Baseball: Class 3A state semifinal preview — May 19

Here is the capsule for the area’s lone team in the 3A state semifinals. The winner advances to Saturday’s championship game.

State Semifinals

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 or credit card).  

Class 3A

Calvary Christian (26-4) vs. Jacksonville Providence School (25-4), 10 a.m., today

How they got here: Calvary Christian d. Bell Creek Academy 11-1, d. Fort Myers Bishop Verot 3-0, d. Tampa Catholic 1-0. Jacksonville Providence School d. Marianna 10-0, d. Jacksonville Wolfson 4-1, d. Ocala Trinity Catholic d. 4-3.

Stat Leaders

CategoryCalvary ChristianProvidence School
Batting averageLiam Peterson, .471Two tied at .411
Home runsLiam Peterson, 5Three tied with three.
RBIsLiam Peterson, 41Two tied with 20.
ERAJames Long, 0.00Donovan Rabiei, 1.12
StrikeoutsHunter Dietz, 98Donovan Rabiei, 67

The Warriors, ranked first in the class by fifth in the state by MaxPreps, are in the state semifinals for the first time since 2019 when they won their second title in school history. This year’s playoff run has been keyed by a deep pitching, led by the trio of Hunter Dietz, Landen Maroudis and Liam Peterson. Those abundance of arms have helped Calvary Christian win eight straight games heading into today’s game. During their current streak, the Warriors have recorded six shutouts and allowed just four runs. The Stallions, ranked third in the class and seventh in the state by MaxPreps, are in the state semifinals for the first time since 2016. They have won 11 straight games.