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Region softball quarterfinal preview capsules

Softball region quarterfinals

All games at 7 Tuesday unless noted. Admission is $6

Class 6A: Mitchell (19-8) at Riverview (16-10)

The Sharks are riding high after winning the Class 6A-8 district tournament by beating No. 1 seed East Bay and No. 2 Plant City. Freshman Taylor McCoy, who is 11-4 with a 1.26 ERA this season, threw a complete-game four hitter in the 9-1 district title win over East Bay. Mitchell is in the region tournament for the first time since 2006 and faced a tough district schedule against Countryside, Gaither and Sickles.

Class 6A: East Bay (16-9) at Countryside (20-6), 4 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center

The Indians are making their first region appearance since 2005 and are led by N.C. State recruit and county strikeout leader Kayla Cox, who has 254 strikeouts on the season (including a 31-strikeout game earlier this year). Countryside's Alyssa Bache, Cox's counterpart, has whiffed 275 batters this season.

Class 5A: Bloomingdale (20-8) at Land O'Lakes (18-4)

The Bulls face a tough challenge in the Gators, but their schedule this season has been a difficult one. Bloomingdale will need its bats to work. The Bulls are hitting .378 as a team, led by McKenzie Carter (.452), Jordan Alexander (.442) and Hannah Hensley (.402). Land O'Lakes won the 5A-8 tournament in convincing fashion, outscoring teams 17-3 in two games after losing a pair of games in the competitive Longshore Memorial Tournament.

Class 5A: River Ridge (20-7) at Newsome (23-5)

The Wolves have been consistently good, losing just twice in their past 25 games. They're riding a five-game win streak. Wolves sophomore Bailey Schinella is hitting .529 with one homer and 31 RBIs, heading a team that is hitting .369 as a group. The Knights head into regionals having lost three of their past five.

Class 5A: Plant (20-6) at Palm Harbor U. (22-4), 4 p.m.

The Panthers have faced the Hurricanes in this round two of the past three seasons, with PHU winning in 2007 and Plant winning in 2006. Plant lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Chamberlain, its third loss to the Chiefs this season, in the district final. Plant ace pitcher Kayla Suskauer is 11-6 with a 1.58 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 931/3 innings.

Class 5A: East Lake (18-9) at Chamberlain (25-2)

The Chiefs, who won the Class 5A-10 district title, have been ranked No. 1 in the bay area much of the season and are ranked No. 17 nationally in the latest ESPN Rise Fab 50. They finished fifth in the top division at the Kissimmee Klassic and lost a 1-0 decision to Naples (ranked third nationally) in the final of the Longshore Memorial Tournament. East Lake beat Pinellas Park by six runs in the district semis.

Class 3A: Tampa Catholic (15-3) at Bishop Verot (19-8)

The Crusaders had won 10 straight before losing to SPC in the 3A-11 championship game. TC junior Kathryn Spack is hitting .421 with two homers and 21 RBIs while opposing hitters are batting just .148 against the Crusaders' pitching duo of Tory Bohanan (10-2, 0.69 ERA) and Nadina Sola (5-1, 0.93). Bishop Verot is coming off a 2-1 win over Cardinal Mooney in the 3A-12 title game.

Class 2A: Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic (18-7) at Tampa Prep (9-11)

Despite an unimpressive overall record, the Terps are 6-0 against district foes, including their Class 2A-9 title win over Indian Rocks Christian last week. Tampa Prep starter Kirsten Kelsey allowed just two runs in complete-game efforts. Kelsey allowed four hits and struck out eight. Alex Lawson led the Tampa Prep offense with three singles in four at-bats.

Class A: Sonrise Christian (3-7) at Cambridge (16-7), 4 p.m.

The Lancers have won their past three games 41-2. Cambridge pitcher Alexis Caruso is 16-6 with a 1.00 ERA while hitting .444. Lindsey Hagberg is hitting .558 with eight homers and 19 extra-base hits.

Class A: Bayshore Christian (7-9) at Seffner Christian (11-8), 4 p.m.

These teams met in the region quarterfinals the past two seasons, with Seffner winning both times handily. Seffner beat Sonrise 13-12 in their two-team A-9 district championship last week, while Bayshore lost to Cambridge 16-0 in their district final.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Region softball quarterfinal preview capsules 04/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 27, 2009 7:03pm]

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