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 (22-5) will try to end Pensacola Pine Forest’s 10-game winning streak in Wednesday’s Region 1-7A final.
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 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.
Creekside 4, New Smyrna Beach 0
Sophomore southpaw Colby Frieda allowed one hit and struck out eight over four innings to win his first game of the season on Tuesday night. Connor Hults did not allow a hit in three innings of relief to pick up the save.
Creekside’s offense was powered by Josh Frisbee (1 for 2) who hit a RBI single and scored a run. Daniel Cantu and Jaden Flowers each drove in runs for Creekside (3-0). The Knights have allowed two runs in three games. Creekside hosts Yulee at 6 p.m. Friday.
Creekside wins baseball opener, 3-1 over Bishop Kenny
Creekside (21-7) eliminated St. Augustine (18-12) in an intra-county regional playoff game at Flagler College’s Drysdale Field.
Two thousand, five hundred and fifty five minutes after he was scheduled to start, St. Augustine’s Nick Phifer delivered the first pitch.
It was an 84-mph fastball over the outside corner that Creekside’s Connor Hults flipped toward short.
The two would meet again. Their roles would be reversed; but, before they did, the Knights and St. Augustine played nine high-stakes innings in an FHSAA Region 1-7A baseball semifinal.
Creekside staved off the top of the St. Augustine order to win 3-2 in extra innings on a rainy Thursday afternoon at Drysdale Field at the Flagler College Athletic Complex.
Athletic director and former baseball coach, Luke Marabell announced the hire this week. This is the first varsity head coaching position for King, who has been in local baseball circles for more than a decade.