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Tuesday (March 23)

Scoreboard

SALT Tampa 11, Lakeside Christian 5

Foundation Christian 13, Grace Christian 0

Academy at the Lakes 2, Shorecrest 1

Cambridge Christian 7, Tampa SLAM 6

Seffner Christian 14, Seven Rivers Christian 0

Hernando Christian 13, Real Life Christian 3

Canterbury 13, Bayshore Christian 3

Carrollwood Day 12, Tampa Prep 10

Dunedin 2, Osceola 0

Berkeley Prep 9, Montverde 4

Wesley Chapel 9, Brooks DeBartolo 5

Lennard 12, Sumner 1

Durant 7, Brandon 2

Tarpon Springs 3, Largo 2

Plant City 13, Spoto 3

Sunlake 3, Wiregrass Ranch 0

Hillsborough 6, Gaither 5

Strawberry Crest 5, Bloomingdale 4

Leto 7, King 0

Lakewood 12, Bradenton Bayshore 1

Hernando 12, Springstead 1

River Ridge 11, Pasco 1

Fivay 5, Land O’ Lakes 3

Jefferson 7, Robinson 5

Anclote 14, Gulf Coast HEAT 12

East Bay 10, Middleton 0

Seminole 5, Clearwater 4

Crystal River 12, Nature Coast 6

Northside Christian 5, Pinellas Park 4

Steinbrenner 11, Armwood 1

Central 4, Weeki Wachee 1

Mitchell 4, East Lake 0

Boca Ciega 4, Northeast 2

Prime time performers

INF/OF/P Josiah Bayona, Sr., Academy at the Lakes: Finished 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a win over Shorecrest. 

P/1B Trey Beard, So., Dunedin: Threw a three-hit shutout with six strikeouts in a win over Osceola. 

OF Christian Bolt, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in a win over Bloomingdale. 

P/OF Dylan Broderick, Sr., Sunlake: Lasted five scoreless innings, allowing no hits while striking out eight in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

INF/P Ryan Cerrone, Jr., Northside Christian: Ended up 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in a win over Pinellas Park. 

3B/P Ben Cheek, Sr., Seffner Christian: Threw a one-hit shutout with four strikeouts in five innings against Seven Rivers Christian. 

SS/2B Avery Cherry, Jr., Seffner Christian: Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in a win over Seven Rivers Christian. 

P/1B/3B Austin Corn, Sr., Foundation Christian: Finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored over Grace Christian. 

OF/P Justin Corns, Jr., Armwood: Went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a loss to Steinbrenner. 

P Ashton Crowther, Jr., Mitchell: Threw a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in a win over East Lake. 

OF/P Evan Dempsey, So., Newsome: Was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 in a win over Gulf Coast HEAT. 

OF Giovanni Felix, Sr., Sunlake: Went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

IF/OF Tim Fruendal, So., Tarpon Springs: Finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in a win over Largo. 

3B/P/1B Dillon Gifford, So., Largo: Drove in both of the Packers’ runs in a loss to Tarpon Springs. 

C/1B/3B Ollie Hahn, Sr., Seminole: Hit a two-run homer in a win over Clearwater. 

3B/C Jacob Hancock, So., Fivay: Went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a win over Land O’ Lakes. 

1B James Hankerson, So., Berkeley Prep: Ended up with a double, a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Montverde Academy. 

OF/P CJ Hanson, Sr., Gaither: Finished 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in a loss to Hillsborough. 

OF/P Keenan Haughabook, Sr., Northeast: Went 3-for-3 with an RBI in a loss to Boca Ciega. 

P Chase Havener, Sr., Newsome: Allowed three hits and struck out four in five scoreless innings against Plant. 

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Threw six scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out 13 in a win over Brandon. 

OF Kelein Johnson, Sr., Plant City: Had two doubles, a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Spoto. 

C/3B Tanner Jones, Jr., Hillsborough: Went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in a win over Gaither. 

P/INF/OF Ty Jones, Jr., Tampa Prep: Finished 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a two runs scored in a loss to Carrollwood Day. 

P/INF Caden Kull, So., Foundation Christian: Threw a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in a win over Grace Christian.

