Softball sectional pairings announced

From Herald Staff Reports

With the IHSAA softball sectional tournament set to begin shortly, the pairings have been announced to see what teams will do battle in the postseason.

Here’s a brief look at each area team’s sectional draw.

Jasper, Class 3A at Jasper: The Wildcats (8-7) will open up their home sectional in the very first game of the tourney against rival Vincennes Lincoln (11-5).

While the two teams haven’t met yet this season (they play on May 7), the Cats have already defeated two of the other sectional foes (Pike Central and Washington) and will play Princeton later this week. With a win over the Alices, Jasper would face the Hatchets in the semifinal round.

Southridge, Class 2A at Linton: The Raiders (9-4) will open up sectional play against Mitchell (7-4).

Southridge has only faced one team in their sectional so far this season and they came away winners as they defeated Linton on Saturday by a score of 7-1. If the Raiders defeat the Bluejackets, they’ll face either South Knox or Eastern Greene in the semifinal.

Forest Park, Class 2A at Forest Park: The host Rangers (7-5) will have a bye to open up postseason play but they’ll have a tough second round battle as they’ll either face North Posey (8-5) or No. 1 Tecumseh (12-2) — the Braves have won a state-best 16 straight sectional championships.

The Rangers have already defeated sectional foes Perry Central and Mater Dei but were defeated by North Posey and South Spencer. Forest Park still has yet to play against the Braves or Tell City.

NE Dubois, Class 1A at Wood Memorial: The Jeeps (6-6-1) will open up their sectional by facing Springs Valley (4-10), a team they already defeated 11-8 earlier this season.

The other two teams in the sectional, Wood Memorial and Cannelton, have yet to face Northeast Dubois this season. The Trojans won their first ever sectional title last year.

Heritage Hills, Class 3A at Mount Vernon: The Patriots (9-4-1) will have a tough outing to begin the sectional as they’ll face a tough Boonville team (8-1).

So far this season, Heritage Hills is 0-2 against sectional foes as they lost to both the Pioneers and Mount Vernon in five-inning contests.

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