At long last, the pairings for the 12th Region baseball tournament were drawn today. And the first round is full of intrigue, especially for the three Advocate-area teams in the field.
There are no less than four teams in the field that were ranked in the final statewide coaches poll of the season — almost certainly a first for this region — and those four teams drew into two of Monday’s four first-round games at East Jessamine. No. 25 Danville will play No. 18 Mercer County in the second of Monday’s four games, and No. 4 West Jessamine plays No. 22 Boyle County right after that. There’s also a matchup of intra-county rivals in the final game as Southwestern plays Pulaski County.
The tournament will be played Monday, Wednesday and Thursday if the weather cooperates.
12th Region Tournament
At East Jessamine
Monday, May 31
Somerset (28-8) vs. McCreary Central (20-12), 11 a.m.
Danville (28-9) vs. Mercer County (25-10), 1:30 p.m.
West Jessamine (30-7) vs. Boyle County (25-11), 4 p.m.
Southwestern (22-15) vs. Pulaski County (17-17), 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 2
Somerset-McCreary Central winner vs. Danville-Mercer County winner, 6 p.m.
West Jessamine-Boyle County winner vs. Southwestern-Pulaski County winner, 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 3
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.