UM baseball commits headline invitational


Special to The Miami Herald

Major League Baseball organizations drafted 19 players who competed in the 2012 Selective Recruiting/Sir Pizza Invitational, including first-round picks Albert Almora, Nick Travieso and Lewis Brinson.

This year’s third annual tournament, which runs from March 25 to March 30 at various locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, doesn’t have quite as many high-end players.

But tournament director Lazaro Llanes said the depth of talent may be better this year, and the elite athletes include a pair of players expected to go high in the draft — American Heritage catcher Zach Collins and Mater Academy outfielder Willie Abreu. Both have committed to the University of Miami but may instead go straight to the pros.

Mater coach Eddie Gorriz said Abreu has been “crushing” the ball lately.

“In his last two games against Hialeah-Miami Lakes and Homestead, he went a combined 6 for 8, and one of his outs was a missile,” Gorriz said. “It went about 430 feet to center and was the furthest I’ve seen him hit a ball.”

Aside from impressive individual talent, there are several top teams competing in this year’s tournament. American Heritage is ranked fourth in the nation by Baseball America and Archbishop McCarthy is rated 25th.

Jupiter (11-0) is ranked fourth in the nation by USA Today.

In addition, Mater Academy is also undefeated and could be closing in on a national ranking.

One of the many interesting matchups in the tournament will happen Tuesday when American Heritage, which won the Selective Recruiting event in 2011, takes on defending champion Westminster Christian. That game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University.

In all, 10 sites will be used, including five college fields — FIU, UM, Nova, St. Thomas and Florida Memorial.

The title game will be played at UM at 7:30 on March 30.

With the top-ranked teams from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties all represented, it will be interesting to see who emerges as this year’s champion.

That team could be Heritage, but coach Bruce Aven is just hoping his slugger, Collins, gets some pitches to hit soon.

“They’re pitching to him like he’s Babe Ruth,” Aven said of the respect given to the catcher. “We’ve moved him up to second in the lineup because he is getting so many walks. But he is still driving in runs.”


The Belen boys’ track and field team attended the FSU Relays Friday and Saturday.

On Friday night, Avery Lopez placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:10.40, which also ranks him sixth in the nation.

Daniel Neptune came in third in the 110-meter hurdles (14.79), and the Wolverines’ 3,200-meter relay team, comprised of Alex Isaac, Omar Rosete, Ryan Rodriguez and Diego Rojo, ran a time of 8:04.83, good enough for fifth.

The two-day meet was cut short Saturday due to inclement weather.


Douglas 4, Coral Springs 2

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WP: Jesus Luzardo (2). LP: Tre Dingus. Top performers: Luzardo CG, 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 K. Luis Silverio (DOU) 1-2, double, R, RBI. Davis Alessio (CS) 2-3. Justin Mixon 1-3, 2 R.

Ransom 5, Hialeah Educational Academy 0


WP: Ryan Moralejo. Top performers: Ryan Moralejo 7 IP, 0 R, 10K. David Lanster 2-3, 2 doubles, 2R, 2 SB. Royevan Armas 2-3, R, RBI. Caleb Bush 1-3, R, SB. HEA 7-4.

Late Friday — Hialeah 3, Southridge 0


WP: Nestor Cortes 2-2. LP: Isaac Dasilva. Top performers: Kevin Betancourt 2-3, R. Gilbert Maldonado 2-3. Nestor Cortes CG, 1 H, 13 K. HIA 10-3.

Late Friday — South Dade 12, Mourning 1 (5)


WP: Ruben Vega. Top performers: Jadan Garcia 4-4. Zavala Cruz 2-2. Vega 5 K, 3 H.

Late Friday — Florida Christian 11, Doral Academy 7


WP: Andrew George (4-0). Top performers: Jack Diaz 2-3, HR, 2 RBI. Ruben Someillan 2-4. Mike Tosar 1-2, 2 R. FC 9-3.


Palm Beach Gardens 9, Gulliver 2


LP: Gabbee Draney (7-3). Top performers: Draney 9 K, 9 H, 5 BB. Brianna Bahadue 2-3. Crystal Garcia 1-3, double, RBI, BB. Ana Hilton 1-3, double, R.


Cardinal Gibbons Jungle Queen Tournament:

• Coral Glades d. Pine Crest 25-23, 25-15.

• Monarch d. Pace 25-14, 25-17.

• Pine Crest d. Pace 25-14, 25-20.

• Coral Glades d. Monarch 25-18, 28-26, 25-21.

• West Broward d. Brantly 20-25, 25-20, 15-8.

• Wellington d. West Broward 25-15,29-27, 25-23.

• Lyman d. St. Thomas 25-19, 25-22.

• Cardinal Gibbons d. Boca 25-6, 25-23.

• Late Friday — Palm Beach Central d. Coral Glades 25-27, 25-15, 15-5.

• Late Friday — Cardinal Gibbons d. Coral Glades 25-14, 25-17.

• Late Friday — Cardinal Gibbons d. Palm Beach Central 25-9, 25-12.

• Late Friday — Cardinal Gibbons d. Lake Brantley 25-21, 25-11

• Late Friday — Lyman d. West Broward 25-15, 25-22.

• Late Friday — West Boca d. Pace 25-15, 25-13.

• Late Friday — Lyman d. Pace 25-10, 25-7.

• Late Friday — West Boca d. West Broward 20-25, 25-22, 17-15.

