April 21, 2012

Broward County district baseball schedule

Here's a look at this week's district baseball schedule in Broward:


District 11-8A first round at Coral Springs: South Plantation vs. Deerfield Beach, 5

District 15-7A semifinal at Northeast: Boyd Anderson vs. Monarch, 7

District 16-7A quarterfinals at Nova: South Broward vs. Cooper City, 4; McArthur vs. Plantation, 7

District 15-6A quarterfinal at Archbishop McCarthy: Hollywood Hills vs. Stranahan, 7

District 13-4A quarterfinals at Broward College Davie: North Broward Prep vs. Somerset, 1; Cardinal Gibbons vs. Pine Crest, 4; Chaminade vs. University, 7

District 14-3A quarterfinal at Westminster Academy: Sagemont vs. Highlands Christian, 7

District 13-2A semifinal at Zion Lutheran: Posnack vs. Sheridan Hills Christian, 3:30


District 11-8A quarterfinals at Coral Springs: Taravella vs. Piper, 5; South Plantation-Deerfield Beach winner vs. Douglas, 7:30

District 15-7A semifinal: Coconut Creek at Northeast, 7

District 16-7A semifinals at Nova: McArthur-Plantation winner vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4; South Broward-Cooper City winner vs. Nova, 7

District 15-6A semifinals at Archbishop McCarthy: Fort Lauderdale vs. Pines Charter, 4; Hollywood Hills-Stranahan winner vs. Archbishop McCarthy, 7

District 13-4A semifinals at Broward College Davie: Cardinal Gibbons-Pine Crest winner vs. Chaminade-University winner, 4; North Broward Prep-Somerset winner vs. Coral Springs Charter, 7

District 14-3A semifinals at Westminster Academy: Coral Springs Christian vs. Westminster Academy, 4; Sagemont-Highlands Christian winner vs. Calvary Christian, 7


District 11-8A semifinals at Coral Springs: Douglas/South Plantation/Deerfield Beach vs. Coral Glades, 5; Taravella-Piper winner vs. Coral Springs, 7:30

District 12-8A semifinals at Cypress Bay: West Broward vs. Cypress Bay, 4; Flanagan vs. Everglades, 7

District 16-5A semifinal at Pompano Beach Community Park: Dillard vs. Pompano Beach, 6:30


District 11-8A final at Coral Springs: 7

District 15-7A final at Northeast: 7

District 16-7A final at Nova: 7

District 15-6A final at Archbishop McCarthy: 7

District 13-4A final at Broward College Davie: 7:30

District 14-3A final at Westminster Academy: 7

District 13-2A final: Posnack-Sheridan Hills Christian at Zion Lutheran, 7


District 12-8A final at Cypress Bay: 7

District 16-5A final at Pompano Beach Community Park: 6:30


Miami-Dade County district baseball schedule

Here's a look at this week's district baseball schedule for Dade teams:


District 14-8A semifinals at St. Thomas University: Goleman vs. Miami Springs, 4; Reagan vs. Coral Gables, 7

District 15-4A semifinals at La Ley Sports Complex: Ransom Everglades vs. La Salle, 4; TERRA vs. Doral, 4

District 16-3A quarterfinal at Westminster Christian: Palmer Trinity vs. Somerset, 4

District 14-2A semifinal at Moore Park: Horeb Christian vs. Champagnat Catholic, 4


District 13-8A semifinals at Alex Fernandez Field: Hialeah Gardens vs. American, 4; Krop vs. Hialeah, 7

District 15-8A quarterfinals: Braddock at Sunset, 3:30; South Miami at Southwest, 7

District 16-8A semifinals at Killian: Palmetto vs. Southridge, 1; Killian vs. South Dade, 4

District 16-6A semifinals at Westland Gardens Park: Belen vs. Westland Hialeah, 4; Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Mater Academy, 7

District 14-4A semifinal at Monsignor Pace: Jackson vs. Archbishop Carroll, 7

District 16-4A semifinals at Tavernier Coral Shores: Gulliver vs. Key West, 4; Coral Shores vs. St. Brendan, 7

