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Today’s high school baseball region finals

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Class 8A-2

WHO: Bloomingdale at Winter Park, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: In its fourth chance, Bloomingdale (19-9) finally got by Plant, 5-3, in extra innings behind solid relief pitching and an RBI double from junior Logan Crouse. Crouse (7-2, with 107 strikeouts this season) worked parts of four innings, throwing more than 60 pitches in earning the win. The Bulls have solid table setters at the top of the lineup in Doug Sandberg and Conrado Skepple, with solid hitting from Crouse, Josh Mote and Danny Lorenzo in the middle. Winter Park (24-5) topped Vero Beach 2-1 to help the Wildcats reach the region final for the first time in 12 years behind a solid outing from pitcher Michael Bulmer. The Wildcats likely will turn to either shortstop JP Colton or outfielder Hunter Lee to take a turn on the mound as both part-time pitchers have sub-1.00 ERAs.

Class 7A-2

WHO: Sickles at Kissimmee Osceola, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: The Gryphons got a bit of revenge after being no-hit by Wiregrass Ranch’s Zach Drury in the district final, cruising to a 7-1 win against the Bulls in the region semifinals. Shane Haight struck out eight, allowing just a lone run on a balk. The Gryphons are led by senior outfielders Xavier Rodriguez and Levi Gilcrease and junior pitcher/shortstop Troy Bacon. Bacon (7-1, 1.12 ERA and 63 strikeouts) will likely get the nod in the region final. Osceola (24-6) rallied in the seventh scoring three runs to top Haines City 5-4 in the region semifinals.

Class 4A-3

WHO: Fort Myers Bishop Verot at Berkeley Prep, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: Berkeley Prep (17-12) battled Tampa Catholic four times this season, and for the fourth time squeaked out a close win to reach the region final. The Buccaneers won an 11-inning game 5-4 as Brown University commit Dante Bosnic singled in the winning run. Bosnic has been a standout for the Bucs, with solid hitting and pitching, and they have gotten solid hitting from Nicholas Kavouklis and Anthony Pellegrino. Bishop Verot (23-5) is ranked No. 26 (No. 2 in Class 4A) in the state by MaxPreps.com. The Vikings cruised to a 9-2 win against Fort Pierce Lincoln Park behind two-RBI nights from Evan Dougherty and Christian Hammond. Dougherty leads the team with a .436 average, 42 runs scored and 25 RBIs.

Class 3A-2

WHO: Tampa Prep at Maitland Orangewood Christian, 4 p.m.

OUTLOOK: Tampa Prep (19-10) avenged a district final loss, topping Bishop McLaughlin 8-3 in the region semifinals. The Terrapins have a strong senior class, including starting pitcher Watson Ransom, who earned the region semi win and infielder Nick DeTringo, while junior Matt Hodges has been a run producer. The Terrapins are led, however, by sophomore catcher Luis Medina, who has a .461 average and 29 RBIs. Orangewood Christian (23-7), the No. 13-ranked team in the state, defeated Orlando First Academy 5-3 in the region semifinals. The Rams have an impressive senior class, with Jason Cryar, Michael Gizzi, Chad Wagner and Forrest Wall all posting averages above .355. Nick Swan earned the region semi win, meaning the Rams will have senior Tommy Barberi available for the region final. He has a 9-0 record and a 1.11 ERA.

— Jarrett Guthrie

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