CGHS baseball greats returning for Softball Challenge, Dec. 15

Coral Gables High School’s baseball stars of the early 1990s will return to the fields of their alma mater for a Softball Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m.

Three former Cavaliers — Mike Lowell, Juan Alvarez and Eli Marrero — went on to play Major League Baseball (MLB) and are among the alumni scheduled to play in the friendly competition. The event will celebrate the rich tradition of Cavalier baseball and honor longtime athletic director Harold Cole for his many years of service to the school’s athletic program.

Phillip Wisser, Coral Gables High School assistant athletic director and head baseball coach, has partnered with Bertha Lowell, wife of Mike Lowell, to organize the one-of-a-kind Softball Challenge.

“We have players flying in from around the country to play in the game,” Wisser said. “It will be a great event for the school’s students and families, alumni and anyone who would like to see these baseball greats take to the field.”

Many baseball fans will know that Lowell, Class of ’92, played with the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox; Alvarez, Class of ’91, was a member of the California Angels, Texas Rangers and Florida Marlins, and Marrero, who graduated in ’93, was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals and other MLB teams.

“My years at Gables were some of the best years of my life, and I cannot wait to reconnect with former teammates on Dec. 15,” Lowell said.

Immediately following the nine-inning game, Lowell, Alvarez and Marrero will sign autographs for fans who attend. Admission to the event is a $5 donation at the gate. Children age 5 and under are free. Burgers, hot dogs, snacks and icy cold drinks will be available at the concession stand. Proceeds from the family-oriented event will benefit the Cavaliers’ baseball program.

For more information, contact Phillip Wisser by email at

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