Chiefs Finish Second in 5A Baseball State Championship
Erin Herbert

The Cardinal Gibbons baseball team, led by head coach Jason Hamilton, finished second overall in their first state tournament appearance since 1992, after falling to Melbourne Central Catholic 6-3 in eight innings in the Class 5A State Championship on May 30. 

The Chiefs kicked off the state tournament with a 4-3 win over Bishop Moore in the State Semifinals on May 29, capitalizing on strong pitching from junior Tim Manning, a University of Florida commit, and senior Keanu Buerosse, while taking advantage of three errors by the Hornets. Junior Trevor Kole led the Chiefs with two RBIs, while going two-for-three at bat. 

However, despite the Chief's success throughout the season and early in the state tournament, the team couldn't take down the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers to secure the Class 5A title. The Hustlers struck first in the fourth inning, off an RBI single from Zach Beolet. Cardinal Gibbons senior Kevin Hirsch, the leading home-run hitter in Broward County, answered back, tying the game at 1-1. 

Beolet came through yet again for the Hustlers in the sixth inning, putting them up 3-1. When things looked dire for the Chiefs at the bottom of the seventh inning, freshman Brice Montiel tied things up at 3-3 with a two-run single, forcing an extra inning. Despite the extra inning, the Chiefs were unable to cross home plate and fell 6-3.