Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Softball | State finals

Best of the best

State softball preview

Top story lines

1. Can Durant win its first state title? The Cougars are in the final four for only the second time in school history. In 2002, they lost in the semifinals to Countryside. Durant has won 14 straight games.

2. Will anyone finish the season unbeaten? Entering the final four, only three teams are without a loss. Of those with perfect records, Lake Worth Christian appears to have the easiest path to perfection.

3. Could a national champion emerge? It's possible. Pembroke Pines Charter enters the 4A final four ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today.

4. Jacksonville represents. Known more for producing great baseball teams, Jacksonville has five squads still alive. USA Today ranks Mandarin No. 22.

5. Can Naples be the first to hit double digits? The storied program leads all in Florida with nine championships. The Golden Eagles are riding an 18-game winning streak.

Players to watch

Audrey Broyles, Pembroke Pines Charter, pitcher: The South Carolina signee is 13-0.

Sara Demuth, Durant, pitcher: Arguably the area's best all-around player, Demuth is 19-3 on the mound with a 0.34 ERA and is hitting .341.

Samantha Rich, Wewahitchka, pitcher: She is 19-2 and posted a shutout in the 2007 state final.

Stephanie Sullivan, Venice, pitcher: She has a perfect record and 270 strikeouts.

Jaclyn Traina, Naples, pitcher: She struck out 11 in the region final and is only a sophomore.

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

>>fast facts

If you go

When: Monday-Saturday

Where: Plant City Stadium. From I-4, take the Park Road exit and head south. After about 2 miles, you will see the complex on your right.

Admission: $8 per session.

Class A: Monday — Jacksonville Eagles' View (16-12) vs. Lake Worth Christian (25-0), noon; Lake Mary Prep (24-5) vs. Canterbury (24-6), 7 p.m. Tuesday — final, 4 p.m.

Class 2A: Wednesday — Jacksonville Providence (25-3) vs. Southwest Florida Christian (18-4), noon; Wewahitchka (25-2) vs. Glades Day (21-7), 2 p.m. Thursday — final, 4 p.m.

Class 3A: Monday — Jacksonville Bishop Snyder (20-10) vs. Plantation American Heritage (19-10), 2 p.m.; Winter Park Trinity Prep (17-8) vs. Lakeland McKeel (16-13), 5 p.m. Tuesday — final, 7 p.m.

Class 4A: Friday Baker County (24-3) vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (29-0), 2 p.m.; South Lake (21-5) vs. Naples (26-3), 5 p.m. Saturday — final, 1 p.m.

Class 5A: Wednesday Jacksonville Bartram Trail (28-3) vs. Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (22-8), 5 p.m.; Lakeland George Jenkins (24-4) vs. Venice (30-0), 7 p.m. Thursday — final, 7 p.m.

Class 6A: Friday — Jacksonville Mandarin (26-2) vs. Miami Palmetto (24-3), noon; Palm Beach Gardens (29-4) vs. Durant (25-5), 7 p.m. Saturday — final, 4 p.m.

State softball preview 05/03/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 3, 2008 6:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays morning after: Are cold bats a sign of things to come?


    How does an offense that has ranked among the most productive in the league for seven weeks go so cold?

  2. Calvary Christian takes strong lineup, defense to state baseball tournament


    CLEARWATER — No matter what happens in Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against Delray Beach American Heritage, Calvary Christian has already had a historic season. The unbeaten Warriors have won 28 games and qualified for the school's first state baseball tournament.

    The addition of Nolan Hudi to the rotation made a difference, said Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen. “It was huge.”
  3. Former Buc Mike Glennon says right things about Bears QB situation


    Mike Glennon's go-to line about being recognized around town since becoming a Bear worked as well as ever, producing laughs.

    Quarterback Mike Glennon, shown last season with the Bucs before signing in the offseason with the Bears, is showing good humor about a looming competition in Chicago. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021


    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]