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Dunedin at Palm Harbor University, 4

Lakewood at St. Petersburg, 4

Keswick Christian at Hernando Christian, 4:30

Calvary Christian at Berkeley Prep, 6

Bell Creek at Carrollwood Day, 6:30

Pasco at Fivay, 7

Brandon at Bishop McLaughlin, 7

Springstead at Hernando, 7

Anclote at Gibbs, 7

Sunlake at Wiregrass Ranch, 7

Middleton at Sumner, 7

Wesley Chapel at Gulf, 7

Pinellas Park at Hollins, 7

Mitchell at East Lake, 7

John Carroll at Plant, 7

Countryside at Tarpon Springs, 7

Central at Weeki Wachee, 7

Nature Coast at Crystal River, 7

Leto at Strawberry Crest, 7

East Bay at Lennard, 7

Zephyrhills Christian at Hudson, 7

Seffner Christian at Northside Christian, 7

Freedom at Bloomingdale, 7

Osceola at IMG Academy Black, 7

Sickles at Jesuit, 7

Riverview at Newsome, 7

Seminole at Northeast, 7


Leopard Slam Tournament (at Hernando’s Tom Varn Park)

Crystal River vs. Wesley Chapel, 9

Crystal River vs. Mitchell, 11

Wesley Chapel vs. Lecanto, 11

East Lake vs. River Ridge, 1

Mitchell vs. Citrus, 1

South Sumter vs. River Ridge, 3

Lecanto vs. East Lake, 3

East Bay vs. Steinbrenner, 3

Wiregrass Ranch vs. Sickles, 5

Citrus vs. Bloomingdale, 5

East Bay vs. Nature Coast, 5

South Sumter vs. Sickles, 7

Hernando vs. Wiregrass Ranch, 7

Bloomingdale vs. Steinbrenner, 7

Belleview Tournament

Wakulla vs. Land O’ Lakes, 2

Ocala Forest vs. Land O’ Lakes, 4

Home of Champions Tournament (at Bartow)

Auburndale vs. Tampa Catholic, 4

Braden River vs. Tampa Catholic, 6

Canterbury vs. Bartow, 8

Other games

Northside Christian at Lakeside Christian, 3:30

Cambridge Christian at Foundation Christian, 4

Indian Rocks Christian at Admiral Farragut, 4

Hollins at Clearwater Central Catholic, 4

Palmetto at Boca Ciega, 4

Keswick Christian at Hernando Christian, 4

Bradenton Christian at Seffner Christian, 4:30

Orlando First Academy at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

St. Petersburg at Anclote, 7

Hillsborough at Sumner, 7

Weeki Wachee at Springstead, 7

Zephyrhills at Gulf, 7

Plant City at Strawberry Crest, 7

Durant at Plant, 7

Largo at Northeast, 7

Osceola at Sarasota Riverview, 7

Riverview at Newsome, 7

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The PTP baseball players of the week



The fans’ pick

P Trenton Hawks, Jr., River Ridge

The two-sport star’s right arm has been a big reason the Royal Knights made the playoffs in football and baseball this season. 

As a quarterback, Hawks threw for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

In baseball, he became one of River Ridge’s most dependable starters on the mound.

Two weeks ago, Hawks threw a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in a 5A-6 district semifinal win over Freedom, then went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in a championship game win over Land O’ Lakes to take home the title.

Fans took notice. Hawks received more than 35 percent of the votes (218) to beat out Northeast’s Sean Melanson, who had more than 32 percent (203 votes). 

The PTP pick

P Sean Melanson, Sr., Northeast: Threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in a 5A-9 district semifinal win over Seminole that secured a playoff and eventually help the Vikings take home the title.   

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Baseball: Region quarterfinal recap (7A-6A, 2A)



Class 7A

For the full playoff bracket click here.


Durant 8, Wharton 3

Sarasota Riverview 4, Sickles 3

Prime time performers

P/3B Bobby Christy, Sr., Sickles: Threw 3 ⅓ scoreless innings, allowing three hits and recording six strikeouts in a loss to Sarasota Riverview. 

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Lasted six innings, allowing four hits and striking out five in a win over Wharton. 

C/UTIL Dylan LaPointe, So., Durant: Ended up 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win over Wharton.

Up next (May 12 region semifinals)

Durant at Sarasota Riverview, 7

Class 6A

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Mitchell 10, St. Petersburg 0

Bloomingdale 7, Gaither 4

Winter Haven 3, Plant City 2

Bartow 3, Strawberry Crest 0

Prime time performers

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

P/OF Jack Owens, Jr., Bloomingdale: Threw 3 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out six in a win over Gaither.

