Top Team - May 2011

Sponsored by Joto's Pizza

Pinellas Park/Largo
9119 Belcher Road
1280 W. Bay Dr.
13050 Park Blvd.

Shorecrest Chargers, 2010–2011

Coaches: Head Coach Don Reed, Ken Davis, Steven Lowie,
Rick Martin, Ron Rhoads
Back Row: Spencer Heath, Andrew Roy, Jordan Lindsay,
Marc Brakeman, Jon Oorlog
Front Row: Jason Kiracofe, Miles Bernstein,
John Rothwell, Austin Rhoads, Brent Rasmussen, Cody Tyler, John Schiff,
Brian Kinter, Jake Brandenburg, Will Schiff

Coach Reed congratulates Marc Brakeman for a job well done.

It has been said that when a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb. For the Shorecrest Chargers, our Joto’s May Top Team of the Month, that is definitely the case. The Shorecrest Preparatory Varsity Baseball team has had a very good season and they are currently one of the top favorites to play for the Class 2A state title game.

Last year, the team was just one step away from being the best, advancing to the Class 2A state title game before losing to Miami Westminster. However, this year, it is the team’s goal to try to win it all.

Jason Kiracofe

Coming up one victory short of a state championship last season, Coach Don Reed made the decision last summer to beef up the Chargers schedule for the 2011 season in hopes that the tough opponents would make the Chargers a stronger team - and it has.

“The boys have had a good hard-fought season so far,” commented Coach Reed. “This season the Chargers played against some of the best large schools in the state of Florida. Some of the teams on the schedule included East Lake, Tarpon Springs, IMG, Osceola County, Ocala Forrest, Lake Highland, Pinellas Park, and Northeast. The boys worked hard in the weight room in the fall and winter to get stronger, and it has really paid off on the baseball field this season.”

Austin Rhoads

For both the fans and the parents, it has been quite exciting to watch the Chargers play this season. “The boys have continually given everything they have on the ball field,” remarked Marty Heath, one of the parents and avid fans. “Despite all the injuries and with all the fierce competition the boys have faced this year, the players have stayed focused on doing their best and playing as a team.”

While the win-loss record is important to the coaches, it is quite evident from what we saw on the practice field that the Shorecrest Coaches take a great deal of pride in helping their players not only learn how to play the game, but also learn the attributes of discipline, character development, and teamwork.

“My experience on the team since 8th grade has been a very good one for me,” said co-captain Brent Rasmussen. “My team mates have become best friends to me. I learned a lot from Coach Reed, both in baseball and life. I will remember these past 5 years forever.”

Infielders congratulate pitcher Jordan Lindsay after another outstanding performance

The Shorecrest boys had a very good month of baseball in April, with strong wins over several district rivals. The Chargers were undefeated in the districts going into the District Championship in April; however they did lose a heartbreaking 1-0 pitching duel against Out of Door Academy in the District Championship game.

“It was a hard-fought game by both teams,” recounts one of the players. “But in the end, they were able to get the key hits and we weren’t.”

“Upsets happen,” commented Coach Reed. “Any given day, someone can beat you. You just have to be prepared to play, and play the best you can. And that’s what we are working on as a team.”

Brent Rasmussen

“We’ve had a pretty successful season this year but there’s always room for improvement,” pitcher Jordan Lindsay told us. “We just have to turn the page on the regular season and go out and win it all now in the state playoffs.”

While, only time will tell if Shorecrest will capture the state title, the Chargers will most certainly be a team to be reckoned with once that time arrives. Congratulations again to the Shorecrest Preparatory Chargers and we will all be cheering for you in the tournament.

In your own words!

“Watching Shorecrest’s Varsity baseball team for the last 5 years has left us with many great memories. Seeing our son Brent and the team develop and mature has been a very rewarding experience leaving us all with many moments to be proud of.” - Eric & Susan Rasmussen (parents of Brent, class of 2011)

“I can say it has been such a pleasure even for just one season to be part of this team and the fellowship amongst the players and parents and alumni. This has truly been a fantastic opportunity for Jordan to be part of this great group of young men who definitely are as one when it comes to teamwork.” - Mike Lindsay (parent of Jordan, class of 2011 - Jordan was new to Shorecrest this year. He will pitch at Carson Newman in the fall)

“I look forward to keeping the season alive and making a run for the State Finals in Port St. Lucie again this year. These past 4 years have been great. We’ve had lots of great bus rides, spring break trips and these are experiences that I will always remember.” - John Schiff (class of 2011 - John will attend Virginia Tech next year)

This season Shorecrest Chargers have lived up to their reputation among the state’s best. Shorecrest’s record so far this season is: 18 wins/9 losses. The Chargers came in 2nd in the District Championships and they will be heading to South Florida in early May to play in the Regional Quarterfinals. The Chargers pitching has been very strong the last half of the season, led by the pitching of senior Jordan Lindsay who has been mowing down opponents in recent days.

Nominate Your Top Team

Every month Gulf Coast Family and Joto’s Pizza will select a Top Team of the Month from Pinellas County to be honored in the paper and on our website. The team will also receive special recognition from Joto’s Pizza and will receive a Joto’s pizza party. The categories for nomination are wide and varied. A team might have excelled in competition at any level in junior, youth or senior competition, or perhaps have a unique story to tell that is worthy of recognition. The winning team might not be the one that wins a tournament or a championship. It might be a team that has overcome adversity or demonstrated character and values beyond the winning and losing of a ballgame.

If you wish to nominate a “Top Team of the Month” please send an email to or simply drop off your nomination at your local Joto’s Pizzeria.

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