Ohio baseball tourney about to get going
With two local teams set to begin tournament play over the weekend and the rest of the area teams on the Ohio side of the river set to start runs early in the week, it is officially baseball tournament time in Ohio.
Indian Creek, who was scheduled to host No. 20 seed Claymont on Saturday, weather permitting, in Division II, East District sectional semifinal action, and Toronto, slated to open at home is Division IV sectional semifinal action against No. 14 seed that same day, are the first local teams to take the field with their seasons on the line.
The Redskins are the No. 12 seed in the East 1 District bracket in Division II, while the Red Knights are the No. 3 seed in the East District in Division IV.
The winner of the Creek-Claymont game will travel to No. 2 seed Dresden Tri-Valley on Tuesday in a sectional final for the chance to earn a trip to the district semis.
The East 1 District final is set for May 25.
The winner of the game between the Red Knights and Bulldogs advances to face the winner of No. 9 Strasburg-Franklin and No. 11 Caldwell in a sectional final on Wednesday.
The Red Knights, who have been ranked for much of the season, will be looking to extend their record streak of sectional titles. In that same bracket in Division IV, Catholic Central was set to travel to Conotton Valley on Saturday in a sectional semi-final. The district final in Division IV is slated for May 25.
In the other Division II bracket, Big Red opens its run in the East 2 bracket at home against No. 11 Carrollton on Tuesday in a sectional final.
Big Red, the No. 7 seed in the bracket, would face the winner of No. 1 Indian Valley and No. 17 Zanesville/No. 19 Union Local in the district semifinals on May 23 if it were to win.
The district final is also on May 25.
In Division III action, three local teams are looking to make a run. Harrison Central, who like Toronto spent part of the season ranked, is the No. 3 seed in the East District and will face No. 14 West Muskingum in a sectional semifinal on Monday at Mazeroski Field. The winner meets the winner of No. 9 Tusky Valley and No. 11 Sandy Valley on Wednesday for a sectional title.
Edison is the No. 10 seed and will hit the road on Monday to test No. 4 Fort Frye in sectional semifinal action. The victor will meet either No. 6 Ridgewood or No. 5 Buckeye Trail for a section crown on Wednesday.
Also in Division III, Buckeye Local is the No. 12 seed in the bracket and will travel to No. 7 Coshocton on Monday. The winner moves on to face the winner of No. 2 Garaway or No. 15 Newcomerstown on Wednesday in the sectional finals.
The Division III district title game is also May 25.