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2017-04-19 / Sports

Regular season ends, playoffs for Mustangs, Panthers, Hornets, Tigers and Redskins

The high school baseball regular season has come to an end and the playoffs will start this week.

Five Blount County teams have made the playoffs and two – Locust Fork and Oneonta – won their areas and will host first round playoff series this weekend.

Locust Fork (12-14) won the 3A Area 11 regular season title and will host Area 16 runner-up Lauderdale County (15-9, ranked No. 10) with two games Friday – 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. A third game, if necessary would be played Saturday at 2 p.m.

Oneonta (18-10) is the 4A Area 9 champion but the Redskins do not get much of break in the first round. Randolph (18-8) is the Area 14 runnerup to Madison Academy, despite being ranked as high as No. 4 this year (the Raiders were No. 8 last week, Oneonta was No. 10). Games will be played Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. with Saturday’s if-necessary game set for 1 p.m.

Three Blount County schools will be on the road for the first round.

In 1A, Southeastern (8-15) is the Area 11 runner-up and the Mustangs will travel to perennially strong Shoals Christian (10-17). Thursday’s games will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. with Friday’s if-necessary game set for 2:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Panthers (12-13) dropped a pair of games to West End last week to finish as the runner-up to the Patriots in Area 11. Cleveland will travel to Hatton (14-16) this week with games Friday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s if-necessary game would be at 2 p.m.

The J.B. Pennington Tigers (12-13) finished second to Locust Fork in 3A Area 11 and will travel to Colbert Heights (13- 6) for two games Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday’s game, if needed, would start at 5 p.m.

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