By Mark Carpenter
Their softball colleagues found out last week, and it was Sunday afternoon, it was the turn of the county’s four high school baseball teams to find out what their path in the post-season will entail. On Sunday, the Southeast District Athletic Board released the Division III and IV divisional baseball games, with Adams County having two teams in each division.
In Division III, the 2021 season has been a battle for a young team of West Union Dragons, led by head coach Joe Kramer. The Dragons were unbeaten (0-11) in the tournament, which did not give them much influence or the opportunity for a home game. Coach Kramer and his squad will open a section game on Wednesday 19 May at 5 pm on the way to the Westfall Mustangs, who were 15-6 at the time of the draw and are number 4 in total.
Also in Division III, coach Rob Meade and his North Adams Green Devils (10-6 in the draw) are the # 11 peace in a 29-team console and will have a semifinal in the home section on Wednesday, May 19 that they will entertain the Chesapeake Panthers (6- 13) in a scheduled 5pm first. If the Devils win that tournament opener, they will move to the section semifinals to fight the winner of other SHAC members Eastern Brown and South Point. Eastern Brown, seed number 6, will be heavily favored, and a North Adams-Eastern section final will be played at Warriors’ home field on Saturday, May 22 at noon.
“I’m happy with the draw,” said Coach Meade. “We ended up pretty much where I expected us to be. It is a tough situation with 29 schools, some of which we have never seen. ”
In Division IV, coach Kenny Dick and his Peebles Indians (8-8) won a number 14 seed and will have a semifinal in the home section on Saturday, May 15, which hosts No. 19 seed South Gallia (2-14), 5 p.m. first pitch. A victory there sends the Indians into a section game on May 18 on their way to the # 3 seed Portsmouth Clay.
Finally in Division IV, trainer Josh Reaves and Manchester Greyhounds are number 13 seeds with a record 10-8 at the draw and will also have a home game on May 15 at 5 pm, entertaining No. 20 seed Sciotoville East (2- 17), a team that the dogs easily swept in a double header earlier in the spring. If the highly-favored Hounds win that section semi, they will move to the section finals on May 18, making the trip to other SHAC enemies and # 4 seed Whiteoak (14-7). That game is scheduled for an initial pitch of 5 p.m.
“I was a little frustrated with the draw,” said Coach Reaves, “but at least we know what and who we’re up against. We are happy for tournament games and our boys will be ready. ”
The entire Division III and IV baseball profiles can be found at https://www.ohsaa.org/Southeast-Sports-Tournaments/Baseball.