Class 1A-2A high school baseball playoff outlook

News-DemocratMay 12, 2013 

Class 2A Althoff Regional

Seeds: (1) Wesclin (20-7), (2) Carlyle (22-7), (3) Althoff (12-14), (4) Central (9-14)

Favorite: Wesclin

Could Surprise: Carlyle or Althoff

Worth noting: Althoff's schedule is loaded with 3A and 4A teams, but Wesclin and Carlyle both play tough schedules as well...Spacious Whitey Herzog Field should help the pitchers, but also provides plenty of room in the outfield for teams hoping to manufacture big innings....Heck of a first-round game on tap between rivals Central and Mater Dei (11-9).

Class 2A Red Bud Regional

Seeds: (1) Nashville (21-8-1), (2) Chester (16-2), (3) Red Bud (14-13), (4) Sparta

Favorite: Nashville

Could Surprise: Red Bud or Chester

Worth noting: Nashville should have more than enough pitching to win this regional with twin aces Dylan Fullerton (9-2) and Keegan Anderson (7-2). The Hornets' offense has tailed off a bit from last season, but Austin Wuebbles (.411, 23 RBIs) and junior Hunter Beetley (.322, 25 RBIs) have been solid....Chester's last regional win came 11 years ago, but this has been a strong sports year for the Yellowjackets.

Class 1A Okawville Regional

Seeds: (1) Gibault (18-11), (2) New Athens (13-13), (3) Valmeyer (10-16), (4) Okawville (6-18)

Favorite: Gibault

Could Surprise: New Athens

Worth noting: Gibault's regional title last year was the Hawks first since reaching the Class A state tourney in 1997....New Athens has only one regional title since making it to state three times from 1978-82...New Athens and Valmeyer both have the pitching capable of giving Gibault trouble.

Class 1A Lebanon Regional

Seeds: (1) Lebanon (12-7), (2) Sandoval, (3) Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran, (4) Odin

Favorite: Lebanon

Could Surprise: There should be no surprise here. The Lebanon Greyhounds are at home and have a good chance to advance.

Worth noting: Cahokia Conference-Kaskaskia Division champ Lebanon has the regional's top two players in Zach Grob (.460, 12 RBIsl 3-2, 2.42 ERA) and Taylor Schmitt (.400, 6 triples, three homers, 23 RBIs)...The Greyhounds finished third in the state in 2010 under former coach Todd Harpstrite.

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