Lawrence High's baseball team won't travel far from its home field for Tuesday's Class 6A regional.
The Lions, who normally play at Ice Field, will meet Junction City at 5 p.m. at Kansas University's Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.
"I'm just pleased we're playing here," said LHS coach Lynn Harrod, whose team is 13-7. "It's been five years since we've hosted a regional. It's a great baseball atmosphere at Hoglund-Maupin."
Junction City of the I-70 League enters with a 4-12 record.
"I don't think we're looking past anybody," Harrod said. "Our only concern is 5 p.m. Tuesday."
Manhattan (9-7) and Topeka High (7-10) will play the first regional game at 3 p.m. The Lawrence-Junction City winner and the Manhattan-Topeka winner will play at approximately 7 in the championship for a berth into the state tournament May 26-27 in Hutchinson.
The Lions are playing like a team on the verge of a state berth. Pitching has been consistent and the Lions' hitting has surfaced recently. They've banged out 62 hits in the past six games.
Since starting 0-3, Lawrence has won 13 of its last 17 games. The four losses were decided by one run, including three in the opponent's final at-bat. The Lions' seven losses have been decided by a total of 12 runs.
Junior Casey Cook is Lawrence's scheduled starting pitcher for the first game. If Lawrence's advances to the regional final, senior Quentin Rials will pitch.
The Lions have an earned run average close to 2.00.
"That's unheard of in high school baseball," Harrod said of the low ERA. "We have quality depth at pitching. Our pitching has held up all year."
Lawrence appears to have recovered from all of its early-season injuries. Shane Wedd, a junior catcher and designated hitter, injured his left hand while reaching for a low pitch in last week's doubleheader against Olathe East.
"He got hit in the exact same place in our intrasquad scrimmage (Sunday)," Harrod said. "But he's OK. This could be the first time all year that we've been 100 percent. It's a great time to be 100 percent."