Here are the capsules for Pinellas 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|
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|
Osceola (15-9) at Seminole (19-1), 7
This is the fourth meeting of the season between the rivals. The Warhawks have won each of the previous three. Their success in the series is due in large part to ace Mackenzie Duford, who has given up a combined three runs in those games. The Warriors are capable of putting up big numbers on offense, as evidenced by their 17-5 win over Jefferson in the region quarterfinals. But they have to find a way to do it against Duford.
|Batting average||Addison Futch, .438||Peyton Hoffman, .473|
|Home runs||Enslie Lloyd, 6||Two tied with one.|
|RBIs||Addison Futch, 41||Randi Tubbs, 15|
|ERA||Theresa Diez, 2.39||Mackenzie Duford, 0.55|
|Strikeouts||Theresa Diez, 64||Mackenzie Duford, 161|
Calvary Christian (20-6) at Parrish Community (24-3), 7
This is a rematch from the Class 3A, District 11 title game that the Bulls won 2-1. The Warriors’ Morgen Talley took the loss despite throwing a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts. The winner likely will be in serious state title contention considering both programs are ranked among the seven in the class by MaxPreps (Calvary Christian is No. 7 and Parrish Community is No. 2).
|Category||Calvary Christian||Parrish Community|
|Batting average||Morgen Talley, .486||Alex Call, .426|
|Home runs||Morgen Talley, 8||Two tied with two.|
|RBIs||Morgen Talley, 32||Grace Woodring, 23|
|ERA||Mackenzie Bergstrom, 1.18||Isabella Vega, 0.55|
|Strikeouts||Morgen Talley, 96||Isabella Vega, 186|
Academy at the Lakes (14-11) at Canterbury (10-18), 6
For years this was the premier playoff matchup in 2A with the winner often going on to win a state title. The defending state champion Crusaders have won four straight games, including their last three by a combined 36-3. The Wildcats rebounded from a three-game losing to close out the regular season to win their last three by a combined 25-0.
|Category||Academy at the Lakes||Canterbury|
|Batting average||Addy Aliano, .434||Jadah Nicholls, .400|
|Home runs||Molly Blackwood, 3||Two tied with one.|
|RBIs||Molly Blackwood, 23||Alayah Pedersen, 22|
|ERA||Sydney Klein, 3.34||Samantha Beltran, 6.24|
|Strikeouts||Sydney Klein, 122||Samantha Beltran, 42|