A few baseball players from Polk County compete at the international level.
Mookie Rodriguez, Carson Martin, and Zack Lester from Lakeland Christian, as well as Marvin Montenegro from Santa Fe Catholic, are members of the Team Florida baseball squad competing this week in the Geico High School Baseball National Championship in Dallas, Texas.
To be chosen for the team, players must be among the best high school freshmen in the state.
Matt Diaz, the team’s head baseball coach at Lakeland Christian and a former MLB player, also serves as an assistant coach.
When an issue arose with the initial assistant, Greg Olsen, Calvary Christian’s baseball coach and Team Florida’s head coach, called Diaz, Diaz was prepared to take over.
“Had the week available, so I flew out here. It’s been a learning experience for me but it’s a lot of fun,” Diaz told The Ledger.
SportsCenter Next shared a tweet on which the Twitter page is Introducing the GEICO HS Baseball National Championship, June 27-July 1, in Baton Rouge, LA!
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Illinois defeated Florida 4-2 on Tuesday in a Bracket A match. In the game, Rodriguez doubled on a ground rule.
Florida had to defeat Tennessee and California on Wednesday to stay in the competition and move on to the semifinals. California was the defending national champion.
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In the first game, Florida crushed Tennessee; in the second, it defeated California 10-1. Against Tennessee, Montenegro had a base hit and reached base safely on each occasion. Against California, Lester collected a hit, and Rodriguez took a walk.
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