Right fielder Abraham Rivas was the hero for Miami High on Thursday night, hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to give the Stingarees a 2-1 victory over the Everglades Gators in their Region-8A quarterfinal at Flamingo Park.
The game was a pitching duel between Miami High’s Edgar Aparicio, who pitched all 10 innings for the Stingarees and picked up the win, and Everglades’ Raul Quesada. Quesada finished the game, allowing just one earned run in eight innings pitched and a no-decision.
The Gators scored their lone run off Aparicio in the fourth inning after right fielder Michael Van Ryn led off the inning with a single and then scored on a groundout to give Everglades the lead.
Quesada cruised through five scoreless innings before hitting a bump in the sixth. Miami High got a leadoff single from second baseman Gustavo Miranda in the bottom of the sixth and later scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Larry Bravo to the game at 1-1.
Neither team was able to break the stalemate until Rivas, who finished the game 3 for 3 with three singles, hit a line drive over the right fielder’s head with two outs to drive in the winning run from third base.
The Stingarees will now face Flanagan in the regional semifinal on Tuesday.
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• District 14 final — Ransom Everglades d. Belen: Ransom Everglades earned its first district title with a 25-11, 25-22, 25-13 win over Belen at home.
Sean Bonner had a game-high 13 kills to go with four blocks and two digs.
Senior outside hitter Victor Campano had 12 kills, five digs, two blocks and an ace, and setter Matt Lirman recorded 40 assists and six digs.
As District 14 winners, the Raiders will now face the winner of District 13 in a first-round play-in on Tuesday.
• District 12 final — Mourning d. Hialeah Gardens: Host North Miami Mourning beat Hialeah Gardens 25-20, 25-16, 25-20. The Sharks (16-6) advance to Tuesday'sregional against McArthur.
Daniel Barrera had nine kills, Julian Moreira five kills and five blocks, and setter Matheus Mera added 25 assists, four blocks and an ace for the Sharks, a state quarterfinalist last year. Xebastian Aguilar had eight kills, Josue Fonseca had seven kills and an ace, and setter Enel Gomez added 21 assists for the Gladiators (9-5).
Mourning built a 13-4 lead in the second set on Moreira's kill. Erick Nascimento’s ace widened the gap to 20-7 before the Gladiators could recover. Fonseca’s kill in the third set pulled Hialeah Gardens within 15-14, but Mera and Alex Silva’s combo block triggered a 4-0 Sharks run. Carvalho and Mera's block put Mourning up, 22-18, before the Sharks sealed it.
• District 13 final — Miami d. Miami Springs: Despite trailing in the final two sets, Miami High rallied to defeat Miami Springs 25-22, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23.
After trailing in both the third and fourth sets by five and six, coach Eugemir Guedes relied on his star, Manuel Melenicano, to come through. Melenciano did just that, leading the team on multiple rallies, including 13 consecutive point rally to take the third set for the Stings.
• Killian d. Palmetto 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-7 The Cougars defeated the Panthers for the District 16 title in five thrilling sets at Palmetto Senior High.
The fifth set was close early as each team traded points. The Cougars (22-5) turned it on after being tied 3-3 and outscored Palmetto 9-2. Jack Harris scored the winning kill that clinched the match for Killian.