OF Frank Perez, Sr., Gaither: Ended up 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs in a loss to Bloomingdale.

Up next (May 12 region semifinals)

Mitchell at Bloomingdale, 7

Class 2A

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Bishop McLaughlin 2, Keswick Christian 0

Northside Christian 4, Academy at the Lakes 3

Seffner Christian 8, Brevard HEAT 0

Prime time performers

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. 

2B/SS Johnny DiBenedetto, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin: Drove in one of the Hurricanes’ two runs in a win over Keswick Christian. 

P/INF/OF Jacob Syversen, Sr., Academy at the Lakes: Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to Northside Christian. 

Up next (May 12 region semifinals)

Bishop McLaughlin at Northside Christian, 7

Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy at Seffner Christian, 7

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Baseball: Friday’s region quarterfinal breakdown (Classes 7A-6A, 2A)



The baseball playoffs continue Friday with region quarterfinal games in Classes 7A-6A and 2A. Admission is $7. Here is the schedule with outlooks for each area game, as well as team leaders for each matchup.

Class 7A

Durant (19-5) at Wharton (21-4), 7

The Cougars, the 7A-8 runnerup, had their six-game win streak snapped with a loss to Sarasota Riverview in the district final. Still, despite that setback, Durant was able to secure a playoff berth by beating Lakewood Ranch 11-0 in the semifinals.Sean Hermann led the Cougars, throwing a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. The Wildcats have won six straight, including victories over Alonso (6-2) in the semifinals and Sickles in the final of the 7A-7 district tournament. Elijah Dukes hit a two-run homer against the Ravens and Evan Chrest allowed one earned run and recorded 10 strikeouts in six innings of work against the Gryphons.   

Team leaders

Batting averageAustin Sewell .394Zach Ehrhard .447
RBIsDylan LaPointe 19Elijah Dukes 24
Home runsLuke Scolaro 2Elijah Dukes 4
ERASean Hermann 0.25Jackson Perkins 0.88
StrikeoutsSean Hermann 109Ryan Fry 73

Sickles (15-9) at Sarasota Riverview (18-9), 7

The Rams got hot at the right time, beating Newsome and Durant by a combined 23-3 to win the 7A-8 district title. The Gryphons, the 7A-8 runnerup, advanced with a 2-0 win over Steinbrenner in the semifinals. Holden Wade threw a three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts. 

Team leaders

CategorySicklesSarasota Riverview
Batting averageKohl Robertson .475Clay Russin .433
RBIsChase Conville 14Clay Russin 22
Home runsKohl Robertson 2Four players with 2
ERAHolden Wade 1.71Pip Smalley 0.33
StrikeoutsHolden Wade 80Pip Smalley 58

Class 6A

St. Petersburg (14-8) at Mitchell (21-6), 7

The Green Devils had their seven-game win streak snapped with a loss to Bloomingdale in the 6A-10 final. Still, St. Petersburg made the playoff by beating East Bay 2-0 in the semifinals. Connor Crosby threw a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts against the Indians. The 6A-9 champion Mustangs have won four straight and eight of their last nine. They took the title by beating Sunlake 3-1 in the semifinals and Gaither 7-2 in the final. Ashton Crowther threw 5 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing three hits and recording seven strikeouts against the Seahawks. Aidan Miller went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored against the Cowboys. 

Team leaders

CategorySt. PetersburgMitchell
Batting averageFletcher Hislop .333Aidan Miller .415
RBIsFletcher Hislop 16Aidan Miller 22
Home runsFletcher Hislop 1Aidan Miller 4
ERAAndrew Blackett 1.11Ashton Crowther 1.58
StrikeoutsConnor Crosby 72Ashton Crowther 62

Gaither (13-11) at Bloomingdale (19-6), 7

The Cowboys advanced with a 7-1 victory over East Lake in the 6A-9 semifinals. Austin Grause went 2-for-3 with a run scored. The Bulls have put things together, winning 10 of their last 11 games. That total included victories over Largo (6-2) in the semifinals and St. Petersburg (3-2) in the final of the 6A-10 tournament. Marlon Bowen had a two-run double against the Packers and Gabe Garrett went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored against the Green Devils. 

Team leaders

Batting averageMiguel Pina .407Colby Shelton .413
RBIsFrank Perez 17Colby Shelton 20
Home runsAJ Graham 2Colby Shelton 5
ERAColin Jackson 0.70Jack Owens 0.95
StrikeoutsColin Jackson 69David Eckaus 77

Plant City (19-6) at Winter Haven (14-11), 7

The Raiders made the playoffs as the 6A-8 district runnerup thanks to their 5-0 victory over Leto in the semifinals. Adan Longoria threw a three-hit shutout with four strikeouts. After starting the season 6-9, the Blue Devils turned things around, winning eight of their last 10 and took home the 6A-7 title. 