District 15-3A semifinal: Dade Christian at Miami Country Day, 4

District 16-3A semifinals at Westminster Christian: Florida Christian vs Marathon, 1; Westminster Christian vs. Palmer Trinity-Somerset Charter winner, 4

District 15-2A semifinals at Miami Christian: Princeton Christian vs. Westwood Christian, noon; Brito vs. Miami Christian, 3

District 16-2A semifinal at Colonial Christian: Redland Christian vs. Island Christian, 4


District 15-8A semifinals: South Miami-Southwest winner at Ferguson, 3:30; Braddock-Sunset winner at Columbus, 6:30

District 16-6A final at Westland Gardens Park: Belen-Westland Hialeah winner vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes-Mater Academy winner, 7

District 15-4A final at La Ley Sports Complex: Ransom Everglades-La Salle winner vs. TERRA-Doral winner, 7

District 14-2A final at Moore Park: Horeb Christian-Champagnat Catholic winner vs. Mater East, 7


District 13-8A final at Alex Fernandez Field: American-Hialeah Gardens winner vs. Hialeah-Krop winner, 7

District 14-8A final at St. Thomas University: Goleman-Miami Springs winner vs. Coral Gables-Reagan winner, 7

District 16-8A final at Killian: Southridge-Palmetto winner vs. Killian-South Dade winner, 4

District 14-4A final: Jackson-Archbishop Carroll winner at Monsignor Pace, 7

District 15-3A final at Miami Country Day: Mater Lakes-Curley winner vs. Dade Christian-Miami Country Day winner, 7

District 16-3A final at Westminster Christian: 4

District 15-2A final at Miami Christian: Princeton Christian-Westwood Christian winner vs. Brito-Miami Christian winner, 3:30


District 15-8A final at Braddock: 3:30

District 16-2A final: Redland Christian-Island Christian winner at Colonial Christian, 4

February 12, 2012

Hialeah High to honor '01-'02 state title teams before season opener Monday night


A special pre-game ceremony to honor the back-to-back 2001-2002 state championship baseball teams from Hialeah High will take place at Alex Fernandez Field in Hialeah Monday night.

Former T-Breds coach Rich Bielski, who still teaches math at Hialeah, said he expects more than 10 former players on those teams including All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals to participate in the festivities. Hialeah will then take on rival Hialeah-Miami Lakes at 7 p.m. in the season-opener for both teams.

"It's going to be really neat to see all those guys again," said Bielski, now the coach at Archbishop McCarthy in Broward, a program he lead to consecutive Class 4A state titles last summer.

"Those years at Hialeah just become more precious as time goes by. To see them now as successful adults with families of their own is really special."

Those championship teams featured 11 players that went on to play collegiate baseball, seven of which were drafted and four that played in the pros according to former Hialeah assistant Hector Aguila. Three former players on those teams now serve as assistant coaches in Dade and Broward.

"Those state championship teams were made up of some real good kids that have created lifelong friendships among them as well as with us," said Aguila, now a cooperative education teacher at HML. "We're similar to the '72 Fins, we try to get together at least once a year to relive those two magical years."



> Bielski, who joined Rich Hofman (Westminster Christian, Westimster Academy) and Gary Krey (Hialeah-Miami Lakes) as the only high school baseball coaches to serve in Dade and win at least four state championships, was named National Coach of the Year this past year by USA Today and Baseball America. His team at McCarthy was named National Champions by four different publications.

> Aguila, who served as a scout for three years with the San Francisco Giants, said he is now "a full time little league dad and enjoying it very much."

> Asst. Carlos Marti, who was Bielski's successor for six years at Hialeah, is now a scout for the New York Yankees and continues to teach Social Studies at Hialeah High.

> Asst. Raul Torres is no longer involved in baseball, but has become a successful entrepreneur with his business Highline Auto Transport, Inc. in Weston.


