Southridge has canceled the doubleheader scheduled for April 28. That means the junior varsity season is over and the Eagles conclude play with a record of 9-4.


Gaby Escobar was 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Southwest junior varsity to a 17-4 victory over Coral Park and a split of their doubleheader at Andre Dawson Field. The Rams took the opener, 8-4. Lorenzo Hernandez was 5-for-5 with five runs, two doubles and two RBIs in the doubleheader. Evan Padron drove in three of the Eagles' four runs in the first game with two singles and a sacrifice fly. He was 1-for-2 in the second game with a walk, a hit by pitch and a hard-hit lineout to third. Justin Estevez and Neo Bravo each had three RBIs in the second game and Angel Ponce de Leon drove in two runs with a double and a sacrifice fly. Southwest is 9-4 entering the final weekend of the season.


Southwest's pitching staff allowed only two earned runs in 14 innings as the host Eagles swept Killian by scores of 2-0 and 5-3. In the opener, Dairon Veliz got the win with five innings of one-hit ball. Adrian Barrios shutout the Cougars over the final two innings for the save. Southwest took a 1-0 lead in the third inning without benefit of a base hit. In the sixth, Evan Padron hit the first of his three doubles on the day, then scored on a single by Ernesto (no emails) Rodriguez. In the second game, Marc Rey was 3-for-4 with a run scored and Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Brandon Rodriguez picked up the win in relief, throwing four shutout innings with no walks allowed. Southwest is now 8-3.


Southwest scored five runs in the first inning, but allowed six runs in the final inning, to lose to visiting Braddock, 7-6. Angel Ponce de Leon drove in the first run with a double before moving to third on an Evan Padron single and scoring on a wild pitch. Padron took second on another wild pitch and made it 3-0 on a double by Ernesto (no emails) Rodriguez. Kristian Arnosa walked and Kailob Santos knocked them both in with a single. Starter Diaron Veliz pitched three innings and faced the minimum nine batters. The Eagles made the lead 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Padron singled, moved to third on a Rodriguez double and scored on an Arnosa single. Four Southwest relievers allowed four walks, a hit batsmen and three hits to blow the lead in the final inning.


Kristian Arnosa's walk-off double drove home Evan Padron with the winning run giving the Southwest junior varsity a 5-4 victory over Coral Gables and a sweep of a doubleheader at Woody Woodward Field. Arnosa's hit capped off a three-run rally that started when Neo Bravo was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on an error and scored on another error. The Eagles first two runs came in the third inning when back-to-back singles by Justin Estevez and Chris Nuñez put runners at first and third. A ground ball by Lorenzo Hernandez plated courtesy runner Ian Varona and a fielder's choice by Angel Ponce de Leon scored Nuñez. Michael Cabado pitched one inning of scoreless relief to get credit for the win. In the opener, Padron had two RBI singles in a 4-3 Eagles victory. Kailob Santos was 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch, Ponce de Leon had an RBI double, Hernandez had an RBI single and Varona laid down two sacrifice bunts. Branden Moreno threw three scoreless innings of relief, striking out five, for the win. Adrian Barrios started and allowed only one hit; all three runs scoring off of him were unearned. The Eagles are now 6-2.


The Southwest JV pitchers were untouchable Saturday at Andre Dawson Field, sweeping South Miami, 7-0 and 14-0. In the opener, Brandon Andrade went the distance limiting the Cobras to four hits while striking out nine despite facing a lineup that featured eight varsity players including one senior. In the second game, five Eagles pitchers combined to throw a 1-hitter with starter Dairon Veliz going two innings and relievers Adrian Barrios, Branden Moreno, Brandon Rodriguez and Kyle Araujo going one inning each. Offensively, Kristian Arnosa went four-for-four in the doubleheader with 4 RBIs, 2 walks, a hit batsman, a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt. Gaby Escobar was 4-for-6 with 5 RBIs, Angel Ponce de Leon was 4-for-9 and Evan Padron had two doubles and 4 runs driven in. The Eagles are now 4-2.


The Southwest junior varsity showed strong pitching at times in a doubleheader loss to Palmetto at Coral Reef Park. In the first game, starter Brandon Andrade struck out six in four innings and allowed only one hit in a tough 2-0 loss. Dairon Veliz finished the game on the mound and retired five of the six batters he faced. In the second game, the Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Eagles fought back to a final score of 7-4. Marc Rey, who had three hits in the doubleheader, scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by Ernesto Rodriguez and Evan Padron singled home Neo Bravo to make it 7-2 after three innings. In the fifth and final inning (due to the 2-hour time limit), Justin Estevez drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single and Southwest had the tying run at the plate before Palmetto got the final out. It should be noted that the Panthers JV has 9 juniors, 7 sophomores and 6 freshmen where the corresponding numbers for the Eagles are 1, 10 and 10.


The Southwest junior varsity opened its 2018 season with a sweep of a doubleheader against visiting Reagan Doral High. In the first game, Gaby Escobar was two-for-three with three runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Eagles to a 9-3 victory. Angel Ponce de Leon and Kristian Arnosa had two hits each and Arnosa drove in two runs. Ernesto Rodriguez was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Starting pitcher Brandon Andrade threw two scoreless innings. In the second game, Lorenzo Hernandez was three-for-four with two runs scored in a 6-1 Southwest win. Starter Brandon Rodriguez went four innings for the win. Adrian Barrios struck out four in two innings of relief and Brandon Moreno threw a scoreless seventh to close out the game.