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Region softball finals preview

Pitcher Kaylyn Camacho has been a key to Bloomingdale’s success all season.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

Pitcher Kaylyn Camacho has been a key to Bloomingdale’s success all season.

Softball region finals

All games at 7 tonight. Admission is $6.

6A: Melbourne Eau Gallie (23-2) at Riverview (18-10)

Path to this point: Eau Gallie defeated Apopka (11-1) and West Orange (4-0); Riverview defeated Mitchell (5-3) and Countryside (2-0).

Need to know: Commodores ace Lexi Carroll struck out eight and allowed just two baserunners in a victory against West Orange to avenge last year's playoff loss. And that smell? Eau Gallie players are not washing their uniforms this postseason, according to a report by Florida Today. So don't feel sorry for the Commodores when they show up with stains on their shirts. … The Sharks have a young, feisty nucleus led by the bats of sophomore Kayleen Boatwright, junior centerfielder Briana Bell and freshman ace Taylor McCoy. All were instrumental in Friday's win over Countryside.

5A: Bloomingdale (22-8) vs. Auburndale (22-4)

Path to this point: Bloomingdale defeated Land O'Lakes (1-0 in 12 innings) and River Ridge (4-1); Auburndale defeated Oviedo Hagerty (4-2) and George Jenkins (3-2 in 10 innings).

Need to know: Another one of those young teams, Bloomingdale went to work and advanced with a win over River Ridge. Bulls ace Kaylyn Camacho has been solid all season and logged six more strikeouts in her win against the Royal Knights. … Auburndale defeated George Jenkins for a fourth time, this one in 10 innings to advance to tonight's game. Eagles ace Brittany Alderman struck out 13 in the victory.

5A: Plant (22-6) vs. Venice (21-7)

Path to this point: Plant defeated Palm Harbor University (1-0) and Chamberlain (4-0 in 10 innings); Venice defeated Seminole Osceola (5-1) and Manatee (6-3).

Need to know: After three losses, Plant finally broke through, knocking off Chamberlain for the Chiefs' third loss of the year. Panthers centerfielder Erica Arcuri won the game with a bases-clearing hit. Panthers ace Kayla Suskauer went the distance in a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts. … After losing a ton of talent from last year's near perfect team — a 31-1 finish with a loss in the state final — Venice stunned some Friday with a win against Manatee.

A: Cambridge (18-7) vs. Canterbury (20-6)

Path to this point: Cambridge defeated Lakeland Sonrise Christian (5-4) and Seffner Christian (7-5); Canterbury defeated Bradenton Christian (9-1) and Sarasota Christian (9-4).

Need to know: Cambridge avenged a loss to Seffner Christian and the result is a continuing run in this 14th consecutive trip to the playoffs. … Canterbury pitchers Krissy Longstreet and Emily Winesett combined for eight strikeouts and a walk in a win over Sarasota Christian.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Region softball finals preview 05/04/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009 10:49pm]
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