Team leaders

CategoryPlant CityWinter Haven
Batting averageKelein Johnson .400Mason Jantomaso .388
RBIsRyan Robinson 19Roberto Odor 15
Home runsColin Shultz 4Desean Rodgers, Dylan Bowen 2
ERAPreston Rogers 1.22Zach Lamb 2.89
StrikeoutsAdan Longoria 52Jeremy Weaver 52

Bartow (18-11) at Strawberry Crest (17-9), 7

The Chargers overcame a 1-6 stretch a month ago to win six of its last games, including victories over Armwood (11-1) and Plant City (6-0) to take the 6A-8 title. Colby Fanning threw a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts on the mound and went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored against the Raiders. The Yellow Jackets, the 6A-7 runnerup, started the season 9-1 before going 9-10 the rest of the way. 

Team leaders

CategoryBartowStrawberry Crest
Batting averageJonathan Vastine .408Colby Fanning .467
RBIsRobby Putnam 26Arjun Nimmala 30
Home runsJonathan Vastine 3None
ERAJonathan Vastine 0.59Luke Richardson 1.75
StrikeoutsDalton Ogilvie 52Bryan Boully 73

Class 2A

Keswick Christian (16-5) at Bishop McLaughlin (18-7), 7

The Hurricanes, ranked No. 6 in the classification, have won seven straight, including victories over Cambridge Christian (11-0) and Academy at the Lakes (10-0) for the 2A-9 title. Tanner Boccabello and Joseph Rodriguez combined on a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in the semifinal win over the Lancers. Isaiah Myles went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and two runs scored and Augie Mojica and Ethan Burkhardt combined on a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts to beat the Wildcats in the district final. The Crusaders advanced with a 2-1 win over Shorecrest in the 2A-10 semifinals. Cameron Horner threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and Bryce Artze went 2-for-3, including the game-winning RBI against the Chargers.  

Team leaders

CategoryKeswick ChristianBishop McLaughlin
Batting averageCaleb Rogers, Luke Bacon .446Augie Mojica .409
RBIsCaleb Rogers 33Drew Knight, Andrew Duncan 15
Home runsCaleb Rogers 5Nicholas Cucchi, Drew Knight 1
ERABlake Albritton 1.96Ethan Burkhardt 1.35
StrikeoutsCameron Horner 53Tanner Boccabello 47

Academy at the Lakes (10-14) at Northside Christian (14-12), 7

Playing a regular schedule that included plenty of games against teams in higher classifications paid off for the Mustangs, who won the 2A-10 district tournament by beating St. Petersburg Catholic 10-5 and Keswick Christian 6-3. Zach Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against the Barons. Scott Lynch hit a three-run homer and Ryan Lowe went 3-for-4 with an RBI against the Crusaders. Though they entered with a losing record, the Wildcats won two of the three at the 2A-9 tournament to advance as a runnerup. Cole Syversen and David Scamporino-Blount combined on a no-hitter in an 11-0, five-inning win over Bayshore Christian in the semifinals. Josiah Bayona went 4-for-5 with four runs scored in a 12-11 semifinal win over Hernando Christian. 

Team leaders

CategoryAcademy at the LakesNorthside Christian
Batting averageJosiah Bayona .371Andrew Williamson .392
RBIsTanner Pelaez 16Jake Cappock, Ryan Cerrone 17
Home runsJacob Syversen 1Four players with 2
ERAPalmer Bringgold 3.00Shane McClanahan 2.85
StrikeoutsCole Syversen 54Robert Kocis 38

Brevard HEAT (4-11) at Seffner Christian (17-4), 7

The Crusaders, ranked No. 8 in 2A by MaxPreps, were dominant in last week’s 2A-8 district tournament, outscoring Lakeland Victory Christian and Winter Haven All Saints by a combined 21-4. Brevard HEAT has lost four straight but automatically advanced in the 2A-7 tournament thanks to a bye in the first round of the three-team district. 

Team leaders

CategoryBrevard HEATSeffner Christian
Batting averageTim Puhnaty .564Dylan Cheeley .427
RBIsTim Puhnaty 14Dylan Cheeley, Connor Loomis 18
Home runsNoneSpencer Boynton 2
ERATim Puhnaty 4.47Ben Cheek 0.28
StrikeoutsTim Puhnaty 46Joey Jensen 75

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