softball: Hillsborough county region semifinal breakdown — may 17

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

Class 7A

East Lake (21-6) at Newsome (23-3), 7

Both teams are ranked among the top eight in the class by MaxPreps (the Eagles are No. 8 and the Wolves are No. 4). East Lake has won seven of its last eight games, the lone loss coming by a run against Osceola in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game. Newsome is on a 12-game win streak and has reached double digits in scoring six times during that streak. 

Stat leaders
CategoryEast LakeNewsome
Batting averageJalyn Sharkey, .576Karley Shelton, .456
Home runsJalyn Sharkey, 6Olivia Feldman, 4
RBIsJalyn Sharkey, 40Karley Shelton, 21
ERAEmma Ream, 1.66Kelsey Winters, 0.65
StrikeoutsEmma Ream, 155Kelsey Winters, 176

Class 6A

Mitchell (17-8) at Bloomingdale (20-5), 7

This is a rematch from a game the Bulls won 2-0 two months ago. In that game, Bloomingdale ace Natalie Cable threw a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts. The Bulls have won six straight games – five via shutouts. The defending state semifinalist Mustangs, meanwhile, are 2-4 in their last six games. But they have some momentum after beating Sarasota 6-3 in the region quarterfinals. 

Stat leaders
Batting averageKinnah Kreidler, .449Natalie Cable, .472
Home runsKinnah Kreidler, 5Natalie Cable, 7
RBIsKinnah Kreidler, 27Natalie Cable, 24
ERASydney Fowler, 2.08Natalie Cable, 0.31
StrikeoutsSydney Fowler, 78Natalie Cable, 303

Class 5A

Northeast (13-9) at East Bay (15-12), 7

Two weeks ago, the Vikings won their first district title since 1999. Better still, they did it with a lineup that includes seven freshmen starters. After a rough 2-9 stretch last month, the Indians have turned things around, winning nine of their last 12 games. 

Stat leaders
CategoryNortheastEast Bay
Batting averageAlyiah Millstein, .426Elana Roush, .338
Home runsLashell Roberts, 4Jensen Nelson, 2
RBIsBaylie Dorr, 21Gaby Miller, 16
ERAAngelique Ballew, 1.79Elana Roush, 1.75
StrikeoutsAngelique Ballew, 75Elana Roush, 275

Class 4A

Lake Region (15-11) at Robinson (20-6), 7

This is a rematch from the 4A-11 district final the Knights won 1-0. Candace Ripine drove in the winning run and Kohana Pousson threw a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. Robinson, ranked third in the class by MaxPreps, has allowed just one run during its current three-game win streak. The Thunder are ranked seventh in the class by MaxPreps. 

Stat leaders
CategoryLake RegionRobinson
Batting averageMargaret Jenkins, .410
Home runsGabby Willis, 2
RBIsHannah White, 25
ERAAlex Wright, 0.98
StrikeoutsAlex Wright, 127

Class 3A

Academy of the Holy Names (14-7) at Berkeley Prep (25-2), 7

This is the third meeting between the rivals. The Buccaneers, ranked third in the class and 12th in the state by MaxPreps, won the previous two, including an 8-4 victory in the 3A-9 title game. Their current win streak stands at nine and their only two losses were by a combined three runs to Parrish Community and Lakeland McKeel Academy. The defending 3A state champion Jaguars have won four of their last games, including a 6-5 victory over Fort Myers Bishop Verot in the region semifinals.  

Stat leaders
CategoryAcademy of the Holy NamesBerkeley Prep
Batting averageCamryn Feast, .465Holland Poe, .481
Home runsTwo tied with three. Hannah Church, 14
RBIsMaisi Sigler, 23Hannah Church, 30
ERAKeala Hollenkamp, 1.88Avery Powers, 1.66
StrikeoutsKeala Hollenkamp, 122Avery Powers, 188

Class 2A

Seffner Christian (15-7) at Fort Myers Evangelical Christian (19-6), 5

After starting the season 13-1, the Crusaders have lost six of their last eight games. Most of the games during that rough stretch were against teams in higher classifications. The tough competition helped them prepare for the postseason, which started with a 6-2 victory over Bradenton Christian in the region quarterfinals. To advance, Seffner Christian will have to get the Sentinels, who are ranked second in the class and have won seven straight games.  

Stat leaders

CategorySeffner ChristianEvangelical Christian
Batting averageAnna Burnside, .400MacKenzie Thompson, .558
Home runsShannon Kendall, 7Zoe Yzaguirre, 3
RBIsShannon Kendall, 31Makayla Jakubuwski, 25
ERAShannon Kendall, 2.86Zoe Yzaguirre, 0.95
StrikeoutsShannon Kendall, 72Zoe Yzaguirre, 115