All games at 7 p.m.The Wolves won their second straight district title last week. Now the goal is to take the next step and get back to the state semifinals for the first time since 2015 when they won their only state title. The offense can get them there. Seven players are hitting above .400, led by Jada Smallwood’s .500 average. The pitching has depth, too, with Mary Beth Feldman (1.45 ERA) and Kaitlyn Felton (1.72) leading the way.After missing the playoffs a year ago, the Hurricanes are back. But they have a long road to travel in the postseason as a district runnerup. First up is a trip to Vero Beach. This is a rematch of a 2017 region semifinal Palm Harbor University won en route to reaching the state final. To do that again, the Hurricanes will need some of the power Mia Buffano brings at the plate and rely on the pitching of Taylor Norwood and Savannah LePain.Ashley Blessin recorded the 1,000th strikeout of her career last week, but the Raiders were unable to get what they ultimately wanted: another district title. Plant City lost in the 8A-6 final to Bloomingdale, ending the Raiders’ three-year run as champs. Each of Plant City’s four losses was decided by a run. The Warriors, meanwhile, won their first district title in three years, beating rival Sickles 8-7 in the 8A-5 final. Madison Frey, who had two key doubles in the championship game, is hitting a team-leading .522.The host Bulls won their first district title since 2004 last week. Better still, they did it by knocking off their nemesis in the 8A-6 final. Trinity Howard and Georgia Krohn each had two hits for Bloomingdale. Maddie Droz, the team’s ace, threw a seven-hitter with three strikeouts. The Gryphons’ two-year run as 8A-5 champs ended with a loss to Steinbrenner in the championship game. Natalie Zweig (.486), Kamryn Jackson (.443) and Lauren Lightbody (.443) all lead on offense for Sickles.The Eagles finished the regular season No. 1 in the HomeTeam 15 rankings for area teams and have won 25 straight after taking the 8A, District 7 title last week. The big matchup could come next week against Lakewood Ranch in the semifinals. East Lake, though, cannot have its eyes trained too far down the road. The first goal is beating the Tigers, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Caroline Jacquay (.464), McKenna Graham (.448) and Nikki Steiniger (.432) are the leading hitters for the Eagles. They provide more than enough support for Tori Brennan, who has a 0.69 ERA and 140 strikeouts this season.The Patriots have the toughest task of any team in the postseason. They have to travel to face the Mustangs, the top-ranked team in the nation. Lakewood Ranch is undefeated and has won four of its past five games by 10 or more runs. Last season, Pinellas Park lost to the Mustangs 14-2 in the same round. To pull off the upset, the Patriots will need hitters like Isabella Hamilton (.468 average) and Mya Plant (three homers) to come through and for pitcher Justice McCranie (0.92 ERA) to keep Lakewood Ranch’s potent lineup off balance.Last week, the Wildcats took back the Class 8A, District 4 title it won in 2017, beating rival Freedom 3-1 in the final. Wharton is set up to win more with just two seniors on the roster. Jordyn Gendron is the big hitter in the lineup with a .377 average and 23 RBIs. Hana Schwindler (1.38 ERA) and Jillian Long (2.08) share the pitching duties. The Wildcats have allowed two or less runs in each of their last five games, all wins. The Hawks are in the playoffs for the second time in the past five seasons.Getting past Wharton proved to be the Patriots’ biggest hurdle all season. Freedom lost all three meetings to its rival, including last week’s 8A, District 4 final. Another rematch could happen in the region semifinals. For that to happen, the Patriots need to pull off an upset. East Ridge knocked off both teams last season to reach the region final. Freedom is depleted entering the playoffs with Kylie Coffin still nursing a sprained ankle. The Patriots will count on the hitting of Ellis Erickson (.441 average) and pitching of Hailey Martin (2.96 ERA) to move on.The Terriers, who are in regionals for the first time in school history, face a formidable opponent. The Thunder made the state semifinals two straight seasons (2016-17) and are back in the postseason after a year’s absence. Hillsborough’s breakthrough has a lot to do with the addition of Rebekah Diaz, a freshman who leads the team in just about every offensive and pitching category. She is hitting .436 with 13 RBIs and has struck out 75 batters as the team’s ace.Though graduation depleted their depth, the Chiefs have already put together a solid season. Their season class, led by pitcher Lani Trent, won their fourth straight district title last week and the program’s 19th overall. Wednesday’s game is a rematch from a region quarterfinal win Chamberlain eked out a year ago.The Seahawks have set all kinds of marks this season with their first Eastern Division title in the Sunshine Athletic Conference and their first district championship. Kendra Falby is the team’s table setter with a .535 average and 28 stolen bases. Jenna Lord is the table cleaner with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs. The Longhorns are in the playoffs for the third straight season as a district runnerup. Kaitlyn Sigmundi has 22 stolen bases and Kiana Bradford has 22 RBIs.The Mustangs’ two-year reign as district champions ended with a loss to rival Sunlake. Mitchell has to go on the road to face the Pirates, who have made the region final each of the past two seasons. Alex Hare is the Mustangs’ top hitter with a .462 average, three homers and 16 RBIs.This is a rematch of a region quarterfinal the Gators won a year ago en route to reaching the state semifinals for the third straight season. Tennessee signee Callie Turner threw a two-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead Land O’Lakes in a 6A, District 7 final win over Wesley Chapel. The Knights had their five-year reign as district champs end with a loss to Jefferson in the 6A-8 final. Alexis Smith is hitting a team-leading .500 for Robinson.After losing several players to neighboring Cypress Creek a year ago, the Wildcats regrouped to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Jordan Almasy, one of the mainstays, has been the key to Wesley Chapel’s postseason return. The UCF commit is 14-5 in the circle with a 1.61 ERA and 144 strikeouts. The Dragons put things together at the right time to become 6A, District 8 champions. Their record is a little misleading because they played some of the best teams in the area throughout the season. Destiny DeHoyos is hitting .483 with five homers and 37 RBIs.After losing twice to Tarpon Springs by a combined 32-4 in the regular season, the Falcons won when it mattered most, beating their rival 11-6 in the Class 6A, District 9 final for their first title since 2013. Amanda Goodapple, Liz Haley and Annalisa Mercer each had three hits in the championship game for Dunedin. To advance, the Falcons have to get past a quality opponent. The Blue Streaks have just two losses.Stunned in the 6A-9 final, the Spongers have to travel in the first round. Tarpon Springs is capable of beating anyone, as evidenced by wins over Academy at the Lakes and River Ridge earlier this season. Abbey Dickson (.486 average) and Gabby Renner (five home runs) lead the Spongers on offense. The Highlanders, who have allowed just two runs during their current five-game win streak, are trying to reach the state semifinals for the second straight season.In just their second season of existence, the Coyotes won a district title, rallying from a five-run deficit to beat Hernando in the final. Cypress Creek benefited from the addition of several Wesley Chapel players who were zoned for the new school a year ago, including Neely Peterson, a Colorado State signee who has been the team’s leader. Last week, she had a monster performance, going a combined 5-for-7 with five RBIs at the plate. Taylor is making its second straight playoff appearance.The Leopards were not expecting to travel this early in the playoffs but will likely have to stay on the road throughout after losing in the district final. To bounce back, Hernando will rely on the pitching of ace Ali Shenefield. The senior has a 0.77 ERA and 331 strikeouts this season. Bishop Moore is a traditionally strong program that was a district champion two years ago.