The pairings for the first round of the Class 4A state baseball and softball playoffs on Thursday are set.
Defending state champion and reigning Region 5 champ Lexington (16-7) opens its title defense at hone against Midlands rival Ridge View (13-12) in District V. Blythewood (17-6), Dutch Fork (17-6) and Richland Northeast (16-8) also earned first-round home games. Region 4 pennant winner Blythewood meets Laurens in District II. DF and RNE are No. 2 seeds. Dutch Fork hosts Carolina Forest in District VII and Richland NE welcomes J.L. Mann in a District III contest. As No. 3 seeds, Lugoff-Elgin (13-10) and White Knoll (11-12) are on the road. L-E is off to face Summerville in District VI, while WK is at West Florence.
Blythewood (20-6), Lexington (15-6), Dutch Fork (20-5) and Lugoff-Elgin (19-3) have earned first-round games. Blythewood won the Region 4 championship, marking the ninth pennant in nine tries for the program. The Bengals host Greenwood in District II. Lexington and DF shared the Region 5 titles, but Lexington emerged as the No. 1 seed. The Wildcats host cross-dam rival Irmo (8-10) in a District V game that is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, not Thursday. Dutch Forks hosts Spring Valley (13-10) in another all-Midlands confrontation in District VI. L-E welcomes Hillcrest in District III play. White Knoll (8-18) travels to face No. 1 seed South Florence in District VI.