Foundation Academy knocked out of FHSAA softball state tournament; Montverde, Deltona, Lake Brantley up next

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Inclement weather rained on Foundation Academy’s first trip to the Florida High School Athletic Association softball state tournament late Monday afternoon.

The Lions (14-10) went without a hit during an 11-0 loss in five innings vs. top-seeded Jacksonville University Christian (22-2) in a Class 2A semifinal at Legends Way Ballfields in Clermont.

Foundation committed four errors and gave up 13 hits to the Christians.

The start of the contest was delayed 1 hour, 50 minutes due to rain and lightning.

The Lions pulled upsets over Cornerstone Charter in the regional semis and Orlando Christian Prep in last week’s regional championship round to advance to Clermont.

Deltona, Lake Brantley and Montverde Academy are the other Orlando area teams competing in state softball tournaments this week.

Deltona (5A) and Lake Brantley (7A) reached championship games last year. Montverde is in a state semifinal for the first time 2018.

Admission to state tournament games is $9 in advance at the GoFan app and $12 on the day of games. Parking is $10. Games will stream live online for a fee at NFHSNetwork.com.

State Semifinals

Class 3A, Tuesday

No. 1 Silver Palms Somerset Academy (28-2) vs. No. 4 Montverde Academy (23-6), 11 a.m.

Buzz: Montverde is batting .371 as a team with 48 doubles, 17 triples and 12 home runs. Freshman Nevaeh Williams has a 1.04 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings pitched. Somerset is batting .387 with 44 doubles. Senior Edan Playa (1.58 ERA, 98 Ks) leads the Stallions in the circle. The winner plays No. 2 Clearwater Calvary Christian (20-7) or No. 3 Baldwin (25-4) on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Class 5A, Wednesday

No. 2 Deltona (20-4) vs. No. 3 Stuart South Fork (17-5-1), 7

Buzz: Deltona, the 4A state champ last year, is led at the plate by seniors Morgan Davis (.466 BA, 31 RBIs, 11 doubles) and Veronica Puckett (.422 BA, 34 runs). Senior pitcher Katie McCaw has a 1.13 ERA with 201 strikeouts in 143 innings. South Fork junior Kayelyn Kidwell has 156 Ks and a 1.58 ERA in 119 2/3 innings. The winner plays No. 1 Parrish Community (22-3) or No. 4 New Port Richey River Ridge (20-8) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Class 7A, Friday

No. 1 Lake Brantley (24-3) vs. Boca Raton Spanish River (15-8-1), 4:30

Buzz: Led by junior Gabriella Mike, Lake Brantley pitchers have held opposing teams to a .167 batting average while combining for 249 strikeouts and a 0.97 earned run average. The Patriots finished 7A state runners-up in 2022. Spanish River is batting .296 as a team with 35 extra-base hits. The winner plays No. 2 Tampa Plant (26-4) or No. 3 Wellington (20-2-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m.

This article originally appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email J.C. Carnahan at jcarnahan@orlandosentinel.com.