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Hillsborough: Softball region quarterfinals preview

Pitcher Katie Forbes is hitting above .426 for Gaither, which has a .323 team batting average.

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Pitcher Katie Forbes is hitting above .426 for Gaither, which has a .323 team batting average.

Class 6A

Plant City (15-4) at Countryside (22-4)

When/where: 7 p.m., Clearwater Recreation Center

Inside pitch: Plant City catcher Kendall Dawson is batting .440 and has eight doubles. Amanda Alba and Kayce Hart each own on-base percentages above .400.

Gaither (21-7) at Durant (22-5)

When: 7 p.m.

Inside pitch: Durant has allowed a combined 15 runs in its past 11 games, all wins. Gaither possesses a .323 team batting average. Three Cowboy players — Lauren Elgar, Katie Forbes and Morgan Grove — are hitting .426 or better.

Class 5A

Bloomingdale (18-8) at River Ridge (18-6)

When: 7 p.m.

Inside pitch: Seven of Bloomingdale's losses came against playoff-bound teams — Durant, Gaither, Lake Mary, Newsome and Plant. The Bulls' lineup has produced 70 extra-base hits.

Land O'Lakes (18-3) at Newsome (18-7)

When: 7 p.m.

Inside pitch: The Gators started the season 13-0. Newsome has lost only twice since March 4, a span of 13 games. The Wolves have outscored opponents 256-75. As a team, Newsome has recorded 228 RBIs, led by Ally Ledenham with 36.

Plant (21-4) at East Lake (17-6)

When: 7 p.m.

Inside pitch: Plant averages nearly 10 runs per game and has a .425 team batting average. The Panthers have 24 triples. In its four losses, Plant allowed a combined 21 runs. In its wins, it allowed only 30.

Pinellas Park (19-8) at Chamberlain (22-4)

When: 4 p.m.

Inside pitch: The nationally ranked Chiefs have reached the state semifinals five times this decade. Chamberlain, which has a staff ERA of 1.04, has allowed only 20 earned runs in 2008.

Class 3A

Holy Names (15-5) at Fort Myers Bishop Verot (15-11)

When: 7 p.m.

Inside pitch: Three of Holy Names' five losses have been to St. Petersburg Catholic. The Jaguars have outscored everyone else 128-55. Catcher Becky Vyzas and outfielder Alex Valdes are each batting above .500 and have combined for eight triples, 11 doubles and 40 RBIs.

Class 2A

Winter Haven All Saints' (14-11) at Tampa Prep (12-5)

When: 7 p.m., University of Tampa

Inside pitch: Terrapins hurler Kirsten Kelsey is 11-4 with a 1.09 ERA. She has 14 complete games. Kelsey also leads Tampa Prep with a .370 batting average. Dana Malinowski is next (.362), but as a team the Terps are hitting only .255.

Class A

Bayshore Christian (6-11)

at Seffner Christian (7-9)

When: 4 p.m.

Inside pitch: Seffner Christian won the teams' regular-season meeting 25-6. The Crusaders have won three straight games. Seffner's Nicci Hopps leads the team in batting (.692), hits (36) and RBIs (26).

Lakeland Sonrise Christian (9-5) at Cambridge (9-9)

When: 4 p.m.

Inside pitch: Cambridge enters the playoffs after having won its 14th straight district title. The Lancers have a team on-base percentage of .429.

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Hillsborough: Softball region quarterfinals preview 04/21/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 21, 2008 11:04pm]
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