Baseball: Hillsborough County region quarterfinal breakdown (classes 7A-5A) — May 10

Here are the capsules for Hillsborough County baseball teams playing in tonight’s region quarterfinals in Classes 7A-5A and 3A. The 5A winners advance to Thursday’s region semifinals while the winners in 7A-6A move on to Friday’s semifinals and 3A winners go on to Saturday’s semifinals.

Class 7A

Sarasota (18-7) at Durant (17-8), 7

The Sailors had their seven-game win streak snapped with a loss to Sarasota Riverview in the 7A-8 title game. The defending state semifinalist Cougars enter on a four-game win streak, including victories over Plant City (6-5) and Newsome (7-5) to take the 7A-6 district title.

Stat leaders
Batting averageMario Trivella, .446Dylan LaPointe, .423
Home runsMario Trivella, 4Dylan LaPointe, 5
RBIsLance Trippel, 21Dylan LaPointe, 23
ERABradley Ramsden, 1.34Torin Byrnes, 2.36
StrikeoutsBernard Barnes Jr., 46Torin Byrnes, 70
Newsome (17-6) at Plant (20-6), 7

The Wolves know how to win close games. They beat Sickles 1-0 in the regular season finale and followed that with another 1-0 win over Lakewood Ranch in the 7A-6 semifinals. The 7A-7 district champion Panthers, who have won nine of their 11 games, are ranked sixth in the class by MaxPreps.

Stat leaders
Batting averageLucas Phelps, .446Conley Strayer, .412
Home runsTwo tied with two. Bryce Pelleriti, 3
RBIsEvan Wainman, 17Robert Satin, 20
ERAJack Weber, 0.29Mike Hawks, 2.24
StrikeoutsEvan Dempsey, 55Robert Satin, 61

Class 6A

Lennard (17-5) at Sickles (21-6), 7

The Longhorns’ 17 wins are more than their previous two seasons — combined. Another win and Lennard will tie the 2019 team for the most wins in school history. The Gryphons, ranked seventh in the class by MaxPreps, bounced back from a three-game losing streak at the end of the regular season to beat Largo and Gaither by a combined 21-3 for the 6A-6 district title.

Stat leaders
Batting averageJohn Smith, .397Caden McDonald, .657
Home runsAlex Brazer, 4Caden McDonald, 8
RBIsAlex Brazer, 19Caden McDonald, 41
ERAZack Bird, 1.08Adrian Cartaya, 0.59
StrikeoutsJackson Mueller, 73Caden McDonald, 69
Wiregrass Ranch (14-8) at Wharton (19-7), 7

The Bulls are trying to regroup after going 4-6 in their last 10 games, including three straight losses heading into the postseason. Two of the losses were in extra innings. The Wildcats got hot at the right time, winning eight of their last nine games. In last week’s 6A-5 tournament, Wharton was dominant, beating Sunlake, Mitchell and Land O’ Lakes by a combined 30-12 to take home the title.

Stat leaders
CategoryWiregrass RanchWharton
Batting averageMaddox McDougall, .355Quentin Meadows, .359
Home runsThree tied with one. Elijah Dukes, 5
RBIsMaddox McDougall, 19Jake Turer, 24
ERAMaddox McDougall, 0.97Wyatt Wright, 0.39
StrikeoutsCannon Hinkle, 33Evan Chrest, 82
Land O’ Lakes (19-6) at Strawberry Crest (18-8), 7

The Gators have won 14 of their last 16 games. They gave up double digits in runs in both losses during that stretch. The Chargers outlasted defending state champion Bloomingdale in eight innings for a 3-2 victory in the 6A-7 district final. That extended Strawberry Crest’s win streak to three.

