By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte High School will play in the 32nd annual Sarasota Baseball Classic this week, a 14-team tournament held at various sites in Sarasota County.
The event began Monday at various fields around the county, and will continue through Thursday. The Tarpons open play today in the second round against the winner of Monday’s game between host Sarasota and George Jenkins. The time and site for Charlotte’s opener has yet to be determined.
The semifinals will be held Wednesday with the championship on Thursday. Games in the loser bracket are also scheduled for today through Thursday.
“We’re excited about the opportunities, ready to compete and stay competitive for the halfway point of the season,” Charlotte coach Lavell Cudjo said. “As we all know, it’s not how you start but how you finish.”
Other teams in the field along with Charlotte are Braden River, Cardinal Mooney, Lakeland George Jenkins, Lakewood Ranch, Manatee, Palmetto, Riverview, Lynn Haven Mosley, Pensacola Tate, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, Venice, Baylor School from Tennessee and the host Sailors.
“There are good teams in the tournament so we’ll get tested, which is why we got in it,” said Cudjo, whose team played one game last week during spring break. “There’s always room to get better, as we say at CHS. We never lose, we either win or learn.”
Sarasota High, Venice High, Twin Lakes Park and Riverview High’s baseball field at 4748 Beneva Road, will serve as the host sites this week.