Mid-Carolina and Lugoff-Elgin still have unfinished business to tend top in the first phase of the state baseball playoffs on Friday.
The Rebels from Prosperity, the second-ranked team in Class 2A, hosts Palmetto in the District III finals. It has been a bizarre postseason for M-C, which had to deal with the effects of the swine flu scare in Newberry County last week at the start of the playoffs, picked up a forfeit win from Lee Central and has played in only one postseason game so far – a 9-7 second round win over Palmetto on Tuesday. It was the first game in 11 days for the Rebels, and the rust was evident. Sophomore right-hander C.J. Edwards was not in synch in his first outing in more than a week, and M-C needed a spectacular diving catch in shallow left field by shortstop Martez Gallman to get the final out of the game with two Palmetto runners in scoring position.
Heavy rain in the Upstate kept Palmetto and Pendleton from getting in the final loser's bracket game until Thursday. Palmetto prevailed 11-5 to get another crack at the Rebels. M-C needs one win to advance to the Upper State championship round, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday. The District III champion will be at home against Central on Saturday.
Lugoff-Elgin’s trip to Greer for the 3A District IV final was rained out last night. The teams will give it another go today at 5 p.m. The top-ranked Demons, who fell 2-0 at home to Greer and ace junior left-hander Daniel Palka in the second round, at least picked up an extra day of rest for junior ace Forrest Koumas. L-E must win two games to advance to the Upper State championship tournament. The District IV champion is scheduled to open the US fest at home on Saturday against the survivor of tonight’s Seneca vs. Greenville District III title bout.