When Tom Dooley took over the Melbourne Central Catholic baseball coaching job in 1988, predicting the things he and his teams have accomplished would have been unlikely.
On Friday, he reached a rare milestone, recording his 500th coaching victory in a career that has, so far, spanned 28 years. Dooley was recognized for his legacy before Tuesday’s game against Astronaut.
Dooley came to MCC after graduating from the University of North Florida, and his victories with the Hustlers includes the 2013 Class 3A state championship. His teams have made 16 FHSAA regional appearances.
In the history-making 6-5 win over Cocoa Beach, Colman LaRoche drove in the winning runs in the bottom of the seventh. Alex Balsitis and Will Erdman came home for the come-from-behind victory.
MCC hosts Space Coast on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Melbourne grad earns college award
Carson Jackson, a sophomore at High Point University and a Melbourne High graduate, was named Big South Conference Player of the Week after hitting .444 with a double, two triples and a home run in three games against North Carolina-Asheville.
It was the first such honor for the High Point program in two years. Jackson drove in six runs in the three-game conference sweep, going 8-for-18 at the plate, scoring four runs and stealing a base. A first baseman, he has started all 21 games for the team and has hit .353 for the season while driving in 20 runs.
He followed the award with a grand slam in an 8-2 win at Elon on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 and adding a triple.
Titusville player signs for football
Senior receiver Tommy Mack of Titusville High signed last week to play football for and attend Jacksonville University.
Mack caught 35 passes for 667 yards and eight touchdowns in the fall. He also contributed 18 tackles on defense.
Raiders rise again in baseball rankings
Rockledge High baseball improved to fifth in the nation according to Max Preps and third overall in Florida in rankings by the Prep Zone this week.
The Raiders, 15-0 at the time of their new rankings, were eighth nationally last week in the Max Preps list.
In the Prep Zone state class rankings, Rockledge was second behind Archbishop McCarthy in 6A, and Merritt Island was sixth. Viera was No. 3 in 7A, and Melbourne received votes but did not make the top 10. In 3A, MCC was fifth, and Satellite was listed among teams getting votes.
Brevard softball teams ranked this week in the Miracle Sports poll included Viera, No. 4 in Class 7A at 18-1; and Rockledge, fourth in 6A at 15-1. In 5A, Astronaut (10-2) was seventh, while Space Coast and MCC received votes. Covenant Christian (7-2) was 10th in 2A.
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