Brito A Deserving Favorite To Win 2A-15
With years of tradition and success, Miami Brito has earned the distinction as the favorite in this new three-team district. The Panthers road to the state finals will miss a familiar foe this season, however, as the FHSAA realignment sent defending Class 2A state champion Westwood Christian up to Class 3A.
Coming off a strong season and returning a glut of talent, Brito knows they will be the hands-on favorites to win their new district. Brito has won five state titles in their history, and the team has the talent, coaching and leadership to make a run for number six. That starts by taking care of business in their district, where both Champagnat and Miami Christian face a daunting challenge with younger and less experienced rosters.
But that is why they play the game, and the Victors have proven once before that they are capable of upsetting the Panthers after they did exactly that just two seasons ago.
2013 Record: 20-5
Manager: Pedro Guerra
Coaching Staff: David Fanshawe
Key Returners: Savian Fernandez, Juan Carlos Millian, Julio Gonzalez, Marco Bolano
Newcomers to watch: Mauricio Amaral
Team strengths: Hitting
When it comes to success on the baseball diamond, the Miami Brito Panthers are proof that size doesn’t matter.
As a private school in Class 2A with around 350 students enrolled, the Panthers are among the winningest programs in Miami-Dade County history, appearing in 10 state finals and winning five state titles.
Brito finished with a 20-5 record and captured the District 2A-15 championship last season under manager Laz Fundora, but their run was cut short in the hands of district rival and eventual 2A state champion Westwood Christian in the regional semifinals…[Read More]
2013 Record: 3-14-1
Manager: Enrique Avila
Key Returners: Nosomy Diaz, Anthony DeJesus, Alexander Martinez
Newcomers to watch: Craig Campbell
Team strengths: Speed
After watching his team endure the growing pains in his first season at the helm, Champagnat Manager Enrique Avila expects to see major strides from his team this season.
Avila feels he has the team on track now. He let it be known that he was the new sheriff in town during his first year as manager, after previously serving as an assistant at Champagnat in the 90′s…[Read More]
2013 Record: 7-15
Manager: Chris Cuadra
Key Returners: J.C. Laser, Chris Ramirez, Chris Otero, Cristobal Areanas, Dominic Diaz, Miguel Perez, Johan Porras
Newcomers to watch: Chris Sanchez, Cristian Rivera
Team strengths: Depth & Discipline
Miami Christian baseball fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about the team’s outlook for the 2014 season. Second year Manager Chris Cuadra returns a roster stocked with a blend of youth, talent, and experience. Cuadra has fostered a culture of discipline on the team and his players expect to compete with the best schools in Miami-Dade County. The Victors will look to capitalize on their strengths as they compete for supremacy in Class 2A.
“Its their second time at the rodeo, so they know what to do,” Cuadra said. “They are more mature and come in knowing what to expect.”…[Read More]