Cannons Baseball Academy
11U Navy Finishes season with a strong showing at ripken tournament
The Cannons 11U Navy finished the season last week with an incredible run that ended in Myrtle Beach, SC at one of the biggest tournaments in the nation, in "The Ripken Experience." They went 6-2 on the week and earned them selves t he #1 seed heading into elimination. The run was eventually ended as they received runner-up. They also captured the Premiere League AAA runner-ups and the Nations Baseball Empire Strikes Out Championship, going 5-0 in that event.
Their final record on the season was 22-7-1, and won 20 out of their last 25 games.
We are very excited about this fall team as they look forward to more success at the 12U level and a trip to Cooperstown.
National Recognition for Cannons Player and Coach
After a tremendous season where Westminster Academy finished the season with a 21-8 record and third in the region, the Head Coach and Ace of the staff received national awards. Head Coach and Cannons President, Nick James received National Christian Coach of the Year by the NCSAA (National Christian School Athletic Association). Also, receiving awards form the NCSAA was FAU signee and former Cannons player Weston Clemente. He received first team South Regional honors as well as second team All-American honors. Congratulations to both. For more info please see the attached article.
14U Cannons: 2014 Fall FPbl Champions
After 5-5 start to the season, the 14U cannons came on strong at the end winning 9 of their last 10 games, and put themselves in perfect position headed into the season ending playoffs. After a first round win, the Cannons had to play the number 1 seeded Sunrise Sharks in the semifinal game. The Sharks had seemed to have the Cannons number all season beating them twice in the regular season, but it was the Cannons who came on strong beating the Sharks 7-1 as they headed to the Championship game.
The Cannons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the Championship game, and never looked back. They would add another run in the top of the second inning and that is all they would need as they would go on to win it all by the score of 3-1. All told, the 14U team finished with a record of 17-7 and a perfect 3-0 record in the playoffs.
We would like to thank the coaches, players, and parents for their hard work, and commitment to the process and the program. Enjoy some well deserved time off, and we look forward to bigger and better things in the spring. Go CANNONS!
2014 Fall Cannons Off to a Good Start
The Cannons teams have wasted no time in making their presence being felt in their respective divisions. The 10U Cannons (4-0), a newly developed team, have gotten off to a hot start. With tremendous pitching and defense, teams have not been able to match the impressive run production in which this team provides. The 10U Cannons (4-0) have out scored their opponents 57-14 through four games and are undefeated at 4-0.
The 11U Cannons are off to its' best start at 4-1. This team has been lead by its' ability to play sound defense and the ability for pitchers to get hitters out. The 11U look to build on its' 4-1 record and they have a stretch of tough games upcoming.
The 12u Cannons, another new team to the Cannons, have surprised opponents with its' talents and have taken advantage of it. They are currently 3-1, but with some rain outs they have a stretch of games in the month of October that is second to none.
Another team new to the Cannons this season is the 14U team and they look to be really strong. The strength of the team is its' pitching. After a couple of games when the pitching and defense did there job, but offense sputtered, they have turned it around. After a 0-2 star, in which they only aloud 3 runs, they have won 4 in a row and they are now 4-2.
14U Cannons finish the summer with a perfect record at 2014 Cal Ripken Tournament
The 14U Cannons have had an excellent summer. This group, with a majority of them playing together since they were 12, has complied a 21-1-1 record this summer in 4 events. After starting a perfect 13-0 to start the summer, and winning the their first two events, they fell in the semi-final game at the Triple Crown States Finals. After that they got back to work and started to prepare for their trip to Myrtle Beach, SC to play some of the best teams in the Nation in the Cal Ripken Summer Tournament. The Cannons felt very good about there chances of winning this event. They proved they were right by returning to Florida with the Championship Rings and and 8-0-1 record. The Cannons out classed there opponents most of the week by just, simply put, being superior athletes. This was on display in the championship game when the Cannons weathered an early storm, caused by their own mistakes, to cruise to a 12-2 win. "We are extremely excited about the win, "said head coach Nick James. "We will take a few weeks of and let the boys have a little break before getting back to work. We have one more task in front of us, and that is to win the PG Nationals in August", says James. Throughout the spring this team is now 39-6-1.
