BY BRANDON BERMUDEZ AND MARK BRENT
One of the biggest baseball games of the year happened on a sunny Saturday, May 6, between the Cooper City Cowboys and the Nova Titans. Both teams had faced each other in the regular season and were highly competitive games that came down to the final inning. Now both teams looked to gain this important victory to be crowned as district champs and bragging rights in their district for a whole year, and the winner would also have a chance to be regional champs in a game played soon after this one.
Nova High School came out strong in the first inning by scoring 2 runs and having their way early. The Cowboys were able to get a hit or two in, but could not gain a run to put themselves on the scoreboard. This put the Cowboys on their heels and made them have to play even harder to stay in the game. In the second inning the Cowboys answered back with a run themselves which made the game seem to be heading towards an all out scrum until the final inning. Both teams played tough on both sides of the ball getting hits and preventing runs as they headed towards the third inning.
In the third inning both the Cowboys and the Titans held their ground, not allowing their opponent to score a single run and this moved into the 4th inning with Nova High up 2-1. The 4th inning was Nova’s best inning by far, by being able to to get some nice hits that resulted in great runs. Nova High School got 3 runs in this inning and made things difficult for the Cowboys with 3 innings left in the game. Being down 5-1 meant the Cowboys had to have a tough mindset and work even harder to come back in this game.
The 5th inning was well fought by both teams and though the Cowboys held Nova to no runs, they themselves could not score and as the innings were running out they needed to find some way to score in the final two innings to give themselves a chance. Also in the 6th neither team could put anything on the scoreboard and this became tough for the Cowboys as their district hopes were slipping away from them. Even though the Cowboys were down by 4, they never gave up and always kept their head up as the 7th and final inning approached. In this inning the Cowboys were at bat first and needed to gain at least 4 runs before they got 3 outs. The Cowboys had some hits but nothing big enough to put them on the board and Nova’s defense played extremely well to help them become District champs. This was difficult for the Cowboys but this one game shouldn’t overlook how well their season has gone.
“I feel like we had a good season.” said junior Cole Avchen. “Things didn’t go our way but we’ll be back next year. I plan to work harder and put in a little more effort to make sure we achieve our goal.”
Featured image by Saige Griffin