Baseball: Region Final breakdown — May 17

Here are the capsules for area teams playing in tonight’s region finals. The winners move on to the state semifinals. 

Class 7A

Plant (22-6) at Windermere (25-3), 4:30

Pitching and timely hitting have been the keys to the Panthers’ postseason run. During its current four-game win streak, Plant has allowed a combined three runs and recorded two shutouts. The Wolverines, ranked second in the class and seventh in the state, have won 14 straight games. Two of their three losses this season have been by a run.  

Stat leaders
Batting averageRobert Satin, .403Gustavo Mendez, .534
Home runsTwo tied with three.Gustavo Mendez, 8
RBIsRobert Satin, 28Gustavo Mendez, 28
ERAMike Hawks, 2.10Connor Fink, 1.37
StrikeoutsRobert Satin, 71Simon Sobelia, 66

Class 6A

Strawberry Crest (20-8) at Sickles (23-6), 7

This is a rematch from a game the Gryphons won 6-0 last month. This time, the stakes are higher with the winner moving on to the state semifinals. Since that loss, the Chargers have won nine of their last 11 games and are currently on a five-game win streak. Sickles, ranked seventh in the class by MaxPreps, has won four straight games, the last a 3-2 nail-biter against Mitchell in the region semifinals. 

Stat leaders
CategoryStrawberry CrestSickles
Batting averageEthan Pues, .362Caden McDonald, .632
Home runsEthan Pues, 5Caden McDonald, 8
RBIsEthan Pues, 26Caden McDonald, 42
ERAZachary Redner, 1.46Adrian Cartaya, 0.49
StrikeoutsZachary Redner, 80Caden McDonald, 77

Class 4A

Hernando (20-8) at Dunedin (20-8), 6:30

The Falcons, ranked eighth in the class by MaxPreps, are one win away from returning to the state semifinals. Pitching has been a big reason for Dunedin’s success. The Falcons have allowed a combined four runs in their last six games. But their offense also has delivered. Dunedin is averaging eight runs per game during their current four-game win streak. The Leopards recovered from a 3-6 stretch to close out the regular season to win four straight games. Each of the last three victories has been by a run. 

Stat leaders
Batting averageDominique Janssens, .413Trey Beard, .358
Home runsMichael Savarese, 5Two tied with two.
RBIsDominique Janssens, 26Trey Beard, 18
ERAMichael Savarese, 0.75Trey Beard, 0.67
StrikeoutsMichael Savarese, 102Trey Beard, 119

Class 3A

Berkeley Prep (26-3) at Lakeland Christian (22-5), 7

After losing three times to Calvary Christian this season, the Buccaneers won the matchup that mattered most, knocking off their rival with a 4-1 victory in the region semifinals. Berkeley Prep, ranked second in the class and ninth statewide and nationally by MaxPreps, has plenty of momentum after winning five of its last six games. The Vikings, ranked fifth in the class, have won their last six games by a combined 63-10. 

Stat leaders
CategoryBerkeley PrepLakeland Christian
Batting averageCade Kurland, .482Wyatt Jenkins, .450
Home runsCade Kurland, 11Brody Donay, 9
RBIsCade Kurland, 35Brody Donay, 29
ERAJT Quinn, 1.14Daniel Hartley, 0.72
StrikeoutsJT Quinn, 77Mack Estrada, 59

Class 2A

Seffner Christian (18-6-1) at Sarasota Out-of-Door (19-8), 7

The Crusaders are finding all kinds of ways to win. They posted consecutive shutouts in the district final and region quarterfinals, then outlasted Naples Seacrest Country Day in a 9-8 slugfest that lasted eight innings in the region semifinals. Now comes a tough task. Seffner Christian faces Sarasota Out-of-Door Academy, which is ranked fifth in the class and has won five straight games. 

Stat leaders
CategorySeffner ChristianSarasota Out-of-Door
Batting averageCJ Koenck, .457Aidan Marino, .423
Home runsCJ Koenck, 2Jack Hobson, 6
RBIsCollin McNeal, 22Jack Hobson, 34
ERAJoe Tomasello, 1.75Luke Geske, 1.63
StrikeoutsJoe Tomasello, 74Joshua Cone, 73