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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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Glory Days Boys Athlete of the Week

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Here are the nominees for the Glory Days Boys Athlete of the Week.

The six selected finished among the highest in votes this week. Voting ends at 9 a.m. Friday. The winner receives a Glory Days gift certificate.

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Brogan Coleman

Sr., Osceola

Had eight tackles, two sacks and a blocked punt in a win over Parrish Community.

Christian Cromer

So., Nature Coast

Ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries
in a win over Cypress Creek.

Zack Florendo

Sr., Calvary Christian

Took home top cross country individual honors at the Mitchell Invitational with a time of 16 minutes, 41.70 seconds.

Israel Gamez

Sr., Lennard

Won the individual cross country title at the Don Bosco Invitational with a time of 17 minutes, 0.20 seconds.

Lawson McLeod

Sr., Jesuit

His third-place finish at the Hammock Invitational helped the Tigers take home the cross country team title.

Josh Robinson

Fr., Calvary Christian

Had six catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns in a win over The First Academy.

Kevin Spillane

Sr., Sunlake

Accounted for 231 yards of offense (183 passing, 48 rushing) and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in a win over Fivay.

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Wednesday sports schedule (Sept. 22)

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What to watch

Volleyball

Tampa Catholic (12-6) at Tampa Prep (10-4)

The Crusaders, who have won four straight, will try to keep that streak going against the host Terrapins, who are ranked fifth in the state in Class 3A by MaxPreps. 

The schedules

Volleyball

Bayshore Christian at Delphi Academy, 6

St. Petersburg Catholic at Admiral Farragut, 6

Tampa Catholic at Tampa Prep. 6

Shorecrest at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 6

Hudson at Nature Coast, 6:30

Tarpon Springs at Gulf, 7

Central at Hernando, 7

Northeast at Clearwater, 7

Palm Harbor University at Pinellas Park, 7:15

Blake at Gaither, 7:30

Steinbrenner at Jefferson, 7:30

Robinson at Alonso, 7:30

Sickles at Leto, 7:30

Swimming

American Division Western Conference Meet (Bobby Hicks), 1:30

East Lake at Boca Ciega, 6:30

Largo at Lakewood, 6:30

Palm Harbor University at Countryside, 6:30

Pinellas Park at Dunedin, 6:30

Seminole at Clearwater, 6:30

St. Petersburg at Osceola, 6:30

Tarpon Springs at Northeast, 6:30

Golf

Armwood at Sumner (boys), 2

East Bay at Brandon (boys), 3

Tampa Catholic at Jesuit (boys), 3

Hollins, Largo, Palm Harbor University, Seminole at Tarpon Municipal (girls), 3

Lakewood, Osceola, Tarpon Springs at Bardmoor (boys), 3

Boca Ciega, Countryside, Northeast, Pinellas Park at Pasadena Country Club (boys), 3

Strawberry Crest at Newsome (boys/girls), 3:30

Northside Christian at Tampa Prep (boys/girls), 4

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Here are the nominees for the PDQ Girls Athlete of the Week.

The six selected finished among the highest in votes this week. Voting ends at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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Sara Bohacek

Tampa Prep

Won the 100 fly (1:03.87) and the 100 breast (1:10.94), as well as swam legs on the winning 400 free relay (3:58.48) and the second-place 200 medley relay (2:05.05) at a meet earlier this season.

Jordan Bunce

St. Petersburg

Had a combined 27 kills and 10 service aces in volleyball wins over Lakewood, Gibbs and Osceola last week.

Kennedy Coakley

Steinbrenner

Named to the all-tournament team at the Florida Gem High School Classic after leading the Warriors to the volleyball title.

Madeleine Gear

Cambridge Christian

Ended up as the cross country runnerup at the Lecanto Invitational with a time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds.

Sara Parksvold

St. Petersburg Catholic

The AAU All-American scored 214.75 to win a six-dive meet against Shorecrest and Northside Christian earlier this season.

Kinsley Warbritton

Academy of the Holy Names

Had a combined 45 kills in five matches and was named to the all-tournament volleyball team at the Florida Gem High School Classic after leading the Jaguars to a third-place finish.
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