Regional baseball, softball fields set

Some of the district tournaments haven’t finished yet, but we now know the eight teams that will be playing in the 12th Region baseball and softball tournaments. Here’s the field for each, with seeds in parentheses for those who are through with district play:

Baseball: Danville (1), Boyle County (2), West Jessamine, Mercer County, Somerset, Rockcastle County, Southwestern (1), Wayne County (2).

Danville won the 45th District on Tuesday, and Southwestern won the 48th. The other two districts will be decided today: West Jessamine at Mercer in the 46th and Somerset vs. Rockcastle at Pulaski County.

Softball: Garrard County (1), Boyle County (2), Mercer County, East Jessamine, Pulaski County (1), Rockcastle County (2), Southwestern (1), Wayne County (2).

Garrard has won the 45th District, Pulaski has won the 47th and Southwestern has won the 48th. Mercer and East Jessamine play today at Burgin to decide the 46th.

Boyle County will host the regional baseball tournament for the first time, and Pulaski County will host the softball regional. It appears that the draws for both regional tournaments will be held Saturday morning. The softball draw is set for 10 a.m. at Pulaski, and the baseball draw is tentatively set for 11 a.m. at Boyle. Both tournaments are expected to begin Monday with four first-round games.

2 Comments on Regional baseball, softball fields set

  1. Daniel Hopkins
    May, 22nd 2008 at 8:13 am

    Without knowing the pairings/dates, can you give us a quick prediction for baseball and softball regional champions?

  2. Mike Marsee
    May, 22nd 2008 at 4:30 pm

    In softball, it’s hard to pick against Garrard County, which came back with resolve after losing in last year’s regional final and which has had a marvelous season. I’ll take Pulaski County, the host team, as a second choice.
    Baseball is trickier, with so much riding on pitching matchups. The draw will be interesting, too, although with the way the district tournaments came out, the four district champions won’t have much of an edge in that draw.
    Based on how they’re playing now, I’ll put Boyle County, Mercer County and West Jessamine (in alphabetical order) on my list of teams most likely to win it, and I won’t commit beyond that just yet. I’ll take Somerset and Southwestern for the second tier.
    As for the dates, the athletic directors at Boyle (the baseball site) and Pulaski (the softball site) plan to play first-round games on Monday, semifinals on Tuesday and their respective championship games on Wednesday if the weather allows.

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