The rosters for the Southwest Florida Baseball program were announced yesterday. “The fall is an important season, especially for the unsigned seniors but it also gives the younger age groups a chance to compete and be seen by college coaches and pro scouts” said John Cedarburg, an area supervisor for the Colorado Rockies and a founding member of Southwest Florida Baseball – SWFL. “Many players get good looks in the fall that translates into college scholarships on down the road.” SWFL Baseball will run 4 teams this fall in the 15U – 18U age groups. “We’ll go hard for about 7 weeks and then the players need to shut it down and work on getting bigger, faster and stronger during the months of November, December and early January” said Bob VandeVenter, Board member and 17U fall coach. “They need to devote time to strength and speed training and get away from the game some” Coach Bob continued “let their bodies rest from the field but improve elsewhere.” Read more
SWFL baseball is a nationally recognized and acclaimed travel ball organization that promotes baseball and players through travel baseball. Hundreds of former SWFL players that are currently playing in college and at the ML level have played for SWFL Baseball program. Our Coaching staff is widely regarded as the best and we are looking for the best players to compete and continue the SWFL Baseball tradition.
SWFL Baseball try-outs for their 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U fall teams will be held on Saturday August 22 at the Player Development Complex in Ft. Myers.
Registration will close on Thursday August August 20. Register now!
Check in will begin at 8:30 am. The 60 yard dash will be run at 9:15 followed by BP and I/O. Pitchers should be ready to throw a bullpen. Expect try-outs to last until 3pm.
Cost is $50 for new players, $25 for 2015 summer returning players.
15U, 16U, 17U and 18U teams will be formed from these try-outs.
The Southwest Florida Baseball Invitational is a round robin event that will feature a Pro’s Select Showcase on Friday September 11 with games being played on Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13. This event will feature the best teams in the state from 18U, 16U and High School divisions. This is the first weekend that college coaches can begin recruiting for the fall and this event has always been well attended by college coaches and professional scouts. Teams will play 3 games in a Showcase round robin format. The event will be held at Terry Park and the Player Development complex in Fort Myers, FL. Read more
June 5 – 7, 2015 Terry Park – Ft. Myers, FL
The Bill Skarbek Memorial tournament is named to honor one of the founders of Southwest Florida Baseball – Bill Skarbek. Bill was an active in the community and one of the leaders of youth baseball in the Cape Coral and Ft. Myers area. An FBI agent, a lawyer and terrific family man, he is survived by his wife Selina and 3 children. Read more
Southwest Florida Baseball announced its rosters on Tuesday, “this is the initial draft of rosters, the Coaches will be looking for players to finalize their roster throughout the spring” said Clint Montgomery – Vice President of SWFL Baseball. “We’ll hold another try-out in May and be looking for players as the spring evolves.” In all, 34 players were selected to the 17U and 16U squads that will play a rigorous schedule with a total of 5-7 tournaments that will include 2 National tournaments. SWFL most recently won the 2014 Perfect Game Florida State Championships in July and went 4-0 in pool play at the PG World Championships in Jupiter in late October. Read more
Southwest Florida Baseball will hold their summer try-outs during the Pro’s Select Collegiate Clinic January 10-11, 2015 at the Player Development Complex in Fort Myers.
The Clinic will feature 16 College Coaches and will have an instructional element to the 2 day event. “The Coaches will be there to assist and evaluate the players, it’s a working environment for all of the Coaches.” said SWFL Co-founder and Colorado Rockies Area supervisor John Cedarburg. “It allows the Coaches to interact and get to know the players and to figure out if they want to possibly recruit the player” Read more
SWFL Baseball is proud of our 2015 commitments. They have worked and earned the opportunity to play college baseball on scholarship. Congratulations!
Alex Goebel – Santa Fe State
Andrew Mink – Ave Maria U
Brandon Hernandez – Santa Fe State
Chris Berry – U North Florida
CJ Alexander – Ball State U
Cody Spencer – South Florida State
Danny Oberst – Indian River State College
David Dinorcia – Lemoyne U
Donovan Petrey – Florida State U
Garrett Bye – U South Florida
Garrett Zech – U South Florida
Jacob Silverstein – Bethune Cookman
John D’Amelio – Navy
Jordan Spicer – Polk State
Kevin Mitchell – Ave Maria U
Kyle Babb – Ave Maria U
Michael Iantosca – St. Anselm College
Parker McPhail – Belmont Abbey
Shane McClanahan – Charleston Southern
Thaddeus Ward – U Central Florida
Troy Bacon – U of Florida
Tyler Luneke – Brevard College – NC
Zuriel Collins – Charleston Southern
The Southwest Florida Baseball 17U Grey team won the Perfect Game Florida State Championship behind good pitching, situational hitting and a patient approach at the plate. Troy Bacon pitched 6 innings of 1 run baseball, Thaddeus Ward threw 2 scoreless innings and Jose Valmana picked up the win with 1 inning of scoreless relief. Read more
16 players have earned scholarships to play baseball in college. Six Division colleges are represented and along with a strong group of Division 2, NAIA and State of Florida 2 year colleges. Congratulations to the players, parents and the SWFL families.
Here is the complete list of signees:
- Drew Freedman; Gulf Coast HS – Wake Forest U
- Bobby Brennen; Bishop Verot HS – Maine U
- Dominic Blanco; Gulf Coast HS – Bethune Cookman
- Jonah Owenby; Bishop Verot HS – U South Florida
- Luke Spangler; Cape Coral HS – U of Miami
- Kyle Kemp; Charlotte HS – Lipscomb U
- Seth DeHaven; Bishop Verot HS – Tusculum College
- Alex Hanson; Wharton HS – Eastern Michigan
- Robert Emerson; Community School – Lake Sumter St
- Ryan Keegan; Estero HS – Ave Maria U
- Danny Tufariello; Bishop Verot HS – Tusculum College
- Kevin Buckley; Tampa King HS – State College of Florida
- Matt Zino; Gulf Coast HS – State College of Florida
- Zak Spivy; Gulf Coast HS – Polk State College
- Andrew Steele; North Port HS – Ave Maria U
- Andrew Giddens; Lakewood Ranch HS – Ave Maria U
SWFL 16U scored five in the third and went on to beat SF Elite Squad Louisville Slugger 16U. Garrett Zech (2015, Naples, FL) led the offense with three hits including a triple and two RBI’s. Jacob Silverstein (2015, Seminole, FL) pitched in with two singles. Troy Bacon (2015, Sickles, FL) helped out his team with a double and an RBI. Brandon Hernandez (2015, Royal Palm Beach, FL) went 1 for 3 with a double and three RBI’s. Shane McClanahan (2015, Cape Coral, FL) pitched five innings and struck out five. He allowed three hits and walked just one batter. Conor Roe (2015, Gulf Coast, FL) threw the last two innings. He struck out three and allowed just one walk.
Andrew Gotfried (2015, Calvary Christian, FL) led the Slugger’s offense with two singles. Daniel Reyes (2015, Mater Academy, FL) hit a triple in the loss