With solid off-speed stuff and the ability to mix in a reliable fastball, pitcher Ryan Granda has been consistent throughout this season for the Killian baseball team.
Granda added Coral Gables to his list of stymied opponents Wednesday night pitching a two-hitter and striking out eight in a 5-0 victory over the Cavaliers in a GMAC semifinal at Southwest High’s Andre Dawson Field.
Granda improved to 10-0 on the season with a 0.72 ERA.
“With all respect to the great pitchers in this town, Granda has had the best season of any pitcher so far this year in Dade County,” Killian coach Angel Herrera said. “He’s shown it time and time again with his poise on the big stage. What he did today to a very good Coral Gables team was nothing short of phenomenal.”
The loss snapped Coral Gables’ six-game winning streak just hours after it completed a 12-2 quarterfinal win against Hialeah Gardens in a game that had been suspended due to rainTuesday.
Killian (21-4) will host Columbus in the tournament championship Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Killian defeated Columbus, 3-1, in a regular-season game March 14. Columbus (20-4) defeated American 4-3 in the other semifinal at American Wednesday.
Granda did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and was only threatened in that inning and the sixth when Gables put a pair of runners on base with one out. But in each situation, Granda responded with back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
The Cougars set the tone for their star pitcher right away when Daniel Cumba smacked a leadoff solo home run on the game’s first pitch off Gables’ starter Andrew Cabezas. Cumba’s blast was his fourth of the season.
Keith Stevens later hit his fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning to cap the scoring. Eddie Arteaga, Ryan Sabbag and Freddie Zambora each drove in a run.
CG 000 000 0 – 0 2 2
KIL 101 201 X – 5 6 0
WP: Ryan Granda (10-0). LP: Andrew Cabezas (5-4).
CG 204 001 5 – 12 12 2
HG 000 110 0 - 2 4 0
WP: Victor Quintero (3-1). LP: Jeremi Garcia.
On a team loaded with talent in the starting pitching rotation, it was someone who came in in relief who stepped up in a big way for the Columbus baseball team on Wednesday afternoon.
Taking on American in a GMAC semifinal contest at American High School, the Explorers, led by Christopher Coipel, staved off a seventh inning Patriot rally to hang on for a 4-3 victory and berth in the GMAC championship game. Columbus, which moved its record to 22-4, will travel to Killian High SchoolThursday at 3:30 p.m. to take on the Cougars.
With the tying run on third and winning run on second for American, Coipel fired a 1-2 slider down low and outside and got Ronnie Williams to reach for it and swing at air to end the contest.
“It was a battle from the time I entered until the time it ended but I never lost confidence that I could get it done and help get my team the win,” said Coitel. “Obviously it was a little nervewracking but I just bared down and threw strikes when I had to and had all the confidence in my defense and my teammates that they would make the plays to back me up and they did.”
Coipel entered in the fourth inning inheriting a bases loaded, no-out jam from starter Anthony Martinez and his team leading 2-1. He managed to get out of it giving up just one run and watched his offense come through in the top of the fifth scoring twice to grab the lead for good at 4-2. A Ryan Alvarez RBI single to center was the big hit breaking the tie.
But things were anything but smooth for Coipel as a walk and a hit batter put two on with one out in the fifth and an error at shortstop and another hit batter put two on with one out again in the sixth.
But Coipel managed to worm his way out of both jams to preserve his team’s two run lead. However when Eric Gonzalez led off the seventh with a base hit for the Patriots and Kevin Williams followed with an RBI triple off the right center field fence, American (19-5) was poised to at least send it to extra innings or win it.
That’s when Coipel dodged his final bullett. When Matt Ruiz hit a hard shot to shortstop with the infield in, and Columbus’ Danny Casals bobbled it, Williams started to take off for home. But when Casals quickly scooped up the loose ball, Williams froze and was caught halfway home and was tagged out in a rundown.
Steven Alvarez then drew a walk, the seventh walk of the day given up by Columbus pitching, and both runners advanced to second and third on a groundout to first by Edison Cabrera setting the stage for Williams’ game-ending strikeout.
When that baserunning thing happened we just kind of felt destined that maybe it was meant to be so we just Chris out there and let him finish it up,” said Columbus coach Joe Weber. “Our pitchers didn’t throw real well today as we had a bunch of walks and hit batters and when you do that you’re not going to win many games but we managed to find a way to grind out a win and sometimes that’s how you have to do it if you don’t have your best day.”
