By: Matt Rothman
Coral Springs Charter baseball has been on the rise for many of the past few years under coaches Tom Magrann and Charlie Fine.
In his first year in 2019, Fine coached three outstanding seniors: Matt Magrann, Devin Makovsky, and Matt Kavanaugh, who all went on and played their first college baseball season.
Fine says one of the greatest parts of being a baseball coach is getting to know his players, starting when they are in 6th or 7th grade.
“I really get to know them as both players and people. You get to see them develop from young kids into respectable grown men as they become family before it’s all said and done. It is always great to see the progress of our players after they graduate from here because you are truly invested in them.
While the year was cut short due to Covid-19, all three pitchers made an impact in their freshmen season.
Magrann is attending Austin Peay State University, and while he did not appear in any of the team’s first 16 games, he pitched a 1-2-3 inning and struck out two hitters in Austin Peay’s 10-1 win over Western Illinois.
He would likely have seen some more time as the season went on. His team went 7-10 and won one of their three conference games before the season shutdown.
During his freshmen year at Newberry College, Makovsky was strictly used on the mound. He made four appearances out of the bullpen and pitched in four games and had an ERA of 2.25.
His team was off to a tremendous start as well as they were 18-6 and won their first nine games of the season.
Matt Kavanaugh did not pitch much in high school but had a terrific year making six appearances as a freshman at Nova Southeastern University. His debut came against Newberry College and Makovsky’s team. He also pitched a career-high of 3.1 innings in a start and allowed one hit and struck out six batters.
All three of these pitchers should likely see their roles increase. For any freshmen pitcher to appear in a college baseball game is rare, and all three of these pitchers pitched tremendously for their respective teams.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student. Matt also covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writer, the New York Mets for Last Word on Baseball and Florida Gators Athletics for ESPN Gainesville.
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