• Late Friday — West Broward d. Pace 25-20, 25-18.

• Late Friday — Lyman d. West Boca 25-7, 25-15.

• Late Friday — Cardinal Gibbons d. Coral Glades

25-15, 25-12.

• Late Friday — St. Thomas d. Monarch 25-7, 25-13.

• Late Friday — St. Thomas d. Spanish River 25-11, 25-21.

• Late Friday — Palm Beach Gardens d. Monarch 28-26, 25-16.

• Late Friday — Spanish River d. Monarch 25-12,25-15.

• Late Friday — St. Thomas d. Palm Beach Gardens 25-22, 25-22.

• Late Friday — Boca d. Braddock 25-22, 20-25, 15-13.

• Late Friday — Wellington d. Pine Crest 25-14, 25-8.

• Late Friday — Boca d. Pine Crest 25-16, 25-22.

• Late Friday — Braddock d. Wellington 25-17,23-25, 16-14.

• Late Friday — Braddock d. Pine Crest 25-18, 25-18.


• Gulliver 13, Spanish River 0: Andrea Guerra, Elizabeth Perez combined shutout. Isa Granados 5 goals, 3 steals.

• Gulliver 18, Chicago New Trier 5: Camila Schafer 8 goals, 4 assists. Ale Guerra 4 goals, 5 steals. Dani Fuertes 2 goals, 2 steals. GUL 19-1.

• Boca Tournament — Westminster Academy 14, Boca 7: Caroline Israels 10 goals. Naomi Sanders 2 goals. WA 11-1.

• Boca Tournament — Westminster Academy 26, Spanish River 4: Koral LaStella 5 goals. Emily Stevenson 12 saves. WA 12-1.

• Boca Tournament — Westminster Academy 12, Miami Beach 7: Mary Elizabeth Mahoney 2 goals. Victoria Bevill 2 goals. WA 13-1.

• Late Friday — Boca Tournament — Gulliver 15, Boca 3: Isa Granados 6 goals. Ale Guerra 3 goals, 2 assists. Rebecca Serrano 2 goals, 3 assists, 6 steals.

• Late Friday — Boca Tournament — Gulliver 18, Westminster Christian 7: Camila Schafer 9 goals. Ale Guerra 4 goals, 2 assists, 5 steals. Rebecca Serrano 6 assists. GUL 17-1


• Belen 16, Gulliver 8.

• Belen 15, Spanish River 11: BEL 14-1.

•  Boca Tournament — Boca 10, Westminster Academy 3: Jason Woodburn (WA) 2 goals. Nicolas Shyne (WA) goal. WA 3-9.

•  Boca Tournament — Boone 13, Westminster Academy 3: Jonathan Merkle (WA) goal. Billy Bevill (WA) 4 saves. WA 3-10.

• Boca Tournament — Columbus 10, Westminster Academy 8: Jason Woodburn (WA) 6 goals. Henry Kluger (WA) 7 saves. WA 3-11.

• Late Friday — Boca Tournament — Gulliver 11, Boca 7: Andres Gueera 4 goals. Alex Guerra 3 goals, 5 assists. Hunter Pelleteir 3 goals.

• Late Friday — Boca Tournament — Gulliver 14, Wesminster Christian 4: Andres Guerra 7 goals. Hunter Pelletier 3 goals, 3 steals. Alex Guerra 2 goals, 5 assists. GUL 13-5.


• Late Thursday — Palmetto 8, Coral Reef 2: Jeffrey Li (PAL) won No. 1 boys singles 21-17, 21-10. Tahlia Quartin (PAL) won No. 1 girls singles 21-7, 21-11. Julian Carbajales/Allen Liu (PAL) won No. 1 boys doubles 21-8, 21-16. Vivian Chong/Alex Gugliuzza (CR) won No. 1 girls doubles 21-14, 21-8. Marcos Muina/Wendy Lau (PAL) won No. 1 mixed doubles 21-12, 21-4.

• Late Thursday — Palmetto 7, Coral Reef 3: Sean Courtney (PAL) won No. 1 boys singles 21-17, 21-19. Tahlia Quartin (PAL) won No. 1 girls singles 21-11, 21-11. Julian Carbajales/Allen Liu (PAL) won No. 1 boys doubles 21-7, 21-4. Vivian Chong/Alex Gugliuzza (PAL) 21-1, 21-8. Marcos Muina/Wendy Lau (PAL) won No. 1 mixed doubles 21-6, 21-4.



Mater Academy vs. Douglas (FIU Stadium), 1

Heritage vs. St. Brendan (FIU Stadium), 4:30

McCarthy vs. Belen (FIU Stadium), 7:30

American Prep at MCD, 7

Doral vs. N. Broward Prep (Pace), 4:30

Sunset vs. Pompano (St. Thomas Univ), 10 am

Western vs. Reef(St. Thomas Univ), 7:30

Miami High vs. Mater Lakes (Columbus), 4:30

American vs. Columbus (Columbus), 7:30

Champagnat vs. Ferguson (La Ley), 4:30

Carroll vs. Westminster Chr.(La Ley), 7:30

Braddock vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 7:30

Southwest vs. TERRA (SW), 7:30

South Miami vs. Brito (St. Thomas Univ), 1

LaSalle vs. Killian (Killian), 4:30


Hallandale vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3


Cardinal Gibbons at Calvary Chr., 4

Ponte Vedra vs. Gulliver Prep (GUL), 2

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