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Fast start helps Monsignor Pace baseball team top Columbus

 

Special to The Miami Herald

There were anxious moments right down to the final out. But in the end, the Monsignor Pace Spartans baseball team delivered just enough offense and then held off a furious Columbus rally to knock off the Explorers 7-6 on Friday night at Pace High School.

Thanks to a big five-run first inning in which they capitalized on two Columbus errors, Pace (6-3-1) built a 7-2 lead after five innings and appeared to have everything under control. But Columbus (9-2) rallied with a single run in the top of the fifth and then chased starter Jonathan Hernandez in the sixth on a one-out single by Gil Torres and ensuing RBI double from Eddie Rodriguez. Pinch hitter Danny Diaz then greeted reliever Ian Rodriguez with a towering two-run home run to left to cut Pace’s lead to one.

Things got even tighter for the Spartans when closer Luis Deville issued one-out walks to Ryan Alvarez and Christian Garabedian in the seventh. But Deville settled down and struck out Nelson Mompierre and Torres swinging to close the game out.

“A really big win for us because we’ve really struggled all season trying to close out games in the late innings,” said assistant coach Chuck Lyman said after the victory. Lyman served as the team’s interim head coach after head coach Tom Duffin was suspended for two games after getting ejected from a game against Chaminade on Wednesday. “Columbus is a great program and we knew even at 7-2 and they would keep battling and they did. Even though he walked two kids, Luis (Deville) is a gutsy kid and did a great job of settling down and cutting down those last two batters.”

Pace was led by Andrew McCoy and Manny Pazos, who both delivered two-run doubles.

Pazos’ hit was huge because it came with two outs in the bottom of the fourth scoring both Lorenzo Hampton and Bryan Bermudez to make it 7-2 which turned out to be the deciding runs.

Columbus (9-2) was led by Laz Rivera (2 for 3, RBI) and Diaz with the pinch-run homer.

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WP: Hernandez (3-1). LP: Lestiero (3-1)

ALL-STAR BASKETBALL

Westwood Christian’s Armand Shoon and Miami Country Day’s Onika Swaby each dominated at the 27th annual Class 4A-1A basketball senior all-star games at Florida Christian.

Shoon scored a game-high 23 points in the boy’s all-star game and won both the three-point shootout and slam dunk contest. He was the South’s MVP, but the South lost to the North 76-68. At halftime Ransom Everglades’ Sam Singer was awarded player of the year.

Swaby scored a game-high 17 points in the girl’s all-star game. She also was awarded player of the year at halftime and finished second in the girl’s three-point shootout. She was the North’s MVP in a 45-31 victory over the South.

Swaby and her MCD teammate Breanne Blot scored all of the North girls points in the first 12 minutes of play and finished with 31 total points to match the output of the entire South squad. Palmer Trinity’s Stephanie Granada won the girl’s three-point shootout over Swaby in a tie-breaker.

Granada had the highest single output in any girl’s round by hitting 12 three-pointers in one minute.

At halftime Shoon battled teammate Daniel Ramis in the boy’s three-point shootout finals. Shoon also won the dunk contest over Calusa prep’s Alex Carter with a self-pass slam off the backboard.

DARREN COLLETTE

Boy’s Class 4A-1A All-Star Basketball — North 76, South 68 - North: Eritms 11, Singer 9, Roach 8, Cheron 9, Thomas 6, Media 6, Kydd 5, Woodside 4, Hernandez 4, Santana 3, Sampson 3, Garcia 2 . South - Shoon 23, Daconceicgo 14, Carter 10, Amaro 9, Ramis 7, Pujals 2,Ramirez 2, Garcia 2, Lima. Halftime: North 43-23. Three-Pointers: Cheron 2, Shoon, Ramis, Singer, Amaro, Santana, Sampson, Eritms.

Girl’s Class 4A-1A All-Star Basketball — North 45, South 31 - North: Swaby 17, Blot 14, Jenkins 5, Cepoudy 4, Saumell 3, Jean 2. South - Granada 13, Lopez 6, Tillman 6, Vargas 4, Diaz 2. Halftime: North 28-15. Three-Pointers: Lopez 2, Blot, Saumell.

