Photo slideshow: Tates Creek defeats Lafayette to claim 43rd District title
Pairings for the 11th Region baseball tournament were determined Thursday afternoon, and the event gets underway Sunday.
A new wrinkle exists for this year’s event: First-round games will be played at the home sites of the four district champions (the 11th Region softball tournament will follow suit). This year’s district baseball champions were: Franklin County (41st), Henry Clay (42nd), Tates Creek (43rd) and Madison Central (44th).
All four first-round games will be played Sunday. The region semifinals are scheduled for 1 and 4 p.m. Monday with the championship game set for 6 p.m. Tuesday. Each of the last two rounds will be played at Scott County.
Madison Central, the reigning region champ, will open play against Scott County, the 42nd District runner-up and the team it defeated in last year’s region finals. The two met once this season, with the Indians (26-9) running away with a 10-0 win in Georgetown. Scott County (23-11) had won three straight district titles before falling to Henry Clay in Monday’s championship.
Tates Creek, which used a late rally to secure its first district title since 2014 on Wednesday, opens region play against Western Hills, the 41st District runner-up. The Commodores have the most wins (28) and fewest losses (seven) of any team in the region. Western Hills is 13-19 overall but had won four straight, including a 4-0 upset to eliminate Woodford County from the district tournament, before falling to Franklin County in the district finals.
Franklin County won its first district title in five years. It will host Madison Southern, runner-up out of the 44th District, in round one. The Flyers (19-13) have won five of their last six games, and closed the regular season with a tight win — 6-5 in nine innings — over Southern. The Eagles (15-14) took an 8-4 game against the Flyers in mid-April.
A battle between Lexington squads rounds out the first-round matchups. Henry Clay, last a district champ in 2015, will host 43rd District runner-up Lafayette. The two split a pair of meetings this season: Henry Clay (21-16) came out in front on the Generals’ home field, 5-4, on March 21 while Lafayette (26-11) claimed an 8-6 decision on the road in the regular season’s last week.
Every first-round game is set to begin at 4 p.m. Sunday except the Franklin County-Madison Southern tilt; that game will begin at 6 p.m.
11th Region baseball
(Games listed in bracketed order)
4 p.m.: Scott Co. at Madison Central
4 p.m.: Western Hills at Tates Creek
6 p.m.: Madison Southern at Franklin Co.
4 p.m.: Lafayette at Henry Clay
Monday (at Scott County)
Semifinals at 1 and 4 p.m.
Tuesday (at Scott County)
Championship, 6 p.m.