It was a nail-biter: Miami Beach Hi-Tides baseball season ends with playoff loss

It was a nail-biter: Miami Beach Hi-Tides baseball season ends with playoff loss
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By Hoodline - Published on May 13, 2019.

It’s May, and as temperatures rise and seniors edge closer to graduation, the spring sports season has come to a close. It’s a bittersweet ending for the Miami Beach Senior High boys baseball team.

The Beach Hi-Tides ended their season with a loss to the Coral Park Rams on Wednesday, May 8 during the semifinal playoff round. The game was a nail-biter, with the score was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Strong pitching for both teams contributed to the drama. Miami Beach starting pitcher Nolan Santos made a good showing, throwing for six innings, while Coral Park pitcher William Silva had a no-hitter into the seventh inning when the Hi-Tides tied it up with their first hits of the game, a double by Adrian Gonzalez followed by an RBI single from Luis Gonzalez.

Though both teams fielded a strong defense, a wild pitch and an error allowed the Rams to score in the bottom of the eighth, putting Coral Park ahead 2-1, the final score.

In 2018, the Hi-Tides claimed the district championship title for the first time in 16 years. On the back of such a standout season, the semi-finals loss was a letdown. Wednesday’s game left Beach with a 9-13 record, and plenty of hopes for next season.

One of the Beach Hi-Tides’ graduating seniors, left-handed pitcher Sergio Capobianco, has signed with the University of Miami's baseball program.

Next year will be a new start in many regards for the Hi-Tides. Wednesday’s game was coach Juan Cordero’s last. Cordero has had an impressive four year tenure with the Beach Senior High, leading the Hi-Tides to their 2018 victory.

“I’m done with high school for a bit,” Cordero told Miami-Dade High School Baseball. “It’s been a great ride. It’s been a nice four years here.”