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.
Herbert Iser hit a double in the top of the seventh that scored the final run.
Centeno also managed to put out the lead-off batter in the bottom of the seventh, throwing to first on one knee after diving to field the ball.
WP: Austin Comesanas (5-2). LP: Victor Morrell. Top performers: Michael Centeno 2-3, 3 run HR. Alex Bravo double, 2 RBI. Michael Paez 2-3, 2 runs. SUN 17-7
• Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Florida Christian 19, Archbishop Curley 4: History repeated itself when Florida Christian traveled to Archbishop Curley and pounded out a lopsided victory over the Knights.
Florida Christian defeated Curley 15-0 on the same field in the same round a year ago and, just like a year ago, the Patriots (12-13) will get a matchup with district rival Westminster Christian in a regional semifinal.
With Annie Palmiero and Karli Smith leading the way, the Patriots jumped all over the Knights with six runs in the first before sending 13 batters to the plate in a 10-run second and led 16-3 after an inning and a half. FC wound up pounding out a dozen hits while also benefitting from six Curley errors.
Palmeiro went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and that included a towering solo home run in the fourth over the left center field fence. Smith had a big day as well going 2-for-2, with 5 RBI including a sac fly. FC pitcher Faith Vasquez never gave up a hit but struggled with her control, walking five and hitting two batters which led to Curley’s runs.
“We weren’t at our sharpest and got a little sloppy at times but the bottom line when you get to regionals is find a way to advance and move on and that’s what we did today,” said Florida Christian coach Scott Stemmer. “Even though Faith (Vasquez) struggled with her control, we swung the bats well and got plenty of runs for her.”
WP: F. Vasquez. LP: M. Romanick Top performers: A. Palmeiro 3-4, 3 RBI, HR. K. Smith 2-2, 5 RBI; B. Ernst 2-3, 2 RBI
• Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Westminster Christian 15, Miami Country Day 0: Victoria Perez and Madi Precht combined for three scoreless innings to lead the Warriors (22-4) over Miami Country Day (8-8).
“I am very excited about the future of the this team,” Westminster coach Scott Doan said about his upcoming talent. “We don’t have seniors but we a lot of juniors. We have a strong veteran team with girls that have been with the team since our ’09 state championship.”
Perez added three runs for the Warriors. to help the girls to move on into through the post season.
Westminster Christian will go on to play Florida Christian in the regional semifinal next week at the Palmetto Bay Park.
The Warriors (22-4) narrowly defeated Florida Christian 6-0 in districts.
If Westminster defeats Florida Christian they will likely face their district rival, American Heritage-Delray, which has knocked the girls out of the post season the past two years.
“We are not looking past Florida Christian yet,” Doan said. “They are a strong team.”
COREY W. CAMPBELL
WP: V.Perez. Top performers: Victoria Perez 3 runs, RBI, 2 K. Carlin Labuzan 3 runs, 3 RBI. Kristen Guthery 2 runs, 3 RBI.
TRACK & FIELD
Four-time defending state champion Northwestern cruised to the Class 3A Region 4 championship at Archbishop McCarthy High.
The Bulls, vying to tie Glades Central’s streak of five titles in a row — and 10 total — recorded 156 points. Hallandale was a distant second with 83.
“Today was a showcase of some of the finest athletes coming together in this region,” coach Carmen Jackson said. “This is one of the toughest regions in the state I would say because the competition’s very stiff and you have to come up for it.
“You’ve got to be prepared to deal with the ups and downs. You have to be able to coach through it and have quick amnesia. You have to keep the team together and focused on the matter at hand.”
Junior Lloydricia Cameron won both the shot put and discus events. Senior Torrencia Allen was second in the 800-meter run and the third leg of the winning 3,200-meter relay. The 1,600 was also victorious.
“To be a Bull you’ve got to have heart and pride,” said Allen, who joined the team her sophomore year. “We don’t just let anybody come on a relay. We talk to them, we have long discussions and you have to step up for yourself and the team.”
