SURGING SEAHAWKSS FINISH CO-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
The Broward College men’s baseball team began the final week of the regular season in third place of the Southern Conference at 15-11 with the last two games against second place Miami Dade College (15-10) in a home-and-home series. Adding to the pressure for the Seahawks was that Palm Beach State College (14-12) stood a game behind Broward in fourth place and owned the tie-breaker between the two teams by winning five of the seven meetings. The remaining two games for PBSC were against first place Eastern Florida State College (16-9).
In order to qualify for the FCSAA tournament, Broward needed to win both games against MDC to assure a first or second place finish in the conference. If the Seahawks split both games, Broward would finish in third place and participate in a play-in against the other FCSAA teams that finished third in the conference with the winner advancing to the state tournament. Even if Palm Beach State won both games against Eastern Florida State and Broward split the two games against Miami Dade, the Seahawks would finish third at 16-12 and owned the tie-breaker against EFSC or MDC by winning the season series against each conference rival. If Broward lost both games to MDC and PBSC defeated EFSC once, the Seahawks would end the season in fourth place.
Orlando Rodriguez started the first game at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus and pitched a complete game, firing a two-hitter and striking out 10 batters to defeat the Sharks 4-0. The following day in Kendall, Edison Cabrera’s single with two-out and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning brought in Gavin Robinson to give Broward an eventual 2-1 victory. After reliever Jose Padron retired the last batter, his teammates charged the mound to celebrate clinching a playoff berth.
Padron (W, 5-2) pitched 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings, retired all four batters faced and struck out two. It was fitting for Padron to pick up the victory against Miami Dade because it continues a winning streak of eight games for the Seahawks that started with Padron’s last win against Eastern Florida State College at Davie on Apr. 9. Padron helped the Seahawks defeat the Titans 9-8 in 11 innings after working 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings.
While the Seahawks ended their season a half-game out of first behind Eastern Florida State College, both Miami Dade and EFSC had one more game to play against each other to close out their respective schedules. The Sharks defeated the Titans in Melbourne 2-0, ending the season with another first place tie in the Southern Conference.
Despite both Broward and Eastern Florida finishing with identical 17-11 conference records, the Seahawks are seeded first in the state tournament based on winning the season series against the Titans (4-3). Last season, Broward finished in a tie with Palm Beach State College and were seeded second in the state tournament based on the same criteria.
Head coach Ben Bizier has guided the Seahawks to two consecutive state tournament appearances in his three years directing the program. Padron is one of several players recruited by Bizier who has gained national recognition. In the latest NJCAA statistics (Apr. 21), Padron is eighth in saves (eight) and Orlando Rodriguez is third in strikeouts (96) and 11th in innings pitched (74.2). Edison Cabrera is 13th in stolen bases (26) and JC Millan is 36th in runs batted in (54).
Last month, Rodriguez was named NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Pitcher of the Week (Mar. 22) after pitching a complete game by tossing a three-hitter, walking none and striking out 11 to help Broward defeat Indian River State College 3-2 on Mar. 16. Last year, Rodriguez was selected second team All-Southern Conference.
Salva showed why he was selected second team All-FCSAA and first team All-Southern Conference as a catcher by handling the mitt flawlessly (he has yet to commit an error) and throwing out 16 of 30 base stealers for an impressive .533 percentage. In the regular season finale, the Sharks had a runner on first base in the seventh and eighth innings with the game tied at 1-1. MDC tried to steal in both situations and each time Salva threw the runner out.
Broward features a batting lineup with several offensive contributors. Through 52 games, Dijendrick Croes leads the Seahawks in batting average (.329) and on base percentage (.443). JC Millan is first in slugging percentage (.521), hits (63), doubles (15), runs batted in (54) and total bases (101). Gabriel Garcia is the home run leader (10) and Rayden Ogando is tops in runs (36) and walks (41). Andres Lopez, who was second team All-Southern Conference last year, is among the team leaders in batting average (.326), runs (34) and hits (61).
The pitching staff has three players tied with five victories in Chamblee, Padron and Louis Pugliese. Ray Catena leads in appearances (22) and earned run average (0.91). Rodriguez is first in innings pitched (74.2) and strikeouts (96). Padron is tops in saves with eight.
