By: Matt Rothman
After an up and down season for Coral Springs High School Baseball, the Colts finished their season strong and have the opportunity to play in a regional game on May 15 against the Flanagan Falcons.
The Colts finished their regular season at 8-10 (3-5), but pulled off a major upset in the district tournament with a 4-2 win over (2) J.P. Taravella last Wednesday. They eventually went on to fall to Marjory Stoneman Douglas in the district finals after keeping it close early on before the Eagles pulled away.
“Wednesday night’s game was a big win for the kids, after being beaten twice in the regular season,” said head coach Mike Federman. “Our kids knew we had one more shot at them in the district tournament.”
The Colts have had a strong season individually from a few different positions. Sophomore Jordan Brown, who both pitches and plays the outfield, currently leads the team with a .340 batting average.
He has hit one of the teams four home runs and also leads the team in RBI’s with 15.
Junior Ryan Monakey has hit two home runs this year and is batting above .300. The lone other .300 plus hitter is junior Logan Taylor. He is tied for second on the team in at-bats and also leads the teams in walks.
As a team, the Colts are hitting .255 and average a bit over four runs per game. That has been more than enough for when sophomore Alex Christmas takes the mound.
He leads the team in every major pitching category with seven of the teams nine wins. He has pitched to an ERA of 1.36 and threw one of his four complete games in the district semi-finals versus J.P. Taravella. He finished his outing with one earned run allowed in seven innings and striking out five.
Zachary Strobis and Taylor have the teams other two wins with Brown registering the teams only save this season in their opening day 4-3 win over Deerfield Beach.
With a little more than five days to prepare, the Colts will turn their attention to Flanagan. These teams have not played each other since March of 2013 with the Falcons getting the upper hand.
Flanagan won the district championship over Cypress Bay this season and hold a 20-6 record. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Flanagan.