Kissimmee, Florida – Dec 27 through Dec 29th: The Florida Fire (Orlando, Florida) are the 12U champions of this year’s USSSA Winter World Series.
The Fire had finished an outstanding 2008 11U summer season, ranked #7 nationally by TravelBallSelect. This championship gives them a significant boost in momentum as they move into their 2009 12U season. The Fire went 3 and 0 in pool play, scoring 30 runs while not allowing a single run to be scored against them.
In the championship rounds of play, the Fire beat the Barons of Dekalb, Georgia by a score of 10-1 and then moved on to the championship game where they disposed of the Palmetto Patriots of Florence, South Carolina by a score of 10-2. This win caps off successful Fall/Winter 2008 season for the Florida Fire where they achieved an overall record of 23 wins and only one loss. Look for the Fire to once again be a highly ranked team and a top contender for to win the Elite-24 Championship in 2009.
Pool play game results:
|1||[FLS] Red Raiders VS. [PA] Knights Baseball||4-2|
|2||[FLS] Diamondbacks Baseball VS. [FLS] Red Raiders White||12-1|
|3||[GA] DeKalb Barons VS. [FLS] Red Raiders||8-4|
|4||[FLS] Orlando Gators VS. [FLS] O Town O Rays||12-4|
|5||[FLS] FLORIDA FIRE VS. [GA] DeKalb Barons||6-0|
|6||[FLS] O Town O Rays VS. [FLS] Red Raiders White||9-1|
|7||[SC] Palmetto Patriots I VS. [FLS] Orlando Gators||5-2|
|8||[GA] DeKalb Barons VS. [PA] Knights Baseball||14-13|
|9||[FLS] Orlando Gators VS. [FLS] Red Raiders White||9-8|
|10||[FLS] FLORIDA FIRE VS. [PA] Knights Baseball||12-0|
|11||[FLS] Diamondbacks Baseball VS. [FLS] Orlando Gators||11-2|
|12||[FLS] FLORIDA FIRE VS. [FLS] Red Raiders||12-0|
|13||[SC] Palmetto Patriots I VS. [FLS] O Town O Rays||8-3|
|14||[FLS] Diamondbacks Baseball VS. [SC] Palmetto Patriots I||13-7|
Bracket Play and Championship game Results:
|Mon 11:00a||PALMETTO PATRIOTS (10-0)|
|DEKALB BARONS||Mon 3:00p||FLORIDA FIRE (10-2)|
|Mon 9:00a||DEKALB BARONS (7-3)|
|ORLANDO GATORS||Mon 1:00p||FLORIDA FIRE (10-1)|