It was an exciting comeback and victory for the Naples Lions in the Cal Ripken Spring League championship game at Veterans Park on May 11.
The Lions, consisting solely of players from First Baptist Academy, scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, then executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt with two out in the bottom of the sixth, the final inning, to earn a 15-14 win over the Naples Cubs.
After their big fifth inning when they were able to knot the score at 14-14, FBA fifth-grader Dylan Doria pitched a 1-2-3 top of the sixth, striking out two Cubs.
In their half of the sixth, Joe Tutino, Doria's teammate and classmate, led off with a walk. The youth eventually found himself at third base after the Lions loaded the bases with two outs, and Zack Brecher coming to the plate. That's when Tutino got the sign from coach Bryan Wolff that the team would attempt the suicide squeeze.
"I thought, 'Oh my gosh. I'm the winning run,'" Tutino said. "... It was intense."
As soon as the Cubs pitcher released the ball to home plate, Tutino took off. Brecher placed the ball in fair territory, and Tutino beat the throw home to give the Lions the title.
"Everyone tackled me," said Tutino, who went 2-for-3 on the night with three runs and two RBIs. "I got crushed. It was great."
In other Cal Ripken action, minor league champions were the Dragons, coached by Andy Buschle. The Babe Ruth 15U champions was Team Diesel, coached by Joel Gonzalez.
Go Skateboarding Day set: Go Skateboarding Day is scheduled for its southwest Florida launch June 21 at the Fleischmann Park.
More than simply an afternoon of skateboarding exhibitions and competition, Go Skateboarding Day, Naples, celebrates the first day of summer as a family fun day including activities for all ages.
Initiated in Southern California in 2003, Go Skateboarding Day has grown into a global event observed in more than 150 nations.
For more about Go Skateboarding Day, Naples, sponsorship and on-site opportunities, the event principals, and the philanthropic beneficiaries, visit http://naplesgoskateboardingday.weebly.com. The event also has a Facebook page.
Event founder Davis Wolf can be reached at 913-2233.
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Sports Club Center open gym: Pre-K through 8th grade. Choose from a variety of activities on trampoline, spring floor, tumble track and largest foam pits in Southwest Florida as well as other fun activities at the Sports CLUB Center. Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m. Contact: Kevin Lehman at 570-417-1121 or 239-566-CLUB.
Youth strength and conditioning class: Put on by Magic Benton and 24/7 Sports. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $30. Contact: Brian Dodd 277-0700, email@example.com.
Fort Myers Miracle Camp: The first camp runs from June 12 to 14 at the Lee County Sports Complex. It is open to boys and girls, ages six to eight. The second camp, open to kids ages nine through 12, goes from June 25 to 27. Each camp is open to the first 100 players. The cost is $115 per child and both camps run from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact: 768-4210 or visit www.miraclebaseball.com.
Juan Romero Camp: Four camps — June 18 to 22, June 25 to 29, July 23 to 27, and July 30 to Aug. 3. Cost is $175 per week or $600 for all four sessions if registered by June 18 with full payment. To sign-up, visit JuanRomeroBaseball.com to print and mail the registration. Contact: 732-9664.
10U boys travel team: Seeking players and parents interested in forming a team to begin practice in early summer and play by late August/September. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Prowlers/Team Easton: Seeking 9U players interested in travel baseball. Contact: Randy at 239-293-3081.
Golden Gate Hammerheads: 11U travel team seeking players for the fall, ages 10 to 11. Contact: Walter Rascher, 340-5025.
Naples Cyclones: 11U travel team. Contact: Coach Jon Ayres 398-1769, jonayresbaseball.com, Coach Mos 986-9118.
Southwest Florida Red Hawks: 13U travel team seeking players. Contact: 682-3299.
SWFL Hawks: 13U travel team seeking experienced players. Contact: Lou Marsala, 784-5965.
Scott Stewart Camp: Boys and girls. Five sessions. Week 1, June 11 to 15. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ages 7 to 14. Cost is $125. First Baptist Academy. Week 2 and 3, July 9 to 13, and July 16 to 20. 9 a.m. to noon Cost is $120 for one week, $200 for both. North Collier Regional Park. Week 4, Elite Camp, ages 10 to 12. July 23 to 27, 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $200. First Baptist Academy. Week 5, Elite Camp, ages 13 to 15. July 30 to Aug. 3. 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $200. First Baptist Academy. Contact: Scott Stewart 269-7473, email@example.com.
Don Stewart Camp: Boys and girls. Week 1, June 11 to 15. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ages 7 to 14. Cost is $125. First Baptist Academy. Weeks 2 and 3, June 18 to 22 and June 25 to 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at North Naples Community Park. Contact: Don Stewart, 417-3662.
Ave Maria Camp: Boys and girls. Four sessions: June 4 to 8, Half day (Grades K-6); June 4 to 8, Half day (Grades 7-12); June 11 to 15, Half day (Grades K-6); June 11 to 15, Half day (Grades 7-12). Cost is $75. Contact Jamon Copeland 280-1503.
Mitch Woods Basketball Skills Camp: Session I, June 11 to 15, Session II, June 18 to 22. Community School of Naples Cost is $150. 8 to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon, 12:30-4 p.m. Register at www.excellenceinbasketbal.net. Contact: Mitch Woods 825-2899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Youth Basketball Camp: Weekly camps starting June 4 through Aug. 10. New Hope Ministries. Half day 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $99 per week. Full day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $149. Monthly rates available. Contact: l Bill Clark 239-330-4947 or register online at www.playnybl.com.
