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Scoreboard

Admiral Farragut 5, Lakeside Christian 4

St. Petersburg 10, Clearwater 0

Bell Creek 3, Hernando Christian 0

Anclote 10, SALT Tampa 0

IMG Gray 4, Bishop McLaughlin 2

King 5, Spoto 4

Brandon 7, Sumner 3

Boca Ciega 4, Clearwater Central Catholic 2

Seven Rivers Christian 15, Gulf 0

Seminole 16, Tarpon Springs 3

Lakeland Victory Christian 20, Zephyrhills Christian 4

Dunedin 7, Countryside 0

Osceola 1, Pinellas Park 0

Gaither 8, Middleton 3

Hollins 7, Northside Christian 3

Prime time performers

CF Marcus Brodil, Sr., Dunedin: Went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a win over Countryside. 

1B/P Christian Cabina, Sr., King: Hit a three-run homer in a win over Spoto. 

P Connor Crosby, Sr., St. Petersburg: Threw a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in a win over Clearwater. 

1B/3B/P Aaron Deegan, Sr., Seminole: Led the Warhawks by going 2-for-3 with a homer, four RBIs and four runs scored in a win over Tarpon Springs.  

P/3B Ben Marsilia, Sr., Boca Ciega: Threw a four-hitter with eight strikeouts on the mound and had a two-run double at the plate in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic.

P/1B/OF Greyson McNeill, Fr., Dunedin: Lasted four scoreless innings, allowing four hits while recording three strikeouts in a win over Countryside.  

P/SS Jonathan Ramos, Jr., Anclote: Threw a six-inning no-hitter with four strikeouts in a win over SALT Tampa. 

1B/P Kenneth Robinson, So., Hollins: Finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs in a win over Northside Christian. 

C/3B/P Fisher Smith, Jr., Brandon: Went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs to ignite the Eagles’ seventh-inning rally against Sumner. 

P/UTIL Xavier Talbot, So., Bell Creek Academy: Threw a four-hit shutout with three strikeouts in a win over Hernando Christian. 

P/3B CJ Thornton, Jr., Osceola: Had two hits, including the walk-off winner, and threw five scoreless innings with a strikeout against Pinellas Park. 

UTIL Stephen Weaver, So., St. Petersburg: Hit two doubles and had three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Clearwater. 

Tuesday

Scoreboard

Northside Christian 13, Shorecrest 6

Boca Ciega 13, Countryside 3

Wharton 15, Palm Harbor University 5

St. Petersburg Catholic 13, Indian Rocks Christian 0

Real Life Christian 14, Hernando Christian 2

Hernando 9, Nature Coast 1

Berkeley Prep 7, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 5

Wesley Chapel 7, Zephyrhills 2

Foundation Christian 10, Oasis Christian 0

Keswick Christian 7, Cambridge Christian 0

Jesuit 8, Jefferson 2

Fivay 17, Anclote 2

Durant 1, Newsome 0

Wiregrass Ranch 10, Cypress Creek 9

Pasco 8, Chamberlain 4

Riverview 2, Lennard 1

East Bay 5, Robinson 2

Plant City 10, Armwood 0

Clearwater 4, Hillsborough 1

Steinbrenner 3, Alonso 1

Weeki Wachee 5, Springstead 4

Osceola 6, East Lake 0

Mitchell 6, Land O’ Lakes 5

Plant 5, Sickles 4

Prime time performers

OF/P/3B Ezra Brennan, Sr., Mitchell: Went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs in a win over Land O’ Lakes. 

3B/C/P Blake Byrne, Fr., Weeki Wachee: Was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs in a win over Springstead. 

OF Drew Canody, Jr., Berkeley Prep: Finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs in a win over Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic. 

INF/UTIL Farah Castillo, So., Riverview: Ended up 2-for-2 with an RBI in a win over Lennard.

2B/SS Johnny DiBenedetto, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin: Drove in two of the Hurricanes’ four runs in a win over Tampa Catholic.  

