By: Matt Rothman
The Original Florida Pokers baseball team had two players from Marjory Stoneman Douglas named All-Americans.
With over 38,000 players competing across the country, Luke Cherry was named to the All-American First Team, while Nick Diaz was selected to All-American Second Team.
These two were a part of the 2022 Perfect Game 16U BCS National Championship and played junior varsity with MSD last year. Both are expected to play a significant role on varsity this season to get MSD to its third straight State Championship.
“It was an amazing feeling to be selected as one of the top pitchers in the country, and I couldn’t have done it without my coaches, Rob and Coach Fitz,” said Cherry. “They have got me to where I am today. I always dreamed of this happening but never knew it was actually going to happen, and I’m grateful that it did.”
In his fourth year with the Pokers, Cherry was dominant on the mound allowing only seven runs in 38 innings. He also struck out 74 hitters and allowed only 15 hits. Offensively, Cherry also had 13 hits and scored 22 runs.
Diaz, an All 15U National Championship All-Tournament team member, had an ERA of 1.30 and hit .450 at the plate. During the seven games at the National Championship, Diaz went 12-17 (.706) with five doubles, eight RBIs, and scored eight runs.
“It’s a great honor that all my hard work is paying off, and I wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for my teammates, who are a great group of guys,” Diaz said. “Playing for such great organizations like the original Florida Pokers and Stoneman Douglas pushes me to reach my highest potential.”
Cole Lasher, who attends St. Thomas Aquinas High School, also was recognized as an All-American for the Florida Pokers.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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