Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School varsity baseball team senior catcher Dominick DiCaprio helped his team make it to the regional championships for the second consecutive year this spring. Even though the team lost to Park Vista High School 4-2 in the final game of the regional tournament, DiCaprio was pleased with the overall season.
“It’s been great to make it so far into the playoffs twice now,” said DiCaprio, who recently put up a more than .400 batting average. “It has definitely mentally prepared me for the next level.”
The next level will be collegiate baseball at Rice University in Texas this coming fall for the three-year varsity starter.
The Eagles earned a 23-5 record this past season and junior left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo, who went 8-3 on the season racking up 90 strikeouts, also played a large role in the team’s success.
“[Luzardo] has been our number one guy since he was a freshman. He’s calm and collected out there on the mound and gave us everything we asked for, again,” Douglas baseball manager Todd Fitz-Gerald, said. “[DiCaprio], who caught 25 games for us, did such a great job with our pitchers, not to mention anchoring our lineup.”
According to Fitz-Gerald, although it took some time in the beginning of the season for the team to get adjusted to one another, his team once again had an impressive run in the playoffs.
The team opened district play with wins over cross-town rivals Coral Springs and J. P. Taravella high schools, which then brought them to the regional tournament.
The Eagles began the regional tournament with a quarterfinal win of 5-2 over Cypress Bay High School followed by a semifinal victory of 10-8 over Taravella before losing to Park Vista to conclude their season.
“We knew what we were doing and we were as prepared as possible,” said Fitz-Gerald. “We didn’t make any errors in that final game; they just out-scored us.”
Despite the loss, Fitz-Gerald looked at the positive of the experience.
“We had great team chemistry, which was first and foremost, and that’s what really gave us the chance to win,” he said. “We had great defense, great players and a great coaching staff, and these kids always gave me 100 percent all season, every day. I definitely think that the kids who are moving on to the next level with baseball will be more than prepared.”
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