Softball: The week ahead — April 4-9

Here are the softball games worth checking out this week. You also can vote on the winner of each top matchup. 

Monday, April 4

Springstead at Nature Coast, 7

This is the first of two meetings this month between the Hernando County rivals. 

Dunedin at Wiregrass Ranch, 7

Expect plenty of offense. Both teams are averaging nine runs per game. 

Gaither at Durant, 7

The Cowboys are averaging more than 10 runs per game. Maintaining that production could tough against the Cougars. 

Tuesday, April 5

Berkeley Prep at Cypress Creek, 6

A matchup between two of the area’s top power hitters (The Buccaneers’ Hannah Church and the Coyotes’ Miranda Schwartz). 

Palm Harbor University at Steinbrenner, 7

This is a rematch from a meeting the Warriors won 201 last week. 

East Lake at Northeast, 7

Eagles pitcher Emma Ream, who has allowed just one run in last two starts, goes up against a young Vikings squad that is having a solid season. 

Thursday, April 7

Seminole at Palm Harbor University, 4

A matchup that could determine a spot in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title game. 

Bloomingdale at Durant, 7

Despite being outhit 6-1, the Cougars were able to manufacture enough offense to win the first meeting 1-0 last month. 

Springstead at Hernando, 7

The Leopards, who won the first meeting 17-0 last month, are looking to sweep the season series against their rival. 

Robinson at Sickles, 7

This is the third meeting between the teams. They spilt the first two last month. 

River Ridge at Land O’ Lakes, 8

This is a rematch from a game the Royal Knights won 4-2 last month. 

Friday, April 8

Sumner at Berkeley Prep, 6

Stingrays pitcher Alyssa Vallad goes up against a powerful Buccaneers’ offense that has at least 14 homers this season.   

Seminole at Osceola, 7

This is a rematch from a 3-2 thriller the Warhawks won last month. 

Jefferson at Newsome, 7

The Wolves, ranked fourth in 7A by MaxPreps, take on the Dragons, who are averaging nine runs per game. 

Fan vote

Pick the winner in each of the area’s weekly top matchups. Voting lasts until 4 p.m. Monday.