Columbus Baseball Keeps On Rolling: Advances to Regional Final
“Don’t let them end your season again,” said Coach Meneses as the Explorers faced off against rival South Dade. If you recall from last year, the Bucaneers ended Columbus’ season as they beat them at home in the regional quarterfinals. This year the Explorers had a chance to redeem themselves and eliminate the Bucs and they did.
A pitching duel from the beginning, two of the county’s top pitchers faced off. Both pitchers did not disappoint, as Columbus pitcher Chris Coipel threw a complete game one-hitter and the South Dade pitchers only gave up three hits. The Explorers were able to score the only run in the 1st inning as shortstop Danny Casals led off the game with a single to center, after Casals stole second, junior RF Hernan Sardinas doubled to right to make the game 1-0 which would end up being the final score.
Chris Coipel was lights out after that one run first inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out 9. The future FIU Panther has shown some thick skin through the playoffs, pitching his best games of the year in the biggest moments.
Tuesday, May 12th the Explorers will host Flanagan High School in a Regional Final at 7pm. Now one of only eight teams left playing, CCHS baseball hopes to continue their winning streak and ride it all the way to the State Championship Game.