14-U Team Rage, including players from Wellington, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach and The Acreage, won the Lake Worth Fall Bash baseball tournament Oct. 6 in a hard fought battle against the 14-U Vipers.
Prior to playing the semifinals and finals on Sunday, the team went undefeated in pool play. In the semifinals, pitcher Danny Maloney gave up two earned runs, striking out three, to give the Rage the win against Team Stealth from the Orlando area. Nick Toney was the battery mate, who led the offensive charge with a double, a single, a walk, two RBIs and two runs. Mark Espaillat also caused havoc with two singles, two stolen bases and two runs.
In the finals, the Vipers held Rage scoreless over the first five innings. However, Zack Brundage sparked the team offensively in the top of the sixth with a lead-off triple. Espaillat then followed with an RBI double, and QuintenRomo had a two-RBI single to give the Rage a lead that they didn’t relinquish.
Brundage was the championship winning pitcher, who gave up one earned run, struck out five, gave up no walks and picked off one. Relief pitcher Espaillat got the save, going two strong innings. Battery mate was Carlos Fonseca, who shut down the Vipers’ running game and caught one trying to steal a base. Stellar offense and defense was provided by Craig Inscoe, Darrick Hendrix, Kevin Shulman, Sebastian Gutierrez, Jayson Colon, Jose Santiago and Anthony Tagaste.
Team Rage’s general manager is Anthony LaBriola. Coaches include Greg Beck, Craig Shulman and Vaughn Hendrix. Teammates who were unable to make the tournament were Alexander Barnhart and Gabriel Pinedo.
ABOVE: The 14-U Team Rage was victorious this month in Lake Worth.