18U, 16U AND 8U BATTLED IT OUT OVER THE WEEKEND

TAMPA, FL –  The PTI Baseball Maniacs travel ball programs all traveled this weekend to compete in their age groups. The 18U and 16U traveled to Port Charlotte to compete in Pro Style Tournament Showcases while the 8U traveled to Orlando to play in the Nations Orlando event.

8U Maniacs continue to take steps in the right direction.  For several tournaments in a row these 7 year old’s have shown excellent improvements learning about cutoffs, being balanced at the plate and putting great swings on the baseball.  Putting up 15 runs in ORLANDO this past weekend, was a great team execution offensively. Darian Lopez and Joe Fredman drove in 5 runs with nice triples, and clutch hitting by Jovani Gonzalez, Brielle Bitz, Hastin Muscato, Chance Simpson, and Parker Lambropoulos who all contributed with runs batted in.
Darian Lopez and Parker Lambropoulos were named co-Defensive players of the week for making excellent catches and combining for 2 double plays.

Jovani Gonzalez and Carter Simpson were tough defenders throughout the event taking impacts and making plays.
Little Maniacs will continue the fall fun as they will close out the Fall fun season with a Nations Championship in Orlando and a USSSA Championship in Sarasota.

The 16U High School Showcase team battled their way to another strong performance offensively. In 3 games, the team posted  a total of  26 runs on 25 hits.  Tyler Robinett had himself a weekend earning himself the player of the week recognition as he tossed a complete game win allowing just 1 earned run and striking out 10 total batters. He would also go 5 for 9 offensively scoring 3 runs while driving in 2 including a double. Alexis Ocasio was also very good offensively going 4 for 10 scoring 5 total runs while Will Allred went 3 for 7 with 2 runs and 2 RBI’s.

The Team continues to improve and showcase in great events such as the Pro Style Tournament Showcase that was held over the weekend at the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Complex in Port Charlotte, Florida. The High  School Showcase team will fight once again next weekend as they will look to continue their work in St. Petersburgh.

The 18U College prep team had a very good performance by Utility player and infielder Jacob Trio who tripled and drove in most of the teams runs over the weekend in Port Charlotte. Keegan Evans was a big contributor as well joining teammate Shane Hughes who continues to perform on the mound.  The College prep team has now played 3 weekend showcases  in a row and will  be taking a weekend off to regroup and get back to work prior to thanksgiving break.

 

GARRETT HESTER COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

TAMPA, FL –  Pro Talent Instructs is proud to announce the commitment of Garrett Hester to the University of Alabama on a baseball scholarship.

Garrett spent many years playing for coach Jerry Gonzalez in the PTI Baseball program and served as a first baseman and left handed pitcher.

“He was the one of the hardest throwing pitchers in PTI History. Garrett’s attitude and hard work  paid off on the field then and it surely is paying now. I couldn’t be happier to see Garrett get this opportunity and i believe this is just another step in the direction where he truly wants to be. I said it before and I’ll say it again, this kid is going a long ways in this game.” – Jerry Gonzalez (PTI Coach and Instructor)

Hester is one of the Organizations leader in strikeouts as he was lights out in most of his starts with the PTI organization. He was there when PTI had red colors and and he was there when they changed to orange colors.

Hester joins the PTI Alumni Hall of Fame as another one of the Players advancing to play baseball at the next level.

On Behalf of the entire Pro Talent Instructs staff, we want to congratulate Garrett on his accomplishment and we look forward to his continued success in the sport of baseball.

Article by PTI Media

15U MANIACS STEPPING UP TO THE LEVEL OF PLAY

TAMPA, FL – The 15 and under PTI Maniacs showcase team has a (4-4) record through the first two tournaments playing 16 and under events.

The team’s primary focus is on showcasing and playing to a higher level to continue to improve their skills. However, they have exceeded  their expectations by winning 4 games in two total tournaments.

The team has been led offensively by  new comer Will Allred who is batting  .467 (7 for 15) with 7 runs  and 6 RBI’s, Alexis Ocasio who is also batting .467 (7 for 15) leading the team in runs with 8 and 4 RBI’s. Aj Sierra  is leading the team with 7 RBI’s.

Onn the defensive side, Starting Pitcher Jack  Weber is leading the team in 3 starts with 15 strikeouts in  11.2 Innings pitched and one complete game, Bryce Daily has 12 strikeouts in 8.2 Innings pitched  and Zach Dwyer is leading the team with a perfect 0.00 ERA and one win!

The Maniacs will continue to play at the end of October for their 3rd tournament of the season.

Article by PTI Media

15U SHOWCASE ONLY TEAM ROSTER ANNOUNCED

TAMPA, FL – PTI Baseball 15U travel ball  program has officially announced its roster for the 2018 Fall Season.

In that roster includes PTI’s Top Prospect Matt Donley. Captain Colby Paul who is full of speed, Kris Trenker,   catcher Alexis Ocasio, Aj Sierra,  Tyler Robinett, strong pitcher in Jack Weber, Kalen Roque, Bryce Daily Zach Dwyer.

The Maniacs also acquired Will Allred and Aiden Vittoe  to complete their roster.

The team will be playing in showcases only such as perfect game, etc.

Article by PTI Baseball Media

 

ALEXIS OCASIO EARNS PLAYER OF THE WEEK IN ORLANDO

TAMPA, FL –  After losing count of how many RBIs and runners thrown out at second he had, PTI names  Alexis Ocasio player of the week during the past weekend tournament in Orlando.

Alexis started the tournament off with a 3 RBI double to left field in Game one. He threw out 3 of 3 runners attempting to steal off him.

Later on in the tournament, Alexis had a 2 -Run triple to left field to help advance the Maniacs into the Championship game.

“This kid is not only growing fast as a player but as a person. Losing everything in Puerto Rico and the family sacrificing to get to the states and have the opportunity to do something for himself  in baseball and he’s taking full advantage. The kid is the best catcher i know at this level” – Jerry Gonzalez

Alexis finished with 8 out of 11 caught stealing and reached safely and scored in every single game. For his efforts, although there were several players very close, Alexis has been named Player of the Week.

Article by PTI Baseball