Elks host Co­bras to be­gin base­ball play­offs

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

Only one lo­cal base­ball team will ex­pe­ri­ence playoff ac­tion this week, be­fore four oth­ers take the di­a­mond on Mon­day.

Fourth-seeded Elkton (7-11) will host fifth-seeded Har­ford Tech (513) to­day in the open­ing round of the 2A East Re­gion Sec­tion I play­offs. The con­test will be a re­match from the reg­u­lar sea­son when the Golden Elks pre­vailed over the Co­bras, 4-3, on April 3.

Elkton will aim to main­tain its late-sea­son mo­men­tum af­ter it won three of its fi­nal four games. If it emerges vic­to­ri­ous, the Elks will ad­vance to play host top-seeded Fall­ston (11-7) on Mon­day, which topped the Ce­cil squad 11-6 on April 22.

Across the bracket, sec­ond­seeded North East (10-7) will host third-seeded Ris­ing Sun (8-10) on Mon­day in the sec­tional semi­fi­nal. The game will serve as a re­match from Tues­day when the Tigers pre­vailed over the ri­val In­di­ans, 6-4, in the sea­son fi­nale for both teams.

This year marks the first time un­der fourth-year head coach Clyde Van Dyke that the Tigers didn’t en­ter the tour­na­ment as the top seed. They in­tend to earn a re­gion fi­nal berth af­ter fail­ing to ad­vance past the sec­tional fi­nal each of the past three years.

The In­di­ans last won a re­gion ti­tle in 2006 when it cap­tured the state cham­pi­onship.

Ea­gles, Pan­thers meet for third time

Ce­cil County ri­vals Bo­hemia Manor and Per­ryville will bat­tle for a third time when the two teams tango in the sec­ond round of the 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion I play­offs on Mon­day.

The sec­ond-seeded Ea­gles (15-3) will host the third-seeded Pan­thers (9-9) in the sec­tional semi­fi­nals. It will mark the sec­ond straight year the two teams faced each other in the play­offs af­ter Bo Manor topped Per­ryville last May in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

The Ea­gles, who cap­tured the Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship, swept the reg­u­lar-sea­son se­ries be­tween the two squads. They edged the Pan­thers 8-6 on March 30, be­fore top­ping them 7-4 on April 12.

Top-seeded Pat­ter­son Mill (153), which won the Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion, is mak­ing its 1A de­but af­ter ad­vanc­ing to the 2A state semi­fi­nals last sea­son. The Huskies await the win­ner of the quar­ter­fi­nal matchup be­tween fourth­seeded Havre de Grace (4-16) and fifth-seeded Jop­pa­towne (2-14).

Bo Manor most re­cently won a re­gion ti­tle in 2013, while Per­ryville last cap­tured a re­gion crown in 1979.

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