Top-ranked Floyd Central will face a rematch with rival New Albany in the first round of the IHSAA Class 4-A baseball sectional next Thursday at Bedford North Lawrence.
The Highlanders (25-1) will meet the No. 10 Bulldogs (18-6) in the second game after host BNL (10-12) plays Seymour at 5 p.m. Defending champion Jeffersonville (15-4) and Jennings County drew byes into one semifinal on May 27. The final is set for 6 p.m. that day.
Floyd Central, chasing its first sectional title since 2004, already owns two road wins over New Albany. The Highlanders rolled 10-5 on April 10, then rallied with five runs in the top of the seventh inning to clip the Bulldogs 6-2 in the first round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.
No. 8 Jeffersonville won the HHC Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Floyd Central, ending the Highlanders’ 23-game winning streak.
The sectional winner will advance to the two-game regional hosted by Evansville Reitz on June 1.
* In Class 3-A, host North Harrison will play Salem in the opener at 6 p.m. Wednesday. That winner will meet No. 5 Silver Creek, the defending champion, in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. May 27.
No. 8 Brownstown will face Corydon at 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by No. 6 Charlestown vs. Scottsburg. Those winners will collide in the second semifinal on May 27, with the final scheduled for 7 that night. The champion will advance to the Jasper Regional on June 1.
* Paoli will face Crawford County in the Class 2-A opener at Providence at 5 o’clock Wednesday. That winner will meet the Clarksville-Henryville survivor (Wednesday’s second game) in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. May 25.
No. 13 Providence, the defending champion, drew a bye into the second semifinal with Eastern Pekin. The final is set for 7:30 p.m. May 25 with the champion advancing to the Southridge Regional on June 1.
* In Class A, No. 4 South Central will start its title defense against host Lanesville on Thursday at 5 p.m. That winner will meet Rock Creek in the second semifinal Friday, following the Borden-New Washington game at 5. The final will be at 2 p.m. May 25, with the champion going to the Loogootee Regional on June 1.
Sectionals begin next week, and Jeffersonville will host Bedford North Lawrence in the first round of Class 4-A on Monday. Seymour will meet No. 15 and defending champion Floyd Central in the opening game at 6 p.m., followed by the BNL-Jeff clash. Those winners will meet in Tuesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.
No. 15 Jennings County and No. 21 New Albany drew the byes and will meet in the second semifinal. The championship game is set for 6 p.m. Thursday.
* In Class 2-A, No. 13 Providence will start its title defense against Henryville in the opening game at Eastern Pekin at 5 p.m. Monday, followed by Paoli vs. Clarksville. Those winners will meet at 5 Tuesday, while Eastern and Crawford County received the byes into the other semifinal. The final is set for 5:30 Thursday.
* In Class 3-A, No. 5 Salem will host Scottsburg in the opener at 5:30 Monday, with the winner meeting No. 6 Charlestown in Wednesday’s first semifinal at 5:30.
Corydon will play Silver Creek at 5:30 Tuesday, followed by Brownstown vs. North Harrison in the other first-round games. The final will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.
* In Class A, Borden will face No. 18 New Washington, the defending champion, in the opening game at Lanesville at 5 o’clock Monday. No. 13 Lanesville will play South Central, and those winners will meet for the title Tuesday at 5.
Local athletes will compete in regionals at Bloomington North on Tuesday (girls) and Thursday (boys). The top three in each event will advance to the state finals in Bloomington on May 31 (boys) and June 1 (girls).
Silver Creek will host the regional, with champions from sectionals at New Albany, Jeffersonsville, Floyd Central and Silver Creek, on Tuesday (semifinals) and Wednesday (final). The winner will move on to the Jasper Semistate on May 25.
The HHC Tournament is scheduled for at 9 a.m. Saturday at Shadowood in Seymour. Floyd Central is No. 9 in the latest state poll.