K6 Sports Future Stars Basketball Camp: For boys and girls entering grades 2 through 8. June 25 to 29. Community School of Naples. Morning session 7:30 a.m. to noon. Afternoon session, noon to 5:30 p.m. All Day session 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Limited to 135 players. Contact: Bill Carufe 290-3430 or email@example.com, www.sportsclubnaples.org.
FGCU Girls Basketball Camp: Overnighter $345, Commuter $295 (Early Eagle $20 Discount if submitted by May 21). Alico Arena. June 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register at FGCUAthletics.com.
Gulf Coast Rebels: Boys travel team seeking skilled fourth-graders. Contact: Greg Urbancic 262-0270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Magic: Looking for seventh grade experienced travel players. Contact: Mark Chlebek 272-1451 or Sam Foggin 407-376-0502.
Adrenaline Naples: Girls and boys from beginner to advanced. Ages 3 to 18. Contact: 261-6221.
Kiwanis Club Summer Run for Fun: Naples High School Athletic Field starting June 11. It will continue every Monday evening through July. Registration and activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and running will start at 6:15 p.m. Children who participate five of the eight weeks will receive a trophy and a T-shirt. Contach: Mimi Watson, 564-2411.
FGCU Camp: June 25 to 29. Cost: Resident campers, $400; Commuters, $275. (Groups of four or more receive $75 off tuition). Contact: Caleb Baker, 590-7097.
Bill Kramer/City of Naples Camp: Boys, grades 1 to 8. Week 1, June 11 to 15. Week 2, June 18 to 22. 8:30 a.m. to noon Naples High School. Cost is $135 for one week, $240 for two weeks. Registration at Fleischmann Park. Contact: 213-3020.
Naples Football League: Signup on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Golden Gate Community Center. This is a full-contact, non-traveling league for players from grades 3 through 8. Only one weigh in required for older-lighters before 1st game begins. Contact: naplesnfl.org
1-on-1 instruction: Skill position players ages 6-18. Individual lessons and instruction. Visit skillpositionpride.com. Contact: Mike Wexler 273-2693, email@example.com.
Marco Island Optimist football and cheerleading: Open registration. Boys and girls. Ages 7 to 14. Contact: hometeamonline.com/mioptimist or call Coach Webb 394-0494.
Sports CLUB Gymnastics: Classes for 3 years and up. Monday to Saturday. Adult open gyms Monday to Thursday 7-8:30 p.m. $10. Friday Night Open Gym: K through 8th grade 7-8:30 p.m. $10 or 7-10 p.m. $20. Includes pizza. Contact: Kevin 570-417-1121 or Sports CLUB 566-CLUB.
Naples Progressive: Extended Open Gym, Friday, 6 to 10 p.m., $20, includes pizza and drink. Every Friday Open Gym 6 to 7 p.m., $10; 6 to 9 p.m., $15; 7 to 9 p.m.,$10. Summer camp information is available. Classes are in session. We start taking the children at 2 years old. Contact: 455-3700, naplesgymnastics.wordpress.com.
City of Naples Summer Camp: Girls ages 10 to 13. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 12 to July 12. Fleischmann Park Football Field. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Players must have their own mouthpiece. $50. Register at the Fleischmann Park Community Center. Contact: 239-213-3020.
Roller hockey: Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 4 to 8. Contact: 566-2367.
Pro elite hockey skating and skills clinic: Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Ages 7 to 12. $120 for six weeks. Contact: Coach Joe 431-7090, www.proelitehockey.com.
Naples Community Sailing Center: Instruction for youths and adults. Summer youth camp starts June 11. Spring break and adult lessons also available. Contact: CC Cramer 403-7193, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit naplessailingcenter.com.
Mizuno Edge: Ages 10 to 14. Seeking coaches. Contact: Joe Sutherland, 561-436-1443.
Tropic Wave Fast Pitch (12 and under): Looking for a couple of players. Practices held at St. John Neumann High School. Contact. Andrea Peterson 239-269-4280, TropicWaveFastPitch@yahoo.com.
Swim Florida: Golden Gate Aquatic Facility. Year round swim program for ages 5 and older. Summer League May 15 through Aug. 15. Cost is $200 for summer, includes USA Swimming registration. Contact: Daryl Sullivan 455-6122 or email@example.com.
Neal Studd FGCU camp: Ages 7 and up. Session 1: June 9 to 14. Intensive Swim Camp, Session 2: June 18 to 22 for all campers. Session 3: July 9 to July 13 for all campers at the FGCU Aquatic Center. Half day (8 to 11:30 a.m.) $200; full day (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) $375; overnight $525. Contact: Justin Glover, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Christian Academy Camp: Boys and girls, grades 3 through 9. June 11 to 15, 3 to 5 p.m. Contact: 530-8706 or Davison@ncanaples.com
South Florida Riptide: Fielding girls travel teams ages 10U-17U for USAV and AAU tournaments. Also looking for assistant coaches and junior coaches (volunteer and paid positions). Contact: email@example.com, riptidevolleyball.net.
Bear wrestling club: Sign-ups Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. at Palmetto Ridge High School. Ages 5 to 18. Practices Tuesday and Thursday. $100. Contact: Josh McIntosh 938-6316, Dave Parmenter 353-0265.
Naples Sharks: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. Gulf Coast High School. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio 816-520-7617, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Titans: At Golden Gate High School. Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio (816) 520-7617 or email@example.com.
Wildcat wrestling club: Practices 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Estero High School. Ages first grade through high school. Free. Contact: Matt Brock 851-7630, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have an activity listed, mail it to Naples Daily News, Kids Calendar, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL, 34110. You can fax info to 263-4816 or email email@example.com. Email preferred by 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.