SOUTH MIAMI 4, COLONIAL 2: Dade school scores late for 6A championship.
A chaotic week at Legends Field ended Saturday night with what just about everybody had come to expect.
An upset, and more drama.
Unranked South Miami, which wasn't thought to be the best team in Dade County this season, used a two-run seventh for a 4-2 win against Orlando Colonial, its second heavyweight victim in as many days, to claim the Class 6A state championship. The Cobras (23-10) are the first Dade public school to win a title since 1985.
"Nobody expected them to do anything, but I think they've got a great team," Colonial coach Scott Grove said.
Before this season, South Miami never had advanced to the state tournament. Once here, theCobras beat Palm Beach Wellington, the state's No. 1-ranked team, and No. 7 Colonial (29-6).
Kenny Perez's two-run double in the top of the seventh off Dennis Cavilla (9-4) broke a 2-2 tie. In its half of the inning, Colonial put two runners on, but South Miami'sOyun Vega escaped by forcing a two-out fly to center.
"(Cavilla) had been throwing curves and he was bound to hang one," Perez said. "He did and I took advantage of it."
Vega (5-3) pitched seven strong innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. A Vega balk in the sixth scored one run, making it 2-2, and cost South Miami its manager, Hector Fernandez, who was tossed after arguing.
"That fired us up," South Miami first baseman Rudy De La Noval said. "It motivated us."
After receiving their championship medals, South Miami players ran to shake hands with Fernandez, who was in the Cobras' clubhouse during the final inning.