This week: Wednesday at Anclote, Thursday at Calvary Christian Why they stayed put: The week started with an 8-1 win over River Ridge on Monday. It ends with a doozy, at Calvary Christian. The Mustangs should be undefeated heading into that game. They have given up no more than one run in seven straight games. Northeast still looms as a big district challenge, so Mitchell will have to continue to play well from here on out. This week: Tuesday vs. Palmetto, Wednesday vs. Tarpon Springs, Thursday at PCAC final Why they stayed put: The Eagles finally lost a game, 3-1 against Palm Harbor University. PHU is a rival and it was the second of three games last week, so the loss isn’t that surprising. They did bounce back with an 11-1 win over Wesley Chapel. East Lake was by far the best team in Class 8A, District 7, and it should take some momentum into the district tournament next week. This week: Tuesday vs. Brandon, Friday vs. Spoto Why they moved up: The Raiders have never won a district championship. This team looks like the one to break that streak. They are the top seed in Class 8A, District 6 and should enter the tournament with 23 wins. They have won nine straight. This is a team with higher expectations than just a district title. This week: Tuesday at Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, Thursday vs. Mitchell, Friday vs. Carrollwood Day Why they moved up: Two impressive wins last week for the Warriors. They defeated Jesuit by 10 runs and beat Venice on the road, 12-4. The offense is clearly clicking. They hit .360 as a team and have a total of 15 home runs. Sam Gordon, Pierce Chambers and Tommy White each have three home runs. The better the pitcher, the better the Warriors seem to hit. This week: Tuesday vs. Dunedin, Thursday at Palm Harbor University Why they moved up: The Vikings started the week with a 9-7 win over Seminole. They fell behind 6-1 after two innings but scored eight runs in the final four innings to secure the win. They have won seven straight, but will be tested in the final week. Sophomore Brad Myers has four home runs and is hitting .393. Fellow sophomore Nate Cannizzaro is hitting .444 with 17 RBI. It’s tough keeping Northeast off base. This week: Tuesday vs. Jefferson, Thursday at Middleton Why they moved up: The Gryphons have won seven straight since forfeiting the first 14 games. This is the same team it was since the forfeits, except they may be more motivated now. Chase Centala is hitting over .500 and Dylan Eskew is hitting .400. They are both bona fide starters on the mound, which will make things difficult for opponents in the playoffs. This week: Tuesday vs. Bartow, Thursday at Venice Why they moved down: A rough week for the Tigers last week. They lost to Calvary Christian and IMG Academy by the 10-run mercy rule. The silver lining is that both of those teams are highly ranked. The schedule is tough again this week, but that was the plan. Play good teams at the end of the season so the team is ready for the inevitable increase in the speed of play come tournament time. Jesuit will be the favorite in Class 6A, District 8, but Jefferson and Robinson are no pushovers. This week: Tuesday at Armwood, Thursday at Blake Why they moved up: Two wins last week have the Wildcats back on track. The season ends with two road games, then comes the Class 8A, District 4 tournament. Zach Ehrhard leads the offense with a .410 average. Brian Baughman is 6-1 with a 0.95 ERA. This week: Tuesday at Riverview, Thursday vs. Tampa Bay Tech Why they stayed put: The Falcons lost to Newsome last week, which snapped a four-game win streak. Riverview will be the big game this week. Then comes the Class 7A, District 8 tournament, where they will be the top seed. Christian Suarez has been an ace again this season. Expect him to get most of the innings in the postseason. This week: Tuesday vs. South Sumter, Friday vs. Lakeland Why they moved up: The Leopards had a nice win over Springstead last week. The lineup is full of hitters, including Dylan DuPhily (.350, six doubles), Carson Lashley (.362) and Broc Valdez (.426, 22 RBI). Marrick Aske has been the main pitcher. Lashley is 7-1 as a starter. This week: Tuesday at Middleton, Thursday at King Why they moved down: A rough week for the Longhorns. They lost to Durant and Plant City. Things should get better this week. They are still the top seed in Class 7A, District 9, but it would be nice to take some momentum into the tournament. Levi Montero has had a very good senior year, with a .509 average and eight doubles. This week: Tuesday vs. Sunlake Why they moved down: The Eagles lost 6-3 to Nature Coast on Monday. That makes two losses in the last three games. Not the kind of momentum needed for the postseason. Jack Jasiak is still a dominant starter and will be a key player in the playoffs. They are still the top seed in Class 6A, District 6 and should be able to get to regionals. This week: Tuesday vs. Fivay Why they moved down: The Hurricanes were playing well until last week. They lost to both Sickles and Wiregrass Ranch. Just one game this week prior to the Class 3A, District 4 tournament. Pitching has been a strength, which is always good in the postseason. Justin Koehler and Hunter Gillespie are good enough to help the Hurricanes go far. This week: Tuesday vs. Plant, Thursday at Gaither Why they moved up: The Cougars have won five straight, including a 6-5 win over Strawberry Crest to end last week. They have struggled this season against Class 8A, District 6 opponents, which clearly must change in order to get to the regional tournament. The last week of the season will not be easy, but the competition should get them ready for the following week. This week: Tuesday vs. Berkeley Prep, Thursday vs. Carrollwood Day Why they moved down: Last week ended with a 10-5 loss to Riverview. This week began with another loss, 13-6 to Alonso. That makes three losses in the last four games. The final two games this week will be played at Berkeley Prep. The Warriors need to figure things out before the district tournament next week.Bloomingdale (14-7), Cypress Creek (16-6), Gaither (14-6), Land O’Lakes (16-4), Berkeley Prep (15-7), Riverview (15-7), Dunedin (16-8), Osceola (14-9), St. Petersburg (14-9).