EAGLES FRESHMEN BASEBALL
GREAT SEASON HAS A DISAPPOINTING END
The purple team lost at Columbus, 10-1, in the championship game of the Freshmen League. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Kevin Rodriguez and Carson Moreno hit back-to-back shots off the left field fence. The Explorers scored three runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the inning and the game devolved from there. Despite the disappointing performance, the purple team finished the season number two in the county with a record of 12-4-1 with three of the losses coming by a single run. The season is even more impressive considering the roster consisted of two freshmen and fifteen eighth graders. Congratulations to coaches Jeff Cominsky, Rene Velazquez and all of the players on a tremendous season!
PURPLE TEAM ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BEHIND KEVIN RODRIGUEZ 1-HITTER
The purple team advanced to the championship game of the freshmen league with a 6-1 victory over host Florida Christian. Kevin Rodriguez pitched a complete-game one-hitter while striking out ten in six innings. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Chris Alvarez tripled and scored on a Connor Chang sacrifice fly. Two more runs scored in the third. Carson Moreno led off with a single, advanced to second on a balk, took third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch. Eric Santamaria walked, advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on a single by Matt Fernandez. The Eagles scored their final three runs in the fifth on three walks, another wild pitch and a two-run single by Alvarez. The Eagles will face Columbus for the league championship Saturday at 3:30pm at Columbus. There will be no time limit and the admission charge will be $5 for the finals.
PURPLE TEAM MERCY RULES FERGUSON, 13-3
Alberto Rigual drove in three runs with two singles as the Eagles purple team routed Ferguson, 13-3, in a game shortened to four innings by the mercy rule. Matt Fernandez pitched 3 2/3 innings for the win and also drew three walks at the plate. Chris Alvarez had a good day at the plate going 2-for-3 and reaching on an error. Falcons pitchers issued 12 walks and hit a batter. The purple team advances to the final four of the freshmen playoffs and will face Florida Christian in the semifinals. The other semi pits Sunset against Columbus.
GRAY TEAM LOSES TO CORAL REEF, 6-4
The gray team jumped out to a 4-0 lead before falling to Coral Reef, 6-4. Ish Espinoza pitched three shutout innings before tiring on a hot, humid day. Javi Hernandez was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases and was hit by a pitch. Gaby Garcia had an RBI double and Justin Ruiz had a run-scoring single for the Eagles. The loss eliminated the gray team from the playoffs. The gray team, made up mostly of seventh graders competing against ninth graders from other schools, finished the season with five wins, beating Westminster Christian twice, handing Mater its first loss, and also topping Gables and Mater Orange.
AGUIRRE HIT GIVES PURPLE TEAM WALK-OFF WIN
Karlo Aguirre's single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Eagles purple team an 8-7 walkoff victory over Westminster Christian at Andre Dawson Field. The Eagles looked like they were going to make it easy in the first inning when they scored four runs on six hits, the RBIs coming on singles by Connor Chang, Alex Pereira and Aguirre. The Warriors came back to take a 7-5 lead entering the botton of the sixth and final inning. Matt Fernandez started the winning rally with a leadoff walk. He stole second and scored on a double by Pereira. Maisen Sastre tied the game with a single to center and advanced all the way to third when the throw from the outfield was wild. Aguirre then picked up his third RBI of the game to keep the Eagles undefeated in the playoffs.
GRAY SQUAD LOSES HEARTBREAKER
Alex Pereira pitched superbly in a losing cause as Florida Christian scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the gray team, 2-1. Through six innings, Pereira had a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Pereira reached on a fielder's choice, took second on an error, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Javi Hernandez. Hernandez had the Eagles' only two hits of the game and also stole two bases.
