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Tuesday (April 6)

Scoreboard

Hernando Christian 23, Foundation Christian 13

Indian Rocks Christian 20, Keswick Christian 0

Northside Christian 19, Sarasota Christian 4

Seffner Christian 7, Academy at the Lakes 1

Nature Coast 15, Springstead 4

Lake Wales 9, Tampa Catholic 3

Hernando 12, Citrus 5

Canterbury 9, Kissimmee Osceola 0

Berkeley Prep 10, Clearwater 0

St. Petersburg 20, Gibbs 0

Cypress Creek 21, Hudson 4

Crystal River 15, Central 5

Northeast 7, Largo 2

Osceola 13, Dunedin 2

East Lake 13, Countryside 0

Jefferson 9, Sumner 5

Gaither 17, Armwood 1

Lecanto 10, Weeki Wachee 0

Hillsborough 15, King 0

Sickles 2, Mitchell 0

Strawberry Crest 11, Leto 1

Seminole 10, Tarpon Springs 0

Sarasota 4, East Bay 0

Wiregrass Ranch 15, Tampa Bay Tech 0

Durant 11, Bloomingdale 3

Robinson 20, Middleton 0

Wharton 12, Plant 8

Hollins 18, Boca Ciega 3

Pasco 10, Land O’ Lakes 3

River Ridge 12, Sunlake 2

Prime time performers

P/1B Angelique Ballew, Jr., Northeast: Had three doubles and three RBIs in a win over Largo. 

UTIL Sienna Bailey, 7th, Northside Christian: Went 3-for-3 with a double, four RBIs and four runs scored in a win over Sarasota Christian. 

P/OF Sarah Blackett, Fr., St. Petersburg: Threw a three-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts in a win over Gibbs. 

OF Jiena Carrera, Sr., Nature Coast: Finished 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Springstead. 

UTIL Laci Carter, Jr., Pasco: Had two hits, including a homer, and had a team-leading three RBIs in a win over Land O’ Lakes. 

C/1B Hannah Church, Jr., Berkeley Prep: Ended up 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBIs in a win over Clearwater. 

C/UTIL Giulia Desiderio, Sr., River Ridge: Led the Royal Knights by going 4-for-4 with a double and six RBIs in a win over Sunlake. 

P Mackenzie Duford, Jr., Seminole: Threw a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

P/1B Elise Eason, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Tampa Bay Tech. 

C/2B Taylor Ekiss, Jr., Hernando Christian: Went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Foundation Christian. 

3B/C Addison Futch, Fr., Osceola: Led the Warriors by hitting three doubles and finishing with three RBIs in a win over Dunedin.  

P/INF Ariana Gonzalez, Fr., Jefferson: Finished 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBIs in a win over Sumner. 

P/1B Robyn Herron, Jr., Sickles: Threw a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts on the mound and went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate in a win over Mitchell. 

UTIL Izzy Hamilton, Sr., Osceola: Had three doubles in a win over Dunedin. 

SS Kylee Johnson, So., Wiregrass Ranch: Hit two triples, to go along with three RBIs and two runs scored. 

P/3B/2B Shannon Kendall, Fr., Seffner Christian: Threw a one-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out 13 in a win over Academy at the Lakes. 

OF/C Alyssa Lechuga, So., Hernando Christian: Had a home run and five RBIs in a win over Foundation Christian. 

UTIL Tess McGann, Sr., Hollins: Went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Boca Ciega. 

P Gracie Murphy, Fr., Berkeley Prep: Threw a two-hit shutout with a strikeout in a win over Clearwater. 

C/2B/UTIL Emma Newgent, Fr., Cypress Creek: Ended up 2-for-3 with a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Hudson. 

SS/INF/P Adriana Onessimo, Sr., St. Petersburg: Went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Gibbs. 

P/INF Hailey Ragozine, Jr., Indian Rocks Christian: Led the Golden Eagles by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Keswick Christian. 

P Mariah Rivera, Sr., Osceola: Finished 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in a win over Dunedin. 

1B/2B/C Ysa Rojas, So., Gaither: Went 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Armwood. 

2B/OF/SS Dom Sekelsky, Jr., Nature Coast: Powered the Sharks by going 2-for-3 with a homer, six RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Springstead. 

UTIL Hannah Taylor, So., Hernando Christian: Went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Citrus. 

OF Kate Terry, Sr., Seffner Christian: Led the Crusaders by going 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in a win over Academy at the Lakes. 

C/3B Rayna Trice, Sr., Durant: Finished 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBIs in a win over Bloomingdale. 