> Pitcher Camilo Vazquez, a First Team All-State selection and MVP of the two state title teams, was a fourth round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds and played pro ball out of high school. Camilo had a bumpy pro career filled with injuries. After having Tommy John Surgery, he was able to reach Triple A ball in 2008. But he suffered another setback which required a second Tommy John Surgery, which he opted not to do and just retire. He is presently working in the import/export business but has also developed a partnership and established an sub-agency representing baseball players under MLB agent Scott Shapiro.

> Pitcher Gio Gonzalez transferred to Monsignor Pace as a senior, but was a member of three teams that went to state at Hialeah. The 38th overall selection (sandwich pick between the 1st and 2nd round) in the 2004 draft by the White Sox, Gonzalez earned his first All-Star selection last season in Oakland. He is 38-32 with a career 3.93 ERA in the big leagues.

> Outfielder Yahmed Yema, a First Team All-State selection, went on to become a star at FIU where he was later drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round in 2005. His professional highlight was getting to play with the big league team in spring training. A persistent ankle injury forced him to retire. Yema is now a police officer in Miramar.

> Catcher/designated hitter Jorge Mico, who made First Team All-State in 2002, went on to play at Palm Beach Community College and starred at Bethune Cookman. He currently serves as a private hitting instructor.

> Catcher Chris Lopez was sixth round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays and played pro ball out of high school. After being released, he signed on with the independant league Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, whom he currently plays for. Lopez is currently starring in Country Music Television's reality show Sweet Home Alabama.

> First baseman Jeffery Rodriguez went on to play Nova Southeastern University. He is now a lawyer. He and former teammate Camilo Vazquez have established an sub-agency representing baseball players under MLB agent Scott Shapiro.

> First baseman Eugenio "Cookie" Abay has served as an assistant coach at Archbishop McCarthy under Bielski for four the last four years. He went through the police academy at Miami-Dade College and is currently a substitute teacher and baseball camp instructor at State Champs Baseball Camp.

> Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, a First Team All-State Selection, played at St. Thomas University and also earned his degree. He is currently a Social Studies teacher at North Miami Beach High School and also serves as an assistant baseball coach.

> Pitcher Raudel Alfonso played at the University of Miami out of high school and went on to transfer to both Miami Dade Community College and St. Thomas University to finish off his baseball career. He earned multiple degrees and now works in finance.

> Pitcher Javier Castellanos went on to play baseball at Harvard University and earned his degree. He now works in finance.

July 28, 2011

2011 U.A. Baseball game at Wrigley Field

Under Armour and Baseball Factory today announced the roster, to-date, for the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will take place at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.  The 2011 game marks the fourth year that Under Armour and Baseball Factory have collaborated to present the All-America Game. 

Players will experience four days of festivities that begin on Wednesday, August 10 and culminate with the game on Saturday, August 13.  For the second year in a row, the game will air live nationally on MLB Network, called by Greg Amsinger and Jonathan Mayo, with the first pitch taking place at 1:05 p.m. CST.  It will also appear via live webcast on MLB.com.  Over the first three years of the game, 88 of the 103 draft eligible players who competed in the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 18 first round picks.  

An amazing five local players will be competing in the event including Yency Almonte (RHP, Braddock), Nick Basto (SS, Archbishop McCarty), Lewis Brinson III (Coral Springs), Nick Travieso (RHP, Archbishop McCarthy) and Miami Westminster Christian two sport star David Thompson (PICTURED).

