Just like that, we’re down to one Advocate-area team, the Mercer County baseball team, still alive in this school year.
Mercer will play Pulaski County tonight in a 12th Region Tournament semifinal at Southwestern, with the winner playing Wednesday night for the championship against the winner of tonight’s first game between Somerset and West Jessamine.
Nothing is certain in a baseball regional, but Mercer would figure to have a pitching advantage against Pulaski. Freshman J.T. Long, their No. 3 starter, went the distance in the Titans’ 19-8, five-inning win over Lincoln County in Monday’s first round, while the Maroons burned through at least two pitchers in their 10-9, nine-inning win over Wayne County.
Six baseball and softball teams from this area went to Southwestern on Monday for the first round of the baseball and softball regionals, and five of them were sent packing. One was guaranteed to survive because Mercer and Lincoln went head to head in baseball, but the Danville baseball teams and the Garrard County, Mercer County and Boyle County softball teams were all eliminated.
The tennis and track and field seasons wrapped up over the weekend. Diamond Pace and Kaitlin Snapp of Danville, Isaiah Burrus of Mercer County and two Boyle County girls relay teams claimed championships at the state track meet, and Colin Hart of Lincoln County reached the boys singles quarterfinals at the state tennis tournament.
That leaves Mercer’s baseball team as the last area team in action. Summer is surely coming, but the Titans will try to extend the spring for as long as possible.