The Key West High baseball team extended its unbeaten streak to 4-0 last weekend, beating Barron Collier twice, 13-4 on Friday March 4 and 4-2 on Saturday night. This weekend, March 11 and 12, the 7:30 p.m. opponent each night will be Merritt Island.
In Friday’s game, Preston Herce was the star with a home run, triple, double and walk that totaled seven runs. Trevor Zuelch also had three hits, while Noah Burnham, Kai Smith, Anden Rady and Jose Perdigon each contributed two hits. Jack Haggard and Wyatt Kuhn contributed one single each.
Jacob Burham pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. Marlin Takovich finished the last two races.
On a rainy Saturday night, both teams scored a run in the first inning. Barron Collier took the lead with a run in the top of the fifth, but Key West scored a pair in the bottom of the frame and another in the sixth. Rady had two hits. Noah Burnham, Smith, Haggard and Herce each had one hit. Lucky Borroso went 4⅓ innings, giving up an earned run, while Felix Ong finished, earning the pitching victory.
LADY CONCH The softball team also maintained its unblemished record of five wins by beating Ferguson, 17-0, in a Friday, March 4, game that was called off after four innings and a doubleheader on Saturday against John Carroll Catholic, won by Key West, 6-2 and 14 -6.
In Ferguson’s runout, coach Jason Garcia was able to use 15 players, including pitcher Chloe Gilday, who allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six. With two hits each, Ty Cervantes, Dharma Murray and Yahaira Williams, who homered and had six runs. Scarlet Niles, Izabella Perez, Marina Goins, Emily Bracher and Madie Gonzalez each had a hit.
In the first match of the twinbill, the Lady Conchs scored three goals in the first and never looked back. Williams continued her heavy hitting with three hits, including a triple, and Gonzalez had two hits and three RBIs. Cervantes, Hernandez and Goins each had a hit.
In game two, both teams had their kicking shoes on. Williams again had the biggest shoes with two doubles and a single. Goins had a triple and a single. Caroline Smith had a double and a single. Perez had two singles. With one success each, Montique Van Straden, Cervantes, Murray, Hernandez, Chloe Knowles, Gonzalez and Bracher. Cervantes, Smith, Williams, Perez and Goins completed two runs each. Nevaeh Arnold allowed 5 runs (2 earned) over three innings and took the win, while Chloe Gilday stopped the visitors, striking out 10 and allowing no earned runs in the final four innings.
After a Wednesday, March 9 game at Archbishop McCarthy, the Lady Conchs take on Marathon at 7 p.m. Friday at the Backyard and hit the road for a game Saturday at 3 p.m. at Westminster Christian.