Khawam, Velasquez earn All-Tournament honors

Khawam, Velasquez earn All-Tournament honors

OCALA-- The College of Central Florida baseball team had a pair of players named to the all-tournament team for their recent efforts in the FCSAA Baseball Tournament.

Christian Khawam and Enderson Velasquez earned all-tournament honors for the Patriots, who wound up third in the state. Khawam hit three homers in the tournament and became the first CF player to hit two home runs in a single game in a state tournament since Tom Locke hit a pair against Valencia in 1980. The two homers by Khawam enabled the Patriots to take out No. 1 ranked Chipola 7-3 in the opening round.

Velasquez went 8-for-20 with two homers for CF, as he combined with Khawam and Collin Woody to push the Patriots' home run total to a tournament-best of six among the 10 teams involved.

The eight hits by Velasquez are two off what is believed to be the most for a CF player in state tournament play since Kyle Catrett had 10 in the 1998 tournament.

Miami Dade's Mandy Alvarez earned the Bob Zelinski MVP award, while MDC's Jonathan Bermudez, who tied the tournament record for most wins with three, was voted the top pitcher.

Alvarez went 10-for-24 in the tournament and had a solo homer in the win over CF, as well as a nice play in the bottom of the sixth on a ball with wicked backspin behind third base to help the Sharks force the Patriots into wasting a leadoff triple in a scoreless frame.