OF Deshaun Manuel, Sr., East Bay: Went 3-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs in a win over Middleton. 

P/CF/SS David Martinez, Sr., Lakewood: Threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out nine in win over Bayshore Christian  

3B Carter Matus, Jr., Pinellas Park: Ended up 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in a win over Northside Christian. 

P/1B/OF Greyson McNeill, Fr., Dunedin: Went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in a win over Osceola. 

OF/P Anton Ortega, Sr., Clearwater: Went 3-for-3 with a run scored in a loss to Seminole. 

P Carter Payne, So., Lennard: Threw four scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out eight in a win over Sumner. 

SS/P Jonathan Ramos, Jr., Anclote: Went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over Gulf Coast HEAT. 

OF Cameron Riley, Sr., Boca Ciega: Ended up 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a win over Northeast. 

INF Chris Roberts, Jr., Steinbrenner: Hit two doubles and drove in two runs in a win over Armwood. 

OF/P Ryan Robertson, Sr., Plant City: Had two doubles, a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Spoto. 

INF Colby Shelton, Jr., Bloomingdale: Went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs in a loss to Strawberry Crest. 

C Dylan Silverstein, Sr., Seminole: Had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly in a win over Clearwater. 

P Jacob Statman, Sr., Steinbrenner: Allowed five hits and one unearned run while striking out six in a win over Armwood. 

1B/3B Jaylin Tose, Sr., Lennard: Finished with two doubles, a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Sumner. 

1B/P/SS Josh Wollerman, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in a win over Brooks DeBartolo. 

Wednesday (March 24)

Scoreboard

Osceola 10, Palm Harbor University 2

Armwood 6, Boca Ciega 5

Huntsville 3, St. Petersburg 2

Lakewood 11, Gulf 1

Nature Coast 11, South Sumter 0

Hillsborough 3, Jefferson 2

Jesuit 13, Bartow 4

Clearwater 13, Blake 1

Tarpon Springs 7, Pinellas Park 6

Wharton 3, Sickles 0

Seminole 2, Largo 0

Hollins 3, Countryside 2

Prime time performers

P/3B Anthony Anselmo, Sr., Nature Coast: Threw a six-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in a win over South Sumter that lasted five innings. 

INF Ryan Arroyo, Fr., Hillsborough: Went 2-for-3 and scored a run in a win over Jefferson.

C/P/1B Ryland Bozenhard, So., Hollins: Allowed hits and one earned run while striking out six in six innings of work against Countryside.  

P/1B Corey Braun, Sr., Osceola: Had a triple, a homer, two RBIs and four runs scored in a win over Palm Harbor University.

2B/P Beau Brightman, Fr., Lakewood: Allowed one hit and one unearned run while striking out seven in four innings of work against Gulf.

3B/SS Josh Castellini, Fr., Hollins: Drove in two of the Royals’ three runs in a win over Countryside.   

C/UTIL Chase Ciatto, Sr., Clearwater: Went 3-for-3 with a double in a win over Blake. 

OF Justin Corns, Jr., Armwood: Ended up 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in a win over Boca Ciega. 

P Ryan Fry, Jr., Wharton: Threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out four in a win over Sickles. 

OF Dominic Gattinella, Jr., Nature Coast: Finished 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over South Sumter.

OF BJ Graham, Sr., Jesuit: Went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored in a win over Bartow.  

3B Carter Matus, Jr., Pinellas Park: Ended up 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBIs in a loss to Tarpon Springs. 

3B Quentin Meadows, Jr., Wharton: Drove in two of the Wildcats’ three runs in a win over Sickles. 

1B/3B/P Jeremiah Morris, Sr., Lakewood: Had two doubles, a triple and two RBIs in a win over Gulf. 

C/3B Max Oliveira, Jr., Tarpon Springs: Hit a grand slam in a win over Pinellas Park.

P Noah Palmese, Sr., Seminole: Threw a four-hit shutout with six strikeouts in a win over Largo.  

