East Bay Little League, now known as East Bay Youth Athletics (Riverview, FL), was founded in 1971 and has been the home for youth baseball and softball to thousands of young boys and girls throughout southern Hillsborough County. Serving an average of 700-800 participants per season, EBYA has grown to become one of the largest youth baseball/softball organizations in Hillsborough County.
Last week, the EBYA 11u All Stars competed as the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth District 10 Champions and Representatives at the 2015 Florida Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth State Championships hosted at Candyland Park in Longwood, FL. The EBYA 11u All Stars had a very tough draw as they defeated some very talented all-star teams from Okeeheelee, Manatee, and Miami/Latin America. After going 3 and 0 in bracket play, on Sunday, July 12th, the EBYA 11u All Stars faced off against the Miami/Latin America All Stars, once again, in the Championship Game.
The Miami All Stars went up early by a score of 3 to 0 through 3 ½ innings in what proved to be a real pitching duel, but the EBYA All Stars would not be denied. The EBYA All Stars’ bats exploded in the bottom of the 4th inning as they rallied to score 7 runs, overtaking and eventually defeating the Miami All Stars by a final score of 7 to 3, to be crowned the 2015 Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Florida State Champions.
The EBYA 11u All Stars are the first team in the illustrious 44 year history of baseball at East Bay to earn a state title. From July 21 - 26, the EBYA 11u All Stars will be one of the teams representing the State of Florida at the upcoming 2015 Babe Ruth Southeast Region Tournament which will be hosted in Stafford, Virginia. Our community can and should take great pride in this tremendous achievement by our local youth baseball team, and we wish them the best of luck for continued success.
Pictured from the top
Coaches - Mark Ross, George Hunter, Armando Lopez and Kevin Jacobs
John Smith, Francisco Alaniz, Thomas Calves, Victor Figueroa, Gavin Hunter and Jaden Ross
Javy Lopez, Cameron Blakey, Sebastian Munoz, Jordan Ostrowski, AJ Llorente and Jamal Jacobs
For those of you who would like to help out the EBYA 11u All Star Team / State Champions and assist their families offset travel, food and lodging expenses for their upcoming trip to the 2015 Babe Ruth SE Region Tournament hosted in Stafford, VA --
1. You may mail/deliver a check made payable to “East Bay Youth Athletics” for any amount.
2. Please note “11u All Stars” in the memo section of your check.
3. Please deliver your check in care of the following:
c/o Law Offices of George Hunter, P.A.
Boardwalk of Riverview
10014 Water Works Lane
Riverview, FL 33578
2. Please visit their All Star fund-raising/sponsorship page by going to the following link:
2. Enter your contact information
3. Select “Baseball”
4. Select “Baseball 11U”
5. Select Sponsorship Level (any amount helps)
6. Enter “EBYA 11u All Stars” and/or
7. Enter the name of a player that you would like to sponsor
8. Enter your payment information
*** Note: EBYA is recognized under the IRS Code as a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contributions may be tax deductible. For more information, please visit their website at www.eastbayyouthathletics.org. ***
Thank you for your support.