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.
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.
|Batting average||Aidan Miller, .400||Luis Garrido, .338|
|Home runs||Aidan Miller, 3||Aiden Shea, 3|
|RBIs||Aidan Miller, 16||Chris Conboy, 14|
|ERA||Trevor Harrison, 0.56||Tyler Goforth, 0.26|
|Strikeouts||Ashton Crowther, 71||Baden 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.
|Batting average||Maddox McDougall, .355||Quentin Meadows, .359|
|Home runs||None||Elijah Dukes, 5|
|RBIs||Maddox McDougall, 19||Jake Turer, 24|
|ERA||Maddox McDougall, 0.97||Wyatt Wright, 0.39|
|Strikeouts||Cannon Hinkle, 33||Evan 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.
|Category||Land O’ Lakes||Strawberry Crest|
|Batting average||JP Pennella, .414||Brandon Watts, .348|
|Home runs||Daniel Busot, 5||Ethan Pues, 4|
|RBIs||Daniel Busot, 24||Ethan Pues, 23|
|ERA||Max Folkman, 0.69||Zachary Redner, 1.43|
|Strikeouts||Timothy Dunn, 50||Zachary Redner, 74|
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.
|Batting average||Jaxson Rivera, .417||DeAmez Filipe Ross, .539|
|Home runs||Jaxson Rivera, 2||Two tied with six.|
|RBIs||Bryan Santiago, 13||Brandon Bragg, 29|
|ERA||Austin Dobbins, 1.12||Hunter Leech, 1.61|
|Strikeouts||Mark Santiago, 59||Drew 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.
|Batting average||Ethan Petry, .485||Jayce Markham, .371|
|Home runs||Ethan Petry, 6||Orlando Arana, 3|
|RBIs||Ethan Petry, 31||Gavin Kindell, 13|
|ERA||Seamus Gallagher, 0.90||Emery Coleman, 1.53|
|Strikeouts||Ethan Petry, 51||Emery 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.
|Batting average||Gio Mendoza, .383||Matthew Mehring, .357|
|Home runs||None.||Victor Figueroa, 8|
|RBIs||Gio Mendoza, 16||Victor Figueroa, 23|
|ERA||Evan Mobley, 1.01||Tyler Ganoe, 1.29|
|Strikeouts||Evan Mobley, 54||Joseph Leon, 40|