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June 2, 2013

Baseball regionals, 2A softball semistate moved back due to rain

Postseason tourneys will resume on Monday

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Because of rain, the Jeffersonville, Silver Creek and Providence baseball teams and the Providence softball squad had their respective postseason tournaments postponed on Saturday.

The Red Devils (21-5) will now play their semifinal game with Franklin (17-9) in the Class 4A Evansville Reitz Regional at noon on Monday at Bosse Field in Evansville. The second semifinal between fifth-ranked Bloomington North (25-4) and Evansville North (19-9) will follow at about 2 p.m. The championship will be at 8 p.m. on Monday at Bosse Field.

Jeff coach Derek Ellis said during a phone interview on Saturday that he will not make any changes to his lineup and his starting pitchers. Senior left-hander Trent Astle will start in the semifinal against the Grizzly Cubs. If the Red Devils reach the final on Monday night, senior right-hander Mark Meyer will get the ball.

The Jeff manager thinks his players will be prepared to compete on Monday even though they had to wait a couple of days to compete in the regional.

“It shouldn’t be hard to keep them focused. Once they step on the field, they’ll dial it in,” Ellis said. “I have a great group of kids, and I think they’ll be ready to play.”

Class 3A No. 4 Silver Creek (23-7) will have to wait until Monday for its much-anticipated battle of ranked teams with Class 3A No. 1 Jasper (29-3). Both teams will square off at noon on Monday in the first semifinal of the Class 3A Jasper Regional at Ruxer Field. The second semifinal between Gibson Southern (19-9) and Franklin County (22-3) will take place at about 2 p.m. on Monday with the championship that evening at 7.

Despite the delay, Dragons’ coach Joe Decker still plans on starting his ace pitcher, Lucas Barnett, versus the Wildcats. Barnett was the winning pitcher in Silver Creek’s 4-1 upset win over Jasper in last year’s Class 3A Jasper Regional semifinal.

“If we’re going to lose, we’re going to lose with our best,” Decker said.

Saturday’s postponement made this weekend even busier for the Dragon seniors. Graduation is Sunday and later that day the Silver Creek players travel back to Jasper to stay overnight in the Dubois County city.

“It is what it is. You do what you’ve got to do,” Decker said.

Providence’s semifinal with Eastern Greene (17-7) in the Class 2A Southridge Regional will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, followed by the second semi between South Spencer (19-8) and Switzerland County (8-15) at about 8 p.m. The championship will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at League Stadium in Huntingburg.

The Pioneers (18-8) will be vying for their first regional title since 2010.

The Providence softball team will be playing in the Class 2A Forest Park Semistate at about 1 p.m. on Monday against top-ranked Evansville Mater Dei (28-2). The semistate opener will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, pitting Indianapolis Scecina (19-9) against Eastern Hancock (24-6). The semistate final will be at 7 p.m. on Monday.

After its regional semifinal got postponed on Saturday, Providence had a practice later in the day and then watched some of the Women’s College World Series games on television.

“We’re trying to stay together,” Pioneers’ coach Sean Payne said. “We had some practice time [on Saturday], so it was good to have an extra day of practice.”

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