One big inning.
That’s all it took for the Coral Park baseball team as the Rams batted around and scored five times in the top of the fourth inning and then hung on for a 6-4 win over Miami Springs on Tuesday afternoon in a GMAC quarterfinal matchup at Miami Springs High.
Coral Park (15-8), the defending GMAC champion, will host Southwest on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in a GMAC semifinal after the Eagles clobbered Krop 10-0 in their quarterfinal.
Palmetto will travel to Walker Park in Hialeah to take on Westland Hialeah at 3:30 p.m. in the other semifinal.
“We were slumping a little in the middle of the season, and now we’re starting to come out of it and catch our stride at the right time,” said shortstop Kevin Castillo, who went 2 for 4 including a bases-loaded, two-RBI single in that big fourth inning.
“It feels good to come through for my team, and now we want to keep it going.”
Starting pitcher William Silva was cruising along with a 5-1 lead when he began to run out of gas in the sixth as Springs rallied to cut the lead to 5-4 on a pair of RBI singles by Joel Gonzalez and Lazaro Hernandez.
Castillo then came through with another clutch hit, a two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh to give the Rams a big insurance run that they needed when Miami Springs (17-6) rallied to load the bases in the last of the seventh. But ZachNeto came in to replace reliever Adrian Ordonez and threw just two pitches, inducing a fly ball to right field off the bat of Gonzalez to end the game.
Southwest 10, Krop 0: Pitcher Jordan Worley started the game on Monday and finished it on Tuesday as the host Eagles routed Krop at Southwest High in a game what was suspended on Monday by inclement weather.
Worley not only pitched the five-inning shutout, striking out nine batters along the way, but also he helped himself at the plate with a three-RBI bases-clearing double. Danny Cruz (3 for 3, two runs), Erick Modelo (2 for 4, RBI) and Erick Orbeda (2 for 4, two RBI) were the other big offensive contributors for the Eagles.
Palmetto 17, Goleman 13: Leading 17-1 after three innings, Palmetto was ready to close things out on the mercy rule before the Gators turned in a furious rally that fell just short. Alex Castaneda went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Christian Ortega went 1 for 2 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI to lead the way for the Panthers (18-4). Kyle Krtausch also had a big day going 3-for-5 with a triple and RBI.
Westland Hialeah 13, Coral Gables 3: Jose Sosa and Ronaldo Martin led the way for Westland (15-8) at Walker Park in Hialeah. Sosa went 4 for 4 with a double, triple and five RBI, and Martin homered twice, going 2 for 3 with five RBI.
George Aguilera went the distance on the mound, pitching five innings and striking out nine to get the win.
Fresh off its second consecutive Class 2A state championship, Miami Christian was well-represented on this year’s All-State team for that classification. Senior guards Neftali Alvarez and Marcello Perez each made first team, senior Jeffrey Hernandez earned second-team honors and senior Miguel Diaz made the third team. Miami Westwood Christian center and Purdue University signee Emmanuel Duwuona also earned second-team honors.
Westminster Academy’s Zack Scott made the first team in Class 4A after leading the Eagles to their second state championship in a row. Junior Chase Johnston made the second team and sophomore Dudley Blackwell made the third team. Florida Christian sophomore forward John Square Jr. earned second-team honors as did SLAM Academy’s Kentron Poitier. SLAM guard Luis Pacheco made the third team. In Class 3A, Champagnat Catholic’s Stephon Johnson earned first-team honors.
Now in his 12th year, Sunset baseball coach CamiloGaitan picked up career win No. 200 last weekend when the Knights edged Pine Crest Prep 2-1 in the Florida Christian Tournament.
Regional semifinals at Tropical Park — Palmetto def. Miami Beach 4-1: Isabella Montana, Ally Hayduk, Milena Van DerReis and Nathalie Van DerReis all won in singles. Palmetto will take on Ferguson in regional final on Thursday.
Regional semifinal at South Broward — Miami Springs def. South Broward 4-0: Sarah Seivane (6-0, 6-0), Toby Lewis (6-1, 6-3), Angela Moon (6-0, 6-0) and Ashley Moon (6-1, 6-1) all win their singles matches. Miami Springs will face Doral in a regional final at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tropical Park.
Regional semifinals — Palmetto def. Coral Gables 4-2:Dillion Blake, Daniel Martens and Ryan Fung all won their singles matches. No. 2 doubles team of Martens/Blake won to decide the match.
District 2A-14 semifinal — Krop 13, Hialeah Gardens 0:Kamryn Walker 2 INTs, one for TD; Lindsey Weingard TD pass; Anicia Collins TD reception. District Final: Krop vs. Mater Academy Wednesday, 3:30 at Krop.
District 2A-14 semifinal — Mater Academy 26, North Miami 10: Karla Celis 5 flag pulls, 2 INT for TD; Danielle Edinger 2 TD passes; Daniela Ortega TD Rec., 2 INT; Melanie Chiquillo TD Rec., INT; Karla Vargas 7 Flag Pulls. MA: 11-2.