Mater Academy moves into regionals with win


Last week’s best performances


The Gulliver boys’ and girls’ tennis teams swept the Class 2A state championships. Chase Perez-Blanco won the overall singles and teamed with Baker Newman to win the overall doubles in the boys’ division. Olivia Thaler and Julieta Dalmau won the overall girls’ title, and Thaler won a state title at No. 1 singles in the team division.

The Columbus baseball team won its first GMAC title since 2005. The Explorers defeated Hialeah, South Dade and American, allowing only two runs in three games.


Eric Montero, Florida Christian, baseball: Montero went 2 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI to lead the Patriots to an 8-5 win against Pace.

Peter Llerena, Mater Lakes, baseball: Llerena pitched a five-inning perfect game in a 13-0 win against Dade Christian.

Johnny Ruiz, Westminster Christian, baseball: Ruiz went 3 for 4 with a double, triple and five RBI to lead the Warriors to a 15-5 win against Mater Academy.

Briana Heredia, Monsignor Pace, softball: Heredia threw a no-hitter, striking out nine, and went 1 for 3 with an RBI to win the District 14-4A title 5-0 against Archbishop Carroll.

Megan Romanik, Archbishop Curley, softball: Romanik picked up the pitching win and scored three runs in a 15-6 win against Miami Country Day that clinched the District 15-3A title.

Alex Knight, Krop, boys’ tennis: Knight won the Class 4A boys’ singles overall championship.

Alfredo Perez and Mirko Radosevic, Coral Gables, boys’ tennis: Perez and Radosevic won the Class 4A overall doubles championship.

Alexandra Fields and Lindy Lyons, Carrollton, girls’ tennis: Fields and Lyons won the Class 1A individual doubles state championship.

Deltron Hopkins, Booker T. Washington, boys’ track and field: Hopkins won the 200, finished second in the 100 and was part of the winning 400-meter relay team to lead the Tornadoes to the Region 4-2A title.

Ebony Morrison and Brianna Payne, Killian, girls’ track and field: Morrison and Payne won the hurdles events to help the Cougars edge South Dade for the District 16-4A title.

Herzen Cortes, Belen, boys’ water polo: Cortes had five goals to lead the Wolverines to a 13-10 win against Ransom Everglades and the District 15 title.

Mackenzie Bolton, Miami Country Day, girls’ water polo: Bolton had 21 saves and two long-distance goals to lead the Spartans to a 9-8 overtime win against MAST and the District 14 title.

Jack Harris, Killian, boys’ volleyball: Harris had a combined 20 kills and 33 digs in wins against Coral Reef and Westminster Christian.

Steven Hernandez, Columbus, boys’ lacrosse: Hernandez finished with seven goals and three assists to lead the Explorers to a 16-10 win against Ransom Everglades and the District 29 championship.

Florencia Chami, Hebrew Academy, flag football: Chami had seven catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns against Mater East.

Gabriel Tai, Coral Gables, badminton: Tai won his boys’ singles match to lead the Cavaliers to the win in their GMAC divisional.

Victor Campano, Ransom Everglades, boys’ volleyball: Campano had a combined 34 kills in a pair of three-set wins against Southwest and Columbus.

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The Mater Academy baseball team has always been talented, but that talent has never translated into a deep postseason run.

Last season was indicative of its travails when the heavily favored Lions — who had Albert Almora, now in the Chicago Cubs organization as the No. 6 overall pick in last year’s MLB Draft — were upset and eliminated by Hialeah-Miami Lakes in a district semifinal.

If this is the season the Lions (23-3) finally get over the hump, they got off to a good start Monday afternoon.

Behind five innings of one-run baseball from junior starting pitcher Mike Mediavilla and an eight-run fourth inning, Mater beat Westland Hialeah with a 12-2 six-inning, mercy-rule win in the District 16-6A semifinals at Belen Jesuit.