SS Tieley Vaughn, Sr., Wharton: Went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Plant. 

P Sydney Watson, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Threw a no-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out 10 on the mound and drove in two runs at the plate in a win over Leto. 

P/C/INF Jocelyn Wilkes, Jr., Gaither: Threw a four-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out nine in a win over Armwood that lasted four innings. 

Wednesday (April 7)

Scoreboard

Palm Harbor University 11, Pinellas Park 0

Clearwater 14, Boca Ciega 1

Academy at the Lakes 4, Fivay 1

St. Petersburg 21, Bradenton Southeast 1

Eustis 7, Hernando 2

Freedom 14, Chamberlain 6

Prime time performers

C/INF Tegan Grizzard, Fr., St. Petersburg: Finished 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and four runs scored in a win over Bradenton Southeast.  

P Hannah Harring, Jr., Palm Harbor University: Struck out all five batters she faced in a win over Pinellas Park. 

P/1B/3B Sydney Klein, Fr., Academy at the Lakes: Threw a three-hitter, allowing one unearned run while striking out nine in a win over Fivay. 

C/OF/1B Abbee Klinefelter, So., Clearwater: Went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in a win over Boca Ciega. 

1B Kelsi Matthews, Jr., Freedom: Led the Patriots by going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Chamberlain. 

C/3B/SS Madison Moran, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Hernando Christian. 

2B/SS Karhys Pierce, Fr., Palm Harbor University: Hit two triples and had three RBIs in a win over Pinellas Park. 

Thursday (April 8)

Scoreboard

Newsome 9, Sickles 3

Cambridge Christian 18, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 17

Shorecrest 12, Northside Christian 1

Admiral Farragut 17, Sarasota Christian 0

Palm Harbor University 15, East Lake 5

Weeki Wachee 7, Hernando Christian 6

East Bay 7, Bradenton Manatee 1

Inspiration Academy 9, Seffner Christian 2

Cypress Creek 1, Berkeley Prep 0

Spoto 17, Middleton 14

Plant 11, Alonso 1

Steinbrenner 10, Tampa Bay Tech 0

Fivay 10, Central 6

River Ridge 2, Mitchell 1

Durant 18, Plant City 0

Bloomingdale 14, Braden River 11

Jefferson 17, Hillsborough 2

Strawberry Crest 10, Chamberlain 2

Dunedin 16, Gulf 0

Wiregrass Ranch 6, Gaither 4

Osceola 17, Clearwater 0

Prime time performers

INF/OF E-Mani Bailey-Usma, Sr., Bloomingdale: Ended up 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs in a win over Braden River. 

3B/2B Caitlin Blankenship, So., River Ridge: Her two-run homer in the sixth inning was the difference in a win over Mitchell. 

OF/C/1B Sydney Cline, So., Admiral Farragut: Powered the Blue Jackets’ offense by going 3-for-3 with a triple, a homer and five RBIs in a win over Sarasota Christian.

2B McKenzie Feeney, So., Dunedin: Went 2-for-2 with a homer and four RBIs in a win over Gulf. 

UTIL Jaylyn Freedman, Fr., Seffner Christian: Finished 3-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to Inspiration Academy.

UTIL Kathyria Garcia, Jr., Jefferson: Led the Dragons by hitting two doubles, a homer and finishing with five RBIs and four runs scored in a win over Hillsborough.

P Alyssa Grimes, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Threw 6 ⅓ scoreless innings, allowing no hits while recording 14 strikeouts in a win over Chamberlain.  

UTIL Hayley Lynch, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs in a win over Chamberlain. 

OF Ashley Mantei, Jr., Steinbrenner: Went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Tampa Bay Tech.   

P/2B/OF Victoria Nearing, Jr., River Ridge: Threw a six-hitter, allowing one unearned run and recording three strikeouts in a win over Mitchell. 

SS/2B Karhys Pierce, Fr., Palm Harbor University: Led the Hurricanes by going 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over East Lake.

3B/C Samantha Proctor, Sr., Fivay: Finished 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and four runs scored in a win over Central.  

P/3B/OF Elana Roush, Fr., East Bay: Threw a two-hitter, allowing one unearned run while striking out nine in a win over Bradenton Manatee.

C Ava Ramirez, Sr., Plant: Ended up 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs in a win over Alonso.

P Mariah Rivera, Sr., Osceola: Hit a homer and had four RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Clearwater.   

1B Jadeyn Ruszkowski, Sr., Newsome: Hit two doubles and had three RBIs in a win over Sickles. 

