All games are played at Legends Way Fields in Clermont. Tickets are $9 in advance and $12 the day of the game. Parking is $10 for cars and $25 for buses
Hernando (24-4) vs. Coral Springs Charter (23-3), noon, today
How they got here: Hernando d. The Villages 10-0, d. Windermere Prep 5-1, d. South Sumter 15-0. Coral Springs Charter d. Miami Gulliver Prep 13-0, d. Miami Westminster Christian 16-1, d. Miami Somerset Academy Silver Palms 2-1.
|Category||Hernando||Coral Springs Charter|
|Batting average||Hannah Taylor, .506||Heather Robertson, .452|
|Home runs||Hannah Taylor, 6||Stephanie Basso, 6|
|RBIs||Hannah Taylor, 51||Stephanie Basso, 31|
|ERA||Ava Braswell, 1.40||Sophia Bertorelli, 0.42|
|Strikeouts||Ava Braswell, 96||Brianna Godfrey, 232|
The Leopards are in the state semifinals for the third time in the past four years (the 2020 season was cut short due to the pandemic) and are trying to reach the title game for the second straight season. In 17 seasons, Hernando coach Kevin Bittinger has won more than 300 games and now is after a state title, the one thing that has eluded him during his tenure. The Leopards, who are ranked ninth in the class by MaxPreps, have plenty of momentum. They enter on a 15-game win streak and have allowed a combined two runs since the start of the district tournament. Still, it will not be easy to advance to another championship game. Coral Springs Charter is ranked first in the class and eighth in the state. Defense and pitching have helped the Panthers win 11 straight games, including nine consecutive shutouts during that stretch.