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Prep softball regional finals: Creekside, Columbia battle for final four berth

Posted: May 1, 2014 - 11:34pm  |  Updated: May 2, 2014 - 12:00am

This week’s high school softball regional finals. All games at 7 p.m. Friday unless indicated.

 

REGION 1-6A

Creekside (20-5) at Columbia (28-1): A heavyweight matchup featuring the defending Class 6A state champion Tigers against last year’s Class 5A runner-up Knights. Columbia has been impossible to knock off, walking off with wins in two of its last three games, both against Oakleaf. Kayli Kvistad remains one of the best players in the country, and Erin Anderson has gotten it done from the pitcher’s circle and in the batter’s box. Creekside has a good arm in pitcher Sami Hays and a solid defense behind her. In Hays’ last six outings (32 1/3 IP), she’s allowed 14 hits and one earned run. The Knights haven’t allowed a run in 25 consecutive innings.

REGION 3-1A

Hilliard (12-6) at Bell (17-10): The Red Flashes went on the road and upset 2013 state runner-up Mayo Lafayette in the regional semis and now face the host Bulldogs for the fourth time this season. A win sends the Red Flashes to just their second state semifinal game in program history (1994).

REGION 1-4A

West Florida (26-1) at West Nassau (23-5), Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Warriors and Jaguars will have a short turnaround for regional final. The Jaguars’ twice-delayed regional semi was played Thursday night (and won 5-0 over Florida High). Pitcher Morgan Williams homered in the opener. West Nassau’s big challenge — knocking the ball around off ace and FSU signee Korina Rosario.

 

Note: Ponte Vedra (1-5A) and University Christian (1-3A) advanced to regional finals. Due to postponements from bad weather, their opponents have yet to be determined.

 

Justin Barney, the Times-Union