The NJCAA D1 Gulf District/FCSAA Tournament is at Henley Field in Lakeland on May 15-20. Broward plays Gulf Coast State College on Sunday, May 15 at 10 a.m. The Seahawks enter the tournament with an overall record of 33-19 and are ranked 10th in the latest NJCAA Region 8 Coaches’ Poll (Apr. 19).
BROWARD FINISHES AS CO-SOUTEHRN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS AND ADVANCES TO FCSAA TOURNAMENT
Edison Cabrera’s single with two-out and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning brought in Gavin Robinson to give Broward an eventual 2-1 victory over Miami Dade College in the regular season finale at Kendall. Reliever Jose Padron (W, 5-2) worked 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring all four batters and striking out two to preserve the win.
Dijendrick Croes led off the ninth with a double and Robinson replaced Croes as a pinch runner. Two outs later, Christian Khawly and Orley Arellano drew walks to move Robinson to third before Cabrera connected on his game-winning RBI single. Broward took a 1-0 lead in the second after Rayden Ogando led off with a triple and later scored on Gabriel Garcia’s grounder to second.
The Seahawks finish as Co-Southern Conference Champions and advance to the NJCAA D1 Gulf District/FCSAA Tournament at Henley Field in Lakeland on May 15-20. Broward plays Gulf Coast State College on Sunday, May 15 at 10 a.m.
RODRIGUEZ PITCHES A COMPLETE GAME BY FIRING A TWO-HITTER AND STRIKING OUT 10 IN 4-0 WIN OVER MIAMI DADE
Sophomore Orlando Rodriguez saved his best performance for the last home appearance as a Seahawk by pitching a complete game while allowing two hits and striking out 10 to lead Broward to a 4-0 victory over Miami Dade College at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on Apr. 19. Rodriguez retired 27 of 34 batters to notch his second complete game of the season and both hits were singles to leadoff the third and fourth innings. The 10 strikeouts increases Rodriguez’s total to 96 for the year and puts him third overall in the latest NJCAA statistics. Rodriguez is ninth in the nation in innings pitched (74.1).
Edison Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a RBI double and scored the first run of the game on Andres Lopez’s sacrifice fly. Rayden Ogando had a RBI double and Dijendrick Croes singled in a run. The victory extends Broward’s winning streak to seven games.
DIJENDRICK CROES’ CLUTCH HIT GIVES BROWARD A 9-8 VICTORY OVER EASTERN FLORIDA STATE IN EXTRA INNINGS
Dijendrick Croes’ RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning brought in JC Millan from third base to give the Seahawks a victory over the Titans at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on Apr. 9. Croes finished 1 for 5 with two walks. Millan had two hits, scored three runs and collected three RBI. Jose Padron (W, 4-2) allowed no runs or hits in two innings of relief.
RODRIGUEZ, MILLAN, PADRON, E. CABRERA, OGANDO AND LOPEZ AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
According to the NJCAA statistics (Apr. 12), Orlando Rodriguez is third in strikeouts (86) and 15th in innings pitched (65.2). JC Millan is ninth in plate appearances (196) and 37th in runs batted in (48). Jose Padron is 10th in saves (seven) and Edison Cabrera is 32nd in stolen bases (19). Rayden Ogando is 34th in plate appearances (187) and Andres Lopez is 47th (183).
ORLEY ARELLANO HELPS BROWARD TO 13-6 VICTORY OVER EASTERN FLORIDA STATE
Orley Arellano went 2 for 2 with a double, scored three runs and collected three RBI to help the Seahawks defeat the Titans at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on Apr. 2. Gabriel Garcia doubled, scored three runs and had two RBI. Kyle Vesnesky doubled, scored twice and finished with two RBI. Reliever Ray Catena (W, 1-1) worked a third of an inning and struck out one.
RODRIGUEZ, PADRON, MILLAN, E. CABRERA, G. GARCIA AND PUGLIESE AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
According to the latest NJCAA statistics (Apr. 6), Orlando Rodriguez is third in strikeouts (78) and 13th in innings pitched (59.2). Jose Padron is sixth in saves (seven), JC Millan is 26th in runs batted in (45), Edison Cabrera is 28th in stolen bases (17), Gabriel Garcia is 30th in home runs (10) and Louis Pugliese is 40th in innings pitched (52.0).
