Posted: 2:48 pm Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Baseball: Regional semifinal preview for Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast 

By Matt Porter

After one playoff round, these are the area teams left standing.

All games 7 p.m. Friday unless noted

Class 6A

Park Vista (21-7) at Jupiter (24-5)
Jupiter didn’t mess around, beating Deerfield Beach 11-0 in the quarterfinals, while Park Vista topped Coral Springs 7-1 behind another great pitching performance by Ryan Pistey. Jupiter beat Park Vista 14-1 in the District 9-6A title game. Expect Jupiter ace Ryan Harris to get the ball, opposing junior lefty Brandon Rhodes or senior right-hander Brian Bussell. Harris threw 95 pitches and escaped a few jams Thursday in the Warriors’ 3-1 win over Palm Beach Gardens.
Next round: Pembroke Pines-West Broward–Pembroke Pines-Flanagan winner, Friday, May 13


Class 5A

Wellington (22-7) at West Boca Raton (23-4)
Wellington had to expect to meet West Boca at some point, while West Boca has to get through its district rival if it wants to get to the state tournament. The teams met in the District 15-5A title game, with West Boca’s Matt Mulroy, the team’s No. 9 hitter, smacking a two-run homer to lift the Bulls to the title. In Tuesday’s regional quarterfinals, West Boca beat St. Thomas Aquinas 5-1 behind a complete-game four-hitter from Michael Kelly and the usual offensive production, while Wellington’s Andrew Istler shut out Davie-Nova 5-0 and hit what proved to be the winning homer. Bulls lefty Parker Danciu will likely oppose Wellington’s Clint Knoblauch Friday. Should be a good one.
Next round: Melbourne/Port St. Lucie winner, Friday, May 13

Melbourne (24-3) at Port St. Lucie (16-9), 4 p.m.
In the quarterfinals, Port St. Lucie was a 2-0 winner over Viera thanks to Kyle Romstadt’s somewhat-improbable shutout, while Melbourne beat South Fork 13-3.
Next round: Wellington–West Boca Raton winner, Friday, May 13



Class 4A 

Melbourne-Eau Gallie (20-9) at Lincoln Park Academy (16-9)
In the quarterfinals, Lincoln Park walked off with a 2-1 win over Merritt Island after Luke Stewart’s bases-loaded single in the seventh; Eau Gallie beat Jensen Beach 9-3. Expect senior righty Trevor Alley (4-2, 2.12, 39 SO in 33 regular-season innings) to get the ball for LPA. 
Next round: Miami-Florida Christian/Miami-Westminster Christian winner, Friday, May 13




Class 2A

King’s Academy (20-9) at American Heritage (24-3)
Good pitching matchup of two hard-throwing right-handers: King’s senior ace Matt Leber (6-3, 2.48, 82 SO in 59.1 regular-season innings) against American Heritage’s lanky senior Alex Leighton (4-2, 3.76). American Heritage has plenty of arms in reserve, as King’s Academy was reminded in a 7-1 loss in the District 13-2A final. Two tough, Miami-based potential opponents next round: Florida Christian and Westminster Christian won their quarterfinal games by a combined 26-1 score. Last round: American Heritage beat Cavalry Christian 7-2; King’s beat Coral Springs Christian 9-4.
Next round: Miami-Florida Christian–Miami-Westminster Christian winner, Friday, May 13


Class 1A 

Boca Raton Christian (10-16) at Pompano Beach-Highlands Christian (13-10)
Boca Christian trounced Sheridan Hills Christian 10-2 in the first round, while Highlands Christian was a 10-6 winner over Lake Worth Christian. Looks like Jonathan Kreh (4-2, 3.64, 28 SO in 32.2 regular-season innings) will pitch for Boca Christian.
Next round: Miami-Brito–Miami Christian winner, Friday, May 13

Merritt Island Christian (8-14) at Summit Christian (23-5), 4 p.m.
Merritt Island Christian advanced thanks to a vacated space in the Class 1A bracket. They’ll get a strong Summit Christian club that has pitching (John Costa, Tyler Dupont, Sam Murphy) and hitting (Costa, Shane Swanson, Timmy Williams). The Saints advanced with a 16-0, five-inning win over Brevard HEAT.
Next round: Tampa-Cambridge Christian–Sarasota Christian winner, Friday, May 13