This coming week is packed with tournament play.
Indiana softball sectionals begin Monday, followed with first pitch for their baseball counterparts on Wednesday.
Richmond travels Monday to Pendleton Heights for Class 4A Sectional 9. The Red Devils face the host team — and defending champion — at 5:30 p.m.
“This time of year, everybody is 0-0. You kind of get a new lease on things,” RHS softball coach Kyle Ingram said recently.
New Castle meets Anderson in the following game. Greenfield-Central and Connersville each drew a bye and will face off in Tuesday’s semifinal round, with the championship scheduled for Wednesday.
Hagerstown meets Knightstown at 5 p.m. Monday in the opening round of the Class 2A softball sectional at Lincoln’s Wilson Park in Dublin.
The winner of that game faces Eastern Hancock in a Wednesday semifinal. Union County meets Centerville and Northeastern takes on Lincoln in Tuesday’s games.
The championship is on Thursday.
Richmond’s baseball team will be in action Wednesay night in the opening round of the Pendleton Heights tournament against Anderson at 7:30 p.m. The Red Devils defeated the Indians twice during the regular season.
RHS-Anderson follows Wednesday’s matchup between host Pendleton and Greenfield-Central. Connersville and New Castle will meet in a semifinal May 27. The championship game is later that night.
“We’ve shown glimpses of being a really good baseball team,” said RHS coach Josh Amyx. “We’re ready to go out and get a third win (over Anderson).”
Hagerstown opens the Class 2A Centerville tournament against Knightstown, with the winner moving on to the May 27 semifinals against Northeastern.
Host Centerville plays Lincoln on Thursday, followed by Eastern Hancock-Union County.
The Patriots are the defending champions. Hagerstown finished 7-0 to win a second straight outright title in the Tri-Eastern Conference, and the Tigers also earned a third consecutive Wayne County Tournament crown earlier this season.
“You’re looking at a great field. There’s not really a clear-cut favorite going in,” said Hagerstown coach Brad Catey. ” … You have to beat three good teams.”
Seton Catholic drew a bye in the Class A Randolph Southern tournament, and will face Union City in a May 27 semifinal.
Blue River-Tri High opens the tournament on Thursday, with Randolph Southern playing Union on Friday.
Union City is the defending champion. Seton won the sectional in 2011.