14U Cannons on a tear: PG Super 25 Champions
They do it again! Cannons 14U went 5-0 and is crowned the PG Super 25 Florida State Regional Champions. It was a long Sunday for the Cannons, due to weather issues on Saturday their game was moved to Sunday morning at 8am. After winning the first 2 games of the day they earned the #1 seed heading into the semifinal game. This would be the toughest test for the Cannons thus far this summer as the Baseball Haven Angels 14U took them 9iinnings. After an hour and a half lightning delay Chris Brucks laid down a perfectly place squeeze that scored Logan O'Neil to secure their spot in the finals.
The Cannons, who had been at the ball park for 10 hours and played 3 games, had the Championship game left to play. They started hot and jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Canes made it a game late, but the Cannons were able to hang on and win 6-5.
Cannons 14U Wins the Under Armour Memorial Day Classic
Cannons 14U went 5-0 on the weekend and took home the Championship in the Under Armour Memorial Day Classic. It was an outstanding played by the boys. Grant Barron won the tournament MVP with his complete game performance in the championship game. Great Job players and coaches.
CAnnons 14U are runner-up in FPBL
The 14U Cannons capped off their fantastic season last weekend by placing 2nd in the FPBL 15U division. The Cannons finished with an impressive 19-5 record, with 3 of their 5 losses coming at the hands of 15U FPBL champions Plantation Stars. The Cannons now set there sights on a Summer filled with elite tournaments which will start next weekend in Jupiter at the Under Armour Memorial Day Classic and finish at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach.
Congratulations to coach James and the 14U Cannons for a remarkable season and good luck this summer.
Cannons 14u to play in FPBL final four
The Cannons 14U is having a great season. After finishing the regular season 16-4, they were the number 2 seed in a 15u league. They have now played and won in the top 16 and in the quarter finals, which will move them into the semi final game that will be played on Saturday at 9am. Great job 14U and good luck.
CAnnons PLayers & Coach to All star/all county teams
After a tremendous season, which featured a district runner-up and a regional quarter finial win, the Cannons will see 3 seniors play in the 4th annual HSBN All Star game. Weston Clemente, Josh Viveros, and Jeremy Viveros all made the broward county all star team. After being the only 10 game winner in Broward county, Weston Clemente has also made first team all county.
IN addition to the payers receiving these awards, our own Nick James, received the Coach of the Year Award after turning a 10-15 team into a 21-8 team in only one year. In four seasons as the Head coach at Westminster Academy, coach James has now won this award twice.
WA gets biggest win since 2006
For the first time in 8 seasons, and the first time in the Nick James era, Westminster Academy punched its' ticket to the District Championship game and a regional bid. The Lions came out swinging on Wednesday as they upended the very talented Trinity Christian Lake Worth 3-2. The Lions scored 3 runs in the first inning and it proved to be enough for the left handed ace, Weston Clemente. Clemente threw 6 innings be fore giving way to Trace Norkus, who came in and slammed the door on the Warriors season. This improved the Lions to 20-6.
The Lions fell to Coral Springs Christian Academy and will travel to Melbourne Central Catholic next Wednesday at 4:30pm.
Sun Sentinel Article: Click Here
BHSN Article: Click Here
All Cannons teams are on top of their game
The Cannons are having a very successful season with all the teams. After a very rough Fall season, the Cannons 12u are off to their best start with a 11-4-1 record. The team is playing to what coach Kunkel calls "their strength" in being an offensive power house. The Cannons have hit 15 home runs in 16 games and looking to add to that total in the coming weeks.
The 14u has been a very sound team and has quietly complied a 7-3 record. They too have played to their strengths in having a very dominate pitching staff and a sound defense. As long as they continue to play like that the playoffs are looking promising.
While the record may not show it, the 10U is having a great season. After being runner-up in the AA division last year they looked to continue their dominance in the AAA division, the only problem is that the league combined the AAA and the Major divisions moving the team up two divisions. They continue to play hard and the playoffs should prove to be a competitive one with all the good teams in this division.
