St. Thomas, Pines Char­ter to vie for cham­pi­onship

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - NFL - By David Furones Staff writer dfurones@sun­sen­tinel.com, @DavidFurones_

PEM­BROKE PINES — St. Thomas Aquinas and Pines Char­ter will play for this year’s BCAA Big 8 softball ti­tle tonight af­ter both earned semi­fi­nal vic­to­ries Thurs­day at Sil­ver Lakes Park South.

Se­nior Kaylei Wil­cox drove in the de­ci­sive run with an RBI sin­gle in the fifth in­ning to seal a 5-2 Raiders win over Dou­glas. For Pines Char­ter, sopho­more El­iza Gon­za­lez pitched a com­plete-game shutout to lead the Jaguars past Cooper City, 2-0.

“It’s great to get in the BCAA cham­pi­onship,” St. Thomas Aquinas coach Bryan Bau­com said .“We’ re play­ing qual­ity teams head- ing into dis­tricts.” Wil­cox drove in se­nior Al­ley Masocco, who dou­bled ear­lier in the fifth, to break a 2-2 tie. Run-scor­ing dou­bles from fresh­man Madi­son San­tana and sopho­more Kris­ten Sacca in the sixth and sev­enth in­nings, re­spec­tively, ex­tended the lead for Aquinas (16-8).

Kaitlin King pitched the first five frames for the Raiders, giv­ing up two runs, while Gabriella Nori shut down the Ea­gles (14-3) in the fi­nal two.

Pitch­ing mostly to con­tact, Gon­za­lez struck out just two Cow­boys bat­ters as she worked quickly three times through their lineup.

“It was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort on her part, fan­tas­tic ef­fort by the de­fense,” said Pines Char­ter coach Tom Fadul. “She was hit­ting her spots and her pitches. We just had to man­u­fac­ture runs and take ad­van­tage of some op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Pines Char­ter (14-10) scored twice in the sec­ond in­ning. An­gelina Pas­cual dou­bled and later scored, steal­ing home on a run­down play in­volv­ing Isabella Devesa be­tween first and sec­ond base. Devesa ended up at sec­ond on the throw home and­was driven home on an Alexan­dra Good RBI sin­gle.

Dou­glas scored its two runs against St. Thomas on a Sammy Gedrin RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond and a Han­nah Bonta sac­ri­fice fly in the third.

Kara Lokein­sky struck out seven Jaguars for Cooper City (16-7) and did not al­low a run out­side of the sec­ond in­ning.

Today’s fi­nal is set for 7 p.m.

MICHAEL LAUGH­LIN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Pem­broke Pines Char­ter pitcher Alexan­dra Goode winds up to throw a pitch dur­ing their BCAA Big 8 softball semi­fi­nal game against St. Thomas Aquinas.

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