By: Matt Rothman
While several current Coral Springs Chater student-athletes are working toward playing in college, the Panthers have had many former students go on to the next level with success.
“It is no secret that ECU has been a powerhouse program that has been on the brink of Omaha for several years now, and that really excites me,” Kahler said. Omaha has been an absolute dream of mine, as well as playing postseason baseball, and ECU is not only known for it but a program that excels in those bright lights.”
A 2020 graduate, Kahler played three years on the varsity baseball team under Head Coach Charlie Fine and went 10-2 with an ERA of 2.22. He struck out 131 hitters in 94.2 innings and recorded a pair of saves.
After pitching in 38 games in his first two years in college as a freshman, Kahler shined on the mound as a junior, going 4-3 with an era of 3.57. He was a two-time Pitcher of the Week Winner and led the conference with a 1.19 WHIP.
Kahler also pitched a pair of complete games and was selected to the Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference Team. He plays Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cop League in summer ball and is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.05.
“I’ve met so many different guys from different schools, and it creates new friendships and memories with those guys,” Kahler added. “It’s even better because everyone seems to be very like-minded and have the same goal to get to the next level, so everyone comes here with a purpose and doing what they have to show what they’ve got, and I love every minute of it.”
The Panthers also had a former softball player sign professionally in Gianna Boccagno. She is set to play for Athletes Unlimited after graduating from CSC in 2018. This is a professional softball league founded in the United States in 2020.
Boccagno won four State Championships as a catcher, hitting 18 home runs and driving in 118 RBIs. She started her college career at Boston College and hit 22 home runs there before transferring to Arizona State University, where she was a catcher in 26 games.
Shannon Doherty of UCF was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the AAC Conference. While shining in the classroom, Doherty, a 2020 graduate from CSC, had an excellent season for the Knights with nine home runs to increase her career total to 29, which ranks the fourth most in program history. Doherty also had 38 RBIs to land a spot on the All-Conference Team. She is set to play her final year of college softball in 2024.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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