By: Matt Rothman
After three years in the making, the Marlins, who have a “Field of Dream” event for high school teams, hosted the Panthers on Tuesday night. Head Coach Charlie Fine called this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of his players.
“It was a surreal experience, and it was extremely special to play such a well-coached Pine Crest team,” said Coach Fine. “The kids had a great time, but most importantly, they stayed focused and got the win against a very quality program.”
The Panthers also picked up a much-needed 6-0 win behind another terrific performance from A.J. Prendergast. The senior allowed no runs on only two hits and recorded eight strikeouts. Gavin Gargiulo pitched the final two innings and struck out three.
Offensively, CSC scored four runs in the second inning. Brady Gentile knocked in the first two with a hit before two more Panthers scored in the second on an error. Derek Kreisler also had a big two-run double in the fourth to make it 6-0.
Anthony Fiore had a big game going 3-3, while Gargiulo, Ross Lazar, and Kristopher Goldstein had one hit. CSC had dropped their past two games after earning one of their most impressive wins against former Coral Springs Charter and Charlie Fine’s mentor and former coach with the Panthers, Jerry Albert.
The Panthers won 14-6 and now have a record of 11-7-1 this season. Next, CSC will be back in action on Wednesday, April 13, against Nova High School. This year, the Titans are 5-7 and fell 14–4 in last year’s lone meeting with the Panthers.
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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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