Friday afternoon the Taravella Trojans took on the Stoneman Douglas Eagles at Stoneman Douglas, looking to break up the Eagles’ perfect season in district play. Coming into the game, Stoneman Douglas had posted a 7-0 record within 9A District 11, including a 6-1 win over the Trojans on March 8. The Trojans threw sophomore Preston Clark (5-1) against the Eagles’ ace, Brandon Kaminer (7-0), University of Miami commit. The Eagles were able to pull out a victory late in the game thanks to some heroics by Josh Miaskowski, handing Preston Clark his first loss of the year.
Clark and Kaminer were able to keep both offenses at bay through two innings, but the drought ended in the bottom of the third inning when Colton Welker brought in Brandon Auerbach to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. After back-to-back singles by Auerbach and Brady Norris, Colton Welker singled to left, bringing in Auerbach for Welker’s team-leading 20th RBI of the season. Later in the inning, John McKenna struck out with Welker and Norris on base, and the Trojans made it out of the inning trailing by just one.
After threating to put runs on the board in the fourth but failing to do so with runners on first and third, Taravella was able to take the lead in the fifth inning. Jack Sinclair led off the inning with a single and advanced to third after a Lovon Hernandez bunt. Nick Carasco bunted in the next at-bat, scoring the tying run, Sinclair, from third. Santiago Cardona brought in Lavon Hernandez from third in the next at-bat and the Trojans took a 2-1 lead over the district-leading Eagles. Things were looking good for the Trojans to break up Stoneman Douglas’ perfect season against district opponents, and their own drought against the Eagles.
However, the Eagles, undefeated at home, would not go down without a fight. Brady Norris led off the inning with a walk and a few batters later with two outs, Chad McDaniel singled to keep the inning alive. Joseph Bullion and Ivan Nunez pinch ran for the two and Preston Clark hit John McKenna to set up bases loaded for Josh Miaskowski. After working the count, Miaskowski took Clark to deep right field, feet short of the fence, for a bases-clearing double to take back the lead for the Eagles, 4-2. Miaskowski scored later in the inning on an overthrow to third and Jordan Hill scored Luis Acevido. The Trojans gave up five runs to the Eagles with two outs and let their hopes of breaking up the Eagles’ perfection with one swing of the bat by Miaskowski.
In the seventh inning, Nick Carasco brought in Jack Sinclair who scored his second run of the game to cut the deficit to three, but the damage was already done. Stoneman Douglas locked up a first-place seed in the upcoming district playoffs with the win and the Taravella Trojans will be the second seed, wrapping up district play with a game against Deerfield Beach on Monday. The Eagles improve to an impressive 18-2 while the Trojans fall to 11-7 on the year.