Southwest Florida Baseball Invitational – September 12-14

The Southwest Florida Baseball Invitational is a round robin event that will feature a Pro’s Select Showcase on Friday September 12 with games being played on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14. This event is for travel teams and High School teams and will feature the best teams in the state from 18U, 16U and High School divisions. This is a good exposure event and has grown tremendously over the years. Last year we had many college coaches and professional scouts attend the event. Each team will play 3 games in a Showcase round robin format.

Dominic Blanco signs with Seattle Mariners

Gulf Coast HS and SWFL catcher/1B signed with the Seattle mariners and reported to their Arizona League rookie team. Dominic was an early signee for Bethune Cookman but chose to start his pro career. Dominic has been hitting at a torrid pace over his last 10 games going 7 for 15. On the season he is hitting .333 with a 2B and a 3B in 16 games. Congrats to Dom on his signing and his great start in professional baseball.

SWFL players commit to colleges

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:

2014 commitments:

Welcome to Southwest Florida Baseball

The mission of Southwest Florida Baseball – SWFL – is to provide high school players with a quality baseball experience, an opportunity to be seen by college coaches and professional scouts. We want to develop the players on the field and assist them in becoming young men. John Cedarburg, Dave Fore and Bill Skarbek are the original founders of SWFL baseball and have set it up as a not for profit organization. Our board members are Russ Schropp, Glen Carnes, Ryan Horton and Clint Montgomery. All have extensive backgrounds in amateur baseball.

Bill Skarbek Memorial Tournament

June 6 – 8, 2014 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.

SWFL 16U wins PG Championship

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.

18 SWFL players head to colleges

Brendon Sanger - Florida Atlantic
Kyle Miller - Florida Atlantic
Luke Maglich - U South Florida
Zach Giczewski - Lander U
Ryan Withstandley - Hillsborough CC
Tyler Selesky - FGCU
Anthony Prohaska - Broward CC
Brian Pietranton - Seminole St
Brendan Long - Indian River St
Christopher Barr - U Miami
Colin Woody - Col of Central Florida
Paul Bretton - Florida Southern
Jake Fossick - U North Florida
Brad Torres - St John's River St
Charlie Klein - Pasco Hernando CC
Frankie Romano - Stetson U

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