Posted: 2:07 pm Monday, April 29th, 2013

Softball: An inside look at the regional semifinals 

By Jeff Greer

A few more local teams were weeded out of the regional playoffs. The Treasure Coast lost each of its playoff teams. Palm Beach County still has seven teams left, though four of them play each other.

Admission to each regional playoff game, regardless of round, is $7.

Here’s the schedule. See the FHSAA’s site ( for the out-of-area game times. All local games are 7 p.m. unless listed otherwise.

Regional quarterfinals: Wednesday, April 24, or Thursday, April 25
Regional semifinals: Tuesday, April 30
Regional finals: Friday, May 3
State semifinals and finals: May 8-11 in Vero Beach
State semifinal matchups: Region 1 winner vs. Region 3 winner, Region 2 winner vs. Region 4 winner

For each class, we’ll run down the entire schedule of quarterfinal games, but we’ll also give you a list of favorites and contenders.

Class 8A
Favorite: Hagerty.
Contenders: Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Central, Palm Harbor University, Coral Reef, Durant.
Defending champ: Durant.
Last year’s state semifinalists: Durant, Mandarin, Jupiter, Miami Palmetto.

Games 7 p.m. Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Region 1
Mandarin at Hagerty
Olympia at West Orange

Region 2
East River at Timber Creek
Durant at Palm Harbor University, 4 p.m.

Region 3
Central at Gardens
Western at Cypress Bay

Region 4
American at Goleman, 4 p.m.
Miami Palmetto at Coral Reef, 4 p.m.

Class 7A
Favorite: Kissimmee Osceola.
Contenders: St. Thomas Aquinas, Harmony, Chamberlain.
Defending champ: Chamberlain.
Last year’s state semifinalists: Chamberlain, Bartow, Chiles, Cooper City.

Games 7 p.m. Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Region 1
Chiles at Lincoln
Winter Springs at Lake Howell

Region 2
Kissimmee Osceola at Harmony
Plant City at Lake Region

Region 3
Freedom at Chamberlain
Sarasota at Braden River

Region 4
Atlantic at West Boca Raton
St. Thomas Aquinas at Cooper City

Class 6A
Favorite: Niceville.
Contenders: River Ridge, Pembroke Pines Charter.
Defending champ: Pembroke Pines Charter.
Last year’s state semifinalists: Pembroke Pines Charter, Niceville, Eau Gallie, Lakewood Ranch.

Games 7 p.m. Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Region 1
Mosley at Niceville
Oakleaf at Columbia

Region 2
Gainesville at Lecanto
Eau Gallie at Palm Bay

Region 3
Mitchell at River Ridge
Strawberry Crest at Lakewood Ranch

Region 4
Naples at Barron Collier
Pembroke Pines Charter at Mater Academy

Class 5A
Favorite: Plantation-American Heritage.
Contenders: Lemon Bay, Creekside, Baker County.
Defending champ: Plantation American Heritage.
Last year’s state semifinalists: Plantation American Heritage, Belleview, Auburndale, Ponte Vedra.

Games 7 p.m. Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Region 1
Rutherford at Suwanee
Baker County at Ponte Vedra

Region 2
Creekside at North Marion
Hernando at Gulf

Region 3
Lake Wales at Auburndale
Bayshore at Blake

Region 4
Mariner at Lemon Bay
Pompano Beach at Plantation-American Heritage

Class 4A
Favorite: Gulliver Prep.
Contenders: Bradford, Bishop Verot, Cocoa Beach.
Defending champ: Gulliver Prep.
Last year’s state semifinalists: Gulliver Prep, Florida High, Keystone Heights, Bishop Verot.

Games 7 p.m. Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Region 1
Marianna at Madison County
Episcopal at Yulee

Region 2
Keystone Heights at Bradford
Astronaut at Cocoa Beach

Region 3
Holy Names at Mulberry
LaBelle at Bishop Verot

Region 4
Coral Springs Charter at Monsignor Pace, 4 p.m.
Key West at Gulliver Prep, 4 p.m.

Class 3A
Favorite: American Heritage.
Contenders: Westminster Christian, Bishop Snyder.
Defending champ: American Heritage.
Last year’s state semifinalists: American Heritage, King’s Academy, Bishop Snyder, Trinity Prep.

Games 7 p.m. Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Region 1
North Florida Christian at Bishop Snyder, 5 p.m.
PK Yonge at Oviedo Masters Academy

Region 2
Trinity Prep at Montverde
Lakeland Christian at McKeel, 4 p.m.

Region 3
St. Pete Catholic at Shorecrest Prep, 4 p.m.
Moore Haven at King’s Academy, 4 p.m.

Region 4
American Heritage at Calvary Christian, Monday, 4 p.m.
Florida Christian at Westminster Christian

Class 2A
Favorite: Canterbury Christian.
Contenders: Pine Castle Christian, Southwest Florida Christian, Grandview Prep.
Defending champ: Grandview Prep.
Last year’s state semifinalists: Grandview Prep, Pine Castle Christian, Munroe, Sheridan Hills Christian.

Games 7 p.m. Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Region 1
Munroe at Aucilla Christian, 3 p.m.
Trinity Christian at Academy at the Lakes, 4 p.m.

Region 2
Foundation Academy at Pine Castle Christian
Oasis Christian at All Saints

Region 3
Canterbury Christian at Southwest Florida Christian, 5 p.m.
Lake Worth Christian at Grandview Prep

Region 4
Zion Lutheran at Sheridan Hills Christian, 4 p.m.
Westwood Christian at Princeton Christian, 4 p.m.

Class 1A
Favorite: Liberty.
Contenders: Lafayette, Baldwin, Sneads, The Villages.
Defending champ: Lafayette.
Last year’s state semifinalists: Lafayette, Jay, Union County, Port St. Joe.

Games 7 p.m. Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Region 1
Chipley at Poplar Springs
Central at Jay

Region 2
Port St. Joe at Sneads
Wewahitchka at Liberty County

Region 3
Hilliard at Lafayette
Melody Christian at Bell

Region 4
The Villages at Baldwin
Dixie County at Taylor