- February 20, 2022
Leah Stevens struck out 17 batters in nine innings, but the Matanzas softball team lost an 11-inning pitching duel, 2-1 to University on March 28.
Emma Wood had both of the Pirates' hits in the game and raised her batting average to a scorching .667 (16 for 24). Grace Taylor got the win for University, striking out 15 in 7.1 innings.
Matanzas fell to 5-2. It was just the third time in five games that the Pirates have allowed more than one run. On March 25, the Pirates defeated Mendendez 8-1 at home with Wood batting 2 for 4 with a home run — her second of the season.
Heading into a tournament game March 31 against undefeated Orlando Christian Prep, Pirates pitchers Wood and Stevens both have earned run averages below 1.00. Stevens, a freshman, has 79 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.
Flagler Palm Coast's Madelynn Oliva signed a bowling scholarship with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Oliva finished fourth individually and led the Bulldogs to a third-place finish at the high school state bowling championships in November.
She bowled her first 300 game in a preseason match in August.
Matanzas wrestlers Jordan Mills and Tiana Fries both made the quarterfinals in their divisions at the National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Nationals on March 25-27 in Virginia Beach.
Both Mills, a state runner-up, and Fries, a state champ, came within one win of reaching All-American status. They both went 3-2 in the tournament. Mills lost by a 1-0 decision in his last match. Matanzas senior Tyson Mills also competed at nationals.