Coral Springs Charter’s Ace A.J. Prendergast Commits to Play College Baseball

Coral Springs Charter's Ace AJ Prendergast Commits to Play College Baseball

A.J. Prendergast pitches a no-hitter for Coral Springs Charter. Baseball. {CSC Baseball}

By: Matt Rothman

Coral Springs Charter star pitcher A.J. Prendergast officially committed to playing baseball in college on Thursday.

The senior is set to attend Flagler College in St. Augustine after his final season for the Panthers.

Prendergast had the best start of his career as a junior when he pitched a no-hitter, striking out 20 hitters. The only batter to reach came on a catcher’s interference as he got a ground out for the final out.

The Coral Springs native picked up a win in his only start as a sophomore and then pitched to an ERA of .99 in 2021. He went 8-1 in 11 starts and struck out 101 hitters in 63.2 innings.

“To officially commit means that a coach at the next level has acknowledged your hard work and dedication and wants to implement that into something bigger than you,” Prendergast said. “They think you can help their team progress to better than they are currently.”

Head Coach Charlie Fine feels this is an excellent opportunity for him after he graduates.

“Flagler is an excellent program, and AJ is an incredibly hard worker and dedicated to the sport,” Coach Fine said. “I’m also very much looking forward to him pitching one more season for us this year.

Prendergast began playing baseball when he was four and has stuck with it ever since. Despite playing soccer competitively, he gave it up to focus on baseball and pitching. While he received looks from many different schools, Prendergast felt this would be the best fit after visiting the campus and the proximity to his home.

Not only will he get a chance to play for a school that won at least 30 games from 2015-19, but he will also be reuniting with a former teammate from CSC in Gavin Barnell.

Prendergast leads a strong pitching staff in 2022 after helping them defeat North Broward Preparatory School, who went on to win the State Championship.
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Matt Rothman

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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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