1A Lebanon Regional
Seeding: (1) Lebanon (10-15), (2) Odin, (3) Mulberry Grove, (4) Sandoval, (5) Madison
Could surprise: Odin
Breakdown: Cahokia Conference-Kaskaskia Division co-champ Lebanon has one of region's top small-school players in senior two-way threat Zach Becherer (.470, 12 doubles, one homer, 20 RBIs; 4-5, 2.82 ERA, 81 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings). The Greyhounds also feature Zach Grob (.395, five doubles, 12 RBIs; 3-3, 2.97 ERA), J.C. Villmer (.333) and Taylor Schmitt (.311, five doubles, six triples, 16 RBIs).
1A New Athens Regional
Seeding: (1) New Athens (14-17), (2) Okawville (9-14), (3) Valmeyer (13-21), (4) Marissa (5-18), (5) Christ Our Rock Lutheran
Pick: New Athens
Could surprise: The Okawville-Valmeyer semifinal winner.
Breakdown: Senior first baseman-pitcher Tyler Meyer (.371, six doubles, three homers, 18 RBIs) helps carry the New Athens offense along with Tyler Brandenburger (.337, 15 RBIs), Brandon Contratto (.306, 10 doubles, 15 RBIs) and Nick Ozier (.242, six doubles 14 RBIs). Contratto (4-3, 2.30 ERA) is also a solid starter for the Cahokia Conference-Kaskaskia Division co-champion Jackets, who beat Valmeyer and Marissa twice and Okawville once. Okawville is led by Alec Wisneski (.406, eight doubles, 12 RBIs) and Brad Fuhrhop (.396, three doubles, 19 RBIs), but lacks dominant pitching. Valmeyer has two solid bats in Dakota Maus (.396, six doubles, 10 RBIs) and Mark Nappier (.394, 14 doubles, two homers, 32 RBIs). Maus has been strong on the mound all season and is 7-1 with a 1.25 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings.
2A Nashville Regional
Seeding: (1) Nashville (30-3), (2) Freeburg (25-8), (3) Althoff (23-7), (4) Gibault (20-10), (5) Dupo (10-16)
Could surprise: It wouldn't be a surprise to see any of the top four seeds win here. It's that close.
Breakdown: This regional has more than enough talent to be considered a sectional and the winner should have a chance to make a long playoff trip. Pitching decisions will be huge since it might take a No. 1 starter just to get to the championship game.
2A Wesclin Regional
Seeding: (1) Carlyle (22-9), (2) Greenville (24-10), (3) Wesclin (20-13), (4) Central (10-19), (5) Mater Dei (11-15)
Could surprise: The Greenville-Wesclin semifinal winner
Breakdown: No matter what the seed, never underestimate the Wesclin Warriors. They made it to the state tournament two years ago as a No. 6 seed in a loaded regional and cannot be overlooked here. Carlyle and Greenville both have dominant pitching.
-- Norm Sanders