3B Mandy Schwartz, Jr., Cypress Creek: Her solo homer in the sixth inning was the lone run of the game in a win over Berkeley Prep. 

P/OF Ashley Shroll, Sr., Steinbrenner: Threw a perfect and recorded 11 strikeouts in a win over Tampa Bay Tech that lasted five innings. 

OF Rylee Trice, Sr., Durant: Led the Cougars by going 2-for-4 with five RBIs in a win over Plant City. 

P Hailey Vazquez, Sr., Cypress Creek: Threw a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in a win over Berkeley Prep. 

OF Kennedy Warbritton, Sr., Newsome: Went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a win over Sickles. 

C/P/INF Jocelyn Wilkes, Jr., Gaither: Finished 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

Friday (April 9)

Orange Bowl Classic 

Canterbury 8, Miami Palmetto 2

Canterbury 12, Coconut Creek Monarch 0

Other games

Bradenton Christian 6, Northside Christian 5

Hernando Christian 6, Cambridge Christian 3

Berkeley Prep 13, Indian Rocks Christian 1

King 19, Brandon 9

Nature Coast 11, Crystal River 1

Palmetto 3, St. Petersburg 1

Gaither 5, Strawberry Crest 4

Armwood 7, Leto 4

Osceola 2, Seminole 1

Hernando 9, Springstead 0

Sickles 16, Hillsborough 0

Robinson 19, Lennard 4

Pinellas Park 7, Tarpon Springs 1

Land O’ Lakes 10, Sunlake 0

Pasco 12, Wesley Chapel 8

Prime time performers

C/1B Hannah Church, Jr., Berkeley Prep: Powered the Buccaneers by going 3-for-3 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Indian Rocks Christian. 

P Mackenzie Duford, Jr., Seminole: Allowed two hits and one unearned run while striking out 13 in seven innings of work against Osceola. 

P/1B Savannah Ellis, So., Hernando: Threw an eight-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in a win over Springstead, 

P/3B/CF Mia Fields, Fr., Land O’ Lakes: Threw a one-hit shutout with three strikeouts in a win over Sunlake. 

UTIL Ashley Garrison, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Had a double, a homer and four RBIs in a loss to Pasco. 

1B/3B Kaylee Higgins, Sr., Hernando Christian: Went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in a win over Cambridge Christian. 

UTIL Ajia Hicks, Jr., King: Finished 3-for-5 with a double, four RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Brandon. 

C/3B/OF Izzy LaRoche, So., Nature Coast: Hit two triples and drove in three runs in a win over Crystal River. 

SS/INF/OF Nehanda Lewis, Jr., Land O’ Lakes: Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Sunlake. 

3B/P Carolanne McClelland, Fr., Hernando: Finished 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBIs in a win over Springstead. 

P Gracie Murphy, Fr., Berkeley Prep: Threw three perfect innings with three strikeouts on the mound and went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs at the plate in a win over Indian Rocks Christian.

P Mariah Rivera, Sr., Osceola: Drove in Morgan Beardsley for the winning run to beat Seminole in extra innings.

SS/2B/CF Kaitlyn Sigmundi, Jr., Lennard: Ended up 3-for-3 with two runs scored in a loss to Robinson.  

 P/2B/CF Alisha Wagoner, Sr., Pinellas Park: Threw a three-hitter, allowing one unearned run while striking out 17 on the mound and going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored at the plate in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

C/P/INF Jocelyn Wilkes, Jr., Gaither: Finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs in a win over Strawberry Crest. . 

Saturday (April 10)

Orange Bowl Classic

Canterbury 8, Homestead Keys Gate 0

Canterbury 10, Miami St. Brendan 0

Other games

Riverview 11, Spoto 1

Steinbrenner 16, Middleton 0

Freedom 13, Armwood 3

Newsome 15, Chamberlain 1

Prime time performers

SS/2B Paige Bergen, So., Steinbrenner: Finished 3-for-3 with a double, four RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Middleton. 

P/OF Maria Brooks, So., Newsome: Threw a two-hitter, allowing one unearned run while striking out 18 on the mound and had a double, a triple and two RBIs at the plate in a win over Chamberlain. 

UTIL Ansley Brown, So., Freedom: Ended up 2-for-3 with seven RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Armwood. 

P/INF Christina Martinez, Sr., Riverview: Went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in a win over Spoto.

P/1B/UTIL Saige Sampson, Fr., Steinbrenner: Threw three perfect innings with four strikeouts in a win over Middleton.  

