By: Matt Rothman
For the first time since 2013, Coral Springs Charter baseball will be playing in Regionals.
The Panthers went 11-6 during the regular season and then earned their spot in Regionals with their 5-0 win over Chaminade High School in the District Semifinals.
With a chance to win Districts, CSC faced University of Florida commit and a potential first-round pick in this year’s MLB draft in A.J. Painter of Calvary Christian Academy.
The Panthers lost the game but managed two hits from Jeovanni Hernandez and Derek Kreisler. Both have been instrumental on offense all year. Hernandez is one of three players, along with Damian Rodriguez and Gavin Gargiulo, to hit over .300 this season. Haiden Walters leads the team with 16 RBI’s.
On the mound, A.J. Prendergast has been the ace all year and has eight wins along with a 0.83 ERA this year. Robert Boing also has been impressive as well and has added a pair of saves.
Head Coach Charlie Fine says it means everything to make Regionals with such a young team.
“This year was a hard battle because of how young and inexperienced we are,’ Fine said. ‘However, I believe I have the best coaching staff in high school baseball, and I know that we have prepared these kids for this moment.”
CSC will play Monsignor Edward Pace High School on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. The Spartans come in with a record of 14-8-1 following their win in their District Tournament.
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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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