SOFTBALL

CORAL REEF 6, SOUTH DADE 0

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WP: Dayna Wilson (8-0). LP: Brablett. Top performers: Sarah Ortiz 2-4, HR, 2 RBI. Denver Keller 1-2, RBI, 2 runs. Cristina Colli 2-4, RBI, run. CR 10-0

COLONIAL CHRISTIAN 23, ISLAND CHRISTIAN 22

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WP: Chloe Gates (4-1). Top performers: Danielle Gonzalez 4-5, 4 SB. Aubrey Long 5-6, 6 RBI. Chloe Gates 3-3, grand slam. CC 4-3

AMERICAN 15, MOURNING 0 (3)

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WP: Andrea Rincon 3IP, 2K (8-0). LP: Fisher. Top performers: Vanessa Abreu 2-3, 2 doubles, RBI. Andrea Rincon 2-3, double, 2 RBI. Alexandra Fernandez 2-2, RBI. AME 10-0

MIAMI BEACH 16, NORTH MIAMI 0 (3)

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WP: L. Hopkins (2-0) 6K. LP: J. Byrd. Top performers: L. Hopkins 4-4, 4 RBI, 3 SB. O. Seichrist 2-3, 3 RBI, 3 SB. S. Morgan 1-1, triple, 3 RBI, 2 SB. S. Gonzalez 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 SB. MB 7-4

LATE THURSDAY — MIAMI CHRISTIAN 27, REDLAND CHRISTIAN 12

WP: Janellene Lopez 13K. Top performers: Janellene Lopez 4-5, HR, 2 triples, 8 RBI. Elizabeth Rosillo 2 singles. Linda Russo double. Jailene Rosado single

LATE THURSDAY — HIALEAH GARDENS 16, HIALEAH MIAMI LAKES 1

WP: Kristina Viega. Top performers: Kristina Viega triple, 6 RBI. Alexa Lavernia 4-4, triple, 3 RBI

LATE THURSDAY — SOUTHWEST 15, SOUTH MIAMI 0

WP: Samantha Lanzas. Top performers: Alexandra Castellanos 2-2, 2 HR, 3 SB. Stephanie Lobo 3-3, triple, 3 RBI, SB

LATE THURSDAY — CORAL GABLES 5, GOLEMAN 4

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WP: Christie Falcon CG, 16K (8-2). LP: Vicky Morales. Top performers: Christie Falcon 2-4, 2 doubles, run. Crystal Dingle 1-3, run, RBI. Katherine Gonzalez 1-2, run, RBI. CG 8-2

LATE THURSDAY — DORAL 12, TERRA 9

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Top performers: Dayra Pla 5-4, 3 runs, RBI. Samantha Lagere 3-3, HR, 2 RBI. Jennifer Acevedo 3-1, HR, gland slam, 4 RBI

LATE THURSDAY — KILLIAN 6, SOUTH DADE 4

WP: Natalie Ordenes 7 IP. Top performers: Madison Benitez 3-4, double, 3 RBI, run. Megan Zollo 2-4, RBI, run. Gabi Albertson 2-2, RBI, run

LATE THURSDAY — FERGUSON 18, CORAL PARK 3 (5)

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WP: Yesenia Mondragon

LATE THURSDAY — COOPER CITY 16, S. BROWARD 0 (4)

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WP: Hedbing (2-0). Top performer: Legacki 3-4, HR, 5 RBI

MORE BASEBALL

COOPER CITY 4, SOUTH BROWARD 3 (8)

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WP: Nick D’Andrea (1-1). LP: Mike Cohick. Top performers: John Haney 1-1, GW hit. Evan Santiago 1-2, 2 runs. Matt Cohick 2-2, run, RBI. CC 4-3

KILLIAN 7, VERO BEACH 5 (10)

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WP: Mike Perez. Top performers: Gil Polanco 2-3, 4 RBI. Spencer Levine 2-4. Nick Mira 2 RBI, double. KIL 8-2-1

ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 3, BRADDOCK 0

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WP: Oswaldo Suarez 5IP, 4K (1-0). LP: D. Iglesias. Top performers: Willie Roger 1-3, 2 RBI. Danny Acevedo RBI, run. Amilcar De Cesare: 2-2, run, RBI. AC 4-4

BRITO 10, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 5

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WP: Angel Cortez (4-0). LP: Infante. Top performers: Edberg Dominguez 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Savian Fernandez 2-3, run, RBI. BRI 8-1

SOUTHWEST 6, SOUTH MIAMI 4

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WP: Alex Perera (1-0). LP: Danny Garmendia. Top performers: Carlos Pena walk-off grand slam. Alex Perera HR. Danny Casals 3 hits. SW 2-4-1.

