Youth: Naples Bombers advance to All-American games

Headed to All-American games, others come up short

Dean Stahlman/Citizen Contributor
The Naples Bombers won the USSSA 14U Invitational on Sunday. Front row, from left, Dillon Doria, Kevin Heben, Connor Stahlman and Zach Solow. Back row, coach Scott Ison, Julio Doria, Mike Mambuca, Mike Drasba, Cameron Criss, Tanner Ison, coach Tim Dawson, Luke Dawson, Joe Lang, coach Mike Drasba and Sam Saletko. Not shown, Corey Berning and coach Dean Stahlman.

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Dean Stahlman/Citizen Contributor The Naples Bombers won the USSSA 14U Invitational on Sunday. Front row, from left, Dillon Doria, Kevin Heben, Connor Stahlman and Zach Solow. Back row, coach Scott Ison, Julio Doria, Mike Mambuca, Mike Drasba, Cameron Criss, Tanner Ison, coach Tim Dawson, Luke Dawson, Joe Lang, coach Mike Drasba and Sam Saletko. Not shown, Corey Berning and coach Dean Stahlman.

The Naples Bombers used a last-inning rally to win the USSSA Boys 14-and-under Baseball Invitational at Golden Gate Community Park on Sunday.

The win advances them to the USSSA Boys 14U Baseball All-American Games at the Houston Astros training complex in Kissimmee, from Aug. 8-11. The Bombers won three straight games on their way to playing the Pasadena Panthers in the title game, winning the last game with a score of 8-7. In a back-and-forth contest, Tanner Ison’s solo home run in the sixth inning tied the game at 7-7.

A headfirst slide to first base for a base hit by Connor Stahlman kept a Bombers rally alive in the seventh inning. Mike Mambuca’s line drive brought home the winning run.

Coach Dean Stahlman said Mambuca and Ison led the offense while shortstop Joe Lang led the defense. Eight players shared the pitching duties over four games.

Team members include Cameron Criss, Tanner Ison, Zach Solow, Mike Drasba, Luke Dawson, Kevin Heben, Mike Mambuca, Julio Doria, Sam Saletko, Corey Berning, Joe Lang and Conner Stahlman. They are coached by Mike Drasba, Tim Dawson, Dean Stahlman and Scott Ison.

Local Little League action

Two of three area teams made it to their championship game before losing.

The 9-10 Greater Naples team lost in the championship game to Keystone, 13-8. The 11-12 North Naples team lost two of three games. The 13-14 Naples Braves lost to South Tampa, 10-0, in the softball championship game.

For the 9-10 Greater Naples team, manager Marc Beshears gave these highlights:

Anthony Kythreotis started three games with base hits to get the momentum started and a total of six hits for the tournament. Paddy Sullivan, playing right field, made a great play on hitter, picking up a hard hit ground ball and throwing out the runner at first base. Easton LaPlaca added to the defensive stance by making multiple puts out at third base. Nicolas Kythreotis hammed out three home runs, including a grand slam.

Football camp returns

Edgerrin James is bringing his free kids camp back to Southwest Florida after a year hiatus. The Immokalee High School graduate’s Speed and Agility Youth Football Camp is scheduled for Monday, July 29, in Ave Maria.

A retired veteran of 11 NFL seasons, James hosted the youth camp in Immokalee for three summers before field renovations at the location canceled the event last year. In 2011, the last time James put on the camp, more than 1,000 kids participated.

The camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in its new location, Ave Maria’s North Park, 4010 Anthem Parkway. The camp is free to kids ages 6 to 18. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the camp, and advance registration is available online at edgerrinjamesfoundation.org.

James will be in attendance teaching the skills that helped him climb to 11th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, mostly with the Indianapolis Colts. In past summers, James has brought several NFL friends with him, including former Redskins running back Clinton Ports, Colts receiver Reggie Wayne and agent Drew Rosenhaus. Fellow Immokalee grad Javarris James, Edgerrin’s cousin and a former NFL running back, also has been at previous camps.

For more information call (407) 375-6316 or email yhonsha@edgerrinjamesfoundation.com.

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