PURPLE TEAM TIES COLUMBUS, 3-3
In a non-playoff game, the purple team played Columbus to a 3-3 tie at Andre Dawson Field. Starter Kevin Rodriguez had a rocky first inning but settled down to handcuff the Explorers over the final six innings, allowing only two hits while striking out seven after the first. The Eagles first run came in the third inning when Carson Moreno drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a Karlo Aguirre single, moved to third on a ground ball by JJ Cominsky and scored on a throwing error. One inning later, Maisen Sastre drew a one-out walk, stole second and raced home on a double by Connor Chang. Chang then stole third and scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
UNBEATEN MATER CAN'T BEAT GRAY SQUAD
Mater entered the freshmen playoffs as the number one seed with an 8-0 record. Then they ran into the Eagles gray team and came away winless. In the opener of the double-header, Alex Pereira pitched 5 1/3 strong innings, allowing only four hits, but came away with no decision in a 10-4 Eagles victory. Julian Gonzalez drove in the first run with a single and started a fifth inning rally with a triple, scoring on a Javi Hernandez double. Trailing 4-2 going into the final inning, the Eagles put up an 8-spot, highlighted by hits from Jordan Landin and Roger Rodriguez. Landin also was the winning pitcher. Great defense contributed also as Frankie Friguls made a diving catch in center field and the middle infield combo of Carlos Jacome and Aiden Vigoa turned two inning-ending double plays. In the second game, Isaiah Espinoza pitched brilliantly, allowing only two runs through six innings. With the Eagles trailing 2-1 entering the seventh inning, Pereira led off with a base hit, advanced to second on a passed ball and took third on a Chris Perez single. A sacrifice fly by Hernandez tied the game. Kevin Rodriguez came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh and needed only eight pitches to dispatch Mater and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
PURPLE TEAM WINS TWO PLAYOFF GAMES
GRAY TEAM BEATS WESTMINSTER 13-8
The Eagles purple team opened the playoffs with two convincing wins at Coral Park, beating the Rams, 6-1, in the first game and dispatching Terra, 5-1, in the second contest. In the opener, Matt Fernandez pitched all 7 innings, scattering three hits while striking out 6. Alex Pereira went two-for-three, and Chris Alvarez and Karlo Aguirre each had doubles for the Eagles. In the second game, Aguirre started on the mound and threw the first two innings. Maisen Sastre went the final five innings to pick up the win. Offensively, Connor Chang had a single and a double and drove in a run. Alberto Rigual had two doubles and an RBI and Eric Santamaria was two-for-two. The purple team (9-3) faces Columbus Monday night at Southwest. The gray team beat host Westminster Christian, 13-8, in a regular season game and plays Mater Sunday at Southwest in two playoff games.
GRAY TEAM SPLITS WITH GABLES
PURPLE TEAM SWEEPS VIA FORFEIT
Maisen Sastre was two-for-three with two RBIs and was the winning pitcher as the Eagles Gray team defeated Coral Gables, 8-2, for a split of their doubleheader. Sastre scattered four hits while striking out five. Javi Hernandez was 1-for-2 with an RBI double, Carlos Jacome was 1-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice fly and AJ Argudin had a single and a walk and scored twice. Ethan Cuadrado blanked the Cavaliers in the final inning to preserve the win. In the opener, two Gables pitchers combined on a no-hitter in a 6-2 win. The Purple team was scheduled to play Hialeah Gardens in the third and fourth games of the day but the Gladiators showed up with only seven players, giving the Eagles two forfeit victories.
PURPLE TEAM SPLITS WITH HIALEAH GARDENS
AJ Jorge was two-for-two with two RBIs to lead the Eagles Purple team to a 7-3 victory over host Hialeah Gardens in the opener of a doubleheader. Maisen Sastre was also two-for-two and drove in a run. Starter Kevin Rodriguez pitched five shutout innings while fanning five to pick up the win. He also tripled and scored the Eagles' third run. In the second game, the Gladiators had only three hits but two of them came in a two-run third inning as the Eagles came up short, 2-1. Jorge (4 innings) and Alex Pereira (3 innings) both pitched well in a losing cause. Jorge and Sastre each had their third and fourth hits of the day and Pereira struck out six. The Eagles loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't get the tying run across.