COL 002 020 0 – 4 4 2
AM 010 100 1 – 3 5 1
WP: Coipel 3-0; LP: R.Williams 4-2. Top performers: AM – Eric Gonzalez 2-for-3, Kevin Williams 1-for-2, RBI. COL – Nelson Mompierre 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, Ryan Alvarez 1-for-3, RBI
Yellow balls beamed bars on goals, sending songs of ricochet behind Ransom Everglades SchoolWednesday in the district 15 water polo championships. The Everglades girls shredded the nets with a 19-4 thrashing of Coral Gables. The Everglades boys missed 17 shots en route to a 7-3 loss to Belen.
“It’s a shame coaching a game and saying keep doing what you are doing,” Everglades coach Eric Lefebvre said. “We took 20 shots and I think we barred out nine shots. It was an inch one way or the other.”
Adrian Alepuz’s three first period goals gave Belen a 4-1 lead that the Wolverines never lost.
“We have always had some trouble with our defense,” Wolverines goalkeeper Ryan Guso said. “We wanted to show them what we had. Last time we didn’t play that well. We came out, gave it our all and got a W. We had the big lead but we knew that defense wins games. It’s what we base our team on and that’s how we got the win today.”
The Wolverines led 5-2 at the half behind its defense and Guso’s goalkeeping.
“It was an excellent game,” Wolverines coach Jimmy Aguilera said. “My team played excellent defense and this district is difficult.”
The Everglades girls (20-2) led Coral Gables 11-0 in the first period to run away in its championship game. Sofia Rivas had six goals and Chelsea Johnson had four goals in the win.
“I think it’s another step,” Lefebvre said. “We have to stay focused, but our district continues to improve. It’s all about our defense. The ability we have on defense leads to opportunities we have on offense. It’s a really big part of it.”
BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD
1. Belen 186.50, 2. Northwestern 156.50, 3. Central 74, 4. Carol City 65, 5. Homestead 54, 6. Norland 50, 7. Doral 46, 8. Mater 5, 9. Goleman 4, 10. Miami Springs 1—3200 Meter Run: 1. Fabian Tomas (BEL) 10:25.99, 2. Ryan Rodriguez (BEL) 10:26.34, 3. Michael Magoulas (BEL) 10:26.69. 1600 Meter Run: 1. Ryan Rodriguez (BEL) 4:22.69, 2. Fabian Tomas (BEL) 4:31.55, 3. Michael Magoulas(BEL) 4:33.56. 800 Meter Run: 1. Alexander Isaac (BEL) 1:57.33, 2. Andres Magliano (DA) 1:57.45, 3. Chistopher Othelot (NW)1:58.81. 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Belen 8:10.60. 2. Northwestern 8:16.19, 3. Homestead 8:53.47. 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Northwestern 3:17.68, 2. Norland 3:22.90, 3. Doral 3:29.18. 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Northwestern 42.09, 2. Norland 43.09, 3. Carol City 43.35. 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Kenneth Lewis (CC) 40.13, 2. Nickoles White (HOM) 40.25, 3. Charles Womble (NW) 41.06. 110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Daniel Neptune (BEL) 14.88, 2. Joshua Cartwright (NW) 15.48, 3. Keelen Roberts (CC) 15.71. 400 Meter Dash: 1. Jeffery Green (NW) 49.73, 2. Cordell Lamb (NW) 49.87, 3. Fiteau Pinchinat (NW) 50.20. 200 Meter Dash: 1. Javaunie Francis (CEN) 21.88, 2. Antonio Howard (NW) 22.10, 3. Deandre Baker (NW) 22.12. 100 Meter Dash: 1. Antonio Howard (NW) 10.73, 2. Simpkin Pherris (CEN) 10.85, 3. Simino Walden (NW) 11.04. Shot Put: 1. Freddick Jones(CEN) 58-00.00 17.67m, 2. Aaron Hanna (CEN) 56-05.00 17.19m, 3. William Gordon (NOR) 53-05.00 16.28m. Discus Throw: 1. Freddick Jones (CEN) 185-06 56.54m, 2. Herman Howard (NW) 150-05 45.84m, 3. Aaron Hanna (CEN)148-09 45.33m. Triple Jump: 1. Christian Rondon (BEL) 12.64m, 2. Nickoles White (HOM) 12.62m, 3. Daniel Neptune (BEL) 12.57m. Long Jump: 1. Kenneth Lewis (CC) 7.09m, 2. Edward Rolle IV (CC) 6.51m, 3. Myquan Melton (NW) 6.50m. Pole Vault: 1. Eric Castellanos (BEL) 3.35m, 2. Richard Moncada (BEL) 3.20m, 3. Marc Pugliese (BEL) 2.89m, 3. Matthew Murphy (BEL) 2.89m. High Jump: 1. Ronald Abner (NW) 1.85m, 3. Montray Smith (CC) 1.82m, 4. Carl Robertgeau (HOM)1.77m.
GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
TRACK AND FIELD
BOYS’ WATER POLO
GIRLS’ WATER POLO