“Under Armour is excited to present the premier showcase for the country’s elite high school baseball players for the fourth consecutive year,” said Matt Mirchin, senior vice president, Sports Marketing, Under Armour. “Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field is the perfect venue for the next generation of baseball athletes to learn, excel, and highlight their exceptional talents.”
Baseball Factory scouts thousands of high school players worldwide before selecting the athletes that make the Under Armour All-America Game.   Players are evaluated at events throughout the country, including the Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts, National Tournaments, National Showcases and National Teams.  In addition, players are reviewed at outside events that include high school games, tournaments and summer leagues.  From more than 400,000 high school baseball players, only 36 will earn distinction as Under Armour All-Americans in 2011.  The final players are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts, led by Steve Bernhardt, executive vice president of baseball operations. 
“Baseball Factory works with 25,000 players each year at more than 400 events nationwide,” said Steve Sclafani, CEO and founder, Baseball Factory.  “We pride ourselves on helping players build their way to greatness, and what better place to serve as the pinnacle of their high school careers than the Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory, at Wrigley Field.  We are excited to join Under Armour in showcasing these talented players at Wrigley Field and across the country on MLB Network.”
“We’re excited to host the fourth annual Under Armour All-America Baseball Game and provide these promising high school players from around the country with an opportunity to play at historic Wrigley Field,” said Wally Hayward, executive vice president, chief sales & marketing officer, Chicago Cubs.
The coaches who will lead baseball’s next superstars during the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game are Steve Bernhardt, Glenn Cecchini, Scott Demetral, Todd Fine, Jim Gemler, Steve Mandl, Matt Richter, Vince Sacco and Sammy Serrano.  Each coach has extensive experience in recruiting or coaching some of the best talent in the game of baseball.  In addition, many have held positions in or are currently associated with the scouting departments of a number of Major League Baseball clubs. MLB Network’s Larry Bowa and Bill Ripken will act as guest managers and coaches throughout the game telecast.
The pool of available players for this year’s game is very talented and the selection process is extremely competitive.  Of the 36 roster positions available, 31 have been filled and Baseball Factory is currently evaluating the remaining candidates to see which players will earn the coveted final five spots.

July 03, 2011

Almora headed for USA 18U baseball team

DURHAM, N.C. -- Following a two-week evaluation period that concluded with the inaugural Prospect Classic, USA Baseball announced the names of 28 players who have received invitations to join the 18U National Team at a second round trial, to be held Sept. 12-21, in Cary.

From there, 20 athletes will be selected to compete in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2. Team USA is the defending champion of the tournament, having defeated Cuba, 6-1, in the 2009 title game.

Highlighting the 28-man trial roster is five-time USA Baseball Alum Albert Almora (Hialeah) and 2010 USA Baseball Player-of-the-Year Alex Bregman (Albuquerque, N.M.). In all, 11 of the 28 invitees are alums of USA Baseball.

The USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials roster is as follows:
18U National Team Trial rosters (second round)
Albert Almora, OF, Hialeah Mater Academy

Alex Bregman, IF, Albuquerque, N.M.
Gavin Cecchini, IF, Lake Charles, La.
Troy Conyers, LHP, Lakeside, Calif.
Matthew Crownover, LHP, Ringgold, Ga.
Chase DeJong, RHP, Long Beach, Calif.
Max Fried, LHP, Van Nuys, Calif.
Carson Fulmer, RHP, Lakeland, Fla.
Joey Gallo, IF/RHP, Las Vegas, Nev.
Lucas Giolito, RHP, Santa Monica, Calif.
Ty Hensley, RHP, Edmond, Okla.
C.J. Hinojosa, IF, Spring, Texas
Cole Irvin, LHP, Anaheim, Calif.
Carson Kelly, IF/RHP, Portland, Ore.
Jeremy Martinez, C, Fountain Valley, Calif.
Mitch Nay, OF, Chandler, Ariz.
Chris Okey, C, Mt. Dora, Fla.
Cody Poteet, RHP, Bonita, Calif.
Nelson Rodriguez, C, New York, N.Y
Rio Ruiz, IF, Covina, Calif.
Addison Russell, IF, Pace, Fla.
Clate Schmidt, RHP, Acworth, Ga.
Lucas Sims, RHP, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Hunter Virant, LHP, Camarillo, Calif.
Walker Weickel, RHP, Orlando, Fla.
Mikey White, IF, Hoover, Ala.
Nick Williams, OF, Galveston, Texas
Jesse Winker, OF, Windermere, Fla.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit www.USABaseball.com and www.GoldenSpikesAward.com.

