BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES
Deltona Trinity Christian Academy fell to Miami Westwood Christian 9-3 in the Class 2A state championship game on May 16.
Trinity committed six errors in the game while Westwood stole nine bases.
Jason Gutierrez pitched five innings and gave up one hit to pick up the win on the mound for the Westwood Warriors.
Robert Hernandez went 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and four stolen bases; Anthony Gonzalez 2-for-2 with two RBIs; and Miguel Rodriguez drove in three runs for the Warriors.
Nelson Mendez went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Dusty Miller had an RBI for Trinity.
The Eagles were playing for the fourth state title in the past five years and their second consecutive. They have made six straight Final Four appearances.
Trinity beat Westwood 1-0 in the 2012 Class 2A title game.
A day earlier, Trinity handled Vero Beach Master’s Academy 8-0 in the semifinals. Dustin Hagy pitched a complete game three-hit shutout for the Eagles. Drew Catalano hit a two-run single while Hagy and Dusty Miller each hit a RBI double for Trinity.
Father Lopez had two underclassmen recently make verbal commitments to play in colleges in Junior Evan Miranda (Bethune-Cookman) and freshman Joe Skinner (UCF).
Football: Lopez tops Lake Mary Prep
Justin Bryant ran for 75 yards and a touchdown to lead Father Lopez past Lake Mary Prep 20-7 in a spring football exhibition this past week.
Joe Bodden threw for 62 yards and ran for a score while Troy Denston threw a touchdown pass to Nick Eastman for the Green Wave.
Lopez was led defensively by Eastman who had two interceptions and Kevin Kelly who recorded three sacks.
The Green Wave lost starting running back Quadre Eubanks to an injury in the first quarter.
Ray Lewis attends to watch son play
Former NFL star Ray Lewis attended the game to watch son Rayshad who plays defensive back for Lake Mary Prep. His elder son, Ray Lewis III, starred at the school over the past couple of season but is now headed to the University of Miami.
Note: Seabreeze played at Titusville Astronaut and Deltona Pine Ridge played at Melbourne Eau Gallie on Wednesday, which was after Daytona Times’ deadline.
New Smyrna Beach wide receiver Dexter Dixon will play with Division II Mount Union next season. Dixon caught 11 passes for 124 yards with two touchdowns last season, including a game-winning TD catch against Mainland.
DeLand offensive lineman Benjamin Knox has received an invitation to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in 2014. Knox committed to the University of Florida will be playing in his senior season for the Bulldogs this fall.
Star point guard Destiny Woodard and the Atlantic Sharks girls basketball team will compete in the Myrtle Beach Classic basketball tournament next season. The Sharks return to the prestigious tournament for the second straight year. The tournament is the second largest girl’s tournament in the nation.
Father Lopez had three boys basketball players sign with schools. Senior guard A.J. Ford (15.8ppg) will play at Bethany College (Kansas); senior forward Cameron Breehl (16.8ppg, 6.8rpg) will play at LaGrange College (Georgia); and senior forward Mason San Souci at Millsaps College (Mississippi).
Spring football schedule
May 23: Atlantic at Warner, Harvest Community at Trinity
May 24: DeLand at Orlando Boone, New Smyrna Beach at Palm Beach Central, Spruce Creek at Orlando Colonial (7:30 p.m.), Taylor at Deltona, Jacksonville Bartram Trail. All of the games mentioned above begin at 7 p.m. except the Spruce Creek/Orlando Colonial game.
May 25: University at Mainland, 10 a.m.
Prep Sports Seven Baseball (final)
1. *Seabreeze (17-9), 2. *New Smyrna (19-8), 3. University (19-6), 4. Spruce Creek (16-10), 5. *Trinity (17-11-1), 6. *Father Lopez (16-12), tie 7. *Taylor (20-7), *Flagler Palm Coast (13-12). * denotes playoff team.