Softball: Class 5A state semifinal preview — May 24

State Semifinals

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

Class 5A

River Ridge (20-8) vs. Parrish Community (22-3), 3 p.m., today

How they got here: River Ridge d. Seminole 10-2, d. Pasco 6-4, d. Auburndale 3-1. Parrish Community d. St. Petersburg 10-0, d. Naples Barron Collier 12-2, d. North Fort Myers 2-0.

Stat Leaders
CategoryRiver RidgeParrish Community
Batting averageTaryn Newton, .447Julia Girk, .587
Home runsSophie Johnson, 12Two tied with four.
RBIsSophie Johnson, 35Ella Torres, 36
ERATaryn Newton, 0.92Isabella Vega, 0.75
StrikeoutsJayda Smith, 170Isabella Vega, 209


The Royal Knights are in the state semifinals for the first time since 2004. They are trying to make their first championship game appearance since making consecutive trips to the final in 2002-03. Getting hot at the right time helped River Ridge end its lengthy final four drought. The Royal Knights enter on a nine-game win streak, the last one coming against Auburndale, the top seed in the region. Sophie Johnson has provided some pop at the plate with a team-leading 12 homers. The Bulls, ranked first in the class and third overall in the state by MaxPreps, have won eight straight games. They have recorded six shutouts and allowed just three runs during their current streak.