STEPHEN CHAMBLEE PITCHES COMPLETE GAME TO HELP BROWARD TO 11-1 VICTORY OVER INDIAN RIVER STATE
Stephen Chamblee (W, 4-2) pitched a complete game, yielding one unearned run on four hits, walked none and struck out 10 to lead the Seahawks to an 11-1 victory over the Pioneers at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on Mar. 26. Dijendrick Croes went 2 for 3 with a double and collected three RBI. Gabriel Garcia hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI.
RODRIGUEZ, PADRON, G. GARCIA, MILLAN AND E. CABRERA AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
According to the latest NJCAA statistics (Mar. 30), Orlando Rodriguez is third in strikeouts (70) and 12th in innings pitched (52.2). Jose Padron is sixth in saves (seven), Gabriel Garcia is 20th in home runs (10), JC Millan is 22nd in runs batted in (43) and Edison Cabrera is 23rd in stolen bases (16).
ORLANDO RODRIGUEZ NAMED NJCAA REGION 8 PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Orlando Rodriguez was named NJCAA Region 8 Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 22. Last Wednesday, Rodriguez pitched a complete game to help Broward defeat Indian River State College 3-2 at Fort Pierce. The sophomore right-hander fired a three-hitter, walked none and struck out 11 to pick up his third victory of the season.
RODRIGUEZ, PADRON, MILLAN, E. CABRERA, G. GARCIA AND SALVA AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
According to the latest NJCAA statistics (Mar. 22), Orlando Rodriguez is second in strikeouts (61) and 10th in innings pitched (47.2). Jose Padron is fourth in saves (seven), JC Millan is 14th in runs batted in (42), Edison Cabrera is 23rd in stolen bases (15), Gabriel Garcia is 30th in home runs (eight) and Yordany Salva is 35th in putouts (171).
ORLEY ARELLANO FINISHES 5 FOR 5 WITH 6 RBI TO LEAD BROWARD TO A 21-10 VICTORY OVER COLLEGE LAFLECHE
Orley Arellano went 5 for 5 with three doubles, two triples, scored five runs and finished with six RBI to lead the Seahawks over the Dragons at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on Mar. 14. JC Millan doubled in a run, drove in another on a sacrifice fly and connected on a two-run homer to finish with four RBI. Dijendrick Croes went 3 for 4 with two doubles, one triple and collected three RBI. Rayden Ogando doubled in a run and hit a two-run homer to finish with three RBI. Christian Khawly doubled in a run and connected on a two-run homer to collect three RBI. Broward finished with 17 hits and the 21 runs scored are a season-high.
SEAHAWKS RANKED NINTH IN LATEST NJCAA REGION 8 COACHES’ POLL
Broward is ranked ninth in the latest NJCAA Region 8 Coaches’ Poll (Mar. 15). It’s the third time this season the Seahawks are included in the state poll with the highest ranking of fourth on Feb. 9.
JC MILLAN DRIVES IN TWO RUNS TO STEER BROWARD TO 4-3 VICTORY OVER ASA COLLEGE
JC Millan went 2 for 3 with a RBI single and drove in another run on a sacrifice fly to help the Seahawks (14-10) defeat the Silver Storm at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on Mar. 5. Stephen Chamblee (W, 3-0) pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits, walked two and struck out four to record his third victory. Reliever Jose Padron (S, 5) worked the ninth to pick up his fifth save. Gabriel Garcia went 2 for 3 with a double and scored a run. Dijendrick Croes had two hits, including a RBI single.
E. CABRERA, SALVA, MILLAN, PADRON, RODRIGUEZ, CHAMBLEE AND EXPOSITO AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
According to the latest NJCAA statistics (Mar. 8), Edison Cabrera is 12th in stolen bases (13) and Yordany Salva is 24th in putouts (137). JC Millan is 31st in runs batted in (26) and 43rd in home runs (five).
In the latest NJCAA pitching statistics: Jose Padron is sixth in saves (five), Orlando Rodriguez is ninth in strikeouts (41), Stephen Chamblee is 38th in wins (three) and Ian Exposito is 44th in earned run average (1.91).
