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Baseball region quarterfinal preview

Pasco’s Brennan Allen is 6-1 this season. He is the Pirates’ likely starter tonight against Eustis.

KERI WIGINTON | Times

Pasco’s Brennan Allen is 6-1 this season. He is the Pirates’ likely starter tonight against Eustis.

Region baseball quarterfinals

All games at 7 tonight unless noted; admission $6.

5A: Brandon (20-6) at Wesley Chapel (12-14)

At stake: Winner plays Central-Armwood winner in Friday's region semifinals

Probable starting pitchers: Brandon: Sr. RHP Corey Schools (8-1, 3.12 ERA); Wesley Chapel: Sr. RHP Christian Illing (5-3, two saves)

Hot hitters: Brandon: Sr. Michael Smith (homered in district semis and final); Wesley Chapel: So. Geoff Degroot (most hits in district tourney)

Did you know? The Wildcats are 5-1 since the Saladino Tournament.

5A: Central (12-12) at Armwood (22-5)

At stake: Winner players Brandon-Wesley Chapel winner in Friday's region semifinals

Probable starting pitchers: Central: Sr. RHP Mike Ogren (22/3 scoreless innings in district final) Armwood: Sr. RHP Robert Benincasa (10-0, 1.09 ERA)

Hot hitters: Central: Sr. Kevin Gibbemeyer (2-for-3 in district final); Armwood: Jr. Zack Powers (4-for-7, two HRs in past two district tournament games)

Did you know? This is Central's first playoff appearance in seven years.

4A: Nature Coast (13-8) at Orlando Bishop Moore (22-4)

At stake: Winner plays Eustis-Pasco winner in Friday's region semifinals

Probable starting pitchers: Nature Coast: Sr. LHP Mike Adams (6-1, 2.17 ERA); Bishop Moore: Jr. LHP Jimmy Hodgskin (three-hitter in district semis)

Hot hitter: Nature Coast: Fr. Tommy Tambasco (5-for-7, three doubles, one HR in past two district tournament games)

Did you know? Hodgskin, whose fastball reaches the mid to upper 80s, has orally committed to Division I Troy University.

4A: Eustis (15-12) at Pasco (20-7)

At stake: Winner plays Nature Coast-Orlando Bishop Moore winner in Friday's region semifinals

Probable starting pitchers: Eustis: Sr. Zach Oliver (three-hitter in district semis); Pasco: Jr. RHP Brennan Allen (6-1, 2.92 ERA)

Hot hitter: Pasco: Sr. Jake Schrader (.547, 12 HR)

Did you know? Eustis was only a No. 4 seed in the Class 4A, District 7 tournament.

2A: Bishop McLaughlin (11-13) at Fort Meade (21-9)

At stake: Winner players Winter Haven All Saints'-Tampa Prep winner in Friday's region semifinals

Probable starting pitchers: Bishop McLaughlin: Sr. RHP Brian Holland (6-4); Fort Meade: Sr. Bryan Langston (2A all-state pick in 2008)

Hot hitter: Bishop McLaughlin: So. T.J. Wharton (4-for-6, home run in district tournament)

Did you know? Miners coach Jeff Tofanelli is a former longtime assistant at traditional Polk County power Winter Haven.

A: Lake Mary Prep (15-7) at Hernando Chr. (20-7), 4

At stake: Winner plays Lecanto Seven Rivers-Deltona Trinity Christian winner in Friday's region semifinals

Probable starting pitchers: Lake Mary: Sr. John McCormack (5-0, 1.79 ERA); HCA: eighth-grader RHP Brandon Brosher (6-1, 1.78 ERA)

Hot hitters: Lake Mary: Jr. Brad Sisler (.529, 31 RBI); HCA: Sr. Josh Romeo (.591, 11 HR)

Did you know? HCA's .399 team batting average is the best on the North Suncoast.

Compiled by staff writer Joey Knight.

Baseball region quarterfinal preview 05/04/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009 8:45pm]
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