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May 4, 2023 -- Belle Isle, FL
The top-seeded OCP Warriors softball, ranked 4th in Class 2A, jumped on their hosts with a big 4-run 1st inning and shutout relief pitching performance to win their second 2A-7 district championship in the last three years.
OCP's 4-2 victory over Cornerstone Charter Academy (CCA) was the first meeting between the top two ranked teams in 2A region 2. CCA was ranked 6th in the FHSAA rankings heading into the contest.
Senior shortstop Genesis Iglesias-Rosa led the opening inning with a great defensive play in the top of the 1st inning with a diving play to stop a hit from getting into the outfield, then throwing the runner out from her knees. On offense, she led off the inning with a lead-off triple then scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Grace Thomas.
The Warriors added 3 more runs in the inning on RBIs by junior Naya Rosario and a 2-RBI single by 7th grader Yamilette Cordova. In total, OCP had six hits in the contest. Iglesias-Rosa was the only player to have multiple hits (2).
Thomas (WP) stared the game on the mound for the Warriors and went 3.1 inning, allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits before being relieved by junior Mia Rosario who pitched out of a jam in the top of the 4th inning. She went on to pitch 3.2 inning record 5 strikeouts, no walks, allowing just 2 hits and no earned run for the save. OCP committed just one error in the field and turned one double-play.
OCP (16-1) earned the overall 1-seed in FHSAA Class 2A Region 2 and will have the opportunity to host every game to the regional championship game played on Friday, May 19. OCP home games are played at Azalea Park Little League (1 Carol Avenue, Orlando FL).
Regional quarterfinals will be played on Wednesday May 10. Regional semifinals will be played on Tuesday May 16. All game times TBD. Admissions are $7 per contest in the FHSAA Regionals.
The first day of May beings the quest for a district championship for OCP Baseball and Softball team. Both teams will compete in the FHSAA Class 2A District 7 tournament, but from different vantage points.
OCP Softball is the top seed in the 7-team tournament after finishing the regular season 14-1, earning an opening round bye to the semifinals where they will face the winners of Monday night's contest between (4) Foundation Academy and (5) Orangewood Christian.
OCP Baseball is the 5-seed in the 6-team tournament after finishing the regular season 6-5-1. They will play in the Quarterfinal round on Monday May 1 against Legacy Charter (6-10) at 6 pm. The Warriors previously played their opponent from Ocoee back on March 2, losing 18-7.
The Warriors' two-game winning streak has been slowed with back-to-back rain cancellations and postponements to end the regular season.
Monday Night's game will be played at Bob Sorenson Field, 1755 Adair Street, Ocoee, FL 34761. Admission is $6, cash only. The winner will advance to the semifinals where they will meet top-seeded The First Academy (TFA) at their ballpark on Tuesday May 2, first pitch set for 6 pm.
All games for the Lady Warriors in the softball district tournament will be played at Cornerstone Charter Academy, 906 Waltham Avenue, Belle Isle, FL 32809. Admission is $6 and tickets can be purchased on GoFan.co.
Among the two potential opponents in the semifinals, OCP has played Foundation Academy (10-8) twice, defeating them 7-6 in both games. They have did not play any other teams in district including 2-seed Cornerstone Charter Academy (16-7).
OCP Softball is ranked 4th in the final regular season FHSAA Class 2A rankings, the highest season rankings in the history of the program. Cornerstone is ranked 6th. OCP and Cornerstone are ranked as the top 2 teams in the district and region.
The district championship for both tournaments will on Thursday May 4, 7pm for softball and TBD by the higher seeded team for baseball.
Good luck to both teams on the journey. GO WARRIORS!
April 20, 2023 -- Melbourne, FL
OCP Track athletes competed in the FHSAA 1A District 8 Championship Meet at Holy Trinity. The top four finishers in each meet would advance to Regionals on Saturday May 6 at Mount Dora Christian Academy.
Senior Jeremy Miller advanced to Regionals in three events with a first place, second and fourth place finish. He finished first in Javelin throw, second in Discus throw and fourth in Shot Put throw.
Juniors Joshua Demosthenes and Valentino Garcia were awarded 1st place in 110 hurdles and Shot put, respectively. Demosthenes ran a 15.47 to earn first place. Garcia threw 41' 3.75", which was just about 3 feet further than the 2nd place competitor.
