A memorable season of firsts continued Wednesday for the Doral Academy baseball team.
Led by a strong performance from senior right-handed pitcher Christian Cuba, the Firebirds clinched a berth in the regional playoffs for the first time in three years with a 2-1 win over host Belen Jesuit in a District 16-6A semifinal.
The Firebirds (18-7-1), who have set a school record for most wins in a season, extended their also-school-record winning streak to 10 games. It is the second-longest active streak in South Florida behind Coral Gables’ 13.
Doral advances to regionals for only the second time in school history and will play reigning Class 6A state champion Mater Academy on Thursday in the district championship game.
Cuba improved to 5-0 for the season and allowed only two hits and one run — a solo home run in the fifth inning — while striking out six.
Doral jumped to a 2-0 lead by the third inning on a run-scoring double by freshman Roberto Leiva and later an RBI single by junior Luis Valbuena. Leiva finished with two doubles. Senior Nelson Montilla had two hits and an RBI.
▪ District 15-6A Semifinal: Miami Springs 1, Mourning 0: Eventually, somebody had to score. After an endless marathon of scoreless innings, a dozen to be exact, the Miami Springs Golden Hawks baseball team, thanks to a consecutive pair of errors in the field by its opponent, finally plated a run in the bottom of the 13th to edge Mourning at Florida Memorial College.
Springs (10-13) will take on Goleman, which defeated Norland 4-1 immediately afterward in the other semi, for the district title Thursday at 4 p.m. at FMC.
The end came suddenly and unexpectedly when, after both teams played tremendous defense all game, buoyed by outstanding pitching on both sides, the Sharks (12-13) committed two consecutive errors.
First when shortstop Fabian Ortega overthrow first on a routine grounder by Obel Vega, and then when Springs’ Victor Perez dropped down a routine bunt to move Vega to second, Mourning catcher Max Liff went high to first base down the right field line and Vega came all the way around to score the game winner.
The real heroes of the day for Springs though were pitchers Dylan Carter, the starter, and David Cervantes.
“Just an outstanding job by both Dylan and David out there today,” said Springs head coach Willie Vasquez. “Especially when you’re struggling offensively which puts that much more pressure on your pitchers.”
▪ District 15-4A semifinals — St. Brendan 1, Florida Christian 0: One run was all St. Brendan starter Andres Fernandez needed as he turned in a brilliant three-hit, complete-game shutout as the Sabres (12-12) held on to knock off the Patriots in the first of two semifinal games on Thursday at Pace High School.
Benito Varela doubled in the last of the fourth and Christian Martin singled to bring him in for what turned out to be the game-winner.
▪ District 15-4A semifinals — Mater Lakes 1, Monsignor Pace 0: Controversy reigned supreme when, trailing 1-0 in the last of the fifth, top-seeded Monsignor Pace thought it had tied the game when Jorge Arenas drilled a one-out shot to the left-center-field wall, scoring Jonathan Reyes-Diaz all the way from first.
But the first-base umpire came in when the play was over and called Reyes-Diaz out, ruling that, even though it was a high throw over his head, he interfered with the catcher on a potential play at the plate.
The Bears (15-11) got the only run they would need when David Seijo drilled a two-out home run in the third inning and watched his pitcher, Rene Arauz, turn in a dominant performance, giving up just four hits while striking out 13 batters.
St. Brendan and Mater Lakes will meet for the district title Thursday at 7 p.m. at Pace.
▪ District 16-6A semifinal — Doral Academy 2, Belen 1: WP: Christian Cuba (5-0). LP: Pablo Arevalo (5-4). DA 18-7. BEL 14-12.
▪ District 15-6A semifinals Miami Springs 1, Mourning 0: WP: Dylan Carter 9IP.
▪ District 15-4A semifinal — St. Brendan 1, Florida Christian 0:WP: Andres Fernandez CG, 7IP, 3H. Top Performers: Benito Varela 1-2, 2B. Christian Martin RBI.
▪ District 15-4A semifinal — Mater Lakes 1, Pace 0: WP: Rene Arauz CG, 4H, 13 Ks. Top Performers: David Seijo 1-2, HR, BB
▪ District 15-6A semifinal — Goleman 4, Norland 1:WP: Kevin Perez CG, 10 K’s, BB. Top Performers: Jeremy Garcia 2-2, 2R, 2B, 2SB. Thomas Hernandez 2-3, RBI, R.
▪ District 14-8A final — Miami High 6, Hialeah 2: WP: Chris Rodriguez. LP: Erislandy Rivas.
▪ District 16-8A semifinal — Palmetto 3, Varela 1: WP: Felix Garcia. LP: Oscar Gomez. VAR 13-6-1. PAL 15-8.
▪ District 16-3A semifinal — Palmer Trinity 2, Archbishop Carroll 1: WP: Walker. Top Performers: Miller 3-1, HR. Roberts 1-2. PT 20-3.
▪ District 14-6A final — Pines Charter 5, Boyton Beach 0: WP: Daniel Rivero (4-3), 4 IP, 0 H, 8 K's. Top Performers: Danny Rodriguez-Velez HR, 2RBI. Anthony Gomes 2-3, 2B, RBI. PC 17-4-1.
▪ District 15-3A semifinal — Hiealeah Educational 12, Sagemont 7.
▪ District 16-4A semifinal — Gulliver 8, Coral Shores 1: GP 19-6. CS 12-14.
