Baseball: Tuesday’s 5A state semifinal preview

Baseball state semifinals

All games at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. Admission is $9 in advance, $12 on the day of the event. Parking is $10 for cars, $50 for buses.

Jefferson (19-10) vs. Lynn Haven Mosley (25-5), 10

How they got here: Jefferson d. Auburndale 4-2, d. Jesuit 3-2, d. Land O’ Lakes 6-5. Mosley d. Pensacola Escambia 10-0, d. Milton 2-1, d. Pone Vedra 13-1. 

Outlook: The Dragons have been the feel-good story of the tournament. They ended a four-game losing streak to Jesuit this season by knocking off their nationally-ranked rival when it mattered most in the region semifinals. All three of Jefferson’s victories were close contests with the outcomes decided by a combined four runs. The Dolphins, ranked No. 2 in 5A, have won five straight and 15 of their last 16. Their offense reached double digits in runs in nine of those victories. 

Team leaders

Batting averageAlejandro Montada .373Jacob Payne .389
RBIsThree players tied with 16David Hudson 37
Home runsJaiden Duarte 4David Hudson 6
ERACarson Moore 1.94Blake Thomas 0.79
StrikeoutsMatthew Johnson 55Hudson Rowan 79