Here are the capsules for Hernando County softball teams playing in tonight’s region quarterfinals in Classes 4A-2A. The winners advance to Tuesday’s region semifinals.
Nature Coast (18-9) at Lake Wales (17-7), 7
A loss to Wesley Chapel in the 4A-4 district final snapped the Sharks’ seven-game win streak. Nature Coast has played well down the stretch, winning 11 of its last 13 games. The Highlanders, who are ranked sixth in the class by MaxPreps, have outscored foes by a combined 31-2 during their current four-game win streak.
|Category||Nature Coast||Lake Wales|
|Batting average||Harper Bunn, .518||Zamya McBurrows, .400|
|Home runs||Izzy LaRoche, 5||Three tied with one|
|RBIs||Kamryn Baker, 26||Presley Smith, 29|
|ERA||Wren Anhalt, 4.51||Macey Murphy, 1.39|
|Strikeouts||Wren Anhalt, 54||Macey Murphy, 83|
The Villages Charter (15-11) at Hernando (21-4), 6
The Buffalo has struggled with consistency, going 2-3 in its last five games. The defending state finalist Leopards have won 12 straight, culminating with last week’s 3A-6 district title. Seven of the wins during that current streak are by double digits.
|Batting average||Alexis Adams, .468||Hannah Taylor, .487|
|Home runs||Princess Arredondo, 8||Hannah Taylor, 5|
|RBIs||Princess Arredondo, 37||Hannah Taylor, 43|
|ERA||Juliana Vela, 1.83||Ava Braswell, 1.64|
|Strikeouts||Juliana Vela, 59||Ava Braswell, 80|