The regular season for high school baseball officially came to a close Wednesday evening, so teams are now preparing for their respective district tournaments.
No. 1 seeds for the tournaments are known: McKenzie and Huntingdon (District 13-A), Peabody (14-A), Scotts Hill (15-A), Milan (13-AA), Lexington (14-AA), Ripley (15-AA) and Dyer County (13-AAA).
But there are plenty of teams right behind those No. 1 seeds ready to post an upset and win the title for themselves.
As district tournaments get ready to start in full force, here is the new Baseball Dirty Dozen:
1USJ (D2-A) (22-9) – The Bruins went 0-2, but both losses came against quality Class AAA teams in Collierville and Houston. The Division II-A West region tournament begins Friday. Last week: No. 1.
2Scotts Hill (15-A) (22-6) – The Lions strong end-of-the-season push came to an end Tuesday with their first District 15-A loss of the season to TCA. Scotts Hill also beat TCA and Chester County. Last week: No. 2.
3Lexington (14-AA) (16-12) – The Tigers continue to look like a team peaking at the right time. Lexington beat Milan and Haywood on the week, but also had a late-inning slipup against Haywood on Monday. Last week: No. 9.
4Milan (13-AA) (21-12) – The Bulldogs played a pair of district No. 1 seeds and split with a win over Ripley and loss to Lexington. Milan also beat Liberty. Last week: No. 4.
5Chester County (14-AA (20-6) – The Eagles split against a pair of District 15-A opponents with a loss to Scotts Hill and win over Riverside to conclude the season. Chester County now prepares for the District 14-AA tournament as the No. 2 seed. Last week: No. 5.
6Trenton Peabody (14-A) (23-4) – The Golden Tide finished the season 16-0 in District 14-A play and the No. 1 seed in the tournament after beating Lake County, Humboldt, Union City and Greenfield. Last week: No. 6.
7Jackson Christian (15-A) (26-12) – The Eagles swept Adamsville in their final District 15-A series of the season to solidify the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Jackson Christian also played three bigger schools with a win over Brighton and losses to Collierville and Christian Brothers. Last week: No. 7.
8McKenzie (13-A) (16-7-1) – The Rebels picked up three wins with victories over West Carroll and South Gibson in the regular season. They also beat Clarksburg to open the District 13-A tournament. Last week: No. 10.
9South Gibson (13-AA) (21-8-1) – The Hornets took two losses – USJ and McKenzie. But that is the regular season. South Gibson now has to get ready for the District 13-AA tournament as the No. 2 seed. Last week: No. 3.
10Haywood (15-AA) (23-12) – The Tomcats had a strong week with three wins and one loss. Haywood split against Lexington, but also picked up wins over Millington and Craigmont. The Tomcats are the No. 2 seed in District 15-AA. Last week: No. 9.
11Crockett County (13-AA) (18-6) – The Cavaliers played once, and that resulted in a win over Ripley. Crockett County is the No. 4 seed in the District 13-AA tournament. Last week: No. 8.
12Hardin County (13-AAA) (13-12) – The Tigers picked up three wins over McNairy Central (twice) and Riverside. Hardin County is the No. 2 seed in the District 13-AAA tournament behind Dyer County. Last week: Not ranked.
Dropped out: Riverside (15-10-1).
Teams eligible for the Dirty Dozen rankings are those who represent schools from The Jackson Sun’s 13-county circulation area: Madison, Gibson, Henderson, Chester, Hardeman, Haywood, Crockett, Weakley, Carroll, Benton, Decatur, McNairy and Hardin.
Michael Odom, 425-9754