Baseball: Pasco County region quarterfinal breakdown (Classes 7A-5A) — May 10

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

Class 6A

Mitchell (16-8) at Palmetto (14-12), 7

The Mustangs, ranked 13th in the class by MaxPreps, are looking to snap a three-game losing streak heading into the playoffs. The biggest key is getting more production out of the offense after scoring a combined five runs in the last three games. After losing three of four to close out the regular season, the Tigers won two straight, beating Palmetto Ridge 1-0 and Bradenton Manatee 7-1 for the 6A-8 district title.

Stat leaders

Batting averageAidan Miller, .400Luis Garrido, .338
Home runsAidan Miller, 3Aiden Shea, 3
RBIsAidan Miller, 16Chris Conboy, 14
ERATrevor Harrison, 0.56Tyler Goforth, 0.26
StrikeoutsAshton Crowther, 71Baden Wallace, 37
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.

State leaders
CategoryWiregrass RanchWharton
Batting averageMaddox McDougall, .355Quentin Meadows, .359
Home runsNoneElijah Dukes, 5
RBIsMaddox McDougall, 19Jake Turer, 24
ERAMaddox McDougall, 0.97Wyatt Wright, 0.39
StrikeoutsCannon Hinkle, 33Evan Crest, 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

Zephyrhills (12-5)at Melbourne Eau Gallie (18-6), 7

Defense and pitching are among the keys to the Bulldogs’ success. In its last three wins, Zephyrhills has allowed a combined two runs. The offense is capable of putting up big numbers, too. The Commodores, who are ranked sixth in the class by MaxPreps, have won eight of their last nine games.

Stat leaders
CategoryZephyrhillsEau Gallie
Batting averageJaxson Rivera, .417DeAmez Filipe Ross, .539
Home runsJaxson Rivera, 2Two tied with six.
RBIsBryan Santiago, 13Brandon Bragg, 29
ERAAustin Dobbins, 1.12Hunter Leech, 1.61
StrikeoutsMark Santiago, 59Drew Buxton, 58
Cypress Creek (15-7) at Okeechobee (12-13), 7

Though the Coyotes are 2-4 in their last six games, the games have been close. Two of the losses in that span were decided by a run. After struggling through most of the season, the Brahmans got on track at the right time, winning three of their last four games.

Stat leaders
CategoryCypress CreekOkeechobee
Batting averageEthan Petry, .485Jayce Markham, .371
Home runsEthan Petry, 6Orlando Arana, 3
RBIsEthan Petry, 31Gavin Kindell, 13
ERASeamus Gallagher, 0.90Emery Coleman, 1.53
StrikeoutsEthan Petry, 51Emery Coleman, 53
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 Class 5A-5 district title.

Stat leaders

CategoryFreedomRiver Ridge
Batting averageGio Mendoza, .383Matthew Mehring, .357
Home runsNone.Victor Figueroa, 8
RBIsGio Mendoza, 16Victor Figueroa, 23
ERAEvan Mobley, 1.01Tyler Ganoe, 1.29
StrikeoutsEvan Mobley, 54Joseph Leon, 40