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Pinellas: Baseball region quarterfinals preview

Max Kreuter pitches for Dunedin, which scored a combined 23 runs against East Lake and PHU in the district tournament.

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Max Kreuter pitches for Dunedin, which scored a combined 23 runs against East Lake and PHU in the district tournament.

Region baseball quarterfinals

When: Tuesday. All games start at 7 p.m. unless noted.Admission: $6.

At stake: The winners advance to the region semifinals Friday.

Class 6A

Lakeland (20-8) vs. St. Petersburg (18-10) at Huggins-Stengel Field, 4

The Green Devils' tough schedule paid off with wins against state-ranked Alonso and Gaither in the district tournament to get back to regionals for the first time since 2006. Dakoda McLean, Gordon McLean, Tyler Abadal and Jacob Barnes are all playing well for St. Petersburg.

Class 5A

Palm Harbor University (16-12) at Plant (23-3)

After starting 5-8 with a young team, the Hurricanes won 11 of their final 16 games for their first region berth in three seasons. But they open with a tough task, facing the state-ranked Panthers on the road.

Chamberlain (12-13) vs. Dunedin (20-6) at Knology Park, 7:30

The Falcons offense is clicking. They scored a combined 23 runs against East Lake and PHU in the district tournament and are in the region tournament for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons.

North Port (16-12) at Seminole (25-1)

The Warhawks, who debuted in the USA national poll at No. 23 this week, cruised through the district tournament with wins against Dixie Hollins and Northeast. The pitching has been strong, and key players in the lineup are starting to heal from injuries.

Northeast (16-12) at Bradenton Bayshore (14-4)

The Vikings start the region tournament on the road for the second straight season. But they do get a break facing Bayshore, who upset state-ranked Punta Gorda Charlotte in its district semifinal game.

Class 3A

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney (21-5) at CC Catholic (24-2)

The Marauders, the defending state champions, start the playoffs against a familiar opponent. CCC faced Cardinal Mooney in the final regular-season game and won 4-3.

Class 2A

Community School of Naples (15-9) at Northside Chr. (19-8)

The Mustangs, behind the pitching of JoJo Hess, won the district title and are hosting a region game for the first time since 2004. Northside is one of the hottest teams, with wins against state-ranked Bishop McLaughlin and Cambridge the past two weeks.

Shorecrest (16-11) at Naples St. John Neumann (16-7), 4

The Chargers' mantra has been pitching, and they've used that to get back to the region tournament after a one-year absence.

Class A

Sarasota Christian (17-7) at Canterbury (21-5)

The Crusaders face their playoff nemesis earlier than expected. For the past two seasons, the Blazers have knocked Canterbury out in the region final, one game away from the state final four. The Crusaders get another shot at home after Sarasota Christian was upset in the district final.

Oldsmar Christian (8-6) at Bradenton Christian (16-9), 4

The Eagles' first region berth will be short-lived if they don't shore up their defense, which hurt them with costly errors in the district final.

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Pinellas: Baseball region quarterfinals preview 04/26/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:04pm]
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