(Name / Event / Place)
Joshua Demosthenes / 110 Hurdles / 1st
Bradley Knight / 400m / 4th
Evan Sierra / 400 hurdles / 2nd
Evan Sierra / Triple Jump / 4th
Valentino Garcia / Shot Put / 1st
Jeremy Miller / Shot Put / 4th
Jeremy Miller / Discus / 2nd
Jeremy Miller / Javelin / 1st
Aalyssa Gunn / High Jump
Congratulations to our Warriors!
March 25, 2023
The Orlando Sentinel announced their 2023 All-Area High School Boys Basketball team and a pair of OCP Warriors were selected to the first-team with another selected as Honorable mention.
All-Area teams consist of participants from FHSAA state series schools in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and southwest Volusia counties. Selections were made by the Sentinel staff in consultation with area coaches.
Juniors Isaiah Brown and Ameer Ramadan were named to the first-team. Senior Isaiah Sutherland was Honorable Mention.
(from Orlando Sentinel's Buddy Collings)
Orlando Christian Prep, Jr.
Buzz: 6-5 wing averaged 18.6 points as leading scorer for 25-4 Class 2A state runner-up team. Scored 45 in 99-91 triple-overtime loss to Olympia.
Orlando Christian Prep, Jr.
Buzz: 6-0 point guard averaged 13.3 points, 4.4 assists, 1.4 steals as chief ballhandler for area No. 2 team (according to MaxPreps).
To view all of the selections by The Orlando Sentinel, CLICK HERE.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Americas Softball will host its first U-15 Pan American Championship April 1-9 in Lima, Peru with 10 participating teams representing countries from North, Central and South America. The top qualifier will participate in the maiden WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup 2023 in October being held in Tokyo, Japan.
Two Orlando Christian Prep students from the varsity softball team will be part of this historic tournament. Seventh grader Yamilette Cordova and Eighth grader Sabrina Boyer will play for Team Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico will play four games in four days against Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, and Ecuador in Group B. Group A consists of the USA, Brasil, Peru, Colombia and WBSC team made up of players from various countries.
Tryouts for the team consisted of two phases - an open group tryout featuring around 60 girls displaying their offensive, defensive and agility skills, and a split-squad for the final 30 girls that participated in a tournament against U-18 teams.
Cordova and Boyer were both honest in their evaluations of themselves in the process, and on the big stage they showcased their skills as they’ve done successfully for their travel club teams and for OCP this softball season.
It took a little convincing for Yamilette to find her groove early in the process. “I did okay. Hitting was a little bit rough, fielding I think I did (well). Everything else I did was good,” said Cordova.
She thanked her father for his encouragement heading into the tournament phase of the tryouts where she played middle infield (second base and shortstop) and some outfield. “I did really good in the tournament! I had about 5 or 6 hits and no errors.”
“My main focus in the first phase was not trying to be better than anyone else, but focus on being as good as I can be,” said Boyer, who will be playing either third or first base. “In the tournament, I just showed out. I was more comfortable because I knew that as long as I played like myself, I'll be fine. It was just another tournament, but with bigger stakes.”
REPRESENTING FAMILY AND HERITAGE MATTERS
Playing softball for her family's native country and eventually the Olympics has been a dream for Boyer since she was 10 and saw the sport return to the Olympics in 2020. It motivates her to one day represent the island of Puerto Rico and her family in the sport she loves. This tournament represents the first step in that journey.
“I’m playing for my country and my team on the front of my shirt. It’s cool to represent a whole little island of my people that I care about a lot. It’s surreal,” said Boyer.
She continued, “My parents are very excited for me. But, the first person I thought about when I got the call was my sister. She’s always been one of my biggest supporters. She always talks me through the anxiety before games, being scared, or nervous, so I definitely have to thank her for being there. She helps a lot.”
Cordova’s parents were born in America, but her grandfather was born in Puerto Rico. Pride in country and “Yami” as she’s known by teammates, friends and family, are her motivation for the upcoming competition.
“All of my family was really excited and happy for me, and very proud (when the selection came). They just really hope I do well,” said Cordova.
“I’m hoping we bring back the win and that we qualify for Tokyo. I just want to make everyone proud and really represent my family over there.”
SCHEDULE AND HOW TO WATCH
The opening ceremony is on April 1st. Team Puerto Rico will play their first round-robin game on April 2 against Venezuela at 3 pm ET. The top three teams from each group will advance to the Super Round. The top four teams from the continental event will earn a ticket to the first edition of the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup.
All the games will be live-streamed through WBSC Americas Softball YouTube Channel and Facebook Live.
Good luck and safe travels, Yami and Sabrina!