Triple-doubles aren’t just for basketball anymore, and Creekside is glad.
With three doubles in a breakthrough sixth inning, Creekside rallied past Pensacola Pine Forest to win Wednesday’s regional final 8-4 and earn the school’s third state semifinal berth in the last five years.
The Knights (23-6) struck for four runs on doubles from Daniel Cantu, Jacob Topping and finally Bryce Brindle, the last a two-run game-breaker that changed a 4-1 deficit into a one-run lead.
Creekside piled on insurance runs in the seventh on a Connor Hults triple and another Brindle base hit. Josh Emerson came in for the save after Pine Forest got its first two hitters aboard in the bottom of the seventh.
Pine Forest had taken an early lead on Keith Robbins’ two-RBI double in the first.Creekside will play its state semifinal at 4 p.m. May 31 against Venice in Fort Myers.
Creekside (24-4) will face Fort Myers (26-4) in Thursday’s FHSAA Class 7A state semifinal. The Knights enter the contest having won 19 of their previous 20 games.
Creekside (22-5) will try to end Pensacola Pine Forest’s 10-game winning streak in Wednesday’s Region 1-7A final.
Creekside 28, Clay 17
Creekside showed off a new quarterback and an aggressive defense in Thursday’s spring game at Clay.“Clay is always an extremely physical team, and we played extremely physical with them. That was the goal,” Creekside coach Sean McIntyre said.Quinn Sieger moved over from slot to quarterback and threw for nearly 250 yards. Jack Goodrich and Shane Calhoun each caught five passes. Calhoun, a tight end, who has over 25 offers from FBS schools, caught two TD passes.The Knights’ offense did not turn the ball over and the defense held the Blue Devils in check.“The most encouraging thing was the defense,” McIntyre said. “We gave up just one long run.”
In baseball, pitching, defense and timely hitting is a formula for success.Creekside followed that blueprint Saturday in a showdown with arch-rival Bartram Trail and moved to within one game of the Class 7A final four.”Pitching and defense won that game,” said coach Kris King, whose Knights defeated the host Bears 6-3 in a Region 1-7A semifinal.Creekside (22-6) will meet the winner of Saturday night’s Pensacola Pine Forest-Pensacola Escambia game in the regional final on Wednesday.Lefthanders
Creekside’s softball team is headed to the state final four.Ally Bratek and Mallorie Sykes drove in five runs apiece with the help of three monster home runs as the Knights defeated host Niceville 11-4 Friday night in the Region 1-7A softball final.Their next stop: the Jackie Robinson Training Complex (formerly Historic Dodgertown) in Vero Beach where they will meet Naples at 1:35 p.m. Thursday in the Class 7A regional semifinals.Bratek and Sykes each went deep for Creekside (24-4) against
Imani Graham has been playing tennis since she was 4 years old, but she had never been part of a tennis team before.
In her first experience with teammates, Graham and her fellow Creekside players advanced to the Class 3A state girls tournament. Although the Knights lost a tight 4-3 match to Naples Gulf Coast in the quarterfinals Wednesday at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Graham’s teammates will hang around today, hoping to root her on in the Class 3A singles competition.
Bartram Trail (21-5) blanked St. Augustine (12-14) 15-0 in four innings and Creekside (21-3) rallied past Nease (9-16) 7-3 in the District 4-7A semifinals Tuesday at Bartram Trail High School.The Bears will host the Knights in the district title game at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Creekside baseball retired former baseball coach Luke Marabell’s No. 11 jersey prior to Tuesday’s victory over Ponte Vedra.
Luke Marabell detests surprises.
He said as much Tuesday evening when he was summoned to the pitcher’s mound prior to Creekside’s baseball game against Ponte Vedra. Unbeknownst to the Creekside athletic director his jersey was about to be retired.
Marabell had a record of 192-65 as Creekside’s baseball coach before taking over as athletic director in 2017. He started the program at the new school and built it into a public school powerhouse in Northeast Florida during his nine years in the dugout.