Scott County and Woodford County have met for two of the last three 11th Region softball titles. There’s little reason to believe they won’t make it three of four as the 11th Region Tournament gets underway in Richmond.
The pair have combined to go 54-4 entering Monday’s first round. Scott County’s two losses were to reigning state champion McCracken County, while Woodford’s came against Scott County to open the season and 11th Region tournament host Madison Central a few weeks later.
The Yellow Jackets defeated the Indians in a rematch. A must-see rubber match would occur if both teams advance out of the first round. Woodford drew Henry Clay, while Madison Central got Lafayette; neither of those matchups occurred during the regular season.
Madison Central defeated county rival Madison Southern in the 44th District championship to secure its fourth 20-win season in the last five years. The Indians, who have won nine of their last 11 games, are seeking their fourth trip to the state tournament and first since 2002.
Scott County, ranked in the top three for the entire season by the coaches, has won the last four 11th Region titles and seven overall. The Cardinals, who open this year’s 11th Region tournament against Western Hills, won the state championship in 2014.
Woodford County’s only appearance at state came in 2006. The Yellow Jackets defeated Lafayette 1-0 in 13 innings in that year’s 11th Region title game.
Paul Laurence Dunbar hasn’t reached the state tournament since 2005. The Bulldogs upset Lafayette 9-1 in the 43rd District championship and will open with Madison Southern in the first round.
Lafayette’s last state tournament trip came in 2011, when it knocked off Henry Clay in the finals. That was the last 11th Region title-game appearance for either team. The Generals’ four state tournament appearances are the most among Lexington teams.
11th Region Tournament
At Madison Central
Monday’s first round
Madison Central vs. Lafayette, 10 a.m.
Woodford County vs. Henry Clay, noon
Scott County vs. Western Hills, 2
Paul Laurence Dunbar vs. Madison Southern, 4
Monday’s winners, 6 and 8
Tuesday’s winners, 7