The East Boynton Little League 8U All-Stars recently delivered an impressive performance on the diamond as the team won the 2021 Palm Beach County Coach Pitch Championship.
The East Boynton 8U All-Stars defeated Wellington in the best-of-three series to win the title.
In the opening game of the championship series, East Boynton was trailing before Mason Gonzalez had a walk-off two-run single as they rallied in dramatic fashion for a 4-3 victory. Wellington held off East Boynton 3-2 in the second game of the series. East Boynton bounced back for a 5-1 victory in the decisive game three.
They received the championship trophy and gold rings in a ceremony after capturing the title.
East Boynton opened the tournament with three consecutive victories. They defeated Wellington 5-2 and continued the momentum with a 10-7 victory against Boca Raton. They also cruised past Delray National 12-1 in the third game.
Despite a one-run loss in their following contest, East Boynton had already secured the No. 1 seed to enter the championship series. They finished the tournament with a 5-2 overall record.
The East Boynton 8U All-Stars were under the direction of head coach Joel Volz. He credited assistant coaches Brent Mohl and Matt Zeller as well as bench mom Farrah Weiss. Mohl also was utilized as the coach pitcher and threw strikes to the hitters.
Morning Update Newsletter
Start your day with the top stories in South Florida.
Volz serves as a head coach in the East Boynton Little League and is an assistant coach with the East Boynton Blaze 8U travel baseball team. Volz has enjoyed the opportunity to coach little league and travel baseball for several years in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.
He also previously served as a coach at Omni Middle School. Volz’s son, Nick, was a senior pitcher at Olympic Heights High School this past season.
Volz said eight All-Stars competed in both the East Boynton Little League and with the East Boynton Blaze 8U travel baseball program this past season. The 8U All-Star squad also had six other players who played in the East Boynton Little League coach pitch division. Volz said it’s a close team and they give each other nicknames.
The East Boynton 8U All-Stars had several contributors, including Aiden “AJ” Ferguson, Brayden “Cheetah” Janisko, Brent “Buffalo” Mohl Jr., Dylan “Splinter” Zeller, Elijah “Shines” Marchione, Jackson “Volztron” Volz, Jackson “The Beast” Weiss, Jake “The Machine” Fishman, Jake “The Snake” Jandoli, John Anthony “Antz” Robilio, Mason “Gorilla” Gonzalez, Shane “Monster” Backoff, Tristan “Bull” Clancy and Tiernan “T” Fowler.
Mohl Jr. was one of the top performers at the plate during the championship run as he batted .619 with two home runs and eight RBI. The defense had several standouts, including Jandoli mostly at pitcher, Weiss at second base, Volz at shortstop and Fishman in centerfield.
“We have a special group of talented kids and they work hard,” Volz said. “We played great team defense. The defense up the middle was the key to help us win the championship. I am proud of all the boys.”