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Scoreboard

Hillsborough 5, Carrollwood Day 1

Pinellas Park 5, Boca Ciega 2

Keswick Christian 11, Bayshore Christian 1

Seminole 2, IMG Royal 0

Bloomingdale 7, Lennard 0

Bishop McLaughlin 9, Brooks DeBartolo 2

Academy at the Lakes 6, Hernando Christian 0

Calvary Christian 7, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 0

Northeast 12, Palm Harbor University 4

Prime time performers

P/OF Clayton Austin, Sr., Pinellas Park: Finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Boca Ciega. 

P Palmer Bringgold, Sr., Academy at the Lakes: Ended up nearly perfect in five innings on the mound, allowing no runs or hits, walking one and striking out 10 in a win over Hernando Christian. 

2B/SS Johnny DiBenedetto, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin: Went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored in a win over Brooks DeBartolo. 

P David Eckuas, Sr., Bloomingdale: Threw a two-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts in a win over Lennard. 

P Paul Guerne, So., Calvary Christian: Lasted six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out 10 in a win over Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic.  

P Cody Little, Sr., Seminole: Threw a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in a win over IMG Royal. 

OF/P Brad Myers, Sr., Northeast: Led the Vikings by going 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and five RBIs in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

INF/P Evan Riley, Jr., Academy at the Lakes: Finished 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in a win over Hernando Christian. 

INF Colby Shelton, Sr., Bloomingdale: Powered the Bulls’ offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBIs in a win over Lennard. 

UTIL Tyler Wabnitz, So., Keswick Christian: Went 2-for-3 with a double, four RBIs and two stolen bases. 

Wednesday

Scoreboard

Clearwater 5, Shorecrest 4

St. Petersburg 6, Boca Ciega 5

Jefferson 8, Freedom 5

Mitchell 10, Clearwater Central Catholic 0

Land O’ Lakes 2, Central 0

Spoto 3, Armwood 1

Weeki Wachee 11, Seven Rivers Christian 1

Springstead 15, Gulf 0

Sickles 7, Leto 0

Wesley Chapel 5, Tampa Catholic 0

IMG Academy 4, Jesuit 2

Plant City 3, Newsome 0

Osceola 8, Tarpon Springs 2

Seminole 7, East Lake 2

Berkeley Prep 6, Steinbrenner 5

Bishop McLaughlin 2, Nature Coast 1

Durant 4,East Bay 3

Largo 11, Countryside 1

Brandon 7, Lake Gibson 2

Prime time performers

P/OF Tanner Boccabello, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Lasted five five innings on the mound, allowing three hits and one run in a win over Nature Coast.

P/INF Cullen Cairns, Fr., Spoto: Allowed three hits and one earned run while striking out three in a win over Armwood. 

OF Drew Canody, Jr., Berkeley Prep: Finished 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over Steinbrenner. 

OF/P Jaiden Duarte, Sr., Jefferson: Hit two homers and finished with three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Freedom.

C/INF/P Sean Esquinaldo, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Ended up 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in a win over Tampa Catholic. 

P/UTIL Marcos Herrand, Sr., Brandon: Threw his fourth complete game of the season and recorded nine strikeouts on the mound and had two hits at the plate in a win over Lake Gibson. 

C/1B Ollie Hahn, Sr. Seminole: Provided the pop at the plate, hitting a three-run homer in a win over East Lake. 

OF/INF/P Fletcher Hislop, Sr., St. Petersburg: Went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in a win over Boca Ciega. 

P/INF/OF Chase Jackson, Sr., Sickles: Struck out four in 1 ⅓ perfect innings and combined with Bobby Christy, Davian Garcia and Holden Wade on a five-hit shutout against Leto. 

1B/P Jake Jasiak, Sr., Springstead: Led the Eagles by going 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in a win over Gulf.

OF Kelein Johnson, Sr., Plant City: Went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in a win over Newsome. 

P/1B Adan Longoria, So., Plant City: Threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven in a win over Newsome.  

P Noah Palmese, Sr., Seminole: Pitched five innings, allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out eight in a win over East Lake. 

UTIL/P Luke Percifield, Jr., Osceola: Ended up 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over Tarpon Springs.

P/OF Anthony Scarangella, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Lasted through four scoreless innings on the mound, allowing two hits while striking out three, and was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored at the plate in a win over Seven Rivers Christian. 

UTIL Austin Sewell, Sr., Durant: Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a win over East Bay.

P/OF Zachary Showalter, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Threw five scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out 11 in a win over Tampa Catholic.  

INF/P Michael Walker, Fr., Spoto: Finished 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in a win over Armwood. 

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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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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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