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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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Softball: Tuesday’s region semifinal breakdown

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The softball playoffs continue with Tuesday’s region semifinal games. Admission is $7.  Here is the schedule with outlooks for each area game, as well as team leaders for each matchup.

Class 7A

Newsome (26-2) at Lakewood Ranch (25-1), 7

This is more like a state championship game. After all, both teams are ranked among the top three in the classification, the top five overall in the state and the top 12 nationally by MaxPreps. They met in the 7A-12 district final. The top-ranked Mustangs handed the Wolves their only loss of the season. Newsome rebounded by beating Palm Harbor University 7-6 in last week’s region quarterfinals. Trailing 6-3, the Wolves rallied with three runs in the fifth inning to tie it and  the winning run in the seventh to advance to the region semifinals and set up the rematch. Karley Shelton and Katy Bradbourne each homered and Samantha Walz scored two runs, including the winner in the seventh.  

Team leaders

CategoryNewsomeLakewood Ranch
Batting averageJadeyn Ruszkowski .522Cassidy McLellan .517
RBIsKarley Shelton 43Ella Coiner, Cassidy McLellan 31
Home runsKarley Shelton 12Ella Coiner, Cassidy McLellan 6
ERAMaria Brooks 0.55Olivia Laney 0.63
StrikeoutsKelsey Winters 171Olivia Laney 125

Class 6A

Sunlake (10-8) at Mitchell (20-6), 7

This is the third time the teams have met this season. The Mustangs won the previous two in convincing fashion, outscoring the Seahawks by a combined 19-3 in both contests. The last meeting, Mitchell jumped out to a 6-0 lead and cruised to a 6-1 victory in the 6A-10 district final. Vanessa Neptune led the Mustangs by going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored.  

Team leaders

CategorySunlakeMitchell
Batting averageKendra Falby .679Sydney Fowler .427
RBIsLarken Maseda 20Vanessa Neptune 23
Home runsLarken Maseda, Bella Sanchez 1Kinnah Kreidler 3
ERAMikayla Hoschak 3.50Ashley Altman 1.88
StrikeoutsMikayla Hoschak 66Sydney Fowler 99

Durant (25-3) at Bartow (17-2), 7:30

The Cougars are a combined 23-2 the past two seasons and enter the region semifinals on a nine-game win streak. That success is due in large part to an offense that is averaging 11 runs per game this year. Now comes the tough part. Durant faces the Yellow Jackets, who are ranked No. 2 in the classification and No. 4 overall in the state by MaxPreps. 

Team leaders

CategoryDurant Bartow
Batting averageShelby Allen .579Katelynn Oxley .402
RBIsEmily Smith 30Morgan Grubb 25
Home runsBricelyn Bedenbaugh, Emily Smith 4Morgan Grubb 5
ERAHaleigh Thomas 1.83Katelynn Oxley 0.75
StrikeoutsHaleigh Thomas 92Katelynn Oxley 281

Class 5A

Pasco (7-8)  at Auburndale (21-3), 7

After starting 2-6, the Pirates have won five of their last seven games, including victories over Wesley Chapel and Land O’ Lakes in the regular season and over Sumner in last week’s region quarterfinals. Mariah Bennett, Cat Durden and Kelsey Kadlub each had two hits against the Stingrays. The Bloodhounds, ranked No. 2 in the classification, have allowed just 22 runs all season. 

Team leaders

CategoryPascoAuburndale
Batting averageCat Durden .429Kassidy Pontbriant .431
RBIsKelsey Kadlub 16Johnkiria Bland 22
Home runsKelsey Kadlub 3Kassidy Pontbriant 3
ERALaci Carter 4.08Gena Stutz 0.59
StrikeoutsLaci Carter 32Gena Stutz 127

Land O’ Lakes (21-7) at River Ridge (22-5), 7

This is the third meeting between the rivals. The Royal Knights won the previous two, including a 5-3, nine-inning thriller in the 5A-5 district final. In that game, Katey Hauschen hit a walkoff, two-run homer. Both dominated their region quarterfinal games to set up another matchup. River Ridge beat Osceola 10-3 and Land O’ Lakes blanked Seminole 8-0. 

