River Ridge (28-1) at
Bradenton Lakewood Ranch (12-6)
Today, 4 p.m.
This rematch has been a year in the making for River Ridge, as a 10-0 loss to Lakewood Ranch has remained in the minds of every Royal Knights player. The Royal Knights not only have a strong defense, they also have a standout pitcher in Makenzie Goluba (23-1, 0.32 ERA, 145 strikeouts), a sophomore who is batting .485. Coming off an impressive 5-0 victory against rival Mitchell, River Ridge will need momentum against Lakewood Ranch. The Mustangs have been successful against Bay area teams, defeating Chamberlain, Tampa Catholic, Sickles and Strawberry Crest.
Quincy Munroe (10-8) at
Academy at the Lakes (10-5)
Live Oak Park, 9190 Imperial Oak Blvd., Tampa
Another shot at redemption is on the line in this rematch of last season’s 2A region final, which the Wildcats lost 3-1. AATL was 5-1 at home during the regular season, and heading to the mound will be senior Sydney Boynton (10-5, 100 strikeouts). Another factor will be the big bat of University of South Florida commit Lauren Evans, who is batting .590 with five triples and 18 RBIs.