breaking news

A daughter’s grief: Harrouff homicides still scar my family memories

Baseball: Palm Beach Central shuts down Santaluces


Palm Beach Central’s C.J. Kayfus went up against Santaluces’ A.J. Orrico with two outs in the seventh inning Tuesday night and the tying runs on base.

Orrico, who entered the Class 9A regional quarterfinal hitting .485 on the season, worked a full count.

“Just throw a strike,” Kayfus thought.

The sophomore dialed up a fastball and blew it past Orrico, ending the game and securing the Broncos’ 2-0 win over the Chiefs. Kayfus threw his glove toward the dugout in celebration and walked off the mound.

“It was just unbelievable,” Kayfus said. “Just the best feeling.”

If Santaluces’ attempted comeback looked familiar to Palm Beach Central’s players and fans, it wouldn’t be surprising. The Broncos blew a lead against Jupiter and lost the district championship Thursday. It wouldn’t happen again.

“We just put it behind us because it’s baseball,” Central coach Tony Gullo said. “That’s the great thing about baseball. In football, you have to wait a week to redeem yourself. In baseball, we only had four days or so to redeem ourselves.”

Both of Palm Beach Central’s runs came off the bat of shortstop Michael Brooks. The sophomore, a Mississippi State commit who transferred from Park Vista before the season, broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a triple. He drove in Kayfus, who led off the inning with a single, with his deep drive to left.

Brooks came up big again in his next at-bat, driving in another run with a single.

“He’s a phenomenal player,” Gullo said. “We were very lucky that he moved into our district.”

Brooks’ two runs were enough for the Broncos pitching staff. Before Kayfus, Zac Lampton got two outs in the seventh, Krishna Raj pitched a scoreless frame and starter Jeremy Neff shut down the Chiefs for five innings.

“When (Neff is) on and he’s got his command, he’s really tough,” Gullo said.

The Broncos move on to the regional semifinals, where they will get a rematch with Jupiter, which beat Park Vista 4-3

“That would be the best,” Kayfus said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase: ‘We’re counting on Kenyan Drake’
Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase: ‘We’re counting on Kenyan Drake’

A defensive tackle named Gabe Wright, who few people outside of Auburn, Alabama and maybe in Wright’s circle of family and friends knows, was officially tossed off the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday. Wright took a swing at Kenyan Drake, a running back with Pro Bowl upside, in Monday’s practice. This was a poor decision on Wright’s part...
Hurricanes hope to get the most out of Trayone Gray, ‘a Mack truck with a Ferrari engine’
Hurricanes hope to get the most out of Trayone Gray, ‘a Mack truck with a Ferrari engine’

How would Hurricanes running back DeeJay Dallas describe Trayone Gray’s playing style? “He’s big, strong,” Dallas said following Tuesday’s practice. “He’s the strongest in [the running back] room, one of the fastest in our room. He might not look fast, but he is fast. He’s like 240, like a Mack truck...
Miami Dolphins’ Albert Wilson: How I get separation and make ‘em miss
Miami Dolphins’ Albert Wilson: How I get separation and make ‘em miss

Albert Wilson may not be a first-team wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, but he’s been first in the NFL in two intriguing categories. Miami gave Wilson a 3-year, $24 million contract in part because he’s: • First in the NFL in yards of separation (4.1) between receiver and defender on passing targets in 2017. (Next Gen Stats). &bull...
Dolphins CB Xavien Howard continues building toward breakout 2018 season
Dolphins CB Xavien Howard continues building toward breakout 2018 season

This should be the Year of Xavien Howard. It’s possible no Dolphins player has looked better at his job this preseason than Howard, who has established himself as their unquestioned No. 1 cornerback. He was promising as a rookie, showed signs of catching on last year and now he seems like he’s on the cusp of something big. “I&rsquo...
LB Rayshad Jackson working his way toward starter’s role for Gators
LB Rayshad Jackson working his way toward starter’s role for Gators

On the day Rayshad Jackson signed with Florida back in 2015, the doubters quickly latched onto the lightly recruited prospect from Miami and haven’t let go, their number only growing over the course of his time in Gainesville. Now, heading into his redshirt junior season, Jackson is lining up to shoo away all those doubters, and shut them up...
More Stories