Sanford River Rats Win!

Sanford River Rats Win Florida League Championship

Phil Chinnery, posted on August 10, 2015 11:38


Alex House Sends River Rats Home Champions with Complete Game Shutout Over Leesburg

St. Petersburg, Fla. - The 2015 Florida League season came down to one final game on Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The hundreds of fans in attendance were treated to one of the best pitching performances of the season courtesy of Sanford’s Alex House (Florida Atlantic). The sophomore RHP delivered a complete game shutout victory over the Leesburg Lightning to give the River Rats their third Florida League title.

“Pitcher’s duel” doesn’t do justice to the matchup between House and Leesburg’s Darren Kelly (Alabama State). Coming into the game, House had not been defeated all year, posting a 4-0 record during the regular season, and winning game one of the playoffs on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, Kelly was the league leader in innings pitched 51.1, and one of the most consistent arms for head coach Rich Billings all season long. The two starting pitchers absolutely dominated both lineups throughout the game, allowing a combined five hits, one walk and striking out eleven.


Aaron Palmer (New Orleans) would provide all the offense the Rats would need in the bottom of the sixth. The junior outfielder was struck by the first pitch of the inning, putting him on first base. After Kelly forced Santiago Espinal (Seminole State) to flyout, Palmer would steal second base during Kevin Santa’s (Tampa) at bat. Santa would then send a ball to deep right field, but a tremendous play from Tanner Long made it a long flyout. The ball was hit hard enough to put Palmer at third base, however. The next pitch to Chris Bec (Miami Dade) was a breaking ball that hit the dirt and got away from the catcher Baez, allowing Palmer to score from third base on the wild pitch, giving the Rats a 1-0 advantage.


In the ninth after completing a double play to end the ball game the Rats bench cleared quickly, dogpiling on their starting pitcher. It was the second complete game shutout of the year for House, brining his season record to 6-0 and season ERA to 1.23. His final line for the game read nine innings pitched, four hits, no runs, no walks and six strikeouts. With his efforts, House was an easy choice for Championship Game MVP. In his ten starts this year for the River Rats, including playoffs, the Rats did not lose a game, going 9-0-1.


Darren Kelly took the loss for Lightning despite an impressive performance: seven innings, one hit, one run, one walk and five strikeouts.


The win served as a bit of redemption for Coach Ken Kelly and the River Rats, who fell in the championship against the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs in 2014. They had one goal in mind this season, and achieved it as they earned the #1 seed in the playoffs with the best record in the league (26-13-1). It is the third championship in team history (2004, 2011), the second most in league history.



(Sanford, FL) The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce will host Congressman John Mica (FL-07) as its speaker at its Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Business Connections meeting. Business Connections is the largest weekly Chamber meeting in Central Florida and provides an opportunity for members of the business community to network while working to complete the business of the Chamber.

The meeting begins with networking at 7:30 AM and is held at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3755 US-17, Sanford. The program will begin between 8:00 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. The zoo has hosted this growing Chamber event for several years and the Chamber welcomes non-member businesses and the community to attend. Please call the Chamber at 407-322-2212 to reserve a seat.

According to Chamber executive Frank Hale, “the Chamber is pleased to welcome Congressman Mica as he addresses our members and issues of importance to the business community. Congressman Mica has long been an important voice for business and communities in Central Florida and we appreciate his leadership. We encourage our members and interested community residents to attend this meeting to hear from and talk to their Congressman.”

A representative from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will also attend the meeting to award Congressman Mica with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award. The award recognizes Congressional efforts to promote pro-jobs and pro-growth policies during 2014, the second session of the 113th Congress.


According to the U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue, the U.S. Chamber has “been recognizing legislators from both sides of the aisle who have worked to pass legislation and enact policies that bolster our country's economy, create jobs and keep our nation's spirit of enterprise alive." The Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation outlined in the Chamber publication, How They Voted. Congressional members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify to receive the award.


According to the 2014 scorecard, John Mica received a 86% rating and has a cumulative rating of 92% during his tenure in Congress.

Founded in 1920, The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce is an organization of 600 businesses working together to “Create And Maintain An Environment Where Business And Community Prosper.” Businesses are welcome to support the organization and its efforts by investing in the Chamber. Information about the Chamber can be obtained at or by calling 407-322-2212.

Orlando Sanford Announces 10% Increase In Allegiant’s Nonstop Destinations With New Service To Six Markets

Orlando Sanford Announces 10% Increase In Allegiant’s Nonstop Destinations With New Service To Six Markets
Grand Island, NE; Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE;
Pittsburgh, PA; Rochester, NY and San Antonio, TX
Sanford, FL, August 11, 2015 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Allegiant announce scheduled, nonstop, low-fare service to six new markets beginning just in time for the holiday travel season. With this destination increase of over 10% Allegiant now offers nonstop flights to over 60 markets from SFB, more than any airline from any airport in Central Florida.
- Beginning Thursday, November 5
o Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha Nebraska
o Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in Pennsylvania
o San Antonio International Airport (SAT) in Texas
- Beginning Saturday, November 7
o Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI) in Grand Island, Nebraska
- Beginning Friday, November 13
o Kansas City International Airport (MCI) in Missouri
o Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) in New York
Travelers can book their trip for less at or by calling Allegiant’s travel experts at 702-505-8888.
“The addition of these new destinations will provide over 60 nonstop markets on Allegiant from SFB,” said Orlando Sanford International Airport President & CEO, Larry Dale. “We are very proud to be a part of Allegiant’s phenomenal growth and are thrilled to announce these exciting new travel opportunities to the Central Florida community.”
Orlando Sanford International Airport: We Are SFB: Simpler. Faster. Better.
Simpler airport design, Faster airport processing and a Better airport experience.