Preview of P.K. Yonge in regional semifinal


Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:05 a.m.

Class 3A-Region 1

Who: P.K. Yonge (16-12) vs. Daytona Beach Father Lopez (15-11)

Where: Ormond Beach Sports Complex. Time: 7 p.m.

How they got here: P.K. Yonge def. Oviedo The Master's Academy 4-1 in last week's regional quarterfinal; Father Lopez def. Orange Park St. Johns Country Day 2-0 on Monday.

What's next: Winner will host Jacksonville Providence (17-11) or Jacksonville Eagle's View (18-9) in Friday's regional final. Providence and Eagle's View play at 4 p.m. today at Next Level Academy Field in the other regional semifinal. Eagle's View defeated Providence, 4-3, in the district title game April 26.

Extra bases: This is a rematch of last year's regional semifinal, which the Blue Wave won at home, 5-1. The Blue Wave also defeated Father Lopez 11-8 on the road in March. This is the second straight season P.K. Yonge has advanced to the regional semifinals. Prior to last season, the Blue Wave hadn't won a playoff game since 2005. The host Green Wave are also in their second straight regional semifinal. Prior to last year, Father Lopez hadn't won a playoff game since 2000. Father Lopez is led by Tommy Roache (.423 batting average) and Zach Hawk (.416). Sophomore Fletcher Simmons leads P.K. Yonge in almost every statistical category, including 10-1 (0.22 earned run average) on the mound and a .494 batting average at the plate.

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