as both have fastballs that reach the low 90's.
    Also RHP Eric Hurley is currently on the Bombers roster , but he will be awaiting the MLB draft. Hurley is projected to be a First Round Pick.


    Thursday, May 20
    Bombers Solidify the Outfield Position
    The Bombers have ended their search for another outfielder with the addition of 5 tool player Jeremy Haynes. Haynes is a 6"2 185 lbs Outfielder from Madison County. Haynes has committed to play at Florida State University. Haynes is also a very solid two way guy as he finished (8-2) on the mound for Madison Highschool in 2004. Haynes is a 6.8 runner with a plus arm. Hayens is also one of the top offensive players in the State of Florida. The Bombers outfield now features Warren Mcfadden, Maros Jones, Lamar Guy, and Jeremy Haynes.
    "It was a long and hard process to find that fourth outfielder , we went through alot of different names and possibilities , but we are very happy to have received a commitment from Haynes we feel he will be a tremendous addition to our club "says coach Herrera.


    Monday, May 17
    Preseason WWBA National Rankings
    1. East Cobb Yankees (GA)
    2. Florida Bombers (FL)
    3. Encinitas Reds (CA)
    4. Ohio Warhawks (OH)
    5. Houston Heat (TX)
    6. Midland Redskins (OH)
    7. ABD (CA)
    8. Dulin's Dodgers (TN)
    9. Knoxville Yard (TN)
    10. Dallas Panthers (TX)









    Sunday, May 16
    Bombers Impress in First Workout
    The first workout of 2004 saw the Bombers at about 50% percent of the actual 2004 roster. The workout featured only the players that have been knocked out of the 2004 state playoffs. What day one brought was tremendous expectations for the 2004 season. "We saw some great arms out there today although only 4 guys threw today it gave us an idea of what our pitching staff will look like this summer, we are very excited"says coach Marti.
    The four pitchers coach Marti was talking about were Eric Ridener, Shaun Garceau , Carlos Gutierrez, Johnny Montoya.
    Ridener topped out at 96 mph hitting 94 several times.Garceau topped out at 93 mph although he hit 93 about 8 or 10 times. Gutierrez topped out at 91 mph but flashed alot of 88-89 mph fastballs. Montoya also topped out at 92 mph hitting 91 about a dozen times.

    At the plate newcomer Jeremy Cruz looked really impressive hitting a homerun in his final plate appearance of the day.
    In batting practice newcomers Cruz, Danny Lima, and Jamile Weeks swung the bats very well as did returning Bomber J.P. Arencibia.

    Among the Bombers still playing in the 2004 highschool state playoffs
    are
    Billy Butler
    Brian VanKirk
    Warren Mcfadden
    Ramon Corona
    Eric Hurley
    Danny Wiltz
    Pablo Lopez
    Teddy Kaufman

    also not able to attend were

    Josh Johnson
    Marcos Jones
    Anthony Perez

    The Bombers will workout again next Sunday at 12:00 P.M. at Sunset Highschool as the season opener is 2 weeks away.


    Tuesday, May 11
    Bombers Add Young Talent
    The Bombers have received a commitment from sophomore catcher Chris Schaeffer. Schaeffer is sophomore catcher from Fort.Pierce Florida."In our minds we feel Chris is one of the top 2006 catchers in the country he is very polished behind the plate he can really catch and throw we are very excited to have him"says coach Fernandez.
    Schaeffer is 5"11 175 pounds.


    Online Results to the Offensive Poll
    Which Bomber Newcomer will have the Biggest Offensive Impact

    Billy Butler (30 responses)
    39%
    Josh Johnson (16 responses)
    21%
    Brian Van Kirk (10 responses)
    13%
    Danny Lima (9 responses)
    12%
    Marcus Jones (4 responses)
    5%
    Jamile Weeks (3 responses)
    4%
    Mark Ortega (3 responses)
    4%
    Lamar Guy (1 response)
    1%



    Friday, April 9
    LHP Teddy Kaufman Commits
    Junior LHP Teddy Kaufman has committed to the Florida Bombers. Kaufman is currently a Junior at Killian Highschool. Teddy is among the best LHP in Dade County as he has a 2004 record of (5-1) with an ERA under 2.00. Kaufman is also in the top 10 in strikeouts in 2004. "Kaufman will be a quality pitcher for us in 2004, he is a guy than can be used out of the bullpen or he can give you good starts, we are very excited about Teddy"says coach Marti.

    Sunday, April 4
    Season Less Than Two Months Away