Coral Shores High’s baseball Hurricanes try to get back on the winning side this week with two home games that finish the regular season.
The Hurricanes — winners of their first nine games, losers in the last five — take on Palmer Trinity at 6 p.m. Thursday at Islamorada’s Founders Park. Palmer competes against Coral Shores in both the South Florida Baseball Conference and state District 8-4A.
Somerset Academy, a District 8 foe, arrives for a 7 p.m. Friday game that finishes the regular season.
Coral Shores is coming off a 6-4 loss at Immaculata-LaSalle on Monday and a 16-6 loss to Florida Christian last Thursday.
The Canes trailed LaSalle, 5-1, after two innings but tried to rally behind relief pitcher Bryan Placencia, who threw a no-hitter through four innings with four strikeouts and one walk.
Defensive lapses cost the Canes, said pitching coach Jorge Bosque.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 5-2 lead against Florida Christian but the host Patriots unleashed a nine-run inning in the bottom of the third. “We allowed a couple of hits with errors,” Bosque said.
Coral Shores scored again to avoid the 10-run rule but the game ended in the sixth inning. “They are a good ball club,” Bosque said.
A schedule for the conference tournament was not available at press time. The District 8 tournament is scheduled to begin May 1 at Florida Christian.
In other Upper Keys prep sports:
▪ The Lady Hurricanes softball team (7-5) finishes the regular season at 4 p.m. Friday in a home game against Mater Academy. Coral Shores travels to Westminster Christian for the District 8-4A Tournament beginning Tuesday.
▪ Coral Shores’ track-and-field teams travel to St. Brendan for today’s District 16-2A Meet. Key West High is among the 10 teams competing in District 16.
▪ Island Christian School plays two home baseball games at the Islamorada campus this week, against Princeton Christian on Thursday and Champagnat on Friday. Both games start at 4 p.m.
▪ Island Christian hosts the girls District 8-2A fast-pitch softball tournament beginning Monday at Founders Park in Islamorada. First-round pairings were pending at press time. The district championship is scheduled for April 27.
Kevin Wadlow: 305-440-3206