Date: Tue 05/03/2016
Title: HS Baseball – Newberry (17-8) at Lafayette (Mayo) (18-6)
6:45 p.m. Pregame Coverage (first pitch at 7 p.m.)
Event Details: Join Donald Taylor (Play-by-play) for the Class 1A Regional Final between two top-five ranked teams. The winner will advance to the state semifinals at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers. Gainesville Sun preview listed below.
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Gainesville Sun preview:
Who: No. 5 Newberry Panthers (17-8) at No. 4 Lafayette Hornets (18-6)
What: Region 3-1A Final
How they got here: Lafayette def. Union County 6-5 in the regional semifinals; Newberry def. Madison County 7-5.
What’s next: The winner will face the Region 1 champion, either Bonifay Holmes County or Milton Central, in the Class 1A state semifinals at either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. on May 11 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.
Extra bases: The host Hornets are looking to advance to their second state tournament in three years. The visiting Panthers are looking to reach state for the first time since 1979. Lafayette rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to beat Union County last week, getting an RBI sacrifice fly by Mason Herring, an RBI single from Caleb Land and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Coley Hingson to score Micah Byrd for the winning run. Byrd, who struck out 11 in six innings on the mound, also had an RBI double. The visiting Panthers, who are making their first regional final appearance since 1997, scored four runs in the sixth to seize control over Madison County, with Austin Montmarquette and Dee Convey both delivering two-run hits.