By: Matt Rothman
Athletic Director Mike Higgins, who is in his final year at CSC, threw out the first pitch.
“This is always a special day for me and all the players,” Coach Fine said. “Many of these kids have been here for quite some time, and it’s always extremely special to recognize them, and most importantly, we got a big team win tonight.”
Despite being down 5-1, the Panthers made a remarkable comeback with three runs in the fifth before Kreisler had the walk-off hit in the seventh Earlier in the game, Gavin Gargiulo knocked in the team’s first run with an RBI single. Fiore also drove in two runs with a single, while Haiden Walters recorded a pair of hits.
Dircks made the start on the mound and struck out eight in 3.1 innings. He was pulled in the fourth, and Stolov came into the game to record eight outs before Gargiulo struck out two in the seventh to earn the win.
Coach Fine also started Costanzo at second base and Phillips in right field. Those two players have combined to swipe four bases and record six hits during their senior year.
Starting pitchers Prendergast and Boing have won 10 games in their career, while Prendergast has a career ERA of 1.07. The Panthers extended their record to 7-5-1 and handed the Tornadoes only their fourth loss in 12 games.
Next, CSC will be in action on Thursday, March 31, against Westminster Academy at 6:30. The Lions are 10-4 this season and have won seven straight games.
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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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