Stat leaders
CategoryLand O’ LakesStrawberry Crest
Batting averageJP Pennella, .414Brandon Watts, .348
Home runsDaniel Busot, 5Ethan Pues, 4
RBIsDaniel Busot, 24Ethan Pues, 23
ERAMax Folkman, 0.69Zachary Redner, 1.43
StrikeoutsTimothy Dunn, 50Zachary Redner, 74

Class 5A

Hillsborough (13-12) at Jesuit (19-8), 7

This is the third time the teams have met this season. The Tigers won the previous two by a combined 12-3. Jesuit, ranked second in the class and 11th in the state by MaxPreps, rebounded from a three-game losing streak to reel off four straight wins, including a 4-0 victory over Freedom in last week’s 5A-6 district final. The Terriers, who lost three of their last four games, are trying to find more consistency in the playoffs.

Stat leaders
Batting averageSal Urso, .415Wes Mendes, .410
Home runsThree with oneWes Mendes, 4
RBIsSal Urso, 23AJ Nessler, 22
ERAJJ Shipherd, 1.42Wes Mendes, 1.44
StrikeoutsSal Urso, 47Jamie Arnold, 76
Seminole (16-11) at Sumner (9-12), 7

After starting 5-12, the Stingrays got hot at the right time, winning four straight games. Two of the victories during that streak came in extra innings, including a 6-4 victory over Braden River in the Class 5A-7 final to clinch Sumner’s first district title. The Warhawks are used to marathon games. Two of their last four contests have gone to extra innings. Seminole split those games, beating Dunedin 1-0 in nine innings and losing to Hollins 5-4 in eight innings in last week’s Class 5A, District 8 final.

Stat leaders
Batting averageJackson Graden, .344Cole Montgomery, .348
Home runsNone.Three tied with one.
RBIsBraedon Cochran, 12Manny Ramos, 12
ERAJackson Graden, 0.75Jayden Brown, 1.73
StrikeoutsJackson Graden, 64Jayden Brown, 40
Jefferson (13-12) at Hollins (19-6-1), 7

The Royals won their first conference title since 1991 two weeks ago. They followed that up with their first district title in more than 30 years, beating Seminole 5-4 in eight innings in the 5A-8 final. Hollins will try to continue this dream season against the Dragons, which had a magical postseason run last year that included a victory over nationally ranked Jesuit enroute to reaching the state semifinals.

Stat leaders
Batting averageAlejando Montada, .371Joshua Castellani, .446
Home runsAlejandro Montada, 3Three tied with two.
RBIsAlejandro Montada, 20Colin Lemons, 25
ERAAlejandro Aguilar, 0.68Ryland Bozenhard, 1.92
StrikeoutsJulian Vargas, 44Ryland Bozenhard, 69
Freedom (17-8) at River Ridge (13-12), 7

Despite scoring a combined three runs in their two 5A-6 district tournament games, the Patriots advanced to the final thanks to some stellar pitching. After a rough 1-7 stretch to close out the regular season, the Royal Knights put it together when it mattered most, beating Countryside and Springstead by a combined 25-1 to win the

Stat leaders
CategoryFreedomRiver Ridge
Batting averageGio Mendoza, .383Matthew Mehring, .357
Home runsNoneVictor Figueroa, 8
RBIsGio Mendoza, 16Victor Figueroa, 23
ERAEvan Mobley, 1.01Tyler Ganoe, 1.29
StrikeoutsJoseph Leon, 40

Class 3A

Berkeley Prep (24-3) at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney (12-9), 4

The Buccaneers are ranked second in the class and ninth nationally by MaxPreps. Their three losses have all come against Calvary Christian, a team they could see again in the postseason. The Cougars have won their last three games by a combined 23-2.

Stat leaders
CategoryBerkeley PrepCardinal Mooney
Batting averageCade Kurland, .487Paddy Hebda, .404
Home runsCade Kurland, 10Four tied with one.
RBIsJames Hankerson, 33Paddy Hebda, 15
ERAJT Quinn, 1.17Bronson Sessa, 1.91
StrikeoutsJT Quinn, 69Bronson Sessa, 63