By: Matt Rothman
It was an incredible weekend for former Coral Springs Charter softball players in Shannon Doherty, Sara Berthiaume, and Emily Estroff in the opening week of college softball.
The three players combined to win ten State Championships while playing for Head Coach Mark Montimurro at CSC. They are also all striving to play Division I softball, as both Doherty and Estroff helped knock off two of the top teams in the country.
“It’s wonderful to see all our former players having so much success at the next level,” said Coach Montimurro. “We are all very proud of what they’re doing at a high Division 1 level.”
— UCF Softball (@UCF_Softball) February 11, 2022
With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth inning, Doherty hit a walk-off home run to give the Knights a 7-6 win over 12th ranked University of Georiga. Doherty recorded 15 home runs, 119 RBI’s, 129 hits, and 111 runs scored during her varsity career.
Sara Berthiaume at Florida Atlantic University got her season off to a fantastic start by recording a hit in six of her first seven at-bats. That included five singles and a double, batting leadoff for the Owls.
While FAU dropped their opening three games of the season, they were able to win their first game of the season Saturday night against Northern Illinois. In five years on the varsity softball team, Berthiaume won a state championship every year and hit .453, including batting over .500 during her junior and senior seasons.
After pitching in only 26 games during her first two years at Florida Gulf Coast University, Estroff made 33 starts in 2021. The senior has already made four this season and picked up a win on the mound against tenth-ranked University of Texas.
She pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs and four hits while striking out three. Estroff also won the season’s opening game against Long Island University and shined at second base with several spectacular plays.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME, @emilyestroff!?!?
She did it in the circle and at the plate yesterday, but today's she's sparkling in the field as she makes TWO diving plays in the second to get Hulme through the inning!#Team20 | #WingsUp 🤙🦅🥎 pic.twitter.com/qA9lYVm9Rn
— FGCU Softball (@FGCU_Softball) February 13, 2022
She also has two hits at the plate, including a double and a triple after a great run in high school, both hitting and pitching.
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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.
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