11U Miami Enforcers (FL)
Considered as one of the top 5 teams in Florida by Travel Ball Select, the Miami Enforcers 11U continue to impress those they play. In their third year of travel ball, the Enforcers are led by Head Coach Eddy Demurias and assistant coaches Richard Amion and Richard Gronlier. Their goal is to teach the twelve players on the team how to play the game, respect the game and love the game of baseball.
Due to the number of talented teams in Miami, the Enforcers play in a league based out of Tamiami Park. They have compiled a 15-2 record and beating the likes of the Miami Brawlers (TBS 18th Ranked team in the nation) by a score of 6-3 in February.
The players on the team are:
Amion, DiAndre Outfield / Pitcher
Canoura, Ericson Centerfield / Pitcher
Chumbley, Danniel Third Base / Pitcher
Cisneros, Josh Outfield / Pitcher
Demurias, Eddy Second Base / Pitcher
Gonzalez, Joey Shortstop / Pitcher
Gonzalez Jr., Roly Outfield / Infield
Gronlier, Ryan Catcher / First Base / Pitcher
Hernandez, Chris Catcher / First Base
Marini, Matthew First Base / Third Base / Pitcher
Martinez, Anthony Third Base / Shortstop / Pitcher
Ortiz, Jeremy Outfield
Most of the boys are 10 and 11 years of age. They find competing against older players a challenge and a means to improve. The 11 players that play on the park team are the same players that travel. Their philosophy is to work with the group that they have and not pick up new players every time they participate in an event. As a result, the team is close. This team’s coaching staff makes a point to protect its players. The players and specially the pitchers are closely monitored as to their rest, pitch count and performance in order to avoid an unnecessary injury. The fast ball, change up, and cutter are the pitches that they encourage their pitchers to utilize. The team practices only twice a week and at least once a month they have a coaches/parents meeting at one of the parent’s home to discuss any concerns. The philosophy found on the field is the same found off the field. Head coach Demurias gets a copy of each player’s school progress report every quarter. If there is a problem with their grades, he will work with the parent(s) and get the player back on track. They also have different events for the boys like bike rides, basketball games and at least one family picnic per month
The boys from Miami are not an overnight success. They have put together some big wins over the past two years. They won 5 tournaments in 2006 and four more in 2007. They also were in the championship game in six other tournaments over the past two years. Their last tournament win was at the 11U Triple Crown Tournament in Disney over Thanksgiving. This tournament allows them to play in the 2008 Triple Crown Nationals played in St. Augustine. In addition to playing Triple Crown tournaments, the Enforcers are competing in USSSA tournament and independent tournaments like Cooperstown (finished 17 out of 96 teams last year as 10U when they were upset by a team they had mercy ruled in pool play).
The Enforcers have several tournaments lined up for the Spring/Summer Season. A couple of bigger events will be the week long tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC the last week of July (Cal Ripken Baseball Experience) and the Triple Crown tournament in Jacksonville, FL next month.
Maybe the Enforcers can fit in their schedule a Super NIT or an Independent Tournament (i.e. TBS-TOC or Battle in the South) so others throughout the nation can see how talented this team is.