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.
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.
|Batting average||Dylan LaPointe, .425||Gustavo Mendez, .534|
|Home runs||Dylan LaPointe, 5||Gustavo Mendez, 8|
|RBIs||Dylan LaPointe, 23||Gustavo Mendez, 28|
|ERA||Torin Byrnes, 2.36||Connor Fink, 1.37|
|Strikeouts||Torin Byrnes, 70||Simon 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.
|Batting average||Jake Bechtel, .442||Conley Strayer, .400|
|Home runs||Dominic Merrer, 3||Conley Strayer, 3|
|RBIs||Jayden Harriel, 27||Robert Satin, 26|
|ERA||Nathan Norwood, 1.90||Robert Satin, 2.26|
|Strikeouts||Nathan Norwood, 68||Robert Satin, 71|
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.
|Batting average||Etahn Pues, .359||Quentin Meadows, .358|
|Home runs||Ethan Pues, 4||Elijah Dukes, 6|
|RBIs||Ethan Pues, 24||Elijah Dukes, 24|
|ERA||Zachary Redner, 1.58||Wyatt Wright, 0.39|
|Strikeouts||Zachary Redner, 76||Evan 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.
|Batting average||Aidan Miller, .406||Caden McDonald, .644|
|Home runs||Aidan Miller, 3||Caden McDonald, 8|
|RBIs||Jace Trautner, 17||Caden McDonald, 42|
|ERA||Trevor Harrison, 0.56||Adrian Cartaya, 0.59|
|Strikeouts||Ashton Crowther, 73||Caden McDonald, 75|