▪ District 15-2A semifinal — Miami Christian 12, Champagnat 2.
Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest center and recent Duke signee Antonio Vrankovic, Monsignor Pace guard C.J. Fisher and Weston Sagemont and UCLA-bound guard Prince Ali all earned first team honors Tuesday when Source Hoops/FABC released its All-State teams for Class 3A and 4A.
Vrankovic and Fisher earned the honor for Class 4A. Ali earned a spot on the Class 3A team. Ali’s teammate, Keyshawn Evans made the second team in Class 3A. International School of Broward 6-9 junior Jonathan Isaac made third team.
Also in Class 4A, Chaminade-Madonna junior guard Leandro Allende earned third-team honors.
Hebrew Academy d. International Studies Charter (14-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-17): Yosef Hochner 22 kills, 6 digs. Max Del-Giglio 41 assists, 9 digs. Mikie Shakib 20 kills, 5 digs. HA 7-4.
Douglas d. Western (25-19, 25-17, 27-25): Tyler Smith 12 kills, 3 blocks. George Spadafora 8 kills, 2 blocks. DOU 14-3.
Ransom d. Archbishop McCarthy (21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22): Mike Colonna 22 kills, 2 blocks, ace, 10 assists. Nick Cobb 11 kills, 10 digs. AJ Spiegelman 5 kills, 2 blocks. Dickson Lee 24 assists.
Cardinal Gibbons d. Spanish River (21-25, 25-20, 27-25, 22-25, 15-8): Corry Short 28 kills, 9 digs, 4 blocks, 2 assists, 2 aces, 3 points. Dillon Dannenhauer 51 assists, 5 kills, 12 digs, 3 blocks, 2 aces, 7 points. CG 20-4.
South Broward d. Nova (25-9, 23-25, 25-13, 25-12):Torres 12 kills, 14 points, 10 digs. SB 13-7.
Late Tuesday — St Brendan d. Florida Christian (25-14 25-18 29-27): Jahn Lozada 24 kills, 10 digs, 3 blocks. Marc Diaz 21 assists, 9 digs. Chachi Nunez 20 digs. SB 13-6.
Late Tuesday — Archbishop McCarthy d.Chaminade-Madonna (25-23, 22-25, 26-24, 25-11): CM 12-6: Zach Wilkerson 11 kills, 6 blocks. Max Klyczek 8 kills, 8 points, 4 digs.
Mater Academy 28, Sagemont 0: Angelica Gutierrez 130 Rushing yds, 2 TD, 1 passing TD. Emily Acosta 2 INT. Alexis Rodriguez INTR, TD. MA 10-2.
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Palmetto at Coral Gables, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Braddock at Coral Reef, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Flanagan at Hialeah Gardens, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Miami High at McArthur, 7
Region 3-8A quarterfinal: South Plantation at Douglas, 7
Region 3-8A quarterfinal: Taravella at Western, 7
Region 4-6A quarterfinal: Goleman at Doral, 7
Region 4-6A quarterfinal at Virginia Gardens Park: TERRA vs. Miami Springs, 7
Region 4-6A quarterfinal at Silver Lakes South: Okeechobee vs. Pines Charter, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: St. Brendan at Gulliver, 4
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Key West at Florida Christian, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal at Betti Stradling Park: Kings Academy vs. Coral Springs Charter, 4
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Calvary Christian at Delray American Heritage, 7
Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Marathon at Miami Country Day, 7
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Boca Raton Christian at Sheridan Hills Christian, 4
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Island Christian at Miami Christian, 4
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Princeton Christian at Colonial Christian, 4
Region 4-2A quarterfinal at Lake Charleston Park: Posnack at Boca Raton Grandview Prep, 7
District 11-8A semifinal at Taravella: Douglas vs. Coral Springs, 1
District 12-8A final: Cooper City-Western winner at Cypress Bay, 6
District 13-8A final at Flanagan: West Broward vs. Flanagan, 6:30
District 15-8A final at Braddock: Coral Gables vs. Columbus, 3:30
District 16-8A final at Coral Reef: South Dade vs. Palmetto, 3:30
District 15-7A final at South Broward: Nova vs. St. Thomas Aquinas-Hollywood Hills winner, 7
District 16-7A semifinals at American: Reagan vs. Westland Hialeah, 2; American vs. North Miami Beach, 4:30
District 15-6A final at Florida Memorial University: Goleman vs. Miami Springs, 4
District 16-6A final at Belen Jesuit: Mater Academy vs. Doral, 3:30
District 16-5A final at Archbishop McCarthy: American Heritage vs. Archbishop McCarthy-Pompano Beach winner, 7
District 14-4A semifinals at Nova Southeastern University: 4 and 7
District 15-4A final at Monsignor Pace: St. Brendan vs. Mater Lakes-Pace winner, 7
District 16-4A semifinal at Gulliver: Key West vs. Keys Gate, 4
District 14-3A semifinal: Highlands Christian at Westminster Academy, 7
District 15-3A final at Slade Park: Hialeah Educational vs. Westwood Christian-SLAM winner, 7
District 16-3A semifinal: Marathon at Westminster Christian, 4
District 13-2A final: Zion Lutheran at Boca Raton Christian, 4
District 15-2A final: Brito at Miami Christian, 4
TRACK AND FIELD
Region 4-3A at Ansin Sports Complex — Field: 11 a.m.; Running prelims: 3; Running finals: 7