Five Games to Follow: '21 Region Championships

Colton Provey
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Five Games to Follow

No. 5 Summertown at No. 13 Loretto
Two clubs that are very familiar with one another and aren't very fond of each other as they've met five times this season an it's been chippy competitive back n' forth ball games. Summertown currently holds the series lead 3-2, but Loretto has gotten the last laugh taking the 12A district tourney title, which means the Eagles will travel to Loretto tonight.  It's high stakes because the loser will most likely face-off against MLB draft hopeful Peyton Smith and East Robertson on Friday.    

No. 10 Westview at No. 5 South Gibson
It's been a gruesome year in 13-AA as these two talented clubs (plus Milan) have battled it out all year long.  After splitting the regular season series, South Gibson took two of three in the tourney to claim the top seed over Westview. So after they both pulled out Region semis dubs, Westview will travel to Medina fo the sixth edition of these two clubs, I'd expect it to be another tight game in the series.

No. 4 Clarksville at No. 13 Beech
Clarksville faced off with power Mt Juliet on Monday and provided a classic 9 inning thrilled that ended with a walk off HR from Kyle Magrans. Beech was dominant in their 10-1 win over Rossview beyond a lights out showing from Chase Burns. Now they'll matchup tonight with Beech most likely turning to WKU commit RHP Luke Sinnard (or RHP Zach McWilliams) and Clarksville will bounce Vandy commit Kyle Magrans or Jr. RHP Ryan Murphy. Both teams are interesting spot if Burns or Brody Lanham (8.2 IP on Monday) aren't able to bounce back for Friday sub state start, so we could see both teams go with a very reliable third option tonight. 

No. 1 Farragut at No. 5 Powell
The only top five matchup on the board as both teams are a combined 63-8 on the season after Powell edged out Hardin Valley 2-1 and Farragut dominated Knoxville Central 11-1. Farragut will have a plethora of arms to throw at the Panthers, but Powell swept the district and a clean postseason behind their top two arms. It should be a big matchup in Knoxville with some bragging rights on the line as Farragut has won the last four matchups, including a Region elimination in 2018. 

No. 6 Collierville at No. 2 Houston
After splitting the regular season series on a pair of one run games, Houston swept the Dragons for two games in the district tourney. Both clubs played region semifinal matchups early over the weekend, and I'm sure both have had this one circled since they both advanced.  It will be interesting to see the pitching plans for both teams, as I'd expect both to hold their aces (CHS: Grayson Saunier and HHS: Miller Riggins) for their Friday matchups, but regardless both teams are deep with pitching options that should make this another thrilled with some bad blood.  


Honorable Mentions

No. 12 Tellico Plains at No. 10 Coalfield
Both clubs put together great regular season resumes and went runner up in district tourney, but they upset the top seeds in region and meet for big matchup as the loser would most likely head to no. 1 North Greene for sub state. 

No. 6 Gibbs at No. 1 Pigeon Forge
These two have traded blows as Gibbs took the district regular season title after splitting, but the Pigeon Forge Tigers roared back to take the tourney. Should be a similar pitching matchup that I saw in April with Pigeon Forge's Riley Franklin going against a plethora of skilled Eagles arms.   

No 3. Seymour at No. 10 Science Hill
A top ten matchup out in the mountains as their number twos will face off, presumably LHP Adam Quincy for Seymour and RHP Evan King for Science Hill. A strong matchup at TVA Credit Union Ballpark in the only region with all four district winners advancing, should be a dogfight the rest of the week.  

No. 7 Ensworth at No. 1 Baylor
Baylor is a clear cut favorite for the D2-AA state titles, boasting a deep MLB draft ready lineup and a variety of arms that can give different looks and give opposing teams' offenses fits.  They'll matchup in a double header with Ensworth, who is playing their best ball right now and even features a few draft prospects of their own.  Should be a heavily attended game by pro scouts as Baylor continues their quest to three-peat and Ensworth looks to continue to make their cinderella run. 


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