Here are the capsules for Hillsborough County teams playing in tonight’s region semifinals. The winners move on to Friday’s region finals.
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.
|Batting average||Jalyn Sharkey, .576||Karley Shelton, .456|
|Home runs||Jalyn Sharkey, 6||Olivia Feldman, 4|
|RBIs||Jalyn Sharkey, 40||Karley Shelton, 21|
|ERA||Emma Ream, 1.66||Kelsey Winters, 0.65|
|Strikeouts||Emma Ream, 155||Kelsey Winters, 176|
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.
|Batting average||Kinnah Kreidler, .449||Natalie Cable, .472|
|Home runs||Kinnah Kreidler, 5||Natalie Cable, 7|
|RBIs||Kinnah Kreidler, 27||Natalie Cable, 24|
|ERA||Sydney Fowler, 2.08||Natalie Cable, 0.31|
|Strikeouts||Sydney Fowler, 78||Natalie Cable, 303|
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.
|Batting average||Alyiah Millstein, .426||Elana Roush, .338|
|Home runs||Lashell Roberts, 4||Jensen Nelson, 2|
|RBIs||Baylie Dorr, 21||Gaby Miller, 16|
|ERA||Angelique Ballew, 1.79||Elana Roush, 1.75|
|Strikeouts||Angelique Ballew, 75||Elana Roush, 275|
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.
|Batting average||Margaret Jenkins, .410|
|Home runs||Gabby Willis, 2|
|RBIs||Hannah White, 25|
|ERA||Alex Wright, 0.98|
|Strikeouts||Alex Wright, 127|
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.
|Category||Academy of the Holy Names||Berkeley Prep|
|Batting average||Camryn Feast, .465||Holland Poe, .481|
|Home runs||Two tied with three.||Hannah Church, 14|
|RBIs||Maisi Sigler, 23||Hannah Church, 30|
|ERA||Keala Hollenkamp, 1.88||Avery Powers, 1.66|
|Strikeouts||Keala Hollenkamp, 122||Avery Powers, 188|
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.
|Category||Seffner Christian||Evangelical Christian|
|Batting average||Anna Burnside, .400||MacKenzie Thompson, .558|
|Home runs||Shannon Kendall, 7||Zoe Yzaguirre, 3|
|RBIs||Shannon Kendall, 31||Makayla Jakubuwski, 25|
|ERA||Shannon Kendall, 2.86||Zoe Yzaguirre, 0.95|
|Strikeouts||Shannon Kendall, 72||Zoe Yzaguirre, 115|