Kayleen Romero went 4 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI to lead American High School to a 12-2 rout in the 7A regional softball quarterfinal against Hollywood Hills on Thursday.
Coach Sergio Fernandez was happy about Romero’s play, but not as much for the rest of the team.
“We played a good game. It wasn’t our best game,” Fernandez said. “We still haven’t found our peak, but hopefully we’ll play better next time. [Romero’s] been consistent all year long. She’s been carrying us, she leads the team in hitting. She’s in that three hole for a reason.”
After a slow start, the Patriots scored six runs in the third inning, mostly from making the Spartans think. With Isabella Rodriguez on third, Chastity Velez drew a walk and took off for second, forcing the Spartans to decide where to go with the ball.
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Velez advanced to second and Rodriguez was able to score.
“We put a lot of pressure on them,” Fernandez said. “We played small ball, put the ball in play and were very aggressive on the bases. That was really the difference. We finally started playing a little bit more of what we were capable of doing.”
Romero later doubled in the inning to make it a 7-1 Patriots lead.
American added five runs in the sixth inning to cap off the rout. They will face the winner of Ronald Reagan and St. Thomas Aquinas in the Regional Semifinals.
HH 0 0 1 1 0 0 — 2-5- 3
AM 1 0 6 0 0 5 — 12-11-2
Region 4-3A quarterfinal - Marathon 16, Miami Country Day 0: Eight errors and perfect pitching by the opposition ended Miami Country Day’s season as it fell to Marathon at home.
"We failed to show up [Thursday], but we had an outstanding season," said coach Chris Antonopoulos. "We only lost our first game and last game. In between we had a good season with a district championship."
Four of the eight MCD (14-2) errors came in the first inning against the first three Dolphins' batters. In the bottom of the first, Marathon's Jordan Roney pitched a 1-2-3 inning on six pitches.
The Dolphins scored five runs apiece in the second and third innings.
Roney's perfect game looked to end in the third on a single by Viviana Velez. However, the umpire called the her out because there was a lineup error and she batted out of order.
Marathon will face Westminster Christian in the semifinal.
MAR 4 5 5 2 X X X — 16-11-0
MCD 0 0 0 0 X X X— 0-0-8
Westminster Christian 15, Archbishop Curley 0 (3 innings): The Westminster Christian Warriors (24-3) advanced to the Region 3A semifinals with a 15-0 win over Archbishop Curley at Palmetto Bay Park, beating the Lady Knights by mercy rule in three innings.
Starting pitcher Kelli Kleis and relievers Victoria Perez and Madi Precht — both eighth-graders — each pitched one inning in a combined no-hitter and struck out two batters apiece in the victory.
Perez also had a solid night at the plate, going 2 for 2 with a walk and a two-run double in the first inning and an RBI single in the second.
Spotty pitching and fielding hurt Archbishop Curley from the start, and the Warriors took advantage, scoring 11 runs in the first inning off just four hits. The Lady Knights walked eight batters in two innings in the loss.
The Warriors will now take on Marathon, a team they’ve beaten twice this season, in the regional semifinals as they look to move one step closer to a state tournament trip.
ABC 0 0 0 - 0 0 2
WC 11 4 X - 15 5 0
Region 4-7A: St. Thomas Aquinas 15, Reagan 0: Senior Gwen Svekis slugged two homers and drove in five runs in just two innings to lead St. Thomas Aquinas’ softball team to a 15-0 win over visiting Reagan.
Aquinas (26-2), the defending state champion in Class 7A and currently ranked ninth in the nation by MaxPreps, advanced to Tuesday’s regional semifinal against visiting American.
Reagan (12-4), making its first appearance in a regional, allowed six runs in the first inning and nine in the second.
The game was stopped after 2 1/2 innings due to the 15-run rout rule.
Aquinas’ left-hander Meghan King, a senior who has signed with the University of Maryland, allowed no hits and just one walk in her three innings of work, striking out eight. She improved her record to 16-2.
Svekis, who has nine homers this season and 18 the past two years, has signed with the University of Oregon — which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation — as a catcher/first baseman.
Aquinas’ only losses this season were both early this month by 1-0 scores to American Heritage and Columbia.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal: St. Brendan 12, Key West 3: Top performers: Deanna Delgado, Jessica Fraga and Mallory Ryan.
The Miami Springs baseball team won its first district title in seven years as the Golden Hawks hung on for the one-run victory over Goleman at Springs High School
The biggest swing of the game came off the bat of Springs first baseman Austin Voeller when, with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fifth, took Kevin Perez’s first pitch and drove it over the right field fence for a grand slam home run and 6-1 lead.
They needed every run as the Gators (14-10) rallied for two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh and nearly tied it when, with a runner on third and one out and trailing 6-4, Carlos Garido send a drive all the way to the left field fence which Yoandry Perez caught with his back to the fence. The runner tagged to cut the lead to one but Perez struck out on a check swing to end the game.
Dylan Carter went the distance for Springs giving up six hits, striking out three and yielding just one earned run.
Springs (16-9) will host Belen Jesuit next Thursday in a regional quarterfinal contest at 4 p.m. at Springs High School.
•District 15-6A Final: Miami Springs 6, Goleman 5:
WP: Dylan Carter 4-3; LP: Kevin Perez 1-2.
•District 16-8A Final: Killian 7, South Dade 6:
WP: Eddie Demurias. LP: Danny Vaughn. Top performers: Joey Gonzalez 2-2. Eddie Artiaga 2-4, HR, 2 RBI. Spencer Levine 2B, RBI. Eddie Demuria 2.2 IP, 6 K’s. KIL 23-4.
•District 16-6A Final: MATER 1, Belen 0:
WP: Kevin Suentes CG, 1 hit, 5 K’s. LP: Artigues. Top performers: David Silva 2B. Alex Rodriguez sac-fly, RBI. MA 15-8.
•Late Wednesday - Gulliver 10, Keys Gate 0:
WP: Davis Brown (8-2). Top performers: Brian Nido 2-3, HR, 2 RBI. Joe Dunand 2-3, 2 RBI. Justin Fernandez 2-3, 2B, 3 R.
•Mater Academy 64, iMater 0:
Silvia Diaz Passing TD, Rushing TD, Rec.TD, 1 Int. return for TD. Alondra Angulo 3 Int returns for TD. Karla Vargas 7 Sacks. MA 10-1.
Coral Park senior Adrian Caesar signed a national letter of intent to continue his football career at Brown University.
• GMAC quarterfinal: Palmetto d. Miami High 25-23, 32-30: Devin Decker 17 kills, 9 digs. Joey Sensale 10 kills, 10 digs. Sean Diaz-Gomez 7 kills, 3 blocks. Tanner Ray 8 digs. PAL 15-6.
• GMAC quarterfinal: Killian d. Hialeah Gardens 25-18, 25-23: Jose Martinez 5 kills, 3 blocks. Jack Harris 7 kills, 11 digs. KIL 14-4.
• GMAC quarterfinal: Killian d. Sunset 25-19, 25-22: Julian Xuarez 15 digs. Jason Harris 24 assists. Christopher Barut 5 kills, 3 blocks. KIL 15-4.
• GMAC quarterfinal: Southwest d. Killian 25-20, 25-20: KIL 15-5.