Belen Jesuit took the boys’ title with 77 points, 10 more than second-place Palm Beach Lakes. The Wolverines got fourth at state last year.
Three of the top-five slots for pole vaulters went to Belen, including senior Carlos Muniz’s height of 13-6.
The Wolverines went ahead during the 3,200-meter run — the second-to-last event — when four of the top six spots wore blue and yellow, led by senior Avery Lopez.
The last time Belen won at regionals was in 2010. Last year, the Wolverines got third by one point after Miami Central and Miami Northwestern tied for the title. At the district meet, they missed out by 1.5 points. Last season it was two points.
“Finally I’m glad the boys’ work paid off to get over the hump,” coach Victor Arrieta said. “It was a lot of work. We’ll see what we can do at state. It’s hard. There’s a lot of very good teams. We’ll be splitting a lot of points at distance.”
Senior Artie Burns, the defending 110-meter hurdles champion, advanced to state in that event and the 300-meter with a pair of first-place finishes.
Boys’ team scores: Belen Jesuit 77, Palm Beach Lakes 67, Blanche Ely 62, Miami Central 61, Miami Carol City 52, Miami Northwestern 50, Fort Lauderdale 36, Palm Bay Heritage 29, Pembroke Pines Charter 24, Cardinal Gibbons 21.
Girls’ team scores: Miami Northwestern 156, Hallandale 83, Miami Central 37, Miami Carol City 36, Cardinal Gibbons 35, Fort Lauderdale 34, Lake Worth 31, Miami Norland 28, Dillard 25, Palm Beach Lakes 25.
Boys’ individual results – 100: Karus Hunter (PSL) 10.84, Ryan Bermudez (SPR) 10.88, Darrian Josey (BOY) 10.97, Eric Whipple (PBL) 10.97; 200: Ryan Bermudez (SPR) 21.64, Lamark Campbell (FTL) 21.99, Reshard Robinson (ELY) 22.04, Eric Whipple (PBL) 22.34; 400: Jeffrey Green (MNW) 48.19, Simeon Thomas (MCC) 49.11, Cordell Lamb (MNW) 49.12, Markevious Roach (ELY) 49.52; 800: Marcus Smith (MCC) 1:56.73, Zach Garland (MAR) 1:57.70, Jean Cambry (CEN) 1:57.87, Allen Searaphin (CEN) 1:58.42; 1600: Avery Lopez (BEL) 4:22.96, Carlos Penaranda (PEM) 4:23.59, Luis Nieves (BOY) 4:25.64, Ryan Rodriguez (BEL) 4:25.76; 3200: Avery Lopez (BEL) 9:44.81, Andres Fernandez (BEL) 9:50.90, Tyler O’Brien (MAR) 9:51.32, Fabian Tomas (BEL) 9:54.07; 110 Hurdles: Artie Burns (MNW) 13.98, Jonathan Hayden (PBL) 14.24, John Battle IV (HAL) 14.25, Stephen Louis (PBL) 14.88; 300 Hurdles: Artie Burns (MNW) 37.62, Jonathan Hayden (PBL) 37.98, Darius Hodges (PBL) 38.40, Desmond Hart (MNW) 39.95; 4x100 relay: Miami Central 41.15, Miami Carol City 41.62, Fort Lauderdale 41.75, Blanche Ely 41.78; 4x400 relay: Miami Central 3:17.58, Blanche Ely 3:22.68, Fort Lauderdale 3:23.54, Miami Carol City 3:24.33; 4x800 relay: Miami Central 8:02.26, Belen Jesuit 8:03.39, Pembroke Pines 8:04.58, Miami Northwestern 8:09.30; High jump: Stephan Duvier (GIB) 6-04.00, Kyle Razawich (PBY) 6-02.00, Marco Collie (ARC) 6-02.00, Cole Bradley (EAU) 6-02.00; Pole Vault: Carlos Muniz (BEL) 13-6, Austin Blazs (GIB) 13-0, Jose Roca (BEL) 13-0, Kenny Murrin (JEN) 12-6; Long Jump: Devric Foster (NOR) 22-08.50, Edward Rolle (MCC) 22-08.00, Jalen Blutcher (PBY) 22-06.75, Imbert Pierre (PBH) 22-06.75; Triple Jump: Marcus James (ELY) 45-11.50, Darius Hodges (PBL) 45-07.00, Simeon Thomas (MCC) 44-10.25, Imbert Pierre (PBH) 44-07.00; Shot Put: Aaron Hanna (CEN) 54-04.00, Brodie Lubelski (PBH) 50-01.50, Robert Alexander (HAL) 49-08.00, Noah Jones (DIL) 49-07.00; Discus: Tyquan Fields (ELY) 142-00, Jaboree Williams (FTL) 141-07, Ernest Edmond (ELY) 139-06, Brandon Sluder (BAY) 136-05.
