Madison Central (27-7) is set to open play in the 11th Region Tournament with a match-up today against Bryan Station (8-20) in Versailles. The semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday. The title game is set for Wednesday.
The Indians come into the tournament as one of the favorites. Central has the second-most wins of any team in the region and have scored 301 runs this year - also the second-most in the region. The Indians won 16 of their first 17 games of the season. Central suffered through a three-game losing skid in early May, but have won seven-straight games since. During that winning streak, the Indians have out-scored their opponents 69-11. "We are ready. We've prepared all year for this," Central senior pitcher Keegan Naugle said. The Indians know it won't be easy to claim their first 11th Region championship since 2015.
If they can get by Bryan Station, a match-up with either Lexington Catholic (20-10) or Woodford County (24-6) awaits in the semifinals. The title game could feature a showdown with Scott County (28-6). "There's always a lot of good competition," Central senior Trey Eden said of the 11th Region Tournament. "All the Lexington schools and they always put up a fight. We are excited." Central and Bryan Station have meet once already this season.
The Indians rolled to a 17-4 win on April 11 in Lexington. The Defenders have lost six of their past seven games, with the only win during that stretch a 2-0 victory over Henry Clay in the semifinals of the 42nd District Tournament. Station has scored only 111 runs this season, the third-fewest in the 11th Region. Nathan Hutchinson, 5/28/2018