UTIL/P Luke Percifield, Jr., Osceola: Went 3-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

INF/P Evan White, Jr., Clearwater: Allowed five hits and one earned run while striking out four in four innings of work against Blake. 

Thursday (March 24)

Scoreboard

Gaither 11, King 0

Lakeside 9, SALT Tampa 7

Keswick Christian 10, Bradenton Christian 0

Cambridge Christian 15, Hernando Christian 4

Northside Christian 9, Indian Rocks Christian 2

Foundation Christian 18, Bayshore Christian 0

Largo 6, Shorecrest 4

Hernando 2, Hudson 0

Hillsborough 11, Blake 2

Land O’ Lakes 8, Freedom 0

Clearwater 12, Jefferson 2

Wiregrass Ranch 8, Zephyrhills 6

Wesley Chapel 6, Sunlake 5

Brandon 10, Spoto 1

Durant 9, Robinson 1

Pasco 3, Cypress Creek 2

Plant 11, Steinbrenner 3

Calvary Christian 10, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

Alonso 6, Palm Harbor University 1

Tampa Catholic 18, Academy at the Lakes 3

River Ridge 11, Chamberlain 2

Armwood 4, Tampa Bay Tech 3

Prime time performers

OF/2B Luke Bacon, Sr., Keswick Christian: Led the Crusaders’ offense by going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in a win over Bradenton Christian. 

3B MJ Bundick, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Hit two doubles and had three RBIs in a win over Academy at the Lakes. 

1B Elijah Burse, Jr., Hillsborough: Finished 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs in a win over Blake.

INF Bryan Busa, Jr., Gaither: Went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a win over King. 

1B/OF/P Jake Carrillo, So., Wesley Chapel: Finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs in a win over Sunlake. 

INF/P Ryan Cerrone, Jr., Northside Christian: Ended up 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in a win over Indian Rocks Christian. 

UTIL Mac Creek, Jr., Cambridge Christian: Powered the Lancers’ offense by going 3-for-4 with a grand slam and six RBIs in a win over Hernando Christian.

C/P/3B Cory Filley, Jr., Pasco: Ended up 2-for-3 in a win over Cypress Creek. 

1B/P Zen Hiatt, Sr., Alonso: Went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

P Christian Horner, Sr., Keswick Christian: Threw a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in a win over Bradenton Christian that lasted five innings.  

OF Dean Hotz, Sr., Durant: Went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Robinson. 

P/INF Colin Jackson, Sr., Gaither: Threw a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in a win over King that lasted five innings.

INF Rolando Jiminez, So., Tampa Catholic: Finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over Academy at the Lakes.   

2B/P Ryan Kimmet, So., Clearwater: Ended up 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a win over Jefferson. 

CF Nick Lee, Sr., Plant: Went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over Steinbrenner. 

SS/P KJ Leshko, So., Armwood: Ended up 3-for-4 with a double in a win over Tampa Bay Tech. 

OF Dylan Makowski, So., Land O’ Lakes: Finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs in a win over Freedom.

INF/P Landen Maroudis, So., Calvary Christian: Had a double and three RBIs in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic.  

2B/SS Kaden Olney, Jr., Foundation Christian: Went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Bayshore Christian. 

3B/P Ethan Petry, Jr., Cypress Creek: Ended up 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a loss to Pasco. 

OF/P Samuel Pothier, Sr.,Largo: Hit a triple, a homer and scored two runs in a win over Shorecrest. 

1B/C Wes Ryan, 8th, Shorecrest: Ended up 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored in a loss to Largo. 

P Shane Saunders, Sr., Foundation Christian: Threw a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in a win over Bayshore Christian that lasted five innings. 

OF/P Kendal Spencer, Sr., Brandon: Ended up 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored at the plate and threw 4 ⅓ scoreless innings with seven strikeouts on the mound in a win over Spoto. 

1B/OF/P Logan Walsh, Sr., Lakeside Christian: Went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in a win over SALT Tampa. 

P Jacob Ward, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Threw six scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out three in a win over Freedom. 