Girls’ individual results – 100: Regine Williams (HAL) 13.87, Joi Ballard (ELY) 14.38, Kametra Byrd (MNW) 14.56, Alexis Harrell (MNW) 14.82; 200: Regine Williams (HAL) 23.80, Shakima Wimbley (DIL) 23.89, Clare Jacques (FTL) 25.10, Tiffany John-Baptiste (NOR) 25.15; 400: Shakima Wimbley (DIL) 54.30, Tatianna Etienne (LAK) 55.63, Ulani Toussaint (MAT) 56.89, Terneka Gibson (MCC) 57.93; 800: Destiny Johnson (HOM) 2:18.53, Torrencia Allen (MNW) 2:19.97, Morgan Rodriguez (GIB) 2:20.59, Nicolette Marsh (FTL) 2:20.83; 1600: Destiny Johnson (HOM) 5:16.08, Victoria Vigarino (GIB) 5:25.08, Sherrie Hinds (CEN) 5:27.47, Bethany Hardcastle (SFO) 5:28.44; 3200: Bethany Hardcastle (SOU) 12:08.81, Molly Delaney (MEL) 12:14.61, Sara Bowden (ARC) 12:18.65, Tabatha Henry (OKE) 12:20.34; 100 Hurdles: Lia King (HAL) 14.04, Yolanda Springer (MNW) 14.20, Timetria Mitchell (MNW) 14.38, Altoniece Williams (MNW) 14.39; 300 Hurdles: kimani austin-reese (CEN) 43.23, Gina Lourdes (PBL) 44.27, Altoniece Williams (MNW) 44.36, Shakira Bartley (LAK) 44.51; 4x100 relay: Miami Norland 47.73, Blanche Ely 48.02, Fort Lauderdale 48.26, Dillard 48.52; 4x400 relay: Miami Northwestern 3:52.88, Fort Lauderdale 3:57.52, Hallandale 3:57.82, Miami Carol City 3:58.83;4x800 relay: Miami Northwestern 9:38.90, Miami Central 9:46.53, Cardinal Gibbons 9:50.92, Fort Lauderdale 10:01.35; High jump: Stacey Destin (BOY) 5-04.00, Briana Eskridge (MNW) 5-04.00, Terneka Gibson (MCC) 5-02.00, Edquisha Alvin (HAL) 5-02.00; Pole Vault: Abby Remsburg (MAR) 10-06.00, Madison Towriss (ARC) 9-00.00, Andreina Martinez (GIB) 8-06.00, Abagail Perry (GIB) 8-06.00; Long Jump: Regine Williams (HAL) 17-09.50, Shakira Bartley (LAK) 17-09.00, Stacey Destin (BOY) 17-05.00, Lia King (HAL) 17-04.50; Triple Jump: Lia King (HAL) 37-02.25, Briana Eskridge (MNW) 36-01.00, Yolanda Springer (MNW) 35-11.00, Tierra Lacey (HAL) 35-07.00; Shot Put: Lloydricia Cameron (MNW) 45-10.00, Jontavia Dykes (MNW) 42-09.00, Jasmine Williams (MCC) 42-02.50, Akassja White (MNW) 40-08.50; Discus: Lloydricia Cameron (MNW) 154-07, Jasmine Williams (MCC) 142-08, Akassja White (MNW) 136-07, Jontavia Dykes (MNW) 109-06.
