Coconut Creek Tops BA For Second Win Of The Year
The Coconut Creek Cougars took advantage of every opportunity given to them by a young and inexperienced Boyd Anderson team to win 19-6 on Wednesday.
Coconut Creek ran the bases aggressively and stole in every opportunity possible.
“When we have a chance to run we will,” Coconut Creek Manager Roger Davidson said. “We haven’t had many opportunities to [be aggressive] on the bases this season, but today we did and we took advantage of that.”
Cougars starting pitcher Jose Baez began the game by striking out the first two Cobras hitters before giving up a walk. Boyd Anderson’s pitcher hit a scorching line drive with a man on base to the left-center gap for a triple that brought in the first run of the game for the Cobras.
In the bottom of the first, the Cougars responded. After one out and taking advantage of an infield error by the Cobras, short stop Winston Nuñez got on first and promptly stole second uncontested. Nuñez advanced to third and scored, both times on wild pitches. Center fielder Angel Caraballo hit a fly to left that was caught for the second out of the inning. Caraballo had a good day at bat for the Cougars, hitting multiple extra-base hits and totaling five RBIs.
With two outs, pitcher Jose Baez reached first on an uncaught third strike and stole second. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch and attempted to score from third on a passed ball but was tagged out at home to end the inning.
The Cougars scored two more runs in the bottom of the second, when lead-off hitter Robert Singh drew a walk and stole second, putting himself in scoring position. He then advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a wild pitch.. After two outs and with the bases loaded, Caraballo hit a rocket down third base line into left field for a two RBI double. With two outs and runner on second, Baez struck out to end the inning for the Cougars.
The Cobras took the lead momentarily in the top of the fourth, but Coconut Creek came back for eight runs in the third and seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to end the game.
Davidson was happy with the win but realizes that the Cougars are a work in progress.
“We still have a ways to go, young as we are we have work to do,” Davidson said. “The kids are happy today, they all got to play.”
Boyd Anderson Cobra’s interim coach Andre McAden shared his thoughts after the game.
“Our line-up is coming along,” McAden said. “We can only get better. We need to get our guys more familiar with [the fundamentals], we’re a little behind and our job as coaches is to get our players up to speed.”