SOUTHWEST MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL EAGLES BASEBALL
PASTRANA FINALIST FOR BENCH AWARD
Rey Pastrana, class of 2015, has been named one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's finest college catcher. Pastrana had an incredible year for Marshall University both at the plate and behind it. The junior led The Herd in batting average (.355), runs (37), hits (71), home runs (13), RBI (50), and slugging percentage (.620). He also picked off 20 of 37 runners attempting to steal against him (54 percent), while carrying a .989 fielding percentage. Pastrana started in all 49 games this for Marshall, allowing just two passed balls and six errors all season. The junior was named first team All-Conference USA. The winner was Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart.
ORBETA, GARCIA NAMED ALL-AMERICANS
Senior second baseman Erick Orbeta and junior pitcher Mario Garcia have been named to the 2018 HSBN Miami All-American team. They will receive their awards during the Broward Public vs. Miami Public game 2:30pm Saturday at Nova High School. The All-American team will be honored on the field in a pregame ceremony on Tuesday, June 12th, at Marlins Park prior to the Giants game.
TEJEDA WINS MVP AT POST-SEASON BANQUET
Southwest held its annual post-season banquet June 2 at the Graham Center ballroom on the campus of FIU. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the varsity's Most Valuable Player. In a vote of the players, it went to senior catcher Jorge Tejeda. Other varsity awards went to Mario Garcia (Best Pitcher), Erick Orbeta (Best Hitter), Danny Cruz (Senior Award), Tejeda (Best Defensive Player), Erick Mondelo (Most Improved) and Angel Ponce de Leon (Best Attitude). The junior varsity awards went to Lorenzo Hernandez (MVP), Evan Padron (Best Hitter), Brandon Andrade (Best Pitcher) and Marc Rey (Best Defensive Player). Special thanks to booster club president Fausto Padron and boosters Ana Worley, Nancy Reimon and Ana Luna for helping the make the event such a success. The PowerPoint slide show that played throughout the evening can be seen here. If you don't have PowerPoint on your computer, you can download the file to your computer and view the slide show here.
TEJEDA WINS ANDRE DAWSON SCHOLARSHIP
Senior catcher Jorge Tejeda has been named the winner of the 8th annual Andre Dawson Scholarship Award. Tejeda, a standout both on the field and in the classroom, will be studying engineering at the University of New Orleans. Andre Dawson was honored by former Marlins President, David Samson, with a scholarship in his name at Dawson's 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon. The Andre Dawson Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior on the Southwest High School varsity baseball team, the same team where Dawson got his start in baseball. Funded by the Marlins Foundation, the scholarship is awarded to a student-athlete that will not be receiving an athletic scholarship but possesses a desire to continue his education. The scholarship is worth $5000 ($1250 per year for four years) towards Tejeda's education.
BRYAN MORGADO NEW PITCHING COACH
Bryan Morgado, former head coach at district rival Ferguson, has been named the pitching coach by head coach Mandy Pelaez. He compiled a record of 27-19 in two seasons leading the Falcons. A 2006 graduate of Florida Christian, he was named first team All-State and was drafted by the Red Sox in the 34th round, but turned down their offer to pitch at the University of Tennessee. After sitting out the 2007 season due to Tommy John surgery, he bounced back and was named a second-team freshman All-American in 2008. Morgado led the Vols in strikeouts in 2009 and was selected in the third round (102nd overall pick) by the White Sox but decided to return to Tennessee for his junior season. He was drafted for a third time following his junior year and signed with the Phillies, pitching seven seasons of minor league ball before retiring after the 2016 season. Morgado's cousin Danny was the quarterback at Southwest in the mid-90s and played with current Eagles football coach Donnie March.
ORBETA NAMED 1st TEAM ALL-DADE
Senior second baseman Erick Orbeta has been named first team All-Dade by the Miami Herald. Orbeta hit ,442, the highest average for an Eagle in 17 years. He also broke the school's single-season stolen base record with 24 thefts. Ace hurler Mario Garcia, a junior, was named second team after tying the school record for most starts in a season. Seniors Danny Cruz and Jorge Tejeda were third team selections while honorable mentions went to Damian Alfonso, Erick Mondelo, Jordan Worley and Eddie Sierra.
FOUR EAGLES NAMED ALL-DISTRICT
Southwest players took two of the top three spots in MiamiDadeHighSchoolBaseball.com's All-District team. Junior Mario Garcia was named Pitcher of the Year and senior second baseman Erick Orbeta was named Hitter of the Year. Also named to the team were shortstop Danny Cruz and outfielder Erick Mondelo. Cruz became the first District 15-9A player from any school to achieve the honor three years in a row. It is also the third straight year for Orbeta, but he was in District 16-7A his sophomore year.
PELAEZ NAMED TOP DISTRICT COACH
Mandy Pelaez has been named Coach of the Year in District 15-9A by MiamiDadeHighSchoolBaseball.com. It is the second time in three years that an Eagles coach has attained the honor, following Josy Torres winning in 2016. Under Pelaez' leadership, Southwest advanced to the county championship game, a tough 2-1 loss to Palmetto.
Rey Pastrana had a monster season for Marshal
Senior catcher Jorge Tejeda was named MVP
New pitching coach Bryan Morgado
DISTRICT 15 STANDINGS:
Team W-L SOUTHWEST 6-2 Columbus 6-2 Braddock 4-4 Ferguson 4-4 Varela 0-8
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