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SHEPHERDSVILLE - The post-season is still a month away, but some of the most important games of the regular season will be played this week for the area diamond teams in the 24th District.
Of course, the first words associated with that plan are ‘weather permitting’. As anyone who follows high school spring sports in Kentucky, following the weather comes in a close second to keeping track of your favorite team.
In baseball, the intra-district games between the five schools are somewhat more well-defined than in softball. Since April 6, the schools have been trying to play district games on Monday and Wednesday. So far, three of the four dates have worked out, kind of.
First off, the very first games scheduled, for April 6, will now be played this Wednesday. That is the date that was set aside for making-up rained out games that were originally scheduled.
Fortunately, North Bullitt and Bullitt East were able to reschedule last Monday’s game to Tuesday when there was bad weather. Unfortunately, Bullitt Central and Fairdale were not able to do the same thing.
At this point, North Bullitt is in the driver’s seat with a 3-0 mark. The Eagles can wrap-up the number one seed this afternoon when they play host to Southern at 5 p.m. The Trojans have already lost to Bullitt East and still have to play Bullitt Central and Fairdale.
In fact, if they can play this afternoon, North Bullitt will be the first team done with its four district games.
Bullitt East has a 1-1 mark in district games and will play host to Bullitt Central at 7 p.m. on Monday of this week. The Chargers then will close out district play by hosting Fairdale Wednesday.
Bullitt Central will travel to Southern on Wednesday in the other make-up game. At some point in the next week or so, Southern and Fairdale are going to have to squeeze in a make-up game as well as Bullitt Central and Fairdale doing the same thing.
It all gets a lot more complicated if the games are rained out on Monday.
At this point, the biggest question for softball teams is not so much playing each other, but just how the district seeding games work. All five teams have two games set against each other, but most coaches are working under the assumption that only the first game against each of their district rivals will count toward seeding teams.
At this point, it looks like North Bullitt and Southern are the top teams in the 24th District, although, both still have to play Bullitt East. After the Lady Eagles and Lady Trojans, it looks like Bullitt East and Bullitt Central will battle for the third- and fourth-seeds while Fairdale will be the number five team.
The top seed could be decided on Thursday when Southern travels to North Bullitt. North Bullitt beat Southern in the district final last season, but then Southern went on to reach the Sixth Region final before losing to Pleasure Ridge Park.
Bullitt East has a busy week. Coach Ed Phelps’ team will take on North Bullitt on Monday and then play Bullitt Central on Tuesday and again on Thursday. It is conceivable that Central and East could meet again over the weekend in a tournament at Fern Creek.
The seedings are fairly important in softball this season as the two teams that advance to the Sixth Region tournament, no matter who it is, will be two of the favorites to reach the state tournament.