Region softball semifinals
Admission is $6 per game.
Class 6A: Countryside (21-6) at Riverview (17-10), 4 p.m.
Countryside has to find a way to generate more offense to help ace Alyssa Bache (21-6), who has thrown five straight shutouts dating to a win over Largo (April 15). The Cougars have scored only five runs in three games since the start of the district tournament. But that lack of production hasn't tripped up the Cougars because Bache has been so dominant. Riverview has had an up-and-down season. The Sharks started 2-3 and had a four-game midseason losing streak but have won their past five heading into today's matchup. Freshman Taylor McCoy (12-4, 1.30 ERA, 88 Ks) is the Sharks' primary pitcher. Offensively, Kayleen Boatwright leads Riverview in hitting (.462), RBIs (39), doubles (seven) and home runs (six).
Class 3A: Tampa Catholic (16-3) at. St. Petersburg Catholic (24-3), 4 p.m.
This is the fourth time these teams have met this season. SPC is 3-0 heading in, but two victories were one-run games. Tampa Catholic squandered a 4-0, second-inning lead in the district final after the Barons rallied to tie in the fifth and won it in the 10th. There's no question the Crusaders can play with the Barons, but can they break through that glass ceiling? Chloe Saganowich has homered in two straight games and Kristy Fudge has a streak of four straight games with an extra-base hit for the Barons.
Class 2A: Northside Christian (10-9) at Moore Haven (16-9), 7 p.m.
Despite having to travel more than three hours by bus to a remote location and play a district champion with a better record, this game is winnable for Northside Christian. The Mustangs shut out Shorecrest 5-0 in the district final while Moore Haven needed a late-inning rally to defeat the Chargers 2-1 in the region quarterfinals. Jessica Anderson has been on a tear for the Mustangs, doubling in her past two games and throwing three straight shutouts. A win would advance the Mustangs into the region finals, where they haven't been since 1995.
Class A: Canterbury (19-6) at Sarasota Christian (10-7), 4 p.m.
Since the start of districts, Canterbury has won three games by a 39-3 combined. Will Sarasota Christian derail the Crusaders? Don't count on it. Canterbury owns a 10-0, five-inning regular-season victory (March 2) over the Blazers. Canterbury ace Krissy Longstreet threw a one-hitter and had two doubles. Sarasota Christian also committed five errors. Canterbury makes its fourth straight region semifinal appearance. The Crusaders are 2-1 with two straight wins.
Bryan Burns, Times staff writer