Tough draws for county

North Knox right fielder Reece Hammelman lunges for the ball as second baseman Brant Trinkle looks on in their game with Barr-Reeve earlier this season at North Knox. The Warriors may have benefitted the most among the county teams from the IHSAA baseball draw released Sunday, receiving a bye to the Class 2A Mitchell Sectional semifinal and facing two-win Eastern Greene.

Only baseball, softball Warriors have favorable sectional openers

The IHSAA released its baseball and softball tournament pairings early this season on Sunday, but for the most part it didn't benefit Knox County.

Both tournaments are still at least three weeks away. The Class 3A Washington and 2A South Knox softball sectionals have their championship games on May 26. The 3A Southridge, 2A Mitchell and Class A North Daviess baseball sectionals have their finals on Memorial Day, May 31.

North Knox's baseball team was the clear winner among the seven county squads and should have the best path to reach the sectional championship game. The Warriors (9-6), who own the best baseball record in the county, drew the bye in the Mitchell Sectional and take on Eastern Greene (2-10) in the 1 p.m. semifinal May 31. North Knox pasted the Thunderbirds on April 15, 11-1 in five innings.

On the other end is South Knox (8-9), which takes on perceived favorite Linton in the opening round at 5:30 p.m. May 26. They play their regular-season game May 15 at Linton. The other two teams in the field, Paoli and Mitchell, play in the other first-round game.

Lincoln (8-10) didn't receive a bye in the Southridge Sectional and takes on Gibson Southern (9-8) at 8 p.m. May 26. The two teams meet in the regular season on May 20.

Honorable mention Southridge and Washington, which was honorable mention a week ago, are on the opposite ends of the bracket and are the picks to reach the final. The Alices are on the Hatchets' side of the draw, and Washington took the matchup of the two earlier this season, 10-7.

Rivet (0-10) collected a bye, but must take on host and 10th-ranked North Daviess (8-5) in the semifinal at 10:30 a.m. May 31. Fourth-ranked Loogootee (10-5) and honorable mention Barr-Reeve are also in the loaded five-team field.

South Knox is the only county team to host a sectional, and the softball Spartans (8-5) have the best record in the county. But the hosts must avenge a regular-season loss to Linton (6-7) if they want to get out of the 6 p.m. May 24 opening game. The Miners, who were honorable mention earlier this season, defeated South Knox, 5-2, on April 15.

Just like in baseball, North Knox (3-8) got the better draw with its matchup with Eastern Greene (3-12). The Warriors topped the host Thunderbirds, 12-9, on April 13. Honorable mention Sullivan (12-4) is in a good spot. The Golden Arrows received a bye and takes on Southridge in the semifinals.

The softball Alices, like many in the county, didn't receive a favorable opponent. Lincoln (2-16) takes on Pike Central (9-5) in the four-team affair at Washington at 8:15 p.m. May 25. The Alices just fell to the Chargers, 15-5, Monday. Washington and Princeton meet in the 6:30 p.m. opener.

BASEBALL SECTIONALS

Class 3A - Southridge

May 26

6 — Washington vs. Princeton

8 — Gibson Southern vs. Lincoln

May 31

11 am — May 26 winners

1 — Pike Central vs. Southridge

8 — Championship game

Class 2A - Mitchell

May 26

5:30 — South Knox vs. Linton

8 — Paoli vs. Mitchell

May 31

10 am — May 26 winners

1 — North Knox vs. Eastern Greene

7 — Championship game

Class A - North Daviess

May 26

7:30 — Shoals vs. Loogootee

May 31

10:30 am — Rivet vs. North Daviess

12:30 — Springs Valley vs. Game 1 winner

7:30 — Championship game

SOFTBALL SECTIONALS

Class 3A - Washington

May 25

6:30 — Washington vs. Princeton

8:15 — Pike Central vs. Lincoln

May 26

7 — Championship game

Class 2A - South Knox

May 24

6 — Linton vs. South Knox

8 — North Knox vs. Eastern Greene

May 25

6 — May 24 winners

8 — Sullivan vs. Southridge

May 26

6 — Championship game

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