Softball: Pinellas County region semifinal breakdown — may 17

Here are the capsules for Pinellas 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 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
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. 

Stat leaders
Batting averageAddison Futch, .438Peyton Hoffman, .473
Home runsEnslie Lloyd, 6Two tied with one.
RBIsAddison Futch, 41Randi Tubbs, 15
ERATheresa Diez, 2.39Mackenzie Duford, 0.55
StrikeoutsTheresa Diez, 64Mackenzie Duford, 161

Class 3A

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). 

Stat leaders
CategoryCalvary ChristianParrish Community
Batting averageMorgen Talley, .486Alex Call, .426
Home runsMorgen Talley, 8Two tied with two.
RBIsMorgen Talley, 32Grace Woodring, 23
ERAMackenzie Bergstrom, 1.18Isabella Vega, 0.55
StrikeoutsMorgen Talley, 96Isabella Vega, 186

Class 2A

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.

Stat leaders
CategoryAcademy at the LakesCanterbury
Batting averageAddy Aliano, .434Jadah Nicholls, .400
Home runsMolly Blackwood, 3Two tied with one.
RBIsMolly Blackwood, 23Alayah Pedersen, 22
ERASydney Klein, 3.34Samantha Beltran, 6.24
StrikeoutsSydney Klein, 122Samantha Beltran, 42