Lafayette and Madison Central, both 30-game winners and ranked among the best baseball teams in the state, could be considered co-favorites in the 11th Region tournament that begins Monday at Henry Clay.
No. 2 Lafayette (32-5), seeking its first region title since 2004, is led by senior aces Alex Daniel (8-0, 2.81 ERA) and Brandon Calia (7-2, 0.95), and senior first baseman C.J. Compton (.379, 31 RBI).
Lafayette plays Sayre in Monday's tournament opener. Sayre is in the region for the first time since 1997.
No. 5 Madison Central (30-6), region runner-up last year and looking for its first region title since 1993, is led by outfielders Ben Morin (.371, 25 RBI), and Josh Wright (.378, 36 RBI), and pitcher/infielder Joseph Holbrook (9-0, 1.39; .371, 16 RBI).
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The Indians play Woodford County in the first round.
No. 17 Lexington Christian, which last won the region in 2010, is led by senior outfielder Drew Schacht (.446) and senior lefthander Dima Ballard (7-1, 1.38).
Henry Clay, whose last region title was in 2000, is led by senior pitcher/outfielder Aaron McGeorge (7-1, 1.65; .315) and senior outfielder Blake Urbanek (.362, 21 RBI, 21 runs).