Scott County is the team to beat in the 11th Region softball tournament that starts Monday at EKU's Gertrude Hood Field in Richmond.
Scott County, rated No. 8 in the state, has won 16 of its last 17 games. Its only loss was to No. 5 Christian County in the regular-season finale. Coach Scott Walters' Cardinals are 10-0 against region opponents this season.
Scott County has qualified for the state tournament four times in the last seven years.
Madison Central and Paul Laurence Dunbar head into the region with momentum.
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After a slow start to the season, Madison Central has won 13 of its last 15 games. Dunbar is on a nine-game winning streak. The Bulldogs ended defending region champ Lafayette's 48-game win streak in the city.
Tates Creek, which beat Woodford County 3-2 three weeks ago, has a rematch with the Yellowjackets on Monday afternoon.
The 11th Region winner advances to next week's state tournament in Owensboro where it will face the 4th Region champ in the first round.
11th Region softball
10 a.m.: Madison Central (22-12) vs. Henry Clay (18-17-1)
Noon: Dunbar (20-16-1) vs. Franklin County (22-13)
2 p.m.: Scott County (29-7-1) vs. Madison Southern (18-16)
4 p.m.: Woodford County (22-14) vs. Tates Creek (17-17),
Semifinals, 4 and 6 p.m.
Finals, 6 p.m.