TONIGHTíS GAMES START AT 7
Class 7A WIREGRASS RANCH (17-9) AT COUNTRYSIDE (17-10)
3000 Florida 580, Clearwater
The Bulls are appearing in their first region tournament in program history, hoping to make the most of it behind the Drury brothers: Zach and Austin. Zach leads the team with 20 RBIs and is 7-5 with a 1.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts on the mound. Austin is batting .354 and leads the team in runs scored (24) and hits (27). Keep an eye on Shane Bucenell and Michael Campoamor, both of whom are batting above .350, driven in double-digits in RBIs and both stolen 10-plus bases. Ö The Cougars are led by Brendan Stevens, who has a team-high 16 RBIs with a .346 average, while theyíll probably send Jake Mielock, with his 4-2 record and 0.59 ERA, to the mound.
Class 5A CITRUS EUSTIS (21-8) AT PASCO (20-8)
36850 Florida 52, Dade City
The Pirates may have started slow, but havenít done much wrong down the stretch, including winning six of their last seven games. Pitching and timely hitting has powered Pasco. Senior ace Blaine Duncan is 7-0 with a 1.10 ERA and 95 strikeouts on the mound. The offense is powered by Robbie Hanlon (34 hits, 21 RBIs, 2 HRs), Lane Stancil (36 hits, 24 RBIs, 3 HRs), Derek Dios (33 hits, 25 RBIs), Logan Johnson (31 hits, 24 RBIs, 2 HRs), Troy Rivera (21 hits, 21 RBIs) and A.J. Rainaldi (39 hits, 29 RBIs, 3 HRs). Ö The Panthers are not the typical district runner-up, but were second to a very good and deep Brooksville Hernando team. Eustis is similar to Pasco, as it has an ace: Wesley Moulden (71, 1.90, 80 strikeouts) and power in its lineup: Chris Okey, Max Sellers and Alex Hagner have combined for 75 RBIs and 10 homers.
WESLEY CHAPEL (19-8) AT
BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO (22-5)
700 Bell Ave., Brooksville
Wesley Chapel faces a tough Leopards team that has college-bound talent and hasnít lost since late March. Yet, Wesley Chapel is scrappy and a knack for pulling out wins with defense and pitching. The latter will fall upon HCC-signee Chase Ingram, the senior ace who is 9-1 with a 0.93 ERA and a county-high 109 strikeouts. The Wildcats will also need offense from Turner Imhoff (36 hits, 27 RBIs) and Kyle Custer (33 hits, 21 RBIs, .532 avg.). Ö Hernando is led by Brooks Timmons (South Georgia), Christian Arroyo (Florida) and Brandon Lawson (USF). Arroyo is the teamís slugger with 23 RBIs and eight homers on a .494 average, while Lawson is the teamís ace with a 6-0 record, 0.93 ERA and 74 strikeouts, while walking only five batters and allowing four extra base hits.