Looking ahead for Danville, Garrard

Now that they have won the 12th Region baseball and softball championships, Danville and Garrard County, respectively, can look ahead to their next games next week.

Danville is in the state baseball tournament bracket for the first time since 2006, and as was the case then, the Admirals must win a best-of-three semi-state series with Lexington Catholic to advance to the final rounds at Applebee’s Park in Lexington. (They didn’t do that last time, losing two games to none.)

This year’s series will be played at Henry Clay, with games scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those dates are mandated by the KHSAA, which changed the schedule from previous years when the semi-state series were scheduled for three consecutive days. The game times will be determined during a conference call with Henry Clay officials and coaches of the participating teams.

(Interesting note: This is the last year for the semi-state series, as the KHSAA decided to have all 16 regional winners advance to Applebee’s beginning in 2010.)

In softball, Garrard will make its second straight trip to Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro for the state tournament. The Lady Lions will open against 4th Region champion Allen County-Scottsville at 10 a.m. Friday. Win or lose, they’ll play again at 1:15 p.m. against either Franklin County or Estill County. (Click here for the complete bracket.)

If Garrard loses its first game, it could play up to three games Friday. Any other scenario means it would play no more than two. If the Lady Lions make it to Saturday, which they didn’t last year after going 1-2 on day one, they could play as many as six game.

A check of the statewide coaches’ polls finds Garrard ranked 22nd and Allen at No. 6 in softball. In baseball, Lexington Catholic is No. 9 while Danville is unranked.

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