Class 8a state softball semifinals | Hagerty 5, Coral Reef 1

Errors short-circuit Coral Reef softball team’s chances to repeat as Class 8A champs

 

Last Week’s Best Performances

The Northwestern girls’ track and field team won its state-record 11th championship this weekend dominating the Class 3A field. Lloydricia Cameron finished her career winning the shot put and discus titles to finish with five individual state championships.

The Booker T. boys’ track and field team won its second state championship, capturing the Class 2A crown. Nigel Bethel led the Tornadoes by winning the 100 and 200 meters and leading the winning 1,600-meter relay.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Erik Manoah, South Dade, baseball: Manoah struck out 12 and allowed four hits in a 3-0 shutout of Columbus in a Region 4-8A quarterfinal.

David Cervantes, Miami Springs, baseball: Cervantes threw a one-hitter to lead the Golden Hawks to a 4-0 upset win over Belen in a Region 4-6A quarterfinal.

Eddy Demurias, Killian, baseball: Demurias hit a walk-off single, a home run and pitched a scoreless relief inning to help the Cougars beat Coral Gables 6-5 in a Region 4-8A quarterfinal.

Tori Rios, Gulliver, softball: Rios threw out the would-be tying runner at second to seal a 2-1 victory over Delray American Heritage in the Region 4-4A final.

Caitlin Charlton, Westminster Christian, softball: Charlton went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Warriors to a 11-0 win over Lake Worth Trinity Christian in the Region 4-3A final.

Carsyn Gordon, Coral Reef, softball: Gordon hit a two-run home run and delivered the game-tying double in the seventh to help the Barracudas eventually beat West Broward 7-5 in 10 innings in the Region 4-8A final.

Fred Jones, Central, boys’ track and field: Jones swept the shot put and discus state championships at the Class 3A meet.

Christian Williams, American, boys’ track and field: Williams won the Class 4A high jump and was part of the winning 1,600-meter relay to help the Patriots earn a team runner-up finish.

Jeffrey Green, Northwestern, boys’ track and field: Green won the 400 meters and was part of the winning 1,600-meter relay to help the Bulls finish second in Class 3A.

Kimani Austin-Reese, Norland, girls’ track and field: Austin-Reese won the Class 3A 300 hurdles state championship.

Epiphany Thompson, Southridge, girls’ track and field: Thompson won the Class 4A shot put state championship.

Jack Harris, Killian, boys’ volleyball: Harris had 16 kills to lead the Cougars to a win over Palmetto and the District 16 championship.

Alondra Angulo, Mater, flag football: Angulo threw the winning touchdown pass, set up the Lions’ first touchdown with a 68-yard run and had a key interception in their 12-6 playoff win over Miramar.

ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ


a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

The ability to hit and field well have been the biggest keys to the Coral Reef softball team’s success for two seasons.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Barracudas did neither.

Coral Reef committed seven errors and was limited to a season-low for runs and hits in a 5-1 defeat against Oviedo Hagerty in a Class 8A state semifinal at Historic Dodgertown.

The loss denied the Barracudas (21-9) their chance to become the first Miami-Dade County public school to win back-to-back state championships in the sport.

“We had some tough games this season in which we come back, but today was really an anomaly,” Coral Reef coach Dario Rodriguez said. “It was just one of those games where it seemed like everybody made a mistake.”

The Barracudas appeared to start the game strong scoring first in the first inning on Cristina Colli’s RBI single.

From that point, Coral Reef managed to put only one more runner on base against Hagerty starting pitcher Samantha Worrell.

The Barracudas were held to a season-low three hits.

“We faced a great pitcher in Worrell, and I thought our pitcher [Michelle Mesa] did well with only two earned runs,” Rodriguez said. “The errors really didn’t give us a chance to come back in the game.”

Hagerty (28-4) tied the game in the bottom half of the first and took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third on back-to-back singles with the bases loaded by Worrell and Alexandra Miller.

“We started thinking too much at the plate especially after we fell behind,” junior first baseman Cassandra Garcia said.

“We were trying to do too much.”

Coral Reef committed three errors in the bottom of the sixth that led to another pair of Hagerty runs and effectively put the game out of reach.

“This was something I’ve never seen happen with this team,” Rodriguez said. “It’s hard to explain.”

The Barracudas, who won their first state title in school history last season, will have a strong chance to win another next season with only two seniors on the roster.

“I think we can make it back,” junior third baseman Carsyn Gordon said. “We have a lot of starting players coming back. It’s just going to take a lot of heart and effort.”

CR 100 000 0 – 1 3 7

HG 103 001 x – 5 6 0

WP: Samantha Worrell. LP: Michelle Mesa.

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