Softball: 4A-2A region quarterfinal breakdown — May 10

Here are the capsules for the area teams playing in tonight’s region quarterfinals. The winners advance to the region semifinals on Tuesday.

Class 4A

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Region 3

No. 8 Dunedin (11-14) at No. 1 LaBelle (19-8), 7

The Falcons gained some momentum late in the season, winning four of their last six games. Still, they have a tough task traveling to face the Cowgirls, who have won their last three games by a combined 27-7.

No. 4 Bonita Springs (18-9) at No. 5 Robinson (11-13), 7

By cruising to wins over King (15-0) and Jefferson (16-1) for the 4A-9 district title, the Knights were able to secure a home playoff game in the first round. The Bullsharks had their five-game win streak snapped with a loss to LaBelle in the 4A-12 district final.

No. 6 Cypress Lake (13-7) at No. 3 Clearwater (17-7), 7

The Tornadoes ended a lengthy drought by winning their first district title in 23 years. The key will be if Clearwater’s offense, which is averaging more than seven runs per game, keep that pace against the Panthers, who are allowing about three runs per game.

Class 3A

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Region 2

No. 8 Ocala Trinity Catholic (11-15) at No. 1 Hernando (22-4), 7

The Celtics have allowed 10 or more runs in nine of their 15 losses this season. That does bode well going up against the two-time defending state finalist Leopards, who are averaging more than eight runs per game.

Region 3

No. 8 Lake Placid (10-12) at No. 1 Calvary Christian (17-7), 6

After struggling to find some consistency most of the regular season, the Dragons gained some momentum by winning four of their last six games. The defending state champion Warriors have rebounded nicely from a 1-4 stretch in early April by winning their last five games.

No. 5 Lakeland McKeel (13-13) at No. 4 Academy of the Holy Names (14-6), 7

This is a rematch from a game the Wildcats won 4-2 last month. Since that loss, the Jaguars have won five of their last six games, including a pair of victories over Tampa Catholic and Berkeley Prep during that stretch.

No. 7 Clearwater Central Catholic (13-8) at No. 2 Fort Myers Bishop Verot (21-4), 7

The Marauders are in the playoffs for just the third time in school history. They have a challenge to advance with an away game against the Vikings, who have won seven of their last eight games and are ranked No. 4 in the class by MaxPreps.

No. 6 Tampa Catholic (7-12) at No. 3 Berkeley Prep (16-7), 7

This is the third meeting between the rivals. They split their first two matchups, which were decided by a combined four runs. The Crusaders are looking to bounce back after losing their last four games. After the season 10-0, the host Buccaneers have gone 6-7 down the stretch.

Class 2A

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Region 2

No. 4 Geneva (15-3) at No. 5 Academy at the Lakes (16-7), 4

The Wildcats overcame a six-game losing streak against quality teams at the end of the regular season to win the 2A-6 district title. Their opening round matchup is a tough one against the Knights, who are ranked No. 10 in the class by MaxPreps.

Region 3

No. 8 Shorecrest (10-9) at No. 1 Fort Myers Evangelical Christian (18-5-1), 4

The Chargers, who started 1-4, completed the turnaround with a postseason berth. But they have a steep challenge playing against the Sentinels, the No. 2 ranked team in the class by MaxPreps and the top-ranked team in the region.

No. 5 Fort Meade (15-8) at No. 4 Canterbury (8-19), 7

Playing a brutally tough schedule paid off for the Crusaders, who won the 2A-10 district title and moved up to the No. 4 seed in the region. The Miners had their eight-game win streak snapped with a loss to Lakeland Christian in the 2A-9 district final.

No. 7 Lakeside Christian (15-5) at No. 2 Lakeland Christian (17-2), 7

The Lions put together a quality regular season to secure a playoff berth. Now comes the tough part. Lakeside has a road matchup against the Vikings, who are undefeated at home (11-0).

No. 6 Admiral Farragut (12-8) at No. 3 Bradenton Christian (13-5), 7

This is the fourth meeting between the teams. The Panthers won the previous three matchups, though the last one in the 2A-11 district final was the closest.