Plunging into the postseason

It’s full speed ahead into the postseason for the four spring sports this week.

Baseball and softball district tournaments begin today in all three districts in which local teams play.

In baseball, the 45th District opens with a twi-night doubleheader today at Boyle County, beginning with Lincoln County vs. Boyle and concluding with Garrard County vs. Danville. In the 46th, Burgin and Mercer County meet to begin what will likely be the last tourney to be played at Mercer’s Amos Black Field, which is expected to be replaced by a new field on the new high school campus. In the 47th, Casey County will try to spring an upset of Rockcastle County.

In softball, there’s a doubleheader today in the 45th District at Lincoln County, where Garrard County is a heavy favorite. Garrard plays Lincoln, then Boyle plays Danville. The 46th District , and Casey plays Pulaski County in the 47th.

The three track and field regionals where local schools compete will be held on Tuesday, when public schools are closed for election day. Boyle County will host a regional meet for the first time, staging the Class AA, Region 4 meet that also includes Casey and Mercer counties. Burgin and Danville will be in the Class A, Region 4 meet at Russell, and Lincoln County competes in the Class AAA, Region 6 meet at Pulaski County.

If the weather holds, the track regionals and baseball and softball districts will all be completed by midweek, leaving only tennis for the rest of the week. Eleven boys and 12 girls will represent area schools in the state tennis tournament, which begins Thursday.

Three local players — Phillip Arndt of Garrard County, CeCe Witten of Boyle County and Haley Hart of Lincoln County — should be seeded when the seeding meeting is held tonight. The Garrard boys and Mercer County girls will take their entire teams to state as the reward for winning regional titles.

Two rounds are played each day through Saturday. The girls first and second rounds are in Berea; all other girls matches and all boys matches are in Lexington.

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