GRAY TEAM LOSES TO FLA. CHRISTIAN AND TERRA
The Eagles Gray team struggled on the mound dropping a 10-2 decision to Florida Christian and a 7-6 game to Terra. In the first game, Carlos Jacome and Kevin Toledo both doubled and scored the Eagles only runs. In the Terra game, Chris Perez had an RBI triple but the Wolves pulled it out in the last inning.
GRAY TEAM SPLITS WITH MATER ORANGE
The Eagles Gray team split a doubleheader with Mater Orange. In the first game, Isaiah Espinoza threw no-hit ball for the first five innings in a scoreless contest. The Eagles scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Ethan Cuadrado drew a walk, TJ Jicha singled over shortstop and Aiden Vigoa's sacrifice bunt plated Cuadrado. Jordan Landin through two shutout innings to pick up the win. In the second game, Mater Orange won, 5-4. Frankie Friguls had three hits, the last one a great bunt to score a run in the last inning. Maisen Sastre pitched three scoreless innings of relief, striking out four, for the Eagles and Eric Santamaria fanned four in two innings of relief.
EAGLES PURPLE TEAM SUFFERS TWO TOUGH LOSSES
The Eagles Purple team suffered its first two losses of the year at Columbus when the Explorers scored two runs in their last at-bat in both games. In the opener, Alex Pereira and Alan Jorge each pitched 3 innings of one-hit ball in a 2-1 loss. Connor Chang drove in Christopher Alvarez in the top of the sixth with Eagles' only run. In the second game, the Eagles fought back from an early 6-2 deficit to take a 7-6 lead before falling, 8-7. Maisen Sastre and Carson Moreno each drove in two runs. It should be pointed out that the Eagles team is almost entirely eighth graders playing against a team of ninth graders.
EAGLES WIN THREE OUT OF FOUR
AJ Jorge singled home Matthew Fernandez with two outs in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the Eagles Purple team (4-0) a 2-1 win over Mater Orange and a sweep of their doubleheader. Fernandez had singled home Max Orbeta earlier in the inning. Kevin Rodriguez (3 innings), Fernandez (2 IP, winning pitcher), Max Alvarez (1 IP) and Eric Santamaria (1 IP, save) combined to limit Mater to an unearned run. In the first game of the doubleheader, Orbeta's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jorge and gave the Eagles a 3-2 victory. It was Orbeta's second hit of the game. Connor Chang also had two hits. Earlier Saturday, the Eagles gray team opened its season with a split of a doubleheader against Westminster Christian. In the opener, the Eagles scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to come from behind and win, 8-7. Frankie Frijuls had a walk-off base on balls and an RBI single in the first inning. TJ Jicha had an RBI double in the final inning. The Warriors won the second game, 8-6. The Eagles fought back from an 8-0 deficit but ran out of time. Jordan Landin, after walking in his first four plate appearances of the doubleheader, had a two-run single in the final inning. Carlos Jacome and Chris Perez each had two hits in the second game. The Eagles Gray team is pictured below.
EAGLES PURPLE TEAM SWEEPS CORAL REEF
Connor Chang's homerun to right field highlighted the Eagles 8-6 win over host Coral Reef in the first game of a doubleheader. Chang was two-for-two with a walk, two stolen bases and three runs scored. JJ Cominsky was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Max Orbeta was 2-for-2 with one run batted in. Alex Pereira, Ethan Cuadrado and Matthew Fernandez each pitched two innings for the Eagles. In the second game, the Barracudas managed only two hits in an 8-0 Eagles victory. Kevin Rodriguez faced the minimum nine batters in three innings pitched, striking out three. Chang hurled two innings and Eric Santamaria retired Coral Reef in order in the sixth inning to preserve the shutout. Maisen Sastre was 2-for-2 with a triple and Carson Moreno was 2-for-2 with a double in the second game.
Monday April 16 Practice 6:30
Wednesday April 18 Practice 6:30
Friday April 20 Scrimmage 6:30
Monday April 23 Practice 6:30
Wednesday April 25 Practice 6:30
Monday April 30 Practice 6:30
Wednesday May 2 practice 6:30
Friday May 4 Scrimmage 6:30