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What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?

It wouldn't have been at No Country For Old Men level, but a coin still almost cost Pembroke Pines Charter softball a lot Saturday night at the Kissimmee Klassic.

With most of the tournament done, weather forced a coin toss to determine the winner of the Miami Palmetto-Palatka semifinal in the tournament's "blue" bracket. Palmetto "won," then had to "face" the Jaguars in perhaps the shortest championship game ever played. The winner: Pines Charter.

Still, what if the coin had rotated just one more time?

"It would have stunk," coach Tom Fadul said Sunday, "because our kids played so well."

Their results: A 4-0 win Saturday against Eau Gallie (recently rated No. 2 in USA Today's Super 25, 10 spots ahead of Pines Charter), along with a 5-0 win over Pace on Friday and Thursday's 2-0 shutout of Gulliver Prep.

That runs the Jaguars to 22-0 (not counting the coin toss, which wouldn't have tarnished their undefeated record), with games against Broward powers Flanagan and Cooper City this week and the district championships right after.

All for a team that's playing with "a very high level of confidence" -- one that even a coin toss can't derail, especially with all the close games the Jaguars have won.

"It just shows that our kids," Fadul said, "no matter what they have to face, they deal with it."

--Patrick Dorsey

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