It’s do or die Monday for several Midlands teams in the state baseball and softball playoffs.
Most of tonight’s outcomes will determine which teams stay alive in the hunt for district championships and entry into the Elite Eight phase of the postseason, and which teams close the book on the 2012 season.
It’s that simple.
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Blythewood (20-4) fell into 4A District II loser’s bracket by dropping a 5-4 decision to Boiling Springs on Saturday. The Bengals square off against Spartanburg tonight for the second time in five days. Blythewood nipped the Vikings 4-3 in first-round play on Thursday. The winner will have to win two games at Boiling Springs on Wednesday keep the season going.
Dutch Fork (10-10) plays at Sumter in 4A District VI. The Silver Foxes bounced back from a first-round loss to Sumter with a 10-5 triumph at Beaufort on Saturday. Sumter was a 5-4 loser to South Aiken in Saturday’s semfinal.
White Knoll (19-6) hosts Wando in 4A District VII with the winner earning a rematch with surprising Irmo in the finals on Wednesday. The Timberwolves went down 7-2 at home to the upstart Yellow Jackets. Wando took a 9-1 hit by the Jackets at home in the first round on Thursday, and survived an eliminating game on Saturday against Summerville.
Brookland-Cayce (11-13) hosts Marlboro County in 3A District V after opening the playoffs with a 12-2 over the Bulldogs in Bennettsville on Thursday. B-C fell to top-ranked Flora 9-6 on Saturday, while MC stayed alive with a 10-4 win over Region 6 rival Hartsville.
Camden (13-11) plays at Darlington in 3A District V with the winner squaring off against Dreher on Tuesday for the right to face Chapin in the finals. The Camden game at Darlington was postponed to Monday because of wet field conditions. Dreher (12-11) pulled off a first-round upset of Darlington, but dropped a 10-1 semifinal decision to Chapin on Saturday.
Swansea (16-4) earned another crack at Woodland in 2A District V by eliminating Timberland with a 13-5 win on Saturday. The Region 5 champion Tigers suffered a 5-4 loss to No. 4 seed Woodland in the first round. The winner travels to face Marion in the finals.
Batesburg-Leesville will look to bounced back from Saturday’s 15-0 semifinal loss to Palmetto at home against Broome, which eliminated Central 7-6. B-L beat Central in the first round.
Eau Claire’s elimination game at Pendleton is rescheduled for today.
Spring Valley opened the 4A District II with a 12-2 win over Lancaster but has been on hold awaiting their semifinal opponent because of bad weather in the Upstate. Finally, Byrnes beat Easley 8-2 on Saturday to complete the first round. The Vikings travel to face the Rebels tonight. It is the only area contest on the schedule that is not an elimination game.
Dutch Fork (15-9) lost the high ground in 4A District IV in a 3-2 semifinal loss to Boiling Springs, and must get past Easley tonight at home to get another shot at the Bulldogs from Spartanburg County.
Blythewood (21-6) hit the wall in the 4A District II semifinals on Saturday, dropping a 9-1 decision to top-ranked Hillcrest. The Bengals face Northwestern again at home in an elimination game. Blythewood defeated NW 7-0 in the first round.
Spring Valley (16-11) travels to face Stratford in 4A District V for the right to earn a rematch with White Knoll. The Vikings rebounded from a 6-0 first-round loss to WK on Saturday, nipping West Florence 5-4.
Lexington (13-12) avoided early elimination with a rousing 17-1 win over Lugoff-Elgin on Saturday. The Wildcats are off to play at Ashley Ridge tonight with the winner advancing to the district finale at Carolina Forest.
Airport (17-8) finally got the better of archrival Brookland-Cayce in Saturday’s 3A District VI elimination game. B-C swept the regular season series, but the Eagles sent the Bearcats packing at the earliest juncture of the playoffs in at least 16 years with a 4-1 win on Saturday. Airport plays at Darlington tonight for the right to square off against Hartsville in the final. Darlington was a 3-2 first-round winner at Airport on Thursday.
Pelion (10-12) fended off elimination in 2A District VI with a 7-2 win against Manning on Saturday. The reward is a long road trip to the coast to face Waccamaw with a shot at Hanahan in the finals up for grabs.