Baseball regional quarterfinal previews


Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 8:01 p.m.

Regional quarterfinals

Today

All games at 7 p.m.

Class 6A-Region 1

Columbia (6-21) at Middleburg (13-13)

How they got here: Columbia lost to Jacksonville Atlantic Coast 7-2 in the District 4 final; Middleburg def. Orange Park Oakleaf 5-1 in the District 3 final.

What’s next: Columbia would play at Atlantic Coast or Oakleaf in next Tuesday’s regional semifinals; Middleburg would play at Atlantic Coast or host Oakleaf.

Extra bases: The visiting Tigers are making their second straight playoff appearance and fourth in the last five years. Last year’s regional final berth was Columbia’s best postseason since 1923. This is the host Broncos second straight regional quarterfinal and fourth in the last six years. Middleburg hasn’t won a playoff game since 2000.

Class 6A-Region 2

Gainesville (9-17) at Spring Hill Springstead (16-8)

How they got here: Gainesville lost to Candler Lake Weir 8-6 in the District 5 final; Springstead def. Inverness Citrus 6-1 in the District 6 final.

What’s next: Gainesville would host Citrus or play at Lake Weir in next Tuesday’s regional semifinals; Springstead would host either school.

Extra bases: The visiting Hurricanes are in their second regional quarterfinal in three years and seventh in the last 10 years. Two years ago GHS reached the regional semifinals, and three years ago reached the regional finals. The Eagles are in their third playoff in four years, but haven’t won a postseason game in three previous attempts.

Class 4A-Region 2

South Sumter (15-8) at Williston (19-5)

How they got here: Williston def. Fort White 5-3 in the District 5 final; South Sumter lost to Ocala Trinity Catholic 10-0 in the District 6 final.

What’s next: Williston would play at Trinity Catholic or host Fort White in Tuesday’s regional semifinals; South Sumter would play at either school.

Extra bases: The host Red Devils are coming off their most successful playoff run since 1923, reaching the regional finals in 2012. The visiting Raiders are making their first playoff appearance since 2006.

Fort White (14-10) at Ocala Trinity Catholic (17-9)

How they got here: Fort White lost to Williston 5-3 in the District 5 final; Trinity Catholic def. South Sumter 10-0 in the District 6 final.

What’s next: Fort White would play at Williston or host South Sumter in Tuesday’s regional semifinals; Trinity Catholic would host either school.

Extra bases: The visiting Indians are in their first playoff appearance since 2010 and are looking for their first postseason win since 2006. The host Celtics are in their 11th straight regional quarterfinal and are looking for their first playoff win since 2010.

Thursday

Class 5A-Region 1

Gulf Breeze (10-14) at Suwannee (17-7)

How they got here: Suwannee def. Crawfordville Wakulla 13-10 in the District 2 final; Gulf Breeze lost to Panama City Rutherford 8-5 in District 1 final.

What’s next: Suwannee would host Rutherford or Wakulla in Tuesday’s regional semifinals; Gulf Breeze would host Wakulla or play at Rutherford.

Extra bases: This is the host Bulldogs’ fourth straight regional quarterfinal, and are looking for their first postseason win since 2011. Gulf Breeze is in its first postseason since 2010.

Class 3A-Region 1

Oviedo Master’s Academy (14-12) at P.K. Yonge (15-12)

How they got here: P.K. Yonge def. Orange Park St. Johns Country Day 3-1 in the District 3 final; Master’s Academy lost to Daytona Beach Father Lopez 6-1 in the District 4 final.

What’s next: P.K. Yonge would play at Father Lopez or host Country Day in Tuesday’s regional semifinals; Master’s Academy would play at either school.

Extra bases: The host Blue Wave are in their sixth straight regional quarterfinal, last year reaching the regional final. The Eagles are in their second straight playoff and are looking for their first postseason win since 2001.

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