Brookland-Cayce and Lugoff-Elgin hosts Class 3A district championship game tonight, needing one win to move on to the Elite Eight phase of postseason play. Dreher and Airport, on the other hand, go into tonight’s district finales with the task of winning two games to keep their respective seasons alive.
Meanwhile, A.C. Flora travels to Blue Ridge tonight for a District 4 elimination game that was originally scheduled for Monday night. The winner plays at Chapin on Thursday for the district title.
3A District 6: Dreher at Brookland-Cayce
Third-ranked Brookland-Cayce has already tamed Dreher three times this season. Dreher (11-15) advanced to the district final by whipping Darlington 16-8 in the rain on Monday.
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The Bearcats (22-5) opened the playoffs with a 10-0, five-inning win over Darlington – scoring seven runs with two outs in the first inning. John Long, Addison Delk, Zach Lambert, Kenyata Castleberry and Zack Warner all delivered RBI hits during the decisive early burst. Chase Shelton tossed four innings of one-hit, shutout ball to gained the mound decision.
B-C nipped Dreher 4-2 in the district semifinal game on Saturday that featured solid pitching by Michael Gilroy and Blue Devil Bud Jeter. Gilroy allowed seven hits, struck out seven and issued no walks. Shelton’s RBI double in the third inning proved to be the game-winning hit.
3A District 4: Riverside at Lugoff-Elgin
Fifth-ranked L-E edged the 10th-ranked Warriors 3-1 in Greer on Saturday, and Riverside needs two wins at Optimist Field to ruin the Demons season.
Demon senior star Forrest Koumas dominated the Warriors in the first meeting, allowing just four hits and striking out 12. But the game wasn’t decided until Nick Mincey ripped a two-run home run to left center field in the top of the seventh inning.
Mincey was the winning pitcher in L-E’s 12-2 win in the district opener. Koumas put on quite an offensive display, belting two three-run homers.
Koumas should be ready to go on the hill again tonight at Optimist Field the Demons (21-4) look to make the Elite Eight cut for the first time since 2004.
3A District 5: Airport at South Aiken
Airport (23-5) swept South Aiken during the Region 5 campaign, but the Thoroughbreds, who were ranked No. 1 early in the season, put together a two-run rally in the seventh inning on Saturday to escape with a 6-5 win over the host Eagles in the semifinal game.
Airport needs a sweep in Aiken to move on to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2005.