The Coral Shores High baseball team played a pair of non-conference games this week, but was still able to wrap up the South Florida Baseball Conference (SFBC) regular season title on Friday, when Keys rival Marathon High, which is second in the SFBC standings, lost its third conference of the season game to Palmer Trinity.
With no SFBC losses and only a tie to Archbishop Curley, which sits in fifth place in the six-team conference, Coral Shores (11-7-1) is four wins away from reaching one its preseason goals of 15 wins. The Hurricanes still hope to win at least one district game - they play Key West and Gulliver in two weeks - but have wrapped up one season goal by claiming the conference championship.
After the Dolphins dropped their third South Florida Baseball Conference game of the season on Friday the standings are now: Coral Shores 11-7-1 overall, 7-0-1 SFBC; Marathon 14-9, 5-3; Miami Country Day 8-8, 5-3; Palmer Trinity 5-8, 3-4; Archbishop Curley 4-5-1, 1-6-1; and Ransom Everglades 2-12, 1-6.
In the loss to Palmer on Friday, freshman Kyle Pierce had a stellar outing, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, five hits, five walks and struck out five.
The Dolphins were ahead 7-3 and down the Falcons final out when Palmer Trinity rallied with five consecutive hits off Drew Thornbrugh to tie the game. The Falcons scored three in the top of the ninth to claim the 10-7 win.
Seven different Dolphins had a hit in the loss, but it was Ian Almovodar whose 4-for-5, four stolen bases performance led Marathon. Joey Gonzlaez also had a big game driving in three RBI and Carlos O'Farrill knocked in two more.
Despite the weekend starting off on a down note, the Dolphins rebounded with a double header sweep of Immokolee on Saturday.
In the 7-2 opening game win, Gonzalez tossed the complete game facing only 30 batter en route to a four strike out, two-run, four-hit outing.
Almodovar was big at the plate once again going 2-for-3 with an RBI and three more bases. O'Farrill was 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base and RBI. Gonzalez helped himself at the plate going 2-for-2 and Ariel Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
In the night cap, the Dolphins finished the game in five innings after a 14-4 victory. Patrick Ryan earned the win by shutting down Immokolee for no runs in three innings of work.
Yoniel Esquirol extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a 3-for-4 night and three RBI. O'Farrill also pushed his hit streak to 11 games going 3-for-5 with a home run - the Dolphins second of the season - a triple and 2 RBI. Almodovar had his fourth straight multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a RBI, stolen base and scored three runs. Five other Dolphins had hits in the win.
For the weekend, Almodovar was 8-for-11 scoring seven times and swiping bases eight bases. He now has a team and county leading 37 stolen bases on the season. O'Farrill was 6-for-11, hitting for a cycle and seven RBI. Esquirol was 6-for-10 with three RBI and four stolen bases and Gonzalez was 4-for-6 four RBI and 6 walks.
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During Key West's 19-run third inning on Saturday, the Conchs collected 11 hits, but got plenty of help from visiting Sonrise Christian fielders and pitchers. The Sonrise centerfielder dropped two fly balls, the shortstop couldn't come up with a ground ball and the Seminole pitchers walked five and hit three batters. Still, the Conchs added to their RBI totals. Mikey Abreu, Zack Hughes and Darren Miller each had three, while Steve Wells and Chris Varela had two each. With one were Chris Garcia (who also drove in the run in the first), Matt Chelekis, Hugo Valdes and Tommy Ruffennach.
That gave team leader Abreu 17 on the season, while Garcia is second with 13.
Freeman's performance gave the freshman righthander a 3-1 win-loss record on the season and his three perfect innings lowered his ERA of 2.06 down to 1.92. Miller is 2-1 and Garcia has the other Conch victory against four losses.
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Key West freshman Andrew Freeman pitched to nine batters on Saturday night, striking out the last seven Sonrise Christian batters.
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The Lady Conchs avenged an earlier loss to county rival Marathon Saturday with hitting that has been missing most of the season. In Key West's 15-5, Kendall Galvan 3-for-4 with a double, Leci Archer, Lauren Schoneck and Devin Osterhoudt each singled twice as Raquel Schoneck, Adriana Garcia, Brooke Marsden and Lindsey free drilled one hit apiece.
Marathon was led by Taylor Konrath with a 3-for-3 performance highlighted by a fifth inning, two-run shot over the centerfield fence at the Back Yard. Jordan Roney, Savannah Rodamer, Sydney Konrath, Ashley Adamo and Amanda Bruland each smacked a base hit. Against Sarasota, although the Sailors shutout Marathon , Ashley Adamo and Savannah Rodamer each nailed a base hit to prevent a no-hitter.
In Key West's 6-4 win over Riverdale, Leci Archer slugged a triple, Britney Price and Desi Laguna each doubled as Raquel Schoneck, Devin Osterhoudt, Adriana Garcia and Lauren Schoneck ripped one hit each.
Senior Savannah Hawthorne had a good outing for the Conchs striking out five while allowing just four walks scattering six hits.