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Hillsborough: Baseball district tournament preview

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR   |   Special to the Times
Pitcher Alex Panteliodis is a force for Alonso (20-3), which has the top seed in the Class 6A, District 7 tournament.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR | Special to the Times Pitcher Alex Panteliodis is a force for Alonso (20-3), which has the top seed in the Class 6A, District 7 tournament.

Class 6A, District 7 at Alonso

Schedule: Monday No. 3. Gaither vs. No. 6 Countryside, 4 p.m.; No. 4 St. Petersburg vs. No. 5 Mitchell, 7. Tuesday No. 2 Sickles vs. Gaither/Countryside winner, 4 p.m.; No. 1 Alonso vs. St. Petersburg/Mitchell winner, 7. Thursday final, 7 p.m.

Top dogs, Upset alert

Alonso (20-3) has the pitching to go far, with Alex Panteliodis and Ray Delphey leading the way. Sickles (16-5), winners of eight of nine, might be the county's hottest team right now., Gaither (13-7) is young with little to lose, while the senior-laden clubs above them might feel added pressure.

Class 6A, District 8 at Riverview

Schedule: Monday No. 4 Durant vs. No. 5 Riverview, 1 p.m.; No. 3 Sarasota Riverview vs. No. 6 Plant City, 4:30; No. 2 Lakeland vs. No. 7 East Bay, 7. Tuesday semifinals, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday final, 7:30 p.m.

Top dogs, Upset alert

If national top-five Sarasota (16-2) doesn't emerge after going undefeated in districts, it will be a monumental upset. Lakeland (18-5) has won nine of its last 10., Plant City (10-11) and Riverview (9-11) each have big-game pitchers in the Raiders' Aaron Gerbasi and the Sharks' Anthony Ferrara.

Class 5A, District 8 at Brandon

Schedule: Monday No. 2 Newsome vs. No. 7 King, 4 p.m.; No. 1 Brandon vs. No. 8 Tampa Bay Tech, 7. Tuesday No. 4 Bloomingdale vs. No. 5 Wharton, 4 p.m.; No. 3 Armwood vs. No. 6 Freedom, 7. Wednesday semifinals, 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday final, 7 p.m.

Top dogs, Upset alert

Brandon (17-6) has won eight straight and picked up its record sixth Saladino Tournament crown thanks to a new hero every night. Newsome (13-7) has lost four of six and is still the No. 2 seed, but will likely be without injured left-hander pitcher Kyle Parker., Bloomingdale (11-10) seemed to take a turn in the right direction with two wins at Saladino. Armwood (12-8) has been streaky of late, but the Hawks are capable of playing with everyone in the district.

Class 5A, District 10 at Chamberlain

Schedule: Monday Play-in game, No. 8 Robinson vs. No. 9 Blake, 7 p.m. Tuesday No. 4 Middleton vs. No. 4 Hillsborough, 5 p.m.; No. 1 Plant vs. Play-in game winner, 7:30. Wednesday No. 2 Jesuit vs. No. 7 Jefferson, 5 p.m.; No. 3 Chamberlain vs. No. 6 Leto, 7:30. Thursday semifinals, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday final, 7:30 p.m.

Top dogs, Upset alert

Plant (21-3) is still the cream of the county crop, but it needs to win a big game. The senior-laden Panthers are determined to make this postseason a memorable one. Jesuit (19-5) can look unbeatable and overmatched in the same week, but if their pitching holds, the Tigers are tough to beat., Because of its pitching and speedy baserunning, Middleton (11-10) can stay in any game if it avoids mistakes. Hillsborough (12-12) is peaking at the right time and is confident after its run to the Saladino final.

Class 4A, District 9 at Haines City

Schedule: Monday No. 4 Spoto vs. No. 5 Ridge Community, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Haines City vs. No. 6 Lakeland Kathleen, 8:30. Tuesday semifinals, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday final, 7 p.m.

Top dogs, Upset alert

Bartow (15-8) and Lake Wales (12-6) handed each other their only district losses., Spoto should get by Ridge, but a semifinal game vs. Bartow, which outscored Spoto 11-1 in two games, is a tall task.

Class 3A, District 11 at Clearwater CC

Schedule: Monday No. 4 Berkeley Prep vs. No. 5 Lennard, 7 p.m. Tuesday No. 2 Tampa Catholic vs. No. 3 St. Petersburg Catholic, 4 p.m.; No. 1 Clearwater CC vs. Berkeley Prep-Lennard winner, 7. Thursday final, 7 p.m.

Top dogs, Upset alert

Take away a loss to Miami Florida Christian, and CCC (21-2) has won 20 straight. But Tampa Catholic (16-6) put a scare in them early and can score runs in bunches., SPC (11-10) played Tampa Catholic close, a two-run loss, in their first meeting.Class 2A, District 9 at Tampa Prep

Schedule: Tuesday No. 2 Tampa Prep vs. No. 3 Indian Rocks Chr., 4 p.m.; No. 1 Bishop McLaughlin vs. No. 4 Clearwater Calvary Chr., 7. Thursday final, 7 p.m.

Top dogs, Upset alert

Bishop McLaughlin (16-5) put together a great early season run but heads into districts having lost four of six., Tampa Prep (11-13) played competitively with Bishop McLaughlin in both meetings. It could be the Terps' time to break through.Class A, District 10 at Doc Nance Field

Schedule: Monday No. 2 Carrollwood Day School Prep vs. No. 3 Bayshore Chr, 6 p.m. Tuesday No. 1 Cambridge Chr. vs. No. 4 Tampa Bay Chr., 6 p.m. Thursday final, 6 p.m.

Top dogs, Upset alert

Cambridge (18-1), winners of 11 straight, stands above the rest., Bayshore Chr. (9-5) has won four in a row.Class A, District 9 at Seffner Christian

Schedule: Thursday No. 1 Seffner Chr. vs. No. 2 Lakeland Sonrise Chr., 5 p.m.

Top dogs,

No need for upset alert in a two-team district. Seffner Christian (15-7) has won 11 of 13, but lost two of last three.Class A, District 11 at Canterbury

Schedule: Tuesday No. 2 Oldsmar Chr. vs. No. 3 Citrus Park Chr., 6:30 p.m. Thursday final, No. 1 Canterbury vs. Oldsmar Chr.-Citrus Park Chr. winner, 6:30 p.m.

Top dogs,

The Crusaders, ranked in the top 10 in the Class A state poll, are already guaranteed a berth at regions in a three-team district.

We break down the district tournaments, highlighting the top teams and others that could make a run.

Hillsborough: Baseball district tournament preview 04/19/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2008 12:01pm]

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