Thursday, September 21, 2017

Miami Marlins Remain Alive

     The Miami Marlins still remained alive in the playoff race. The Colorado Rockies lost the Padres 3-0 in San Diego on Thursday night.
     The Marlins are now 9 1/2 games behind the Rockies for the second National League wild-card spot with 10 games left in the regular season. The Fish begin a three-game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chaminade-Madonna At American Heritage Preview

     The Chaminade-Madonna Lions head up to Plantation and play the American Heritage Patriots at Heritage Field on Friday night. Both schools made in to the state championship game in Orlando last year. The Patriots captured their third FHSAA Class 5A state title in the last four years while the Lions fell in the Class 3A championship game.
     Chaminade-Madonna(1-1) played their first two game on the road against tough competition. They lost to Miami Central 48-24 in Week 1 and got by Miramar 14-13 in Week 2.
     The emphasis of the Lions offense will come from running back Shaun Shivers. Wide receiver Xavier Williams is looked upon as the deep threat on receptions while Marlin Mayo can catch the short-range passes. Quarterbacks Quinn Dempsey and Daeien Menard call the signals on offense.
     American Heritage(2-0) have not yet played a high school based in the state of Florida. They went to Virginia and beat Bishop Sullivan Catholic 14-7 followed by a home shutout victory over Liberty 31-0.
     The Patriots are led by quarterback Cam Smith with a backfield that consist of running backs Jordan Johnson, Miles Jones and Tyler Jones. American Heritage has a set of wide receivers that includes Anthony Schwartz, Joshua Alexander and Tyler March.

Marlins Squash Mets

     The Miami Marlins finished off a short three-game home stand with a sweep and a 9-2 victory over the New York Mets at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The Fish have rolled off four wins in their last five games.
     The Marlins moved out to the lead in the first inning. Marcell Ozuna lined a base hit into right field for Giancarlo Stanton to score.
     Miami(72-80) compiled three more runs in the bottom of the third. Ozuna send a base hit through the middle of the infield and Christian Yelich scored. Justin Bour followed with a two-run homer to center field on a 0-2 pitch.
     In the fourth inning, the Fish continued their scoring momentum. Stanton singled into right-center field to score Miguel Rojas.
     New York(65-87) broke the shutout in the fifth inning. Travis d'Arnaud sliced a single inside the right-field line with two out which brought in Kevin Plawecki. Brandon Nimmo added a solo homer down the right-field line on a 1-1 count in the top of the seventh to make it 5-2.
     The Marlins placed four more runs on the scoreboard in the eighth inning. A.J. Ellis and Rojas combined for back-to-back solo home runs. It was capped by a Stanton home run to left field for his 56th homer of the season which leads the majors. Stanton reached 120 RBI as Gordon scored in front of him.

Marlins Get By Mets

     The Miami Marlins overcame the New York Mets 5-4 in 10 innings at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. The Fish have won three of their last four games.
     New York(65-86) scooted out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Jose Reyes hit a solo home run to right field on a 1-1 count.
     The Marlins evened the contest during the fourth inning. Christian Yelich connected with a solo homer to left on a 2-1 pitch.
     In the sixth inning, the Mets regained the lead. Travis d'Arnaud blasted a two-run home run to center on the first pitch and Reyes scored in front of him on the play. New York made it 4-1 in the top of the ninth when Reyes knocked in Phillip Evans on a base hit to right.
     Miami(71-80) pulled off a comeback with three runs in the bottom of the ninth against former Marlins pitcher A.J. Ramos. Justin Bour smashed a solo homer to right field on a 2-2 pitch. A.J. Ellis drove in J.T. Realmuto with a single into right field. The Fish tied the game when Ichiro Suzuki knocked in Brian Anderson on a base hit to left.
     The Marlins got the victory in the 10th inning. Realmuto pounded a solo homer to left field on a 1-1 count.

Dillard At Deerfield Beach Preview

     The Deerfield Beach Bucks host the Dillard Panthers at Butler Stadium on Friday night. Both schools won district titles last year.
     Dillard(0-2) was at home for their first two games of the regular season. They were handled by Booker T. Washington 25-8 in the opener and fell to Western 20-16 in Week 2. The Panthers have a wide receiver core that includes Bryce Oliver, Joshua Freeman, Elijah Black and Dandre Jones. Running back Keyondre White will get most of the carries for Dillard.
     Deerfield Beach(1-1) started the regular season on the road against two powerhouses from different states. They went to Miami and topped the defending FHSAA Class 6A state champion Carol City 6-2, then visited New Jersey the following week and lost to St. Joseph Regional 44-21. The Bucks have a talented backfield with running backs Jakari Norwood and Jaylen Knighton. Quarterback duties are handled by Kyle Kaplan and Tyler Herring. They look to connect with wide receivers Cornelius McCoy, Donte Banton and Deajeun McDougle.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Panthers Split Doubleheader Against Predators

     The Florida Panthers were involved in their annual preseason doubleheader contests against the Nashville Predators. This year it was held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Panthers have faced the Predators in a preseason doubleheader every year since September 2011. The exception was 2012 due to the NHL lockout.
     Florida was able to win the first game 5-3 over the Predators. Connor Brickley had two goals in the initial contest for the Panthers and Denis Malgin scored into an empty net with 29 seconds remaining in the third period.
     Mike Matheson, Jonathan Ang and Malgin settled for two points while the Panthers 2017 first-round draft pick Owen Tippett had one assist. Nashville was led by P.K. Subban who had two assists and Viktor Arvidsson compiled one goal along with one assist.
     The Panthers lost the second game to the Preds 3-2 in overtime. Vincent Trocheck scored an unassisted power-play goal in the first period for a 1-0 lead. Jared McCann tied the contest 2-2 midway through the third period on an unassisted power-play goal. Nashville was victorious in overtime on a goal by Miikka Salomaki.

Miami Herald Limits Florida Panthers Beat

     The Miami Herald has decided to cut back on their day-by-day coverage of the Florida Panthers. Their beat reporter George Richards has been reassigned to another area of the sports department.
     Richards became the Florida Panthers beat writer for that newspaper while the National Hockey League was in a lockout in 2005. He replaced David J. Neal who was the Panthers beat writer from 1993 until the lockout.
     The newspaper had covered less road games of the team last season than any time during the 25-year history of the NHL franchise. Richards was not assigned to cover any road games out of the state of Florida in the first two months of the season until the Cats played in Chicago against the Blackhawks on November 29. Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant was fired by the club two days prior in Carolina with no local newspaper Florida Panthers beat writers at that game.