BROWARD SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER OVER LAKE-SUMTER STATE COLLEGE TO IMPROVE RECORD TO 12-8
Yordany Salva connected on a three-run homer and doubled in a run to finish with four RBI during the Seahawks’ 12-3 victory over the Lakehawks in the first game of a doubleheader at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on Feb. 27. In the second game, pitchers Danger Guevara (W 3-1), Louis Pugliese and Anthony Carra combined on a four-hitter to pace Broward (12-8) to a 4-0 victory. JC Millan hit a two-run homer and drove in another run on a sacrifice fly to finish with three RBI. Orley Arellano went 2 for 2 and Salva had a RBI single.
MILLAN, E. CABRERA, SALVA, PADRON, GUEVARA, RODRIGUEZ AND EXPOSITO AMONG NATION’S BEST
According to the latest NJCAA statistics (Mar. 1), JC Millan is 26th in home runs (five) and 30th in runs batted in (21). Edison Cabrera is 14th in stolen bases (10) and Yordany Salva is 26th in base thefts (eight).
In the latest NJCAA pitching statistics, Jose Padron is sixth in saves (four), Danger Guevara is 16th in wins (three), Orlando Rodriguez is 20th in strikeouts (30) and Ian Exposito is 41st in earned run average (1.61).
ANDRES LOPEZ NAMED OFFENSIVE MVP OF ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE CLASSIC
Andres Lopez was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the St. Petersburg College Classic. In four games, Lopez
batted .400 (6 for 15) with a double, a home run, collected three RBI, scored five runs, walked twice and was hit-by-a-pitch to post a .667 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. Lopez’s best hitting performance came during a 10-6 victory over Calhoun (Ala.) Community College when he went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and scored four runs.
BROWARD RANKED FOURTH IN LATEST NJCAA REGION 8 COACHES’ POLL (Feb. 9)
Broward is ranked fourth in the latest NJCAA Region 8 Coaches’ Poll (Feb. 9). The Seahawks previously were ranked 10th inthe preseason poll released on Jan. 27.
ANDRES LOPEZ AND LOUIS PUGLIESE HELP BROWARD FINISH 3-1 AT ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE CLASSIC IN CLEARWATER
In four games, Andres Lopez batted .400 (6 for 15) with a double, a home run, walked twice and was hit-by-a-pitch to post a .667 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. Lopez’s best hitting performance came in last Saturday’s 10-6 victory over the Warhawks of Calhoun Community College when he finished 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and scored four times. His home run in the top of the fourth inning brought in Christian Kawly to give the Seahawks a 7-1 lead. Kawly previously connected on a two-run single. Louis Pugliese (W, 1-0) started against the Warhawks and pitched six innings, scattering six hits, walked one, allowed one earned run and struck out two before retiring for the afternoon with Broward ahead 7-1. Calhoun closed the lead to 7-6 before Rayden Ogando’s three-run homer in the top of the ninth sealed the win. Jose Padron (S, 1) worked two innings of relief and fanned five to earn the save.
LOUIS PUGLIESE, RAY CATENA AND IAN EXPOSITO SIGN SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS
Sophomore pitchers Louis Pugliese, Ray Catena and Ian Exposito have signed scholarships to four-year schools for the 2016-17 season. Pugliese signed with Flagler College, Catena committed to the University of Miami and Exposito inked an offer from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Last season, Pugliese appeared in 12 of 13 games as a reliever, recorded 28 strikeouts in 33.1 innings, posted a 2-0 record and topped the Seahawk staff with a 1.62 earned run average. His only start was the first game of a doubleheader against College Lafleche and he pitched a complete game by firing a one-hitter through seven innings, walked one and fanned five to lead the Seahawks to an 8-0 victory at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on March 15.
Catena pitched all 17 games in relief, recorded 33 strikeouts in 23.2 innings, posted a 1-1 record and finished third on the staff with a 2.66 E.R.A. One of his best performances came against St. Thomas University when he worked two shutout innings, yielded one hit, walked two and struck out six to help Broward to an 8-2 win at Davie on Feb. 23.
Exposito transferred to Broward after playing his freshman season at Florida International University. He appeared in 10 games as a reliever for the Panthers, recorded five strikeouts in 11 innings, posted a 1-0 record and finished with a 3.27 E.R.A. Exposito is projected to be in the Seahawks’ starting rotation for the 2016 campaign.