OF Michael Doyle, Sr., Osceola: Went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a win over East Lake. 

INF/P Dylan Duphily, Sr., Hernando: Hit two of the Leopards’ five homers in a win over Nature Coast. 

C/INF/P Sean Esquinaldo, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Ended up 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored in a win over Zephyrhills.

P/UTIL Colby Fanning, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Pitched three perfect innings with five strikeouts and teamed with Zach Redner and Zack Vincent on a no-hitter in a win over Tampa Bay Tech. 

P/OF Riley Fisher, Sr., Hernando: Recorded 10 strikeouts in 6 ⅔ innings in a win over Nature Coast. 

UTIL Garrett Glasgow, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Had a double, a homer and three RBIs in a win over Indian Rocks Christian.

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Threw a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in a win over Newsome. 

P/INF Kipp Kochera, Sr., Riverview: Threw a two-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out five in a win over Lennard. 

OF/1B Jake Kulikowski, So., Jesuit: Hit a three-run homer in a win over Jefferson. 

1B/P Bobby Lavely, Sr., Boca Ciega: Had two hits, including a homer, and finished with six RBIs in a win over Countryside. 

OF Dylan McDonald, Sr., Wharton: Went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

P/OF Preston Rogers, So., Plant City: Threw a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in a win over Armwood. 

P Bryce Roth, Jr., Osceola: Threw 3 ⅓ scoreless innings and combined with Corey Braun and Jase Rutkowski on a shutout over East Lake.

P Shane Saunders, Sr., Foundation Christian: Pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts in a win over Oasis Christian.  

P/INF Colin Shultz, Jr., Plant City: Went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in a win over Armwood.  

OF/P Anthony Vanvliet, So., Fivay: Finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Anclote. 

OF Hans Walker, Sr., East Bay: Ended up 3-for-4 with two RBIs in a win over Robinson. 

1B/P/OF Jack Zikmund, Jr., Shorecrest: Hit two homers, a double with two RBIs and three runs scored in a loss to Northside Christian.  

Wednesday

Scoreboard

Bloomingdale 9, Blake 2

Countryside 4, Tarpon Springs 3

Seminole 10, Pinellas Park 7

Wesley Chapel 8, Pasco 2

Nature Coast 6, Hernando 4

East Lake 4, Largo 1

Gaither 7, Robinson 0

Bell Creek Academy 5, Academy at the Lakes 4

Admiral Farragut 11, Gibbs 0

Dunedin 11, Clearwater Central Catholic 6

Hollins 8, IMG Blue 6

Inspiration Academy 6, Northeast 3

Prime time performers

1B/3B/P Tyler Allen, Jr., Countryside: Had a run-scoring double in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

UTIL Alex Carmichael, Sr., Academy at the Lakes: Went 3-for-3 with two doubles in a loss to Bell Creek Academy. 

3B/SS Josh Castellini, Fr., Hollins: Finished with two hits and drove in a run in a win over IMG Blue. 

OF/P Austin Coultas, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Had two hits, including a solo homer, in a win over Pasco.

INF Cayden Evans, Jr., Northeast: Went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to Inspiration Academy.  

C/1B/3B Ollie Hahn, Sr., Seminole: Had a double, a homer and four RBIs in a win over Pinellas Park. 

OF Makye Hayes, Jr., Bloomingdale: Powered the Bulls by going 4-for-5 with a homer and six RBIs in a win over Blake. 

P/INF Colin Jackson, Sr., Gaither: Threw three scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out six in a win over Robinson. 

OF/P Justin Montanez, Sr., Nature Coast: Led the Sharks by throwing six shutout innings with five strikeouts on the mound and going 3-for-4 with a triple, a homer and two RBIs at the plate in a win over Hernando. 

2B Dylan Oester, Sr., Dunedin: Went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Clearwater. 

P Colin Sengkhounmany, Jr., East Lake: Lasted five innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run while striking out six in a win over Largo. 

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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

For the full playoff bracket click here.

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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