Lady Panthers achieve first state title for school

The Coral Springs Charter School girls’ softball team has made school history. Not only did the Lady Panthers capture the first softball state championship for the school, it is also the first varsity sport state championship at the school.

“We had consistent progression throughout our season, flawless execution on [important] plays and aggressive base running that all came together at the perfect time for us,” softball coach Mark Montimurro said regarding the team’s recent Class 4A State Championship title. “Hanging that state championship banner in our school’s gymnasium for the first time can only be done once, and we’ll all be able to look at it with pride forever.”

Sophomore right-handerAllison Muraskin played a large role in the team’s successful season. She went 26-0 with 292 strikeouts, while her work inside the circle was supported by the skills of junior infielder Kayla Scaperrotta and senior left fielder Casey Huber.

Scaperrotta was the Lady Panthers’ leadoff hitter and she had an impressive on-base-percentage, Montimurro said, while Huber put constant pressure on their opponents’ defense.

“These two set the table nicely for our power hitters and were very, very productive throughout the whole season,” Montimurro said. “And with Ally having been an incredibly dominant pitcher for us, we really didn’t have a lot of pressure to get a lot of hits in order for us to win; she gave us that kind of confidence.”

After earning a 24-0-1 regular season record, the team began the post season at the district level and defeated Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School 8-0, followed by a 10-0 victory over Calvary Christian Academy in the final district game, which earned them a regional berth.

The Lady Panthers claimed a win over The King’s Academy 8-0 and then in the regional semifinal matchup-up the team blanked Calvary Christian Academy for a second time during the playoffsbefore the final regional victory of 4-1 over Gulliver Preparatory School.

The girls opened up their state tournament play in Vero Beach with a 5-0 win over Lincoln Park Academy. In the final game, the Lady Panthers beat West Nassau High School 3-1 to earn the victory and state title.

“After that last out in that last game, to see the expression on their faces was indescribable,” Montimurro said. “Just to see them record that last out to get that win lets them know that they can achieve anything.”

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