Westminster Academy grab Another big district win
Under the lights on Friday night, Trinity Christian faced off against WA. With a win WA would go undefeated in district play. However, this would be no easy task against the hottest team in south Florida. Trinity came into this battle 18-3, having won 11 in a row, but that would not matter. After falling down 1-0 in the top of the first, Tommy Dorfman and the Lions would not allow another run the rest of the night. After 3 straight bunts in a row, WA would scratch a run across in the 5th inning to tie the game. With the game still tied in the bottom of the 7th things got started when Zach Warenius was hit by a pitched. Jeremy Viveros lined a double into the left center gap, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Trinity played the odds by intentionally walking Corey Acton to load the bases and play for the double play. The gamble almost payed off as Sam Etter grounded to the SS, but the second baseman was unable to complete the double play, throwing the ball into the Lions dugout and allowing the winning run to cross the plate.
The Lions are now 18-5 and are looking at a possible 20 win season for the first time in nearly 12 years. The Lions will get this chance by playing Boca Christian on Tuesday, Senior Night, and on Wednesday when they round out the regular season at Coral Springs Charter.
Article on WA's Weston Clemente: Click Here
Westminster Academy Climbs up the Rankings
The Westminster Academy Lions, headed by Nick James, are on a tear as of late. At 11-1 coach James has them off the best start since 2002, when coach Rich Hoffman took them to the State Finals. They have signature wins over highly talented Coral Springs Christian, the always competitive North Broward Prep, and two of the toughest teams that 3A on the west cost has to offer in the Community School of Naples and Carterbury of Fort Myers. HSBN currently has ranked the Lions #4 in Broward County and #12 in South Florida. Lions have a huge game this Friday against the very talented Highlands Christian at 7:30pm at Westminster Academy Athletic complex. Come out and enjoy what should prove to be a great game.
To See the Current Broward County Rankings: Click Here
To See the Current South Florida Rankings: Click Here
Cannons 10U Defeat Miami Phenoms 6-1 on Saturday
Cannons 10U continued their winning ways on Saturday. They jumped out to an early lead and finished with a 6-1 win. The Cannons were lead at the plate by Robert Nedry and Brandon Barriera. Nedry was 2 for 2 with a double, a walk, and a RBI, while Barreria had 2 RBI's himself. The Cannons were stellar on the mound. Jonny Melnick and Jefery Drew combined for 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, and no Earned Runs. Great job coaches and players keep up the hard work.
Cannons 12U Runner-up at R.B.I. Heartbreak Classic
Cannons 12U had a great weekend going 3-1 on the weekend. The Cannons dominated their way to the Championship game. In pool play the Cannons beat the sunrise sharks 11-3 and the Coral Springs Sea Dogs 9-1. The bats were a potent weapon for the Cannons, racking up 38 runs on 34 hits. Coach Kunkel has the team heading in the right direction and the Cannons organization is extremely excited with how hard the boys are working. Congratulations to the Cannons 12U players and coaches for a tremendous weekend.
Cannons 10U Rally Big for a Win
Cannons 10U makes a big come back in game 1 of the double header to win 8-7. Down to their last set of outs, time running out and down 7-0, the Cannons 10U made an unbelievable come back to edge the Weston Red Hawks 8-7. The Cannons were lead by Adam Mowery and Robert Nedrey, who combined for 5 hits and 3 RBIs. Nichoals Cafaro had the game winning RBI with a single to left.
In game two of the double header the Cannons played a solid game. Jonny Melnick had a stellar game on the mound, striking out 7, walking 1, and giving up no hits. The Cannons scored both runs in the bottom of the 3rd on Jeffery Drew's double and Mason Cassamise's single.
Way to go Cannons Players and coaches.
Cannons 14U/15U Win Season Opener in Impressive Fashion
Cannons 14U/15U had a great night on Monday as they won the season opener 11-0 in 5 innings. They looked very impressive in all facets of the game. They took advantage of a big inning and never looked back. Great start to the season. Congrats the coaches and players.
Cannons president to join USA baseball
Cannons Baseball Academy's President, Nick James, was recently asked to be a part of the USA Baseball Scout Team. Coach James will help USA Baseball identify local and national players as well as form area teams who can compete and showcase their talents at the USA Baseball National Team Tournaments in June and July. 24 players from these events will be selected to participate in the USA Baseball Trails in Cary, NC at USA Baseball Training complex in the summer of 2014.