FOURTEEN SEAHAWKS SIGN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES
Fourteen sophomores continue their collegiate baseball careers by signing athletic scholarships to four-year institutions. These former Seahawks include pitchers Michael Agis, Donovan Armas, Rigo Beltran, Eduardo Delgado, Will Fabra, Ryan Guerra and Troy Massaro; outfielders Tyler Fichter and Alex Roberts; infielders Max Balter, Joseph Collazo, Austin Langham, Alvin Swoope and utility player Jon Spada.
Agis and Fabra both signed scholarships to Florida International University. Agis was selected first team all-Southern Conference after finishing 45th in the NJCAA in strikeouts (77), 70th in wins (seven) and also topped the Seahawks in innings pitched (81.2), starts (13) and complete games (two). Fabra made nine appearances on the mound with six starts and struck out 21 batters in 23.2 innings.
Armas and Beltran remain teammates after each committed to Lynn University. Armas finished second in
starts (nine), tied for second in complete games (one), third in innings pitched (53.2) and tied for third in wins (three). Beltran finished tied for second in victories (five), third in starts (eight) and tied for third in strikeouts (45).
Delgado and Collazo both signed with University of Texas-Pan American. Delgado finished 87th in the NJCAA in saves (three) and tied for second among Seahawks in appearances (18). Collazo was named NJCAA and FCSAA Player of the Week (Feb. 16-22) after batting .692 (9 for 13) in three games with a double, two walks, collected six RBI, scored five runs and had two stolen bases. He concluded the season with a .308 average (48 for 156) and topped all fielders in assists (88), finished tied for first in walks (22) and second in runs scored (34).
Guerra, who finished 42nd in the NJCAA in saves (five) and also topped Broward in appearances (22),
committed to the University of Miami. Massaro, who signed with Valdosta State (Ga.) University, made eight appearances with five starts, struck out 28 batters in 29.1 innings and finished tied for third in wins (three).
Fichter, who was selected first team all-conference after finishing 84th in the NJCAA in stolen bases (19) and also topping the Seahawks in at bats (186), sacrifices (seven), tying for first in hits (57) and tying for second in walks (21), committed to Columbus State (Ga.) University. Roberts signed with Campbellsville (Ky.) University after finishing his Seahawk career with 39 total bases, 28 runs scored, seven doubles and four triples.
Balter, who committed to the University of South Carolina Beaufort, started 32 of 43 games played and had 34 total bases, 28 hits, 23 runs, 13 runs batted in, nine walks, seven stolen bases, four doubles and one triple. Langham, who was selected second team all-conference after topping Broward in hit-by-pitches (12), finishing second in doubles (13), assists (86), tying for second in triples (three) and walks (21), signed with Florida Atlantic University.
Swoope, who committed to the University of Mount Olive (N.C.), started 29 of 31 games and had 30 total
bases, 25 hits, 18 runs, 15 runs batted in, five walks, five stolen bases, three doubles and one triple. Spada, who finished tied for first in fielding percentage (1.000) and batted .294 (25 for 85) with six doubles, one triple, 14 runs, 13 RBI and 13 walks, signed with Keiser University (formerly Northwood University).
Mike Fiers, 30, a right-hander who had a 5-9 record and 3.89 ERA in 21 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers this season, was part of a multi-player trade to the Houston Astros. The move takes Fiers from a club in the cellar of the National League’s Central Division to the top of the American League West.
Former Broward College Seahawks Danny Dopico and Orlando Olivera were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Dopico, a right-handed pitcher for Florida International University, was picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 11th round (322 overall). Olivera, an outfielder at Missouri Baptist University, was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 38th round (1151 overall).
Dopico played for the Seahawks in 2014 as a sophomore after transferring from Siena (N.Y.) College. He appeared in 19 games as a reliever, pitching 30 innings and posting a 2-3 record with a 4.20 earned run average.
Olivera played two years for Broward (2011-12) and batted .340 in his freshman season, leading the Seahawks in slugging percentage (.503) and home runs (four). As a sophomore, Olivera posted team-highs in batting average (.365), slugging percentage (.534) on-base percentage (.462), hits (65) and total bases (95).
According to the NJCAA pitching statistics (June 12), Orlando Rodriguez is 30th in earned run average (2.11), Ryan Guerra is tied for 42nd in saves (five) and Michael Agis is 45th in strikeouts (77).