Canterbury baseball coach Frank Turco believes the Sarasota Baseball Classic is the best tournament in the state. So much so that his clubs don’t play in it unless he believes they’re capable of winning it.
The Cougars knocked off two nationally-ranked teams to do just that last week at the tournament. And now Canterbury (17-1) is receiving national attention as it checked in at No. 22 in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings.
“It’s a big honor and very humbling,” Turco said. “It’s a testament to the hard work this team has put in so far.”
Canterbury, which is seeking to make a return to the state Final Four in May at JetBlue Park, beat Sarasota Riverview, Vienna (Virginia) Madison and Sarasota before taking down Miami Westminster Christian 3-0 in the final in what was a rematch of last year’s state semifinals.
“Our pitching and defense just did awesome,” Turco said. “That’s always where it starts.”
The Cougars will face Bradenton Saint Stephen’s Wednesday in the Taylor Emmons Tournament.