Local quintet part of Team Florida’s victory at Perfect Game Series Classic in Fort Myers

Southwest Florida All-Stars, from left to right, Alan Overmyer, Joey Lawson, Landon Ide, Nicholas Raber and William Freshwater pose in the Team Florida dugout while taking part in this week's Perfect Game Series Classic in Fort Myers. SUBMITTED PHOTO

BY GREGG HARDY
CSI EDITOR

A couple of Collier County Little League All-Stars capped their summer season in style this week in Fort Myers.

Alan Overmyer, 10, of North Naples Little League and William Freshwater, 10, of Greater Naples Little League were part of Team Florida’s 10U championship squad in the Perfect Game Series Classic. Three Lee County Little Leaguers — Joey Lawson, 11, Nicholas Raber, 10, and tournament MVP Landon Ide, 11 — were also on Team Florida’s 10-player roster.

PHOTO GALLERY: View images from Team Florida’s championship run

The 10U tournament, held Monday through Friday at Buckingham Park and CenturyLink Sports Complex (spring training home of the Minnesota Twins), drew teams from around the country, as well as Puerto Rico.

“All the other (Little League and travel) tournaments, there’s a little pressure,” said Overmyer, a 10-year-old pitcher/first baseman/third baseman whose North Naples squad advanced to districts earlier this summer. “But this tournament, there wasn’t a lot of pressure. We just played loose. It was fun meeting new kids.”

Team Florida dominated the North squad 10-1 in Friday’s championship game at CenturyLink to atone for its only loss of the tournament (Florida’s boys went 4-1 overall). A day earlier, the North beat Team Florida 3-2 at Buckingham — the only game out of the five Team Florida played where it was held to fewer than eight runs.

Team Florida opened the tournament with an 8-0 win Monday at Buckingham over the Southeast squad, then held off the Central squad, 8-5, on Tuesday at CenturyLink, where it returned Wednesday to clobber Puerto Rico, 15-0. 

All five Southwest Florida players were selected for Team Florida based on their performances at a Perfect Game tournament earlier this summer while playing for the Gulf Coast Monarchs travel team. The other five players on Team Florida are Hayden Estes, 11, of Tampa, Gabriel Gamon, 10, of North Miami Beach, Bode Handwork, 11, of Merritt Island, Jayvon Morris, 9, of Cocoa and Ricky Wilson, 11, of Frostproof.

The North squad included players from Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The Central squad included players from Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The Southeast squad included players from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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