Cavaliers Remain Focused Despite Tough Loss to Coral Park


Cameryn Padron

A Cavalier hitter loads his swing in preparation for the upcoming pitch.

Adriana Meijaard, Staff Writer

On Apr. 9 at 3:30 p.m., the Cavalier baseball team took to the field against the divisional leaders, the Coral Park Rams. Sadly, Gables lost 3-1 in the non-conference game. Entering play, the Cavaliers had a 6-7 record, just a sliver under a .500-win percentage, and were in third place in their division. Solely behind South Miami and Coral Park, the Cavs were looking to gain traction and momentum in the standings with this critical game.

Starting the game on the mound for the Cavaliers was senior pitcher Juan Osorio. Throughout his first four innings of work, Osorio was stellar, recording 5 strikeouts and allowing no earned runs. However, the 5th inning proved to be different as the potent Rams’ lineup was difficult to restrain in their offensive rally. Putting up 3 runs, the Rams forced Osorio out of the game, and freshman Christian Olazabal came in relief out of the bullpen. Although preventing the bleeding from continuing, the Cavs weren’t able to string together enough hits or runs to escape with a win. However, their resilience and grit were evident throughout the entirety of the game as they were able to walk away with a run in the final frame.

“I think Gables played a good game against the Rams. I think maybe the offense could have done better, but overall Gables is doing great,” freshman Brian Sarria said.

Despite the loss, the Cavalier baseball team remains hopeful that they can bounce back in the second half of the season and repeat what they were able to accomplish last season: a late season rally that resulted in the team competing for a state championship.

“We may only have a handful of games left to play, but we definitely have the talent and the work ethic to take this team to where we want it to be. I wouldn’t count us out just yet,” sophomore pitcher Branden Vital said.

Although their record worsened to 6-8 with the loss to Coral Park, the Cavaliers still remain in playoff contention and are determined to improve as the season dwindles down to its final games. Until then, be sure to support the Cavs baseball team as they swing for the fences and aim to finish the season on a high note.