Baseball and softball postseason play starts Monday with Mayfield and Ballard Memorial facing off in both Third District openers at Mayfield High School. The winners will advance to Tuesday’s respective championships against top-seed Graves County.
Mayfield and Ballard’s 6 p.m. baseball game should be exciting as they split their prior meetings. The Cardinals, who have struggled to a 10-21-1 record, will be looking for some revenge after the Bombers (8-18) rallied to beat them here three weeks ago, 6-5.
The Eagles have also been struggling of late. Heading into Saturday’s afternoon game with University Heights, Graves County had lost five straight games to fall to 16-14.
Graves’ Lady Eagles softball team, however, is smoking at 18-13. They closed out the regular season by winning their last seven and 11 of their last 14 games. Among those wins was the 7-6 walk-off over defending region champ Marshall County.
The Lady Bombers enter Monday’s game at 9-18 and Mayfield is 4-14.
Regional picture: The draw for the First Region tournament seedings will be Wednesday at The Dinner Bell here. Baseball’s tournament is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 25, and softball is to start on Memorial Day.
From the looks of things, McCracken County and Paducah Tilghman will be in a slugfest in both their Second District and likely the regional tournaments. The Mustangs are 25-7 and the Tornado is 22-7. Tilghman lost its two regular season game to McCracken by one run.
Marshall County has the region’s best overall record at 26-7, but have lost to both McCracken and Paducah Tilghman. Then there is Carlisle County at 22-10 and can scrap.
That looks like a pretty cool final four.
The top four in the First Region softball rankings could stand, as well. Hickman County leads things with a 22-10 record that includes beating McCracken County, 9-8, for a season split. The Lady Falcons haven’t played the other two teams – Marshall or Graves.
Marshall County is at 20-13, a game behind McCracken.
Tilghman is hosting both regional tournaments.
Price is Right: Of note among the KHSAA’s reported statistics, Mayfield’s Colin Price is among the state’s best at the plate.
A junior, Price leads the state in the latest report on doubles with 20 out of 89 at-bats this year. He is also 17th in slugging (.865) and 25th with a batting average of .483.
Eric Walker is Sports Editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter (@sports_ewalker).