Union County Radio in Lake Butler (107.9 FM) is broadcasting tonight’s Union County (Lake Butler) (19-3) at Lafayette (Mayo) (20-8) Class 1A Regional Final softball game. Join Mike Ridaught (Play-by-play) for all the action beginning at 6:45 p.m. Gainesville Sun preview listed below.
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Gainesville Sun preview:
Who: No. 2 Union County (19-3) at No. 8 Lafayette (20-8)
What: Region 3-1A
How they got here: Union County def. Madison County 8-7 in the regional semifinals; Lafayette def. Fort White 3-0.
What’s next: Winner will face the Region 1 champion, either Wewahitchka or Holmes County, in the Class 1A state semifinals on Wednesday, May 5 (1:05 or 2:20 p.m.) at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach.
Extra bases: The host Hornets are looking to advance to their sixth state tournament and first since 2013 with a win over the Tigers. Lafayette is led by sophomore Haley Ellefson (.584, 12 homers, 43 RBIs; 2.62 ERA as pitcher), senior Lacey Swafford (.587, 14 RBIs) and Alana Wimberley (.368, 30 RBIs). Ellefson tossed a no-hitter in blanking Fort White. Union County, 0-2 against the Hornets which included a state semifinal setback in 2012, has won 12 straight games. The Tigers have the top hitter in the area in sophomore Teala Howard (.623), and slugging production from senior Kaylan Tucker (.429, 18 multi-base hits, 41 RBIs) and sophomore Devin Lewis (.421, 19 multi-base hits, 36 RBIs). Union edged Madison with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, both scored on wild pitches.