Defending state champion Brookland-Cayce and Camden will be looking to lock up Class 3A district baseball titles at home tonight with a minimum of trouble. Both the Bearcats and Bulldogs need one win to move on the the Lower State championship tournament.
B-C (20-7) hosts South Aiken, which beat the Bearcats in a tie-breaking game for the Region 5-3A championship just prior to the start of the playoffs. The T-Breds must win two games to end the Bearcats season. The team have not met yet in district play play because South Aiken was upset by Marlboro County in the first round and has had to claw back through the loser’s bracket. B-C topped Lakewood 8-6 in its opener, and moved on to the finals with a 5-2 success vs. Marlboro County in the second round.
With a well-rest pithing staff, B-C coach Brian Hucks plenty of options in the bid to lock down a third straight trip to the LS tournament. The Bearcats have been an Elite Eight team eight times in nine tries since the classification went to a district playoff format in 2001. Hucks can choose between James Hall (5-1, 1 save, 1.43 ERA, .186 OBA, 70 Ks in 49 innings), Michael Gilroy (6-0, 4 saves, 0.85 ERA, .161 OBA, 61 Ks in 48.2 innings) or Alex Nettles (5-2, 1.11 ERA, .190 OBA) in an effort to dispatch South vAiken in the first game and avoid the tension of a do-or-die nightcap.
Camden (18-7) will like send Tyler Pike to the mound against Region 6-3A rival Darlington, which beat Dreher 8-7 last night to rate its third shot at the Bulldogs. Pike struggled in the postseason opener last week – a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Airport.
Darlington handed the Bulldogs a 7-6 loss early in the region campaign, but Camden kickoff off its final-week stretch drive to the pennant by whipping the Falcons 12-1.
Lexington, Lugoff-Elgin and A.C. Flora are all faced with the task of coming up with two wins tonight in district finals dates on the road.
Lexington (15-12) gets a rematch with Hartsville after falling to the Red Foxes 5-2 at home in the second round. The Red Foxes trailed 2-0 and did not have a hit through the first three innings, but came up big later in the game. After pulling even with two runs in the sixth inning and scored three decisive runs with two outs in the top of the seventh. The big blow was a bases-load single by Hunter Privette, who will likely get the starting nod for the Red Foxes tonight. Privette tossed a four-hitter in a 9-1 win against James Island in the first rounding, retiring the first 14 JI batters he faced.
In 3A, A.C. Flora needs two wins over Riverside in District III and Lugoff-Elgin must sweep a doubleheader at Greer in District VI to avoid elimination.