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Weston Hawks Win 16U Champions Tournament

The 2016 HSBN Boys of Summer 16U Champion Weston Hawks.

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A four-run second inning helped lead the Weston Hawks to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Revenge in the HSBN Boys of Summer Champions Tournament 16U finale Monday night at Len Koch Field in Hollywood. After winning the June B title to qualify for the Champions Tournament, the Hawks swept their way through the bracket to earn the Champions Trophy.

After falling behind by a run early on, the Hawks got things going with some plate discipline that put the first two runners on base leading off the second. Joseph Venice and Juan Palmero both walked, and Venice then scored on a throwing error off a sacrifice bunt attempt from Jonathan Pacin. Two batters later Jakob Lomardi singled to drive in both runners, before later coming in on an error that made put the Hawks up by three runs.

The Hawks (3-0) added an insurance run in the sixth. Nick Battista smacked a double to left field and then gave way to Eddie Hernandez on the bases. Hernandez advanced to third thanks to a single up the middle from Christian Vega, and scored on the strength of a sac-fly RBI on a flyout deep to center from Venice.

The 16U Champions Tournament Runners-Up Florida Revenge.

The Revenge threatened in nearly every inning, staying in the game with the same grit that has been their identity all summer long. Runs were tough to come by, even though the Revenge (3-2) jumped out of the gate to go up 1-0 in the top of the first.

Carl Lassale was hit by a pitch to lead off, before being erased on a fielder’s choice that landed Chase McBean on first. A pair of throwing errors allowed McBean to work his way around the bases and score to put his team out in front.

Logan Clyatt helped cut the deficit in half by scoring in the top of the fourth to make it a 4-2 score. Clyatt connected for the first of his two singles on the day, and Max Wank followed with his second double of the game to allow Clyatt to easily cross the plate.

James Montoya picked up the victory in relief of starter David Hernandez. T the right-hander allowed one earned run on four hits over four innings and recorded three strikeouts.

The Revenge made one final rally bid with their final swings. Kyle Steele singled to right field to lead off the inning and Lassale followed by reaching on an infield error that brought the tying run to the plate. Reliever Darwin Rodas recorded a big swinging strikeout followed by an infield popout that earned him the save and cemented the win for the Hawks.

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