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Riverview (8-4) at Sickles (12-5), 7:30

This is a preview of the Class 7A, District 14 semifinal match in two weeks that will determine a playoff berth. The Gryphons, led by outside hitter Kylie Stroehlein, have won four of their last five matches.  

Osceola (13-4) at Academy of the Holy Names (9-4), 7:30

Both teams are on impressive win streaks after taking home tournament titles last week. The Warriors have won seven straight, including one over East Lake in the PCAC semifinals. The Jaguars, meanwhile, have won six straight to rebound from a 3-4 start. 

Wesley Chapel (10-4) at Cypress Creek (6-2), 7:30

This is the first and only regular season meeting between these Class 4A, District 6 rivals. They could end up squaring off again in the district title match in two weeks. 

Plant (11-6) at Wharton (12-7), 7

These teams met four times last season. After losing the first matchup, the Panthers went on to win the next three, including the region quarterfinals. Both could face off again at some point in the postseason. 

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Keswick Christian at Northside Christian

Zephyrhills Christian at Faith Christian, 4:30

Spring Hill Christian at Hope Christian, 5

Tampa HEAT at Indian Rocks Christian, 6

Boca Ciega at Admiral Farragut, 6

Cambridge Christian at Seffner Christian, 6

Tampa Catholic at Berkeley Prep, 6

Life Christian at Hillsborough Baptist, 6

Lakeside Christian at Hernando Christian, 6

Armwood at Plant City, 7

Nature Coast Tech at Hernando, 6

East Bay at Bloomingdale, 6:15

Dunedin at Canterbury, 6:30

Countryside Christian at Seven Rivers Christian, 6:30

Lecanto at Crystal River, 6:30

Osceola at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

Tarpon Springs at Calvary Christian, 6:30

Central at Weeki Wachee, 6:30

Newsome at Freedom, 7

Plant at Wharton, 7

Alonso at Steinbrenner, 7

Hollins at Largo, 7

Anclote at Land O’ Lakes, 7

Springstead at Citrus, 7

Hillsborough at Lennard, 7

Gulf at Zephyrhills, 7

Palmetto at St. Petersburg Catholic, 7

Fivay at Wiregrass Ranch, 7

River Ridge at East Lake, 7

Hudson at Mitchell, 7:30

Durant at Strawberry Crest, 7:30

Northeast at Pinellas Park, 7:30

Spoto at Middleton, 7:30

Wesley Chapel at Cypress Creek, 7:30

Riverview at Sickles, 7:30

Sunlake at Gaither, 7:30

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Time to vote: Baseball player of the week

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Here are the nominees for the baseball player of the week. Voting lasts through Wednesday. 

P/1B Trey Beard, So., Dunedin: Went 2-for-3  with two RBIs in a win over CypressCreek. 

P/OF Tanner Boccabello, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Threw 6 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing six hits and recording eight strikeouts in a win over Keswick Christian. 

OF Marlon Bowen, Sr., Bloomingdale: Went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs in a win over Gaither.

P Ashton Crowther, Jr., Mitchell: Threw five scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out eight in a 6A region quarterfinal win over St. Petersburg. 

2B/SS Eli Daraphet, Fr., Osceola: Went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 5A region quarterfinal win over Fort Myers. 

P Brian Holiday, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Threw a complete-game shutout, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out 18 in a win over Lake Minneola.

INF Nick Rodriguez, Sr., Jesuit: Was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Brandon. 

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Baseball: Tuesday’s region semifinal breakdown (5A-3A)

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The baseball playoffs continue Tuesday with region semifinal games in Classes 5A-3A. Admission is $7. Here is the schedule with outlooks for each area game, as well as team leaders for each matchup.

Class 5A

Jefferson (17-10) at Jesuit (26-2), 7

These teams know each other well. After all, this is their fifth meeting this season. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the classification, No. 2 statewide and No. 5 nationally by MaxPreps, have won each of the previous four matchups by three or more runs, including a 10-3 victory in the 5A-7 district final two weeks ago. 

Team leaders

CategoryJeffersonJesuit
Batting averageMatthew Johnson .383Bradke Lohry .415
RBIsJavier James 16Cole Russo 27
Home runsJaiden Duarte 4Jake Kulikowski 5
ERACarson Moore 1.94Kris Sosnowski 0.17
StrikeoutsJavier James 40Dominic Castellano 81

Island Coast (21-7) at Osceola (19-6), 7

The host Warriors have won 11 of their last 13 games. The two losses (against Mitchell and Northeast) were each decided by a run. In the region quarterfinals, Osceola beat Fort Myers 5-3 in eight innings. Eli Daraphet and Luke Percifield each had three hits and Andrew Kopleman and CJ Thornton each had two. The Gators, ranked No. 8 in the classification by MaxPreps, advanced with 4-3, nine-inning win over Northeast in the quarterfinals. 