LATE THURSDAY — KILLIAN 8, CORAL REEF 4

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WP: Vladimir Nunez (3-0). Top performers: Mike Perez 2-3, 4 RBI. Gil Polanco 2-4, 2 runs. KIL 7-2-

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LATE THURSDAY — NORTH MIAMI 8, BOOKER T. 4

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WP: Ondre Jenkins 4K (1-0). LP: W. Perez. NM 2-3

LATE THURSDAY — DADE CHRISTIAN 8, MIAMI HIGH 2

WP: Anthony Munoz 6 IP 6 K. Top performers: Anthony Munoz 2-3, RBI. Luis Reyes 2-3, RBI. Anthony Navarro 2-3, RBI

LATE THURSDAY — BELEN 15, NORTHWESTERN 0 (3)

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WP: Albert Naya 2IP 6K. Top performers: David Villa 2-3, 2 RBI. David Guevara 1-2, 3 RBI. BEL (6-3)

MORE BASKETBALL

Four of South Florida’s best high school boys’ basketball players have been chosen to play in the 15th annual Senior Showcase All-Star Weekend to play in the Team Florida vs. U.S.A. Hardwood Classic March 29 at 2 p.m. at the Amway Center in Orlando. South Miami center Antravious Simmons (VCU signee), Ransom Everglades guard Sam Singer (California signee), Sagemont guard Egor Koulechov (Arizona State signee) and St. Thomas Aquinas guard Steven Haney (UCF signee) will participate in the NBA-style event.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

•  Mourning d. Miami Springs 25-12, 25-11, 25-6: Werner Sabban 9 kills, 2 aces. Eric Paulsen 2 kills, 6 aces, 8 assists. Matheus Mera 3 kills, ace, 5 assists. ATM 3-0

•  Coral Park d. Coral Gables 25-19, 25-12, 25-13: Top performers: Oscar Gonzalez 8 kills, 5 aces. Danny Pimentel 7 kills. Pedro Berges 22 assists. CP 2-1

•  Late Thursday — Westminster Christian d. International Studies 25-10, 25-20, 25-23: Joey Alamo 24 assists, 2 kills, 6 aces, 3 digs. Matt Zelhof 6 kills, 9 digs, 13 service points. Jack O’Rourke 6 kills, 10 digs, 5 sp. WC 1-1

•  Late Thursday — Westminster Christian d. St. Brendan 25-22, 25-16, 25-21: Gonzalo Goicochea 25 assists, 5 aces, 3 digs. Danny Suarez 7 kills, 2 blocks. Cole Anno 7 kills, block, 3 sp. WC 2-1

•  Late Thursday — Coral Park d. Ransom Everglades 25-23, 22-25, 12-25, 25-23, 15-8: Danny Pimentel 24 kills, 3 blocks. Pedro Berges 45 assists, 13 digs. Juan Jimeno 11 kills, 32 digs. CP 1-1

GIRLS’ TENNIS

•  Miami Country Day 7, Palmer Trinity 0

BOYS’ TENNIS

•  Miami Country Day 6, Palmer Trinity 1: Shaun Berman won No. 1 singles 8-4. Alec Koss won No. 2 singles 8-2. Dani Kassin won No. 4 singles 8-5

BOYS’ LACROSSE

•  Western 11, American Heritage Delray 8: Cornelia 4 goals, assist. Jankowski 3 goals. Brecher goal, 2 assists.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Chaminade at Cardinal Gibbons, 3:45

TRACK AND FIELD

Falcon Invitational at Ferguson

Crusader Invitational at Dade Christian

Miramar Invitational at Ansin Sports Complex

Hallandale Invitational

FLAG FOOTBALL

Dolphins jamboree at Nova Southeastern University: Coral Springs vs. Western, 9 a.m.; Coral Glades vs. Plantation, 9 a.m.; Stranahan vs. Monarch, 10:15 a.m.; Miramar vs. Taravella, 10:15 a.m.; Deerfield Beach vs. West Broward, 11:30 a.m.; Northeast vs. Flanagan, 11:30 a.m.; Cooper City vs. Fort Lauderdale, 12:45; Dillard vs. Pompano, 12:45; Everglades vs. South Plantation, 2; Hallandale vs. Nova, 2; Boyd Anderson vs. McArthur, 3:15; Coconut Creek vs. South Broward, 3:15; Monsignor Pace vs. Mater Lakes, 4:30; Mater Academy vs. Somerset South, 4:30.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Coral Springs Charter at American Heritage, 9 a.m.

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