High school softball ‘22: Middleburg, Oakleaf, move on to 2nd round of playoffs

Fort White and Union County also set up rematch in Class 1A

Four area softball teams won their playoff openers on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher, File) (Aaron M. Sprecher, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Meshayla Pettaway had three hits and host Oakleaf beat Creekside 6-2 in a rematch of the district title game in the Region 1-7A softball quarterfinals on Thursday night.

Ciara Gibson and Mariyah Sanchez added two hits apiece for Oakleaf (15-7). The Knights will host Apopka in Tuesday’s regional semifinals.

Kylie Hammonds had three hits for Creekside and Kyra Brenneman had two.

Region 1-6A

Fletcher’s season ended in the playoff opener, falling 3-2 to Spruce Creek

Region 1-5A

Mallory Forrester fired a no-hitter as host Middleburg thumped Ocala Vanguard 10-0 in five innings. The Broncos (16-11) advanced to Tuesday’s regional semifinals against Gainesville. …

Lincoln scored the game’s lone run on a walk-off bunt, edging Ponte Vedra 1-0. The Sharks end their season at 13-13. …

Host Gulf Breeze scored all of its runs across the final four innings to come back and beat Ridgeview 8-6. The Panthers finished their season 18-7.

Region 3-1A

Fort White made an early lead stand up in a 3-1 win over visiting Lafayette. The Indians (14-7) move on to Tuesday’s regional final against Union County, a 10-6 winner over Madison County.

Thursday’s scores

Regional quarterfinals

Region 1-7A

Oakleaf 6, Creekside 2

Region 1-6A

Spruce Creek 3, Fletcher 2

Region 1-5A

Lincoln 1, Ponte Vedra 0

Gulf Breeze 8, Ridgeview 6

Middleburg 10, Vanguard 0

Regional semifinals

Region 3-1A

Fort White 3, Lafayette 1

Union County 10, Madison County 6

Tuesday’s games

Regional semifinals

Region 1-7A

Apopka (18-7) at Oakleaf (16-7)

Region 1-5A

Gainesville (13-13) at Middleburg (16-11)

Region 1-4A

Clay (15-11) at Wakulla (15-9)

Paxon (13-10) at West Florida (15-10)

Region 1-3A

Florida High (21-3) at Baldwin (24-2)

Keystone Heights (18-9) at Providence (19-6)

Region 1-2A

St. Johns CD (13-4) at Trinity Christian (13-8)

Aucilla Christian (16-5) at University Christian (16-8)

Regional final

Region 3-1A

Union County (18-5) at Fort White (14-7)

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.