Softball | Coral Reef 1, Timber Creek 0

Coral Reef seals state softball semifinal


Coral Reef managed a 1-0 victory over Timber Creek in the Class 8A state semifinal, placing it one win away from a state title.

Miami Coral Reef senior pitcher Dayna Wilson kept telling herself — throw one more pitch and get one more out.

Wilson figured if she could hang on long enough something good would happen.

In extra innings Friday night, it finally did for the Barracudas.

After Wilson kept Timber Creek off the scoreboard for nine innings, a triple by sophomore Carsyn Gordon set up sophomore Cristina Colli’s walk-off single that lifted Coral Reef’s softball team to a 1-0 victory against Orlando Timber Creek at the Vero Beach Sports Village.

The Barracudas (27-2) are within one victory of claiming their first state championship and will get the chance to win it Saturday night at 7 p.m. when they face Weston Cypress Bay in an all-South Florida final.

Coral Reef won its 12th consecutive game and can become Miami-Dade County’s first public school state champion in softball since Miami Palmetto in 2008.

“As long as we were holding, nothing else mattered,” Wilson said. “I knew I just needed to stay calm and keep pitching. Eventually, I knew we were going to make something happen.”

Wilson (19-2), not an overpowering pitcher this season, did not have a strikeout in the game. What she did have was effective location that induced several pop-ups and ground balls that were handled by the defense behind her. Wilson gave up seven hits, but all were singles.

Wilson outdueled Stephanie Adkins, who kept Coral Reef’s potent lineup, which scored 37 runs in four previous playoff games, mostly quiet.

Even a lightning delay that halted the game in the fifth inning for nearly an hour couldn’t snap the Barracudas out of their scoring drought.

“When I swung, I just put my head down and ran because I thought if it drops, I have a shot at an inside-the-park home run,” Gordon said. “I peeked when I was getting to second base and saw it had dropped and I knew then I had at least third.”

Gordon began to settle the issue when she put a good swing on a rising ball from Adkins that soared deep to left and bounced off the glove of Timber Creek’s left fielder as she made a leaping attempt.

Colli calmly stepped up to the plate and delivered the game-winner by hitting a bouncer up the middle past Adkins.


WP: Dayna Wilson (19-2). LP: Stephanie Adkins (21-6).

Read more Miami-Dade High Schools stories from the Miami Herald

The Miami Dolphins High School Football Media Day at Sun Life Stadium, August 9, 2014
High School : Miami Central HS
Players : Cedric Miller, Fermin Silva, Marquis Couch, Jason Jean, Calvin Brewton


    Miami Central Rockets ready for Hoover in opener

    There’s no panic on Miami Central’s football team.

  • preseason football | st. thomas aquinas 31, dillard 7

    St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders start fast in prep for opener

    St. Thomas Aquinas didn’t break much of a sweat in its warmup for the upcoming season — and next week’s much-anticipated opener against American Heritage — with a 31-7 preseason victory over visiting Dillard on Thursday night.

Westminster Christian, from left to right, Tim Irvin, Roshad Broadway, Elbre Gaiter, Tobias Moss, Jordan Cronkrite shown during the Miami Dolphins High School Football Media Day at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Aug. 9h ,2014.

    Miami-Dade high school football | Westminster Christian

    Westminster Christian football team has lofty title goals in 2014

    A historic 2013 football season for Miami-Dade County included a record four state champions. Westminster Christian, a state semifinalist in Class 3A, finished a couple of wins short of joining the festivities.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category