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Baseball: Region quarterfinal recap (5A-3A)

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Class 5A

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Scoreboard

Island Coast 4, Northeast 3

Land O’ Lakes 10, Lake Minneola 0

Osceola 5, Fort Myers 3

Ocala Vanguard 5, River Ridge 2

Jesuit 7, Brandon 1

Jefferson 4, Auburndale 2

Prime time performers

P Dominic Castellano, Sr., Jesuit: Lasted four innings on the mound, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out six in a win over Brandon. 

OF/P Austin Coultas, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

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. 

3B/1B/P Ryan Willis, Sr., Northeast: Hit a three-run homer in a win in a loss to Island Coast. 

Up next (May 11 region semifinals)

Jefferson at Jesuit, 7

Land O’ Lakes at Ocala Vanguard, 7

Island Coast at Osceola, 7

Class 4A

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Scoreboard

Dunedin 7, Cypress Creek 3

Wesley Chapel6, Tarpon Springs 2

Nature Coast 8, Satellite Beach Satellite 6

Hernando-Rockledge (postponed until Friday)

Prime time performers

P/1B Trey Beard, So., Dunedin: Went 2-for-3  with two RBIs in a win over CypressCreek. 

P Gavin McMurdo, So., Nature Coast: Had a two-run single in a win over Satellite. 

OF/P Justin Montanez, Sr., Nature Coast: Ended up 2-for-4 in a win over Satellite.

Up next (May 11 region semifinals)

Dunedin at Wesley Chapel, 7

Nature Coast vs. Hernando-Rockledge winner

Class 3A

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Scoreboard

Lakeland Christian 8, Calvary Christian 3

Berkeley Prep 10, Tampa Prep 0

Prime time performers

C/1B/OF Gunnett Carlson, Jr., Berkeley Prep: Went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a win over Tampa Prep.

OF/3B/P Miles Curley, Jr., Calvary Christian: Ended up 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to Lakeland Christian.  

P Will Parkinson, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and recording eight strikeouts, in a win over Tampa Prep.

Up Next (May 11 region semifinals)

Lakeland Christian at Berkeley Prep, 7 

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Bloomingdale’s Kris Wilken named 6A coach of the year

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Bloomingdale’s Kris Wilken, who guided the school’s baseball program to its first state title, was named the Class 6A coach of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

Wilken, who has coached the Bulls for 14 seasons, has a 221-123 overall record. He helped Bloomingdale reach the state semifinals in 2014. 

This season, everything came together at the right time. The Bulls found the wherewithal to survive a series of close, low-scoring games en route to a state title. Three of Bloomingdale’s five postseason games were decided by a run. 

The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of baseball coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week. 

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Baseball: Durant’s Sean Hermann named 7A state player of the year

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Sean Hermann, who led Durant to the state semifinals thanks to his performance on the mound this season, was named the Class 7A player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

The USF signee was efficient, going 9-0 with a .036 ERA and recording 135 strikeouts while walking just 13 batters in 78 innings. Those numbers were a big reason the Cougars reached the state semifinals for the first time since 2016. 

In fact, Hermann threw at least four innings in every postseason game for Durant. In the 7A state semifinals, he threw 7 ⅓ scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine. 

The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of baseball coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week. 

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Gulf Coast Eight baseball selections announced

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Here is the Gulf Coast Eight baseball team. The players are from two counties, Hernando and Citrus. The selections were made by the coaches.

Player of the year: P/OF Riley Fisher, Sr., Hernando

Coach of the year: Brandon DeRespiris, Nature Coast

First team

P Justin Gay, Sr., Central

P Cris Walley, So., Citrus

C Dylan Schatzel, Sr., Hernando

IF Luke Malmberg, Jr., Lecanto

IF Dylan DuPhily, Sr., Hernando

IF Jaxen Gates, So., Nature Coast

IF Zeth Rodriguez, Sr., Nature Coast

OF Quinn Lenamon, So., Springstead

OF Levi Haines, Sr., Weeki Wachee

OF Justin Montanez, Sr., Nature Coast

UTIL Nick Talpa, Sr., Hernando

UTIL Collin Nelson, Sr., Nature Coast

Honorable mention

Central: Brandon Leininger, Taylor Mulock; Citrus: Blake Clark, Tim Flippen; Crystal River: Riley Houle, Jeff Jones; Hernando: Jordan Laing, Anthony Talpa; Lecanto: Evan Silverthorn, Nick Sloane; Nature Coast: Brian Erb, Tyler Renew; Springstead: Owen Andress, Marcus Opolski-Roe; Weeki Wachee: Blake Byrne, Anthony Scarangella. 

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