• Team Florida will be holding tryouts for its 17-and under summer team that will play in three tournaments in Florida, travel to the High School World Series in Ohio and participate in three college stops to showcase there talent. For more information, contact Dave Westberry at 786-258-6184.
LATE TUESDAY — DISTRICT 13-8A SEMIFINALS — HIALEAH 3, HIALEAH GARDENS 2 (9)
WP: Adan Gutierrez (5-2). LP: E. Nordarse. Top performers: Alex Miret 2-3. Nestor Cortes 2-2. Kevin Betancourt game winning RBI. HIA 18-6
LATE TUESDAY— DISTRICT 16-2A SEMIFINAL — REDLAND CHRISTIAN 4, ISLAND CHRISTIAN 2
LATE MONDAY — DISTRICT 14-4A SEMIFINAL — ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 10, JACKSON 5
WP: Richard Noa 6IP, 5 K. LP: I. Silwany. Top performers: Alex Lugo 1-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Alex Vazquez 2-3, RBI, run. Danny Acevedo 2-3, RBI, run. David Salgueiro 2-3, RBI, run
• Late Tuesday — Killian d. Ferguson 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 25-12: Jack Harris 10 kills, 19 digs. Tim bailey 13 kills, 3 blocks. Jason Harris 39 assists, 11 digs. KIL 11-8
• Late Tuesday — District 31 final — Monsignor Pace 19, Mater Academy Charter 0: Sabrina Cabrera 2 passing TD. Brandi Harrington TD reception, INT TD. Destiny Wilson TD reception. MP 14-0
• Late Monday — District 31 semifinal — Monsignor Pace 39, Mater Academy East 0: Sophia Gonzalez 2 passing TD, rushing TD. Jenny Darbouze TD reception. Ja’Toria Washington INT TD. District Final: Monsignor Pace 19, Mater Academy Charter 0.
District 13-8A final at Westland Gardens Park: Hialeah vs. American, 7
District 14-8A final at Flamingo Park: Coral Gables vs. Goleman, 7
District 16-8A final at Varela: South Dade vs. Killian, 4
District 16-6A final at Belen: Mater Academy vs. Belen, 3:30
District 14-4A final: Archbishop Carroll at Monsignor Pace, 7
District 15-4A final at St. Thomas University: TERRA vs. La Salle, 7
District 16-4A final at Key West: St. Brendan vs. Gulliver, 7
District 15-3A final at Dade Christian: Mater Lakes vs. Dade Christian, 4
District 16-3A final: Westminster Christian at Florida Christian, 7
District 15-2A final at Miami Christian: Brito vs. Westwood Christian, 3:30
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Lourdes at Coral Reef, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal at Palmetto Bay Park: Southwest vs. Palmetto, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Coral Gables at American, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Hialeah Gardens at Goleman, 4
Region 4-6A quarterfinal at Bucky Dent Park: Archbishop McCarthy vs. Mater Academy, 7
Region 4-6A quarterfinal at Archbishop McCarthy: Westland Hialeah vs. Pines Charter, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: TERR at Gulliver, 4
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Key West at Doral, 5:30
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: North Broward Prep at Monsignor Pace, 4
Region 4-4A quarterfinal at Betti Stradling: Archbishop Carroll vs. C Springs Charter, 4
Region 4-2A quarterfinal at Miami Christian: Zion Lutheran vs. Greater Miami Academy, 4
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Colonial Christian at Princeton Christian, 4
Region 4-2A quarterfinal at Founders Park: Westwood Christian at Island Christian, 4
GMAC finals at Braddock: 8 a.m.