After beating Kendall 8-0 in the Florida State Little League All-Star Baseball tournament, the Fort Myers American Little League 50-70 intermediate team earned the right to travel to Apopka to represent the state in the Southeastern Regional this weekend.
The team's recent win is the first all-star baseball state title for FMA since 1981.
FMA will start its first round of games in Pool A against West Virginia at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by games at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday Georgia and North Carolina, respectively. Semifinal elimination games are scheduled on Sunday against the winning team in Pool B, which consists of Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
"As former mayor of this great city, I have most enjoyed witnessing not only the success of Fort Myers American, but also the respectful conduct of its athletes displayed both on and off the field," said James Humphrey. "With the continued support of their parents and families cheering them on at every game, this group of young men have achieved the state's highest honor, and I am proud to have them represent our city in the upcoming series."
If FMA wins the regional title, it will travel to Livermore, Calif., to compete in the Little League Intermediate World Series July 29-Aug. 4.
"Our kids overcame quite a bit to win this state title, being behind in three of the four games they played," said team manager Rick Johnston.