Isaac DaSilva pitched a perfect two innings in relief for Southridge as the Spartans baseball team cruised past South Dade 9-5 on Saturday.
DaSilva struck out three and didn’t allow a hit in his two innings. Arlain Sesin hit a two-run double for the Spartans (18-3).
Rambert Paulino went 2-4 with an RBI.
The loss dropped South Dade to 17-5 this season.
WP: Isaac DaSilva (7-0). LP: Finicchiaro. Top performers: Arlain Sesin 2 RBI, double. Rambert Paulino 2-4, RBI. DaSilva 2.0 IP, 0H, 0R, 3K. SR 18-3. SD 17-5.
As a catcher, junior Miguel Presno hasn’t often had to run the bases in his high school career.
Flanagan’s baseball team was glad to have him on the base path between third base and home plate Saturday night.
Presno scored the winning run on a ground ball by Oscar Rodriguez in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Flanagan to a 2-1 walk-off victory over visiting Archbishop McCarthy in a matchup of teams ranked in the top 10 nationally in several polls.
The Falcons (19-1), ranked No. 2 by USA Today, won their seventh consecutive game and snapped McCarthy’s 18-game winning streak. The Mavericks (21-2), a four-time reigning state champion, entered the game as MaxPreps’ top-ranked team in the nation.
“It’s a dramatic way to win, but we would have rather gotten a hit there to win it,” Flanagan coach Ray Evans said. “We did it though. That was probably the best game you will see this season in Broward County.”
With runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Presno got the green light to take off for home. Presno broke for the plate after Rodriguez, Flanagan’s senior center fielder, hit a chopper toward third base. Presno stopped midway, juked and somehow evaded a lunging tag attempt by McCarthy third baseman Alex Rodriguez and scampered home with the winning run.
“Once it started getting deeper in the count, I was told you’re going on the pitch,” Presno said. “I went full speed and did what I did. Up until this year, I never really ran bases, but I used to play running back in football so maybe that’s where it came from.”
Presno opened the inning with a leadoff double down the left field line off Archbishop McCarthy starting pitcher Brian Gonzalez. The Mavericks’ ace gave up four hits on 6 1/3 innings and was removed after striking out Andres Rios on the next at-bat.
McCarthy right fielder Aaron Soto moved to pitch in relief, walked Luis Barranco and gave up the chopper to Rodriguez that drove in Presno.
Gonzalez struck out nine and gave up only four hits, but surrendered three walks and hit three batters.
His counterpart Gentry Fortuno remained perfect for the past three seasons as a Flanagan pitcher. Fortuno improved to 24-0 over that span and 7-0 this season striking out eight over seven innings.
“It was an intense game and my changeup was on and was my out pitch,” Fortuno said. “Honestly, I try not to think about anything out there. I bring the same intensity whether we’re up big or its close or we’re behind.”
Fortuno gave up seven hits, but the only costly one came in the top of the fourth when McCarthy catcher Ryan Sinzenich belted a solo home run to left center field to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead.
WP: Gentry Fortuno (7-0). LP: Brian Gonzalez.
WP: Gonzalez (6-2). Top performers: Landon Silver 2-3, 2 2Bs, 3 RBI. Dylan Cloonan 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI. John Gonzalez 5 IP, 0 Runs, 6 Ks. WC 18-4-1.
WP: Brian Melendez. LP: Rivas. Top performers: Brian Melendez 5 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs. Gabe Sardinia 2-3. Gabriel Guzman 1-4, double, 2 RBI. CG 18-6.
WP: Cleveland Westbrook (5-3), 2 IP, hit, run, 2 K’s. Top performers: Cleveland Westbrook Jr. 3-5, HR, 3 R, 3 SB, 2 RBI. Dillon Belle 4-5, double, 3 RBI. Roderick Lucas Jr. 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2R, RBI. Jordan Owens 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI.
WP: Davis Brown (7-2). LP: Fernandez. Top performers: Gio Soto 2-3, HR, 3 RBI. Oscar Marchena 1-2, RBI, 2 BB. Justin Fernandez 1-2, BB.
WP: Robert Touron (2-0). LP: Amarol. Top performers: Brent Diaz 1-3, HR, RBI, BB. Joe Dunand 1-2, 2B, 2R RBI, 2 BB. Brian Nido 1-2, R, BB.
WP: Jon Fernandez (4-1), 1-hitter, 7 K's. Top performer: Chauncey Nunez 1-2, 2 RBI.
WP: Kelli Kleis (16-2). LP: K. Ramsey. Top performers: Caitlin Charlton 3-3, 5 RBI, 2 doubles. Brittany Husk 2-4, Grand Slam, 3 runs. Kaitlyne Musa 2-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs. WC 21-3.
WP: Kelli Kleis (15-2). LP: Shaw. Top performers: Carlin Labuzan 3-3, 2 RBI. Rachel Valdes 3-3, RBI, 2 runs. Brittany Husk 3-4, 2 runs, double. WC 20-3.
WP: Emily Perretta, 7 IP, 8 K’s. Top performers: Kathryn Garcia 2-2, 2 SB. Erica Denis 2-3 hits, 2 SB. Cristina Ayerdis 2-3. Michelle Green 2-4.Doral 12, Marathon 2:
Belen Jesuit announced that four of its student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play collegiate sports.
Pedro Gomez will play golf for St. Andrews College in North Carolina, Fabian Tomas will run cross-country for the University of Portland, Boleck De Pawlikowski signed on to swim at East Carolina University and Miguel Zaldivar will join the oldest lightweight rowing team in the country when he sets sail with the University of Pennsylvania.
“All of them are outstanding young men and they will be excellent Belen ambassadors at their respective universities,” Belen athletic director Carlos Barquin said in a statement.
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Doral Academy vs. St. Brendan, 3:30
Mater Lakes vs. Mater Academy, 5:00
Brito Miami vs. Pace, 7:00
SLAM vs. Hialeah Educational, 7:00
District 16-5A quarterfinal: Cardinal Gibbons at Archbishop McCarthy, 7
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North Miami Beach vs. Carol City, 3:30
Reagan vs. Braddock, 3:30
Homestead vs. Varela, 3:30
Champagnat vs. Westwood Chris., 4:00
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