Baseball: Class 4A-2A region semifinal breakdown — May 14

Here are the capsules for area baseball teams playing in today’s Class 4A-2A region semifinals. The winners advance to Tuesday’s region finals. 

Class 4A

Parrish Community (19-10) at Dunedin (19-8), 6:30

The defending state semifinalist Falcons advanced thanks to an outstanding performance from ace Trey Beard, who threw a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts in a region quarterfinal win over Wesley Chapel. Beard also has the single season school for strikeouts with 119. The Bulls rebounded from a 1-5 stretch last month to win 10 of their last 11 games. Six of those victories have come via shutouts. 

Stat leaders
CategoryParrish CommunityDunedin
Batting averageCalin Heath, .361Trey Beard, .346
Home runsCarson Womer, 1Trey Beard, 2
RBIsEloy Serrata, 13Trey Beard, 15
ERANoah Eatman, 1.01Trey Beard, 0.67
StrikeoutsNoah Eatman, 84Trey Beard, 119
Hernando (19-8) at Sebring (22-5), 7

Trailing 2-0 to Hardee in the region quarterfinals, the Leopards won it on Gabe Tafelski’s walk-off three-run double. It was just the second of the night for Hernando. The Blue Streaks, ranked seventh in the class by MaxPreps, enter on a three-game win streak.  

Stat leaders
Batting averageDominique Janssens, .413Cameron Kimbrell, .403
Home runsMichael Savarese, 5Two tied with two.
RBIsAnthony Talpa, 10Treshawn Rowe, 20
ERAMichael Savarese, 0.75Trevor Carter, 1.11
StrikeoutsMichael Savarese, 102Rhett Vaughn, 65

Class 3A

Berkeley Prep (25-3) at Calvary Christian (26-1), 7

This is the fourth meeting between the rivals this season. The Warriors, ranked first in the class, third overall in the state and fourth nationally, have dominated the series this year, winning all three. The Buccaneers, ranked second in the class and ninth statewide and nationally, have to produce more on offense to reverse the trend. They have a combined nine hits and four runs in the series so far this year. 

Stat leaders

CategoryBerkeley PrepCalvary Christian
Batting averageCade Kurland, .488Dillon Costello, .521
Home runsCade Kurland, 11Sean Shelly, 5
RBIsCade Kurland, 35Sean Shelly, 25
ERAJT Quinn, 1.14Ethan Phillips, 0.24
StrikeoutsJT Quinn, 70Hunter Dietz, 66
Tampa Prep (18-8) at Lakeland Christian (21-5), 7

The Terrapins beat Fort Myers Bishop Verot in the quarterfinals thanks to a stellar pitching performance from Will Sotiropoulis, who threw six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and finishing with seven strikeouts. Tampa Prep has now won nine of its last 10 games. The Vikings, who have won five straight games, are ranked fifth in the class by MaxPreps. 

Stat leaders
CategoryTampa PrepLakeland Christian
Batting averageNoah Sheffield, .408Wyatt Jenkins, .439
Home runsNoah Sheffield, 4Brody Donay, 8
RBIsNoah Sheffield, 24Ben McDonald, 26
ERAWill Sotiropoulos, 1.55Daniel Hartley, 0.72
StrikeoutsWill Sotiropoulos, 72Mack Estrada, 52

Class 2A

Seffner Christian (17-6-1) at Naples Seacrest Country Day (21-5), 2

Joe Tomasello threw a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts to lead the Crusaders in a win over Northside Christian in the region quarterfinals. Seffner Christian has allowed just one run in its last three games. The Stingrays, who are ranked sixth in the class, have won eight straight. 

Stat leaders
CategorySeffner ChristianSeacrest Country Day
Batting averageCJ Koenck, .457Gabe Czapla, .382
Home runsCJ Koenck, 2Jackson Toberman, 6
RBIsCollin McNeal, 22Jackson Toberman, 32
ERAJoe Tomasello, 1.75Justin Jackson, 0.93
StrikeoutsJoe Tomasello, 74Justin Jackson, 89