Fred Burnside has coached some of Miami-Dade County’s top baseball teams during the past 24 years.
His South Dade squad this season has the potential to be one of his best ever. On Saturday, the Bucs won a major spring break tournament, and Burnside achieved a noteworthy coaching milestone.
Burnside recorded his 500th career coaching victory on the same day the Bucs secured the championship of the Rawlings Select Classic in Emerson, Georgia, with an 11-4 win over Merritt Island.
Burnside, who won a state title in 2014 with the Bucs, has compiled a 500-167 record over his career that also includes stints at Killian and at Southridge, where he led teams to the state final four in 1997, 1998 and 2002.
South Dade (16-1), ranked No. 8 nationally by USA Today, was led by Alek Manoah, who went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI and was named the tournament’s MVP.
Richie Sobalvarro went 3 for 4 with an RBI double and hit .667 (10 for 15) for the tournament with three doubles, a home run, four runs and six RBI in four wins.
Gio Fernandez (4-0) picked up the win, Willy Escala went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Joel Rivero went 3 for 4.
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South Florida will have its first boxing show of the year Friday night at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.
Unbeaten Roamer Angulo of Colombia and Argentina’s Claudio Abalos will fight in the main event of the first local show since last November.
The scheduled 12-round, super-middleweight bout between Angulo (17-0, 15 KOs) and Abalos (30-14-3, 8 KOs) headlines an announced eight-bout card.
The undercard will feature unbeaten South Florida prospects Robert Alfonso and Tyrone Spong, both of whom fight as heavyweights, and featherweight Aujee Tyler.
Ticket prices are $75 and $55 ringside and $35 and $25 general admission. VIP tables also will be available for $100. For information, call 954-616-8152.
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▪ Marshall 6, FIU 5: The Thundering Herd (13-9, 3-3 Conference USA) won the series from the host Panthers (12-15, 2-4 C-USA) by taking two of three games during the weekend.
The Panthers struck for three early runs and appeared poised to take the series from the Thundering Herd. But the persistent Marshall lineup had other plans, pecking away at the FIU advantage until taking a late lead.
▪ Nova Southeastern 10-6, Saint Leo 1-1: The host Sharks (18-11, 8-4 Sunshine State Conference) completed the sweep of the Lions (18-13, 3-6 SSC) on Friday night. Matt Hardy earned his fifth win in the first game, and Julian Loret de Mola garnered his second win.
▪ St. Thomas 4-16, Florida Memorial 1-4: The host Bobcats (22-11, 8-3 The Sun Conference) swept a doubleheader over the Lions (6-24, 3-10). Alex Viera was credited with the Game 1 win after pitching 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three to improve his record to 6-0.
▪ Broward College 11, Indian River State College 1: Stephen Chamblee (4-2) pitched a complete game, allowing one unearned run on four hits, walked none and struck out 10 to lead the host Seahawks (22-15, 11-7 Southern Conference) over the Pioneers (9-21, 4-13). Dijendrick Croes went 2 for 3 with a double and collected three RBI for Broward. Gabriel Garcia hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI for the Seahawks.
▪ UTEP 6, FIU 4: A two-run double from UTEP’s Danielle Sargent in the fifth inning gave the visiting Miners (15-20 overall, 6-3 C-USA) a 4-3 lead as they won in the final game of the series over the host Panthers (18-17 and 4-5).
▪ Nova Southeastern 6, Eckerd 0: The No. 7 Sharks claimed their first SSC victory of the season against the host Tritons. NSU swept the doubles and singles matches to improve its record to 9-1.
▪ Barry 8, Florida Tech 0: The host Buccaneers (9-0, 1-0 SSC) swept the Panthers (13-4, 2-1) in their conference opener.
No. 6 Nova Southeastern bettered its team score by 14 strokes to move up to fifth, only 10 shots out of the lead, after the second day of the Bearcats Spring Classic in Howey-in-the-Hills. The Sharks’ 311 was the second-lowest tally of the tournament thus far for any team.
North American Pick 6 wagering records were set at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticketholders with all six winners.
When betting on the popular multi-race wager had concluded prior to the first leg of the Rainbow 6, which spanned Races 7-12, the pool had swelled to $15,285,707, shattering the Pick 6 pool record of $10,870.852 set at Hollywood Park on July 2, 2007, when a three-day carryover of $3.2 million was a stake.
A total of $10,782,375 was wagered on the Rainbow 6 Saturday, eclipsing the $7,596,347 wagered on the $2 Pick 6 at Hollywood on July 2, 2007.