Softball season will extend at least into next week, as Osceola and St. Cloud have earned spots in the regional playoffs.
The Kowboys and Bulldogs, scheduled to play for the District 9A-5 and 8A-10 tournament titles at home Thursday night against Haines City and Windermere respectively, were rained out and will try again to play those games tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m.
St. Cloud (19-6-1) wasted no time in their district semifinal Tuesday against Tohopekaliga, scoring 13 runs in the first inning in an 18-3, three-inning win.
Morgan Watral and Delaney Carnell homered, Morgan Larkins doubled and drove in three runs, and Hannah Nasco scored three runs.
It set up a rematch of last year’s 8A-10 title game against Windermere. In that game, the Wolverines led 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning before St. Cloud scored twice in the sixth and one in the seventh to take a 4-3 walk-off win and its fourth consecutive district championship.
Liberty nearly made its first regional playoff appearance, rallying from a 5-2 fourth-inning deficit against Windermere in Tuesday’s semifinal, but the Wolverines scored in the ninth to take a 7-6, extra-inning win to set up their rematch with the Bulldogs.
The Chargers (11-7), who pieced together their best season in school history, defeated East River 10-0 on Monday to get to Tuesday’s semifinal.
Osceola won its 9A-5 semifinal by forfeit and faced Haines City, who it outscored 29-5 in two meetings this year, in Thursday night’s final.
The regional quarterfinal playoffs games will be held Wednesday at the home of the district champions. Check www.aroundosceola.com this weekend for details.
Harmony played its District 7A-6 quarterfinal Monday, and fell to Heritage, 5-4. The Longhorns (10-10) took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning but couldn’t hold off the home team.
Taylor Barrett collected two hits at the plate, including a triple, and struck out 12 in the pitching circle while walking none.
City of Life fell, 10-3, to Clermont Real Life Christian Monday in the District 2A-3 tournament, and Poinciana’s season ended at Sebring in the 6A-10 tournament Monday.