Posted: 1:44 pm Monday, March 21st, 2011

Baseball: Royal Palm Beach’s Bryant best hitter at Sarasota Classic 

By Matt Porter

Royal Palm Beach first baseman Justin Bryant was named Most Outstanding Hitter in the Premier Bracket at last week’s Sarasota Baseball Classic, which included five of the top 10 teams in the Palm Beach Post rankings.

Justin Bryant (8) homers for Royal Palm Beach in a game against Wellington last season. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

Justin Bryant (8) homers for Royal Palm Beach in a game against Wellington last season. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

Bryant, a senior who will play at Palm Beach State next season, is batting .341 with 4 homers and 17 RBI. The Wildcats won three of four games in the tournament. They lost 4-3 to Miami Sunset the Premier Bracket championship.

Bryant’s teammates Kevin Scranton and Adam Benhart were named to the Premier Bracket All-Tournament team, along with American Heritage’s Jacob O’Keefe and Dwyer’s Matt Adamowicz.

Pitchers Michael Kelly (West Boca Raton) and Bobby Poyner (Palm Beach Central) were named to the Elite Bracket All-Tournament team.

Royal Palm Beach, which is 7-8 overall, was the highest-placing area team. The Premier bracket included King’s Academy (1-3, eighth place) and Dwyer (2-2), which fell into the loser’s bracket after losing 2-1 to Bradenton-Manatee on the first day of the tournament.

Wellington finished seventh in the Elite Bracket, going 2-2. Palm Beach Central (3-1) and West Boca (2-2) each finished in the loser’s bracket after day-one losses.

The complete All-Tournament teams, as selected by tournament officials:

Premier Bracket

Jacob O’Keefe, American Heritage
Kevin Phillips, Sarasota-Cardinal Mooney
Nick Newman, Punta Gorda-Charlotte
Matt Adamowicz, Dwyer
Robert MacNeal, Weston-Cypress Bay
Kyle Miller, Estero
Nick Nolting, Miami-Palmetto
Tyler Beeman, Bradenton-Manatee
Kevin Scranton, Royal Palm Beach
Adam Benhart, Royal Palm Beach
Robbie Pelaez, Miami Sunset
Kevin Quintana, Miami Sunset
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Correlle Prime, Bradenton-Manatee
Most Outstanding Hitter: Justin Bryant, Royal Palm Beach
Most Outstanding Player: Michael Paez, Miami Sunset

Elite Bracket

Michael Kelly, West Boca Raton
Connor Wentz, Dunnellon
Sean Labsan, Sarasota-Riverview
Bobby Poyner, Palm Beach Central
Hudson Boyd, Fort Myers-Bishop Verot
Dan Vogelbach, Fort Myers-Bishop Verot
Alex Santana, Cape Coral-Mariner
Sean Hurley, Sarasota
Brett Hanewich, Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch
Seth McGarry, Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch
Zach Larson, Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch
Dalton Guthrie, Venice
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Drew Jackson, Naples-Barron Collier
Most Outstanding Hitter: Zach Tillery, Naples-Barron Collier
Most Outstanding Player: Aaron Rhodes, Venice