ESTERO — Cape Coral will visit Estero High tonight in a Class 3A regional baseball quarterfinal at 7.
The teams’ lone meeting in the regular season was a lopsided affair as Matt Pearce tossed a five-inning no-hitter in Estero’s 12-0 win on April 10.
Pearce and co-ace Kyle Miller have helped Estero’s pitching staff compile a remarkable 0.89 ERA and nine shutouts.
“They’re throwing two, three pitches for strikes,” said Estero coach Frank Turco. “When you can throw three pitches for strikes, it’s going to make you a tough pitcher in high school.”
Pearce is 8-1 with a 0.88 ERA; Miller is 8-0 with a 0.27 ERA.
Those aren’t the only jaw-dropping numbers. Estero sports an impressive 25-2 record, which includes its current 23-game winning streak.
Left-handed batting Tyler Selesky has a .560 batting average and a 16-game hitting streak.
“What an awesome player,” Turco said. “I don’t think he gets enough (publicity) like he should. I’d put him up with the best player in these counties.”
After the season, Selesky will continue his career six miles away at Florida Gulf Coast University.
“FGCU is getting a stud ballplayer. Everything you want in a ballplayer,” Turco said.
Cape Coral (18-8) is coming off a 4-3 loss in nine innings against Mariner in the District 13 title game last week. The Seahawks are led by Brandon Marshall (.380, four home runs) and Cain Spangler (.338).
Estero appears to be peaking at the right time. The Wildcats have won their past eight games by at least five runs.
Tonight’s winner advances to face the Lely-Mariner winner in a regional semifinal on May 8.