Friday (March 25)

Scoreboard

St. Petersburg 9, Lakewood 3

Palm Harbor University 12, Dunedin 2

Keswick Christian 6, Hernando Christian 1

Berkeley Prep 3, Calvary Christian 1

Bell Creek Academy 16, Carrollwood Day 3

Anclote 13, Gibbs 4

Seffner Christian 4, Northside Christian 0

Lennard 4, East Bay 0

Hernando 3, Springstead 2

Hudson 12, Zephyrhills Christian 0

Nature Coast 6, Crystal River 3

Wesley Chapel 21, Gulf 2

Riverview 4, Newsome 1

Weeki Wachee 3, Central 2

Sumner 5, Middleton 2

Pinellas Park 2, Hollins 1

Wiregrass Ranch 8, Sunlake 5

Bishop McLaughlin 11, Brandon 1

Fivay 6, Pasco 4

Mitchell 6, East Lake 0

Tarpon Springs 12, Countryside 11

Plant 4, John Carroll 3

Leto 4, Strawberry Crest 3

Bloomingdale 6, Freedom 2

Jesuit 8, Sickles 2

Northeast 5, Seminole 2

Prime time performers

P/C/3B Shay Barbosa, So., Hudson: Threw a one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in a win over Zephyrhills Christian that lasted five innings. 

UTIL Matthew Biel, So., Hernando Christian: Finished 3-for-3 in a loss to Keswick Christian. 

INF/OF/C Zachary Brice, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Powered the Wildcats’ offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Gulf. 

P/1B Dylan Cheeley, Sr., Seffner Christian: Threw a three-hit shutout in a win over Northside Christian. 

P/1B/3B Ryan Cleary, Sr., Pinellas Park: Allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out seven on the mound and had two doubles at the plate in a win over Hollins.

1B/OF Tyler Corish, Sr., Jesuit: Finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Sickles. 

INF/P Nate Evans, Jr., Countryside: Went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a win over Tarpon Springs.  

P/OF Tyler Fritsch, So., Bell Creek Academy: Finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

OF/C Jacob Haines, Jr., Weeki Wachee: Finished 3-for-3 with two doubles in a win over Central. 

UTIL Fletcher Hislop, So., St. Petersburg: Went 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Lakewood. 

P/INF Kipp Kochera, Sr., Riverview: Threw a complete game, allowing six hits and one unearned run, in a win over Newsome. 

P/OF Jordan Laing, Sr., Hernando: Threw a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out seven, in a win over Springstead. 

3B/P/OF Aidan Miller, So., Mitchell: Had a triple and homer that accounted for two RBIs and helped him score three runs in a win over East Lake. 

SS/P Isaiah Myles, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin:Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Brandon.  

P Will Parkinson, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out five in 3 ⅓ innings against Calvary Christian. 

OF/1B/P Ethan Pues, Jr., Strawberry Crest: Ended up 3-for-4 with a triple in a loss to Leto. 

UTIL Jacob Robinson, Jr., Fivay: Went 2-for-2 with three RBIs in a win over Pasco. 

UTIL Caleb Rogers, Sr., Keswick Christian: Led the Crusaders by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in a win over Hernando Christian. 

INF Colby Shelton, Jr., Bloomingdale: Finished 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Freedom. 

P David Stokely, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Went 2-for-2 with a double and four RBIs in a loss to Countryside. 

OF/P Doyle Surritte, Sr., Hudson: Had two doubles and two RBIs in a win over Zephyrhills Christian. 

1B/3B Jaylin Tose, Sr., Lennard: Went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in a win over East Bay. 

3B/1B/P Ryan Willis, Sr. Northeast: Ended up 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a win over Seminole. 

Saturday (March 26)

Scoreboard

Riverview 13, Middleton 1

Shorecrest 5, Canterbury 0

Newsome 12, King 1

Prime time performers

INF/UTIL Farah Castillo, So., Riverview: Went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Middleton. 

OF Caden Santucci, Sr., Riverview: Had a double, a triple and drove in two runs in a win over Middleton. 

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The PTP baseball players of the week

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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)

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Class 7A

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Scoreboard

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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Scoreboard

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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Scoreboard

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)

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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

CategoryDurantWharton
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

CategoryGaitherBloomingdale
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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