Hard to believe, but high school baseball and softball season is almost at hand. The season opens March 26, but many teams are having their first scrimmages this weekend. Look for preview capsules of our area teams in the Advocate a few days from now. Meanwhile, here are some baseball notes to tide you over:
- Defending 12th Region champion Danville, which made the round of eight in the state playoffs last season, is ranked 13th in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Assocation’s preseason poll. Danville is the only 12th Region team in the rankings but not the only one getting some notice. Mercer County is just four spots removed from the top 25, and West Jessamine, Somerset and Boyle County also received votes. Should be a good year for baseball in the 12th. Lexington Catholic is No. 1 with 37 of 63 first-place votes, followed in the top five by Pleasure Ridge Park, Paul Dunbar, Lexington Christian and Trinity. Twelve of the 25 teams are from Fayette and Jefferson counties.
- Look for more night baseball in the area this season as Boyle County and Danville are lighting up their fields. At last check, Danville was digging holes for the poles, and Boyle has the electrical wiring in place and plans to put up its poles later this month.