Southwest ended a promising Columbus baseball season in the district playoffs in 1999 before embarking on its own memorable run to the state final four.
The Eagles upset the Explorers again Wednesday night.
And they hope the victory is the start to another memorable postseason.
Gaby Casals hit an RBI single in the top of the ninth for the go-ahead run that helped Southwest defeat Columbus on its home field 4-3 in a District 15-8A semifinal.
Pitcher Alex Perera (6-1) then finished his nine-inning complete game by preventing the Explorers from scoring. Perera outdueled Columbus’ Christian Lesteiro, allowing only six hits and two earned runs. Perera also had a double and a sacrifice fly in the game.
Southwest (14-9) will play Sunset — which eliminated Ferguson in the other semifinal — 6:30 p.m. Friday at Columbus.
WP: Alex Perera (6-1). LP: Christian Lesteiro. Top performers: Gaby Casals singled home the winning run in the ninth. Alex Pereira complete game allowing only 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Pereira also had a double and SF. SW (14-9).
• District 14-8A semifinal — Goleman 5, Reagan 4: Trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning, No. 3 seed Goleman rallied to defeat Reagan at Flamingo Park.The Gators (17-6) scored three in the fifth to tie it and, after Reagan took a 4-3 lead in the last of the sixth, rallied for a run in the seventh to send it to extra innings.
Goleman then scored the winning run in the top of the eighth when Cory Garrastazu came home from third on a sacrifice fly by Javier Perdomo. Reagan (11-11) which was looking to qualify for regionals for the first time in school history, outhit Goleman 12-4 but left 10 runners on base.
WP: J. Aguiar (5-2) LP: A. Rincon (2-3) Top performers: Jose Santos 2-3, RBI
• District 14-8A semifinal — Coral Gables 9, Miami Springs 1: Top seeded Gables fell behind the Golden Hawks in the top of the first but quickly recovered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and coasted to the easy win.
The Cavaliers (14-10) were led by pitcher Chris Viera who went the distance giving jup just four hits, striking out three and walking just two. Offensively Alex Pinero led the way going 3-for-4, two runs scored, 3 RBI and a tape measure solo home run in the sixth. Gables will square off against Goleman in the championship game Friday at 7 p.m. at Flamingo Park. Springs finished 12-11.
WP: C. Viera (6-1). LP: A. Iruela (3-3) Top performers: A. Pinero 3-4, 3 RBI, HR. F. Montessino 3-3, 1 RBI
• District 15-8A semifinal — Sunset 7, Ferguson 1: Michael Centeno hit a three-run homer off a curve ball in the fourth as the host Knights crushed the Falcons.
Austin Comesanas pitched a complete game and picked up the win.
“[Comesanas] pitched his best game of the season.” Said head coach Armando Pelaez. “He’s been getting better and better.”
Back-to-back hits got Michael Paez and Centeno on base in the first, then Alex Bravo stepped up and scored them both on a line drive over the center fielder to grab a lead the knights wouldn’t give up.