Mid-Carolina’s second-ranked baseball team finally starts play in the Class 2A state playoffs today at home against Palmetto, weather permitting.
The Rebels, the top seed in District III after beating Gilbert for the Region 3-2A championship in a tie-breaking game after the conclusion of the regular season, learned on Monday that it would received a first-round playoff forfeit from Lee Central, M-C’s scheduled first-round opponent. Lee Central decided to forfeit the first-round game because Mid-Carolina could not find a neutral site for the opener after LC refused to play in Prosperity because of the swine flu scare in Newberry County.
All county schools were closed on Friday and Monday because of 15 confirmed cases of the flu in the county. Schools are back in session today.
The LC decision to forfeit its first round game finally brings the District III tournament relatively up to date. The Mid-Carolina vs. Palmetto winner advances to the finals, now slated for Thursday. Lee Central plays at Pendleton and the winner plays the Rebels-Palmetto loser on Wednesday to determine the other district finalist.