February 24, 2011

Gulliver baseball ranked No. 2 nationally by ESPN, 3 others in top 50

With the baseball season in its second week, Gulliver's baseball team is earning top spots in the national polls.

The Raiders are ranked No. 2 by ESPN Rise's Top 50 poll. Gulliver, the defending Class 3A state runner-up, is also expected to be in the top two when Perfect Game releases its top 50 Friday.

Also cracking the ESPN top 50 were Flanagan at No. 15. The Falcons are the defending Class 6A state champions.

Westminster Christian, the two-time defending Class 2A state champions, came in at No. 43.

And Archbishop McCarthy, the defending Class 4A state champions, debuted at No. 46.

May 31, 2010

All-Star baseball in Dade and Broward Tuesday night

    Already having baseball withdrawals now that the season is over?

    Tuesday night's action in Dade and Broward should help a bit.

    The Midway Sports Miami-Dade County All-Star game will be played Tuesday at 7 p.m.
at FIU Stadium. The game will feature the top players in the county from Class 6A Dade
teams against a team comprised of players from teams in Classes 4A-1A. The game will
feature 16 Division I signees and potential picks in next month's Major League Baseball
amateur draft. The Class 6A squad will be coached by Columbus' Joe Weber and American's
Ricky Gutierrez. The Class 4A-1A squad will be coached by Westminster Christian's Emil
Castellanos and Doral Academy's Ernie Perez.

   The Broward County Athletic Association all-star baseball game will be played 7
p.m. Tuesday at Nova High School in Davie. Admission is $5. The event features top
seniors from BCAA-member high schools. It was originally scheduled for May 26 but was
postponed because of rain.

May 24, 2010

Westminster Christian SS David Thompson breaks home run record

Westminster Christian sophomore shortstop David Thompson is Miami-Dade County's new home run king...and could be on his way toward one of the greatest careers the county has ever seen.

And he did it with an inning for the ages.

Thompson, who entered the state final four with 17 homers, hit two more in the same inning Monday to break the county's single-season home run record of 18 previously set by Monsignor Pace's Adrian Cardenas in 2006.

Thompson also tied the state record of 19 shared by Miramar Florida Bible's Frankie Figueroa (1996), Merritt Island's Tommy Parrott (1999) and Tampa Catholic's Donnie Scott (1978).

And the record-breaker was an inside-the-park home run that followed a shot that left the park to begin a 9-run fourth inning that brought Westminster back from a 4-0 deficit.

Oh yeah, the Warriors won 13-5 and are headed to Tuesday's Class 2A final where they will try to win back-to-back state championships. Westminster faces St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep at 4 p.m. at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.

March 19, 2010

Four Gulliver baseball players commit to UM; Valencia to USF

Hey guys,

Back with a little baseball news.

Gulliver baseball coach Javy Rodriguez called me Thursday and said four of his underclassmen, sophomore Chris Chinea, shortstop Adrian Marin, center fielder Ricky Eusebio and junior pitcher Chris Diaz all committed to the University of Miami.

The Raiders' senior catcher Andrew Valencia committed to South Florida. We had a typo in my story today, which I'm having fixed soon on the website and will for Saturday's paper, saying Valencia was also going to UM. He is going to USF.

Also, a former Dade star pitcher had a pretty good game this week in college.

Former Killian High pitcher Teddy Kaufman had a career night Tuesday, throwing pitching a complete-game shutout for the University of South Florida in a 4-0 win against the University of Central Florida. Kaufman struck out a career-high 14 batters … most by any USF pitcher since 1987 … and walked only two. He has a 3.27 ERA in six games this season … best among the team's starters.


October 04, 2009

A first for West Broward baseball

West Broward baseball recently announced a few firsts for the baseball team.

The Bobcats, only in their second season, will have two players heading to college for the 2010-2011 school year.

Chris Ross, a pitcher and outfielder, will be headed to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro,” said coach Sergio Ambros. “My son, Troy, a catcher/first baseman, has committed to Anderson University in South Carolina.”