Softball: Class 3A state semifinal preview — May 21, 2024

State Semifinals

All games are played at Legends Way Fields in Clermont. Tickets are $14 in advance and $17 the day of the game via GoFan. Parking is included in admission price.

Class 3A
Calvary Christian (25-5) vs. Baldwin (29-1), 5 p.m., today

How they got here: Calvary Christian d. Frostproof 8-0, d. Berkeley Prep 2-0, d. Academy of the Holy Names 5-0. Baldwin d. Palatka 8-2, d. Marianna 6-5, d. Episcopal School of Jacksonville 4-2.

Stat Leaders
CategoryCalvary ChristianBaldwin
Batting averagePayton Cushman, .522Makaila Fry, .500
RBIsMorgen Talley, 31Cali Hartung, 46
Home runsMorgen Talley, 5Cali Hartung, 10
ERAMorgen Talley, 0.43Shaylen Bryd, 1.21
StrikeoutsMorgen Talley, 158Shaylen Bryd, 214

The Warriors can make history this week by becoming the first area softball program to win three straight titles. The three titles also would put them in a tie with Palm Harbor University for the second-most in the area, two behind Canterbury’s five championships. Calvary Christian has been dominant the second half of the season, winning 13 straight games, including the last six via shutout, entering today’s semifinal game. In the region final, the Warriors beat Academy of the Holy Names 5-0. Morgen Talley threw a five-hit shutout with three strikeouts on the mound and went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs at the plate. Julia Tamulski was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, Payton Cushman ended up going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Irianis Garcia finished 3-for-4 with a triple. They also have momentum with 10 straight wins. Their success is due in large part to an offense that has plenty of power, led by Cali Hartung and Jazmine Ramos-Merced, who have combined for 19 home runs this season.