Team leaders

CategoryIsland CoastOsceola
Batting averageAiden Cecil .353Michael Doyle .387
RBIsThree players tied with 18CJ Thornton 15
Home runsJake Mueller 3Eddie Daraphet 2
ERAKevin Rodriguez 1.19Bryce Roth 0.68
StrikeoutsKevin Rodriguez 101Corey Braun 48

Land O’ Lakes (18-8) at Ocala Vanguard (16-10), 7

The Gators are in the region semifinals for the first time since 2000. Brian Holiday played a big role in helping Land O’ Lakes end that drought. The senior pitcher threw a complete-game shutout, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out 18 in a region quarterfinal win over Lake Minneola. Though the Knights are 3-4 in their last seven games, they won the game that mattered most, beating River Ridge 5-2 in last week’s quarterfinals. 

Team leaders

CategoryLand O’ LakesVanguard
Batting averageTim Dunn .420Adam Oxendine .350
RBIsDaniel Busot 24Brian Long 20
Home runsDaniel Busot 2Brian Long 1
ERABrian Holiday 0.86Jake Tompkins 1.45
StrikeoutsBrian Holiday 133Brian Long 62

Class 4A

Nature Coast (22-4) at Rockledge (24-2), 7

Both teams are ranked among the top nine in the classification by MaxPreps (the Sharks are No. 9 and the Raiders are No. 5). Nature Coast has won five of its past six, the lone loss coming by a run against Bishop McLaughlin in the regular season finale. Rockledge is on a 15-game win streak, including a 1-0 victory over Hernando in the region quarterfinals. 

Team leaders

CategoryNature CoastRockledge
Batting averageJustin Montanez .422Aaron Saltsman .471
RBIsZeth Rodriguez 24Aaron Saltsman 20
Home runsZeth Rodriguez 6Aaron Saltsman 4
ERAJustin Montanez 1.12Karl Hartman 0.34
StrikeoutsAnthony Anselmo 68Karl Hartman 86

Dunedin (16-11) at Wesley Chapel (19-6), 7

The host Wildcats are in the region semifinals for the first time 2015. They did it by beating Tarpon Springs 6-2 in last week’s region quarterfinals. Austin Coultas and Dylan Chana each had two hits and Zachary Showalter allowed two runs and recorded nine strikeouts. The Falcons are making their sixth straight region semifinal appearance. Dunedin has been dominant during its current seven-game win streak, outscoring foes by a combined 70-9. 

Team leaders

CategoryDunedinWesley Chapel
Batting averageMarcus Brodil .423Austin Coultas .394
RBIsTrey Beard 22Josh Wollerman 25
Home runsDylan Oester 2Three players tied with
ERATrey Beard 1.75Zachary Showalter 0.73
StrikeoutsTrey Beard 59Ethan Chana 68

Class 3A

Lakeland Christian (26-1) at Berkeley Prep (23-4), 7

Both teams are ranked among the top five in the classification (the Buccaneers are No. 5 and the Vikings are No. 1). Expect a close, low-scoring game. Berkeley Prep has allowed less than three runs per game. Lakeland Christian has allowed about a run per game. 

Team leaders

CategoryLakeland ChristianBerkeley Prep
Batting averageTy Evans .473
RBIsTy Evans 34
Home runsReese Collins, Brody Donay 4
ERANathan Shane 0.71
StrikeoutsSawyer Toney 71

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Time to vote: Softball player of the week

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Here are the nominees for the softball player of the week. Voting lasts through Tuesday. 

C Katie Bradbourne, Jr., Newsome: Went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored in a 7A region quarterfinal win over Palm Harbor University. 

P Malia Connelly, Fr., Calvary Christian: Threw a five-hit shutout with four strikeouts in a 3A region win over Fort Myers Bishop Verot. 

UTIL Cat Durden, Fr., Pasco: Had two hits and drove in two runs in a 5A region quarterfinal win over Sumner. 

CF/INF/P Kendra Falby, Sr., Sunlake: Went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and four runs scored in a win over Gaither in the 6A region quarterfinals. 

P/3B/CF Mia Fields, Fr., Land O’ Lakes: Threw a two-hit shutout with four strikeouts in a 5A region quarterfinal win over Seminole.

P/3B/2B Shannon Kendall, Fr., Seffner Christian: Threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and had a double, a homer and three RBIs at the plate in a 2A region quarterfinal win over Merritt Island Christian. 

C/3B Kadence Means, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Had two doubles, a homer and finished with six RBIs in a 4A region quarterfinal win over Dunedin. 

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