My wife told me she saw snowflakes Friday morning, so what better time to talk about baseball and softball regionals?
It should be no surprise after this spring that just a couple short days away from the start of 1A and 2A baseball and softball regionals, snow briefly hit the area.
The white stuff cost teams most of the first month of the season. The second month of the season was dotted with rainouts.
Now that we are in the final 4-week stretch of games, it sure would be nice to have some warm weather.
Cat Matt tends to be the guy in this section to keep us updated on the weather, and how it will help or hinder the local outdoor activities.
All I can do is a no-rain dance, hoping that everything happens as scheduled.
This week has been spent working on preview capsules for the regionals, and there were a few things that were notable.
One of the more intriguing seedings in the state has to be Morrison sitting at No. 4 in the 2A Stillman Valley baseball regional. It’s an eyebrow raiser when a team with a 16-5 record is seeded so low.
When I covered Wednesday’s clash between the Mustangs and Newman, I had to ask around.
When the seeds were voted upon a few weeks ago, the Mustangs had a record of 4-5. Since then, they have gone 12-0.
That’s a simple explanation. My solution would be to push seeding meetings back a couple weeks in spring, considering how often it happens that teams haven’t played much in late March and early April.
That quarterfinal game could be interesting between Morrison and Oregon.
The Mustangs have two lefty aces in Bill Greul and Joey Brackemyer. Oregon has Matt Murray, also a lefty, who helped the team to a supersectional berth last year.
If Murray pitches against either Greul or Brackemeyer, the game should be low scoring. The winner gets No. 1 seed Byron – a team that can really crush the ball.
On the softball side, the highlight matchup would be the Morrison vs. Erie-Prophetstown game at the 2A Morrison Regional.
The two teams have split the two meetings in Three Rivers North play, and this time they’ll play under the lights at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. It’ll be interesting to see if the change in lighting has any bearing on that tussle.
The winner more than likely gets Alleman, the champion of the Western Big 6. That won’t be an easy task for either the Fillies or Panthers.
The 1A regional in Lanark is also interesting.
First, you have the defending 1A state champs from Milledgeville sitting at the No. 3 seed.
Things haven’t been quite so smooth for the Missiles this season without Emily Bush in the circle, but they are still a threat to make a deep run.
The top seed is Amboy, which is looking for its fourth straight regional title. The No. 2 seed is Newman, a young team that battled Amboy tough early in the season, and beat Milledgeville in extra innings.
The winner heads to the Pearl City Sectional.
The key stat to keep in mind is that the Sauk Valley has had a team at state softball in 1A or 2A (or Class A before the four-class system) every season since 2006.
Who will keep that streak going?