Ben Lippen, Heathwood Hall and Cardinal Newman begin the SCISA state baseball playoffs on Monday.
All first-round series are best-of-three affairs that begin with Monday doubleheaders. A third game, if necessary, will be on Tuesday at the opposite site. The second round begins with doubleheaders on Friday.
In such a format, pitching depth is key considering. Even the most efficient teams will be playing at least four games in a five-game span.
Ben Lippen is the only area qualifier to rate home field advantage in the first round. The Falcons host Florence Christian. Heathwood Hall travels to face Hilton Head Prep, while Cardinal Newman takes on Laurence Manning Academy in Manning.
Region 1 champion Hammond draws a first round bye, and will host the LMA-CN series winner in a second round doubleheader on Friday at Folsom Field.