By: Matt Rothman
Coral Springs Charter has been celebrating their seniors, with three teams honoring them before their games.
The baseball team honored David Austen, Brady Gentile, Jeovanni Hernandez, Ross Lazar, and Killian O’Neil. This senior group class advance to back to back Regional appearances under Coach Charlie Fine and is currently 12-9 under first-year Head Coach Max Boling.
O’Neill and Austen also officially announced their signings to play in college. O’Neill will be playing at Weber International University in Babson Park and has been a varsity team member for three years. He is hitting .344 this year with a home run and 13 RBIs. David Austen has shined on the mound with CSC and will be playing in college at Thomas University in Georgia. He is 3-2 this year with an era of 1.68 while also striking out 44 this year and also has a save.
During their Senior Night win, Lazar, O’Neill, Andrew Raucci, Jack Grasso, and Rodney Chung knocked in runs, while Gentile tossed four shutout innings. Dylan Applebaum recorded the win in relief, pitching two innings before Chase Wildroudt earned the save.
CSC followed that up with a 13-1 win against Pompano Beach High School, winning six straight. After having a pair of games rained out last week and falling to the reigning two-two-time State Champions in North Broward Prep on Tuesday, they will face Downtown Doral in their next game on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Estroff and Derstine had hits in the game and have been two critical pieces for Head Coach Mark Montimurro.
“Julia Estroff is all about perseverance,” Montimurro said. “She played in her sister Emily’s shadow but has still been able to have a very productive career for us. Grace has been one of the best teammates and coachable players we’ve ever had.
Kate Maston hit a three-run home run in the first inning. Mia Rodriguez hit a two-run triple to end the game, with CSC winning by run rule. Michel, Estrous, Basso, and Taibl all had RBIs, while Bella, who will play softball next year at Rollins College scored three runs.
“Isabella is the anti-box score player, Montimurro added. “She does so many positive things that you don’t see on a stat sheet but are integral to winning softball.”
Courtney Wahlbrink earned the win, allowing no runs and striking out seven in five innings. The Panthers are now 17-0-2 this year and remain the top-ranked team in the state. According to Max Preps, they are also ranked ninth in the country and beat Monsrch 7-0 on Monday. They will have two more regular-season games, starting with Chaminade-Madonna on Monday at 6 p.m., followed by Cypress Bay on Tuesday.
The tennis team also competed in the District Championship earlier this week. While neither of the boys’ or girls’ teams advanced, reigning State Champion Juhnyee See booked her spot back in States with a District Title.
- 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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