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Schoolcraft named Breeze May Athlete of the Month

By Staff | May 28, 2024

The votes are in for the Cape Coral Breeze’s May Athlete of the Month, and the winner is Island Coast High School’s Austin Schoolcraft.

During his nomination week, the sophomore came up with the clutch hit twice as Island Coast won the District 5A-11 title over Fort Myers in extra innings. His RBI single in the bottom of the seventh extended the game, and a bunt single brought home Jordi Guerrero with the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth.

“Full count, two outs with the game on the line is every kid’s dream,” Schoolcraft told The Breeze. “I didn’t want to leave it in the hands of the umpire and was able to put a good swing on the ball. In the bottom of the ninth, we were able to execute what we had practiced all week. I’m glad my coach had confidence in me to get the bunt down, and the rest is just a blur. The excitement was overwhelming. We weren’t ready for the season to end just yet.”

This is the final Athlete of the Month for the 2023-2024 school year. The Breeze’s annual Breakfast of Champions takes place June 1 at Vineyard Commu-nity Church.