The victory clinches a spot in regionals for the Lions as the top two teams from each district advance to the next round.

The Lions will also play for the district title Thursday against the winner of the Belen-Hialeah-Miami Lakes game Tuesday.

“I think the guys came prepared,” Mater coach Eddie Gorriz said. “They made sure not to overlook [Westland]. It’s baseball, so if they make plays, hit the ball and their pitcher has a great day, they’ll beat anybody.”

It was a different story for the Lions from last season where Gorriz feels overlooking their opponent was his team’s ultimate detriment.

“I don’t think we were focused on the game,” he said. “I think we were focused on the following game, the district championship. I take the blame for that. I don’t think we were ready.”

Mediavilla gave up a run off three hits in the top of the first inning but cruised from that point on, shutting out the Wildcats (10-11) in each of his next four innings and allowing just one more hit. He struck out six in his outing.

“In the first inning it was just leaving pitches kind of high, and I just had to adjust and leave pitches low after that,” said Mediavilla, a University of recruit who may come on in relief in the district final after throwing just 71 pitches. “Every pitch was working. Just the changeup was a little off, but it was working after the first inning.”

Mediavilla could have pitched beyond the fifth, but Gorriz had the luxury of being able to take him out with the win already intact.

What looked like it would be a pitcher’s duel between Mediavilla and Westland starter Javier Gonzalez became a blowout when Mater batted around the lineup in the fourth for eight runs.

First baseman Angel Ortiz, shortstop David Silva and designated hitter Chris Cabrera had run-scoring hits — Cabrera’s a double. Then left fielder Danny Reyes scored two more with a single that set up the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back — Lions catcher and No. 3 hitter Kevin Abraham hit a three-run homer to left field that gave Mater an 8-1 advantage.

“Usually, we come in late [offensively],” said Mediavilla, who also hit fourth in the Lions order and went 1 for 2 with two runs, a walk and a hit by pitch. “I always have confidence in them. This whole season we’ve come up clutch when we needed it.

“I didn’t mind for a pitcher’s duel. I just needed a couple of runs, and I got it. We got a comfortable lead.”

Added Gorriz: “We were hitting the ball hard off [Gonzalez], but they were just making plays. Then we strung together a couple of hits.”

Ortiz finished 2 for 4 with four RBI after he then had a bases-clearing double to left-center in the sixth inning that put the Lions one run away from sealing the mercy-rule win.

He ultimately came around to score on a double by Silva, who went 3 for 4 with two RBI.

For Westland, catcher Luis Corrales hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth.

Wildcats second baseman and leadoff man Frankie Morejon was able to get two hits off Mediavilla. His first enabled him to score the game’s first run.

District 16-6A semifinal — Mater Academy 12, Westland Hialeah 2 (6)


WP: Mike Mediavilla. LP: Javier Gonzalez. Top performers: Mediavilla 5 IP, ER, 4 H, 6 K, BB; 1-2, BB, HBP, 2 R. Kevin Abraham (MA) 1-3, 3-R HR, HBP, SB. Angel Ortiz (MA) 2-4, 4 RBI, 2 R. David Silva (MA) 3-4, double, 2 RBI, R. Willie Abreu (MA) 1-3, 2 SB, R, BB. Luis Corrales (WES) 2-3, HR. Frankie Morejon (WES) 2-3, R. MA 23-3. WES 10-11.


District 16-8A semifinal — South Dade 8, Varela 3


WP: Adam Roush. Top performers: Roush 9 K, 2 H, 6 IP; 2 H offensively. Eric Manoah 2 H. D. Vaughan 2 H.

Late Thursday — Gulliver 8, Ransom 0


WP: Gaby Quevedo (1-0). Top performers: Alex Campo 2-3, 2 RBI. Kris Izquierdo 2-3, RBI, 2 R. Nicky Acosta 1-3, double, RBI.


