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Select, Fury win Major Divisions at Florida West Coast State Championships

The Central Florida Select 12U (pictured above with championship rings) extended its USSSA win streak to 38 games by winning the Florida West Coast State Championship this past weekend in Sarasota. They went 5-0 overall and outscored opponents 33-16 to extend their tournament winning streak to seven.

In the 11-team, 12-Major division, the CF Select earned a bye into the second round of the single-elimination bracket portion of the tournament based on their outstanding showing in pool play. They began play yesterday with a 9-0 shutout over the Mustangs Elite before facing stiff tests in the semis and finals. In the final-four the Select narrowly defeated the New Tampa Predators Elite 5-3 before beating the USA Stars with an overall record of 36-14, by a score of 4-3.

The Select’s USSSA tournament winning streak, dating back to October 2017, includes a Super NIT, two state titles and a Global World Series Qualifier victory. They have distinguished themselves as one of the top 12-Major teams in the country and improved their overall record to 54-6.

Ryan Ashford led the way on the mound for the Orlando-based team with 5 innings pitched followed by teammate Austin Jacobs and Brayden Toro with 4 each.

Manager Michael Smalley’s group surrenders less than 3 runs per game on average to other 12-Major teams, while scoring close to 8 a contest. They’ve matched up with AAA teams 15 times this season and own a plus-10 run differential.

Something tells us here at Youth1 that this won’t be the last time we write about the success of the Central Florida Select 12U this season.


The Gulf Coast Fury 14U won the 14-Major division of the Florida West Coast State Championships this past weekend defeating the Sarasota Vipers Gold 4-1 in the finals and extending its own USSSA tournament win streak to five and seven out of eight.

The Fort Myers-based Fury went 5-0 over the two-day tournament (and outscored opponents 35-6) including three consecutive single-elimination game wins to boost its overall record to 34-3. In bracket play, the Fury defeated the Florida Sox 13-0, and Tampa Chihuahuas 6-0 before playing the Vipers.

In 2018 alone the Fury now have two Qualifier titles, a World Series Qualifier triumph and this State Championship.

The Fury were led by a three-headed pitching attack from Zach Root (6 innings), Dylan Mercer 5.2 IP and Michael Perazza 4.2 innings which is typical of their success. In 21 games against fellow 14-Major teams, the Fury only allow an average of 1.67 runs per game and against 14 AAA opponents, just 1.36 per game. Outstanding pitching and defense will take this team far during the spring and summer seasons.

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