Scott Doan, head softball coach at Westminster Christian, earned the 500th win of his career March 26 when his Warriors beat Doral Academy 9-3 at Palmetto Bay Park.
“The truth is no coach can get to that level without having some great players,” Doan said. “I’ve been very fortunate.
“I think the perspective was it wasn’t really what I did, it was what we did.”
As she has done all season for Westminster Christian, pitcher Kelli Kleis earned the win on the mound while pitching a complete game.
After the game, Doan was presented with a jersey in Westminster Christian green and gold and the number 500 emblazoned on it as players spoke to congratulate him in a small ceremony. He currently has the framed jersey hanging in his office.
“It’s really touching when players like [second baseman] Brittany Husk tell you ‘We’re proud of you, Coach,’” Doan said. “Really it’s the other way around. I’m the one that’s proud of them.”
Doan was bombarded with congratulatory phone calls, texts and Facebook messages from former coaches and players.
Doan began his coaching career at Florida Christian in 1982. He took over the Westminster Christian softball team in 2005. The Warriors have won the district title every season under Doan’s leadership. In 2007, the team made a state semifinal appearance, and in 2009 the Warriors won a state title.
Westminster Christian travels to Jacksonville to play a two-game series with Bishop Snyder, a front-runner to win the Class 3A title.
Lightly recruited coming out of Carol City three years ago, 6-8 power forward Jonathan Augustin-Fairell has parlayed two outstanding seasons at Indian River State College into a scholarship from Murray State.
Augustin-Fairell, who averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds as an All-Southern Conference first-team selection and Conference Player of the Year runner-up announced Sunday that he has made a oral commitment to the Racers and will sign a letter of intent April 17.
Augustin-Fairell’s physical play earned him NJCAA Player of the Week honors in January and steered the Pioneers to a 24-7 record and berth in the conference tournament finals.
Augustin-Fairell said the possibility to play professionally has driven him from unheralded prep senior to one of the most coveted power forwards in junior college.
“I’m the only person in my family that made it to college, so this has been a load off my shoulders,” Augustin-Fairell said. “I have to make sure my family eats every year. That is what motivates me to do what I have to do for my family.”
Senior shortstop and cleanup hitter for the Goleman softball team Sharon Zamora accepted a scholarship to play for Miami-Dade College.
Zamora, who made Miami Herald All-Dade second team as a junior last season and earned honorable mention honors as a freshman and a sophomore, is the Gators’ all-time leader in home runs with 27, has driven in 189 RBI and amassed a career batting average of .509.
After taking home the championship trophy in the gold division of the Kissimmee Klassic on Saturday night with a 7-6 win over Naples Barron Collier, the Coral Reef softball team also earned a pair of individual honors.