•  Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. North Miami 25-15, 25-14, 25-2: Dennis Perez 19 assists, 26 points, 6 aces. Gus Pena 5 kills, 9 digs. Manny Celestino 7 kills, 2 blocks. HML 11-5.

•  Mourning d. Mater Academy 25-15, 25-18, 25-14: Werner Sabban 8 kills, 2 aces, block. Matheus Mera 7 kills, 7 aces, 4 blocks, 22 assists. Daniel Barrera 7 kills, 3 aces, block, assist. ATM 15-5.

•  Florida Christian d. Lake Worth Trinity Christian 25-20, 25-22, 26-24: Michael Perez 13 kills, 14 points, 6 digs. Daniel Carp 10 points, 14 digs. Nick Tejedor 24 assists. FC 15-8.


•  District 31 semifinal — Mater Academy 27, Somerset 7: Alondra Angulo 308 passing yards, 3 TDs, 2 extra points; INT defensively. Elexus Martin 100 receiving yards, TD, extra point; 4 sacks. Silvia Diaz 70 receiving yards, TD; 2 INTs, 1 ret. for TD. MA 9-2.



District 13-8A semifinals at Westland Gardens Park: Hialeah Gardens vs. Hialeah, 4; Krop vs. American, 7

District 14-8A semifinals at Flamingo Park: Reagan vs. Goleman, 4; Miami Springs vs. Coral Gables, 7

District 15-8A quarterfinals at Columbus: Sunset vs. Braddock, 3:30; Southwest vs. South Miami, 6:30

District 16-8A semifinal at Varela: Killian vs. Southridge, 4

District 16-6A semifinal: Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Belen, 3:30

District 14-4A final: Jackson-Carroll winner at Monsignor Pace, 7

District 15-4A semifinals at St. Thomas University: Doral vs. TERRA, 4; Ransom Everglades vs. La Salle, 7

District 15-3A semifinal at Dade Christian: Mater Lakes vs. Miami Country Day, 4

District 16-3A semifinals at Florida Christian: Marathon vs. Westminster Christian, 4; Florida Christian vs. Palmer Trinity-Somerset Charter winner, 7

District 14-2A final at Milander: Champagnat Catholic vs. Mater East, 7

District 15-2A semifinal: Westwood Christian at Miami Christian, 3:30

District 16-2A semifinal at Colonial Christian: Redland Christian vs. Island Christian, 4


GMAC championship at Coral Reef - Quarterfinals: Miami Springs vs. Southwest, 2; Sunset vs. Columbus, 2; Palmetto vs. Varela, 3:30; Coral Reef vs. Mourning, 3:30; Semifinals: 5; Final: 7

Westland Hialeah at Booker T., 3:30

Killian at Ferguson, 7:15

Hialeah at Mater Academy, 4

International Studies Charter at Miami Springs, 4

Pace at Westminster Christian, 7:15

St. Brendan at Westwood Christian, 4


State play-in at Ransom Everglades: Miami Country Day vs. Belen, 6

State play-in: Mourning at Gulliver, 5


State play-in: Miami Country Day at Ransom, 4

State play-in: Mourning at Gulliver, 4


First round state play-in: Columbus at Tavernier Coral Shores, 7


District 31 final at Monsignor Pace: 7



District 15-8A semifinals at Columbus: Ferguson vs. Sunset-Braddock winner, 3:30; South Miami-Southwest winner vs. Columbus, 6:30

District 16-4A semifinals at Key West: St. Brendan vs. Tavernier Coral Shores, 5; Gulliver vs. Key West, 8

District 15-3A semifinal: Archbishop Curley at Dade Christian, 4


Region 4-3A quarterfinal at Palmetto Bay Park: Miami Country Day vs. Westminster Christian, 7

Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Florida Christian at Archbishop Curley, 7


Region 4-4A at Traz Powell - Prelims: 1; Finals: 7

Region 4-3A at Archbishop McCarthy - Prelims: 1; Finals: 7

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