Baseball: Class 7A-6A region semifinal breakdown — may 13

Here are the capsules for Class 7A-6A area baseball teams playing in tonight’s region semifinals. The winners advance to Tuesday’s region finals. 

Class 7A

Durant (18-8) at Windermere (24-3), 4:30

The Cougars are on a five-game win streak. They have allowed one run or less in three of those victories, including a shutout of Sarasota in the region quarterfinals. To advance, Durant will have to get past the Wolverines, who are ranked second in the class and seventh overall in the state by MaxPreps. 

Stat leaders
Batting averageDylan LaPointe, .425Gustavo Mendez, .534
Home runsDylan LaPointe, 5Gustavo Mendez, 8
RBIsDylan LaPointe, 23Gustavo Mendez, 28
ERATorin Byrnes, 2.36Connor Fink, 1.37
StrikeoutsTorin Byrnes, 70Simon Sobelia, 59
East Lake (21-5) at Plant (21-6), 7

The Eagles have won five of their last six games. They have a knack for playing in close contests with three of their last four decided by a run, including a 4-3 victory over Sarasota Riverview in the region quarterfinals. The Panthers, ranked sixth in the class by MaxPreps, are playing well in the postseason. They have outscored foes by a combined 21-1 during their current three-game win streak. 

Stat leaders
CategoryEast LakePlant
Batting averageJake Bechtel, .442Conley Strayer, .400
Home runsDominic Merrer, 3Conley Strayer, 3
RBIsJayden Harriel, 27Robert Satin, 26
ERANathan Norwood, 1.90Robert Satin, 2.26
StrikeoutsNathan Norwood, 68Robert Satin, 71

Class 6A

Strawberry Crest (19-8) at Wharton (20-7), 7

This is the second meeting between the teams. The Wildcats rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring three runs in the fourth, to win the first one, 4-3. Since that loss, the Chargers have won five of their last six games. The Wildcats have won straight games thanks to a prolific offense that is averaging more than nine runs per game during that streak. 

Stat leaders
CategoryStrawberry CrestWharton
Batting averageEtahn Pues, .359Quentin Meadows, .358
Home runsEthan Pues, 4Elijah Dukes, 6
RBIsEthan Pues, 24Elijah Dukes, 24
ERAZachary Redner, 1.58Wyatt Wright, 0.39
StrikeoutsZachary Redner, 76Evan Chrest, 89
Mitchell (17-8) at Sickles (22-6), 7

Both teams are ranked among the top 11 in the class (the Mustangs are No. 11 and the Gryphons are No. 7). Mitchell snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing 6-0 win over Palmetto in the region quarterfinals. The Gryphons have won their last three games by a combined 32-3.

Stat leaders
Batting averageAidan Miller, .406Caden McDonald, .644
Home runsAidan Miller, 3Caden McDonald, 8
RBIsJace Trautner, 17Caden McDonald, 42
ERATrevor Harrison, 0.56Adrian Cartaya, 0.59
StrikeoutsAshton Crowther, 73Caden McDonald, 75