Regional assignments released for area baseball and softball teams
photo by: Carter Gaskins
The postseason is right around the corner for area baseball and softball teams.
Regional brackets were released Wednesday morning, as postseason action will begin next week. Multiple area teams will be vying for a state berth, including a pair of city baseball teams that earned the opportunity to host.
Free State and Lawrence High finished in the top three of a loaded 6A West division, which gifted both programs the opportunity to play on its home turf during regionals. Both teams will play the regional opener and potentially the regional championship next Thursday.
FSHS (16-3) is the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of No. 15 Hutchinson (5-13) and No. 18 Wichita South (1-19) at 2 p.m. With a win, the Firebirds would face the winner of No. 7 Wichita West (13-7) and No. 10 Dodge City (11-8) in the regional championship at 5 p.m. Thursday.
After starting the year 3-4, Lawrence managed to climb all the way up to the No. 3 seed. LHS (14-5) will play host to No. 14 Wichita North (7-11) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. If the Lions advance, they would square off with the winner of No. 6 Washburn Rural (11-5) and No. 11 Garden City (11-9) at 5 p.m. on the same night.
In softball, Free State (18-2) and Lawrence High (3-17) will actually square off next Thursday, with first pitch slated for 4:30 p.m. The Firebirds, who are the defending 6A state champs, won both installments of the City Showdown this year by a combined 25-0 margin. The winner would face the winner of No. 7 Haysville Campus (14-6) and No. 10 Wichita East (5-11) at 6 p.m. Thursday at FSHS.
Another battle between area teams will take place in the 4A baseball regional opener. Tonganoxie, which is the eighth seed with a 10-9 record, will take on No. 9 Baldwin/Bishop Seabury (9-9) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside Park. The winner would likely face No. 1 Iola (12-0) at 6 p.m. that same evening. Eudora (5-11) is the 12th seed in that same division, and is slated to face No. 5 Chanute (11-6) at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
On the softball side, a trio of area teams are all in the same regional bracket in Class 4A. Eudora, the No. 4 seed with a 13-5 record, will host the event and face No. 13 Iola (6-9) at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Fifth-seeded Tonganoxie (12-5) will take on No. 12 Baldwin (7-10) at 4:30 p.m. The winners of both games will square off in the championship at 6 p.m.
Perry-Lecompton is the No. 6 seed in its 3A regional baseball bracket. PLHS (5-10) will travel to No. 3 Silver Lake (12-6) at 5 p.m. Monday. Perry Lecompton’s softball team is the No. 7 seed with a 5-9 record, and will face Royal Valley (14-4) at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Maur Hill Mount Academy.