By: Matt Rothman
For a second straight season, Coral Glades High School baseball team has won the district championship beating Spanish River 8-1 to move on to the regionals.
It has been a real successful season so far, as the Jaguars hold a 12-4-1 record. After playing Olympic Heights on April 25, Coral Glades went a bit over two weeks without playing a game before their win this past Friday.
The pitching, which has been dominant all season, got their latest strong performance from Jacob Tarbet, who pitched four innings in the finals earning his fifth win of the season. The junior lowered his ERA to 2.44.
Oscar Contreras currently has a team leading 1.03 ERA and has been lights out late in games. He registered the final three outs Friday and leads the team with three saves.
He will be continuing his baseball career with teammate Max Wank at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Currently, Joe Muscat is the other signee, and will attend Thomas College.
Offensively, the Jaguars are hitting an incredible .351 on the season with four guys hitting above .400. Junior Cole Lea leads the team at .489 with an on base percentage over .600.
The teams biggest power threat with the bat has been Aaron Cornieles. He has half of the teams home runs this season including one versus Spanish River Friday night and has 20 RBI’s to lead the team.
Wank and Tomas Batista join Cornieles and Lea as the other hitters batting over .400 after not having any players over .385 last season.
“I knew we would have an experienced offense this season, so I’m not surprised on how well our players have done offensively,” said Head Coach Joe Franco.
What has been even more impressive has been the ability for Coral Glades to develop new arms on the mound. The current pitchers on the Jaguars only combined for five innings last year. However, this season the current staff holds a 1.77 ERA.
When Tarbet has not been starting games, Trace Thelwell has been a strong number two starter. He has three wins including a four-inning complete game in a 10-0 route over the Atlantic Eagles.
With more rest upcoming, the Jaguars will next play at home in Coral Springs on Wednesday, May. 15, at 7:00 p.m. They will be taking on South Plantation, who Coral Glades beat 11-9 last year.
So far this season, they are under .500 with an 11-12 record and are coming off a 10-0 loss to St. Thomas.
- 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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