Baseball: Class 5A State Semifinal Breakdown — May 19

All games are played at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. Tickets are $12 and are available via GoFan. Parking is $10 for cars and $50 for buses (cash only).  

Class 5A

Jesuit (22-8) vs. Naples (22-9), 1 p.m., today

How they got here: Jesuit d. Hillsborough 10-0, d. Seminole 14-2, d. Hollins 16-1. Naples d. Miami Belen Jesuit 7-4, d. Naples Barron Collier 5-2, d. Plantation American Heritage 4-2. 

Stat leaders
Batting averageWes Mendes, .424Oliver Lee, .407
Home runsJake Kulikowski, 6Two tied with two.
RBIsAJ Nessler, 29Marcos Torres, 31
ERAWes Mendes, 1.33Kody Horton, 0.92
StrikeoutsJamie Arnold, 84Reilly Witmer, 57

The Tigers, ranked second in the class and ninth in the state by MaxPreps, are in the state semifinals for the first time since 2019, the last year they won a title. Jesuit is playing its best at the right time. In three playoff games, the Tigers have outscored foes by a combined 40-3. The offense is adept at the long ball. Jesuit has 24 home runs this season and has three players – Jake Kulikowski, Wes Mendes and AJ Nessler – who have at least four this season. That’s not all. The Tigers have plenty of quality pitching, too. The Golden Eagles, ranked ninth in the class, scored the biggest of the tournament in this week’s region finals, knocking off Plantation American Heritage, the top team in the class which was ranked 12th nationally.