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
Calvary Christian (23-6) vs. Hernando (25-4), 7 p.m., tonight
How they got here: Calvary Christian d. Frostproof 11-3, d. Parrish Community 2-0, d. Academy of the Holy Names 10-3, d. Baldwin 5-3 (eight innings). Hernando d. The Villages 10-0, d. Windermere Prep 5-1, South Sumter 5-1, d. Coral Springs Charter 3-1 (eight innings).
|Batting average||Morgen Talley, .469||Hannah Taylor, .495|
|Home runs||Morgen Talley, 8||Hannah Taylor, 6|
|RBIs||Morgen Talley, 33||Hannah Taylor, 51|
|ERA||Mackenzie Bergstrom, 1.18||Ava Braswell, 1.34|
|Strikeouts||Morgen Talley, 132||Ava Braswell, 103|
Both teams are going after their first state title. This is the Leopards’ second straight title game appearance. In Tuesday’s semifinals, Hernando beat Coral Springs Charter 3-1 in nine innings. Sydney Cline went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Solaris Genberg had a key double and brought home two runs in the ninth inning. And Ava Braswell threw a seven-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out seven. The win gives the Leopards plenty of confidence considering Coral Springs Charter entered as the top-ranked team in the class and the ninth-ranked team in the state by MaxPreps. The Warriors are in the finals for the first time. They got there by beating Baldwin 5-3 in eight innings in Tuesday’s other semifinal. Isabelle Doce, Irianis Garcia and Ava Planeta each had two hits. Katelyn Kapusta drove in two runs. And Morgen Talley allowed three runs on four hits while striking out 13. The two teams in the final met twice during the Leopard Slam tournament hosted by Hernando. Calvary Christian won both meetings. To turn things around, the Leopards will have to produce more on offense. They have gone 16 straight innings without scoring a run against the Warriors.