Baseball: Class 4A state semifinal preview — May 19

Here is the capsule for the area’s lone team in the 4A 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 4A

Jefferson (20-7) vs. Jacksonville Bishop Kenny (18-10), 4 p.m., today

How they got here: Jefferson d. Robinson 2-1 (nine innings), d. Lakeland McKeel Academy 11-1, d. Dunedin 6-1 (12 innings). Bishop Kenny d. Alachua Santa Fe 1-0, d. Santa Rosa Beach South Walton 3-1, d. Baker County 3-2.

Stat Leaders

CategoryJeffersonBishop Kenny
Batting averageCameron Mallo, .420Franco Chaluja, .342
Home runsAlejandro Aguilar, 1Jack Newman, 4
RBIsAlejandro Aguilar, 24Jack Newman, 26
ERAAlejandro Aguilar, 0.72Jack Newman, 1.01
StrikeoutsMichael Marroquin, 77Benjamin Monger, 58

The Dragons, ranked fifth in the class by MaxPreps, are in the state semifinals for the second time in the last three seasons. They have done it by surviving some marathon games, beating Robinson in nine innings in the region semifinals and outlasting two-time defending state semifinalist Dunedin in 12 innings in the region final. Jefferson enters on a five-game win streak and has allowed two runs or less in four of those games. Bishop Kenny, which started the season 7-9, has won 11 of its last 12 games, including seven straight.