Team leaders

CategoryLand O’ LakesRiver Ridge
Batting averageNehanda Lewis .479Brooke Blankenship .556
RBIsNehanda Lewis 38Sophie Johnson 33
Home runsNehanda Lewis, Hannah Purcell 3Brooke Blankenship, Sophie Johnson 6
ERAMia Fields 1.64Jordan Sheets 1.68
StrikeoutsMia Fields 53Victoria Nearing 86

Class 4A

Wesley Chapel (13-13) at Hernando (23-4), 7

The host Leopards won the previous two matchups this season, beating the Wildcats 6-5 in eight innings two months ago and 9-0 in the 4A-9 district title game two weeks ago. Hernando reached double digits in hits in both games. The Wildcats have a powerful offense, too. They scored 12 runs to upset Nature Coast in the 4A-9 semifinals and 15 in a win over Dunedin in last week’s region quarterfinals. 

Team leaders

CategoryWesley ChapelHernando
Batting averageAshley Garrison .478Solaris Genberg .471
RBIsAshley Garrison 30Olivia Townsend 36
Home runsKadence Means 6Olivia Townsend 5
ERAGabriella Gonzalez-Villegas 3.80Ava Braswell 1.52
StrikeoutsMakenna Rice 40Ava Braswell 65

Robinson (23-4) at Lake Region (17-11), 7:30

Both teams are ranked among the top six in the classification by MaxPreps (the Thunder are No. 6 and the Knights are No. 4). Robinson has won 12 of its past 13 games. The offense is a big reason for that success. The Knights have reached double digits in runs in nine of those games. 

Team leaders

CategoryRobinsonLake Region
Batting averageJordan Stephens .544Raelyn Roland .420
RBIsDestiny DeHoyos 43Kaley Fail 19
Home runsDestiny DeHoyos 10Raelyn Roland 3
ERAAlyssa Boorom 2.60Alex Wright 1.58
StrikeoutsOlivia Van Zandt 66Alex Wright 94

Class 3A

Cypress Creek (16-5) at Lakeland McKeel Academy (19-7), 4:30

The big matchup will be Coyotes pitcher Hailey Vazquez, who has a 1.20 ERA and 165 strikeouts this season, going up against a Wildcats offense that is averaging more than nine runs per game and has scored a combined 41 runs in the last three contests. 

Team leaders

CategoryCypress CreekMcKeel Academy
Batting averageMandy Schwartz .531Charli Warren .559
RBIs Mandy Schwartz 26Kyndal Cornelius 44
Home runsMandy Schwartz 11Kerissa Howell 5
ERAHaley Vazquez 1.20Annalyse Torres 3.68
StrikeoutsHaley Vazquez 165Skyler Hodges 116

Calvary Christian (21-5) at Academy of the Holy Names (19-5), 7

This has turned into one of the most competitive rivalries in the area. The teams met three times already this season. The Jaguars hold a 3-2 in the series so far this season, though both wins were decided by a run, including a walkoff, sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh in the 3A-11 district final two weeks ago. 

Team leaders

CategoryCalvary ChristianAcademy of the Holy Names
Batting averageLeah Jarnac .642Rachael Petrarca .500
RBIsLeah Jarnac 37Camryn Feast, Annabelle Sardja 19
Home runsLeah Jarnac 5Rachael Petrarca 2
ERAMalia Connelly 2.12Keala Hollenkamp 1.47
StrikeoutsMalia Connelly 62Annabelle Sardja 73

Class 2A

Holy Trinity Episcopal (13-9) at Seffner Christian (17-6), 5

The Crusaders have on a roll, winning seven straight and 11 of their last 12. Defense and pitching are big factors in Seffner Christian posting shutouts in the last four games. Keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard could be tough considering they are averaging more than 10 runs per game. 

Team leaders

CategoryHoly TrinitySeffner Christian
Batting averageShea Dimmer .612Anna Burnside .492
RBIsShea Dimmer 41Amber Rodriguez 26
Home runsShea Dimmer 10Shannon Kendall 3
ERAShea Dimmer 3.48Shannon Kendall 3.03
StrikeoutsCali Perillo 67Shannon Kendall 113

Academy at the Lakes (17-4) at Canterbury (19-9), 6

This is the fifth straight time the teams have met in the region semifinals. The Crusaders won the first three en route to making the state semifinals. The Wildcats won the last two during their state championship seasons (2018-19). Canterbury enters as the No. 1 ranked team in the classification according to MaxPreps. 

Team leaders

CategoryAcademy at the LakesCanterbury
Batting averageMolly Blackwood .444Payton Cushman .438
RBIsMolly Blackwood 23Morgen Talley 36
Home runsMolly Blackwood, Juliana Ries 1Morgen Talley 12
ERAKatie Ferguson 2.62Mackenzie Bergstrom 2.18
StrikeoutsSydney Klein 59Morgen Talley 109

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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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