Today's matchup is set for SC at 6 p.m., then reverts to GW on Tuesday. The Patriots, who after a hot start lost six of 10 at midseason, rebounded to take eight of their last nine to cap the regular season.
In AAA Region 3 Section 4, three evenly-matched teams vie in Riverside (9-15), Capital (13-17) and Ripley (8-17).
Tonight's opener finds Ripley at Capital at 6:30, with today's loser playing at Riverside on Tuesday.
Region 4 Section 1, a two-team affair between Point Pleasant (18-12) and Winfield (12-16), begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Winfield. Game 2, also with the Generals hosting, is set for Wednesday.
Herbert Hoover (24-3), the No. 1 team in AA, is favored in Region 4 Section 1, which is scheduled to start today at 5:30 p.m. at Clay County with the Huskies taking on the host Panthers (18-10).
Nicholas County (12-8) plays today's winner on Tuesday, a game also set to be played in Clay.
Fast-closing Poca (23-7) doesn't begin its postseason quest until Thursday when it visits Sissonville (11-20) in AA Region 4 Section 2. The second game of the best-of-three series is set for Friday.
The Dots ended the regular season having played 17 games over a span of 17 days, including three doubleheaders. However, they have eight days off between their regular-season finale and the sectional opener.
The Kanawha Valley's other teams will compete in the Class A Region 4 Section 4 event beginning today at the University of Charleston's Triana Field.
Buffalo (10-12), which closed the regular season with nine wins in 14 games, meets St. Joseph (11-9) at 6:30 p.m.
Charleston Catholic (21-9), which had a nine-game win streak snapped in its last regular-season game at George Washington on Saturday, plays Tuesday against today's loser.
Catholic averaged 11 runs per game during its late-season win streak.
"We had a couple games where we could have beaten anybody in the state the way we were hitting the ball,'' said Irish coach Bill Mehle.
That surge came on the heels of an extended midseason lull in which state-ranked Catholic lost three in a row at one point and seven of 13.
"I would say we've changed our plate approach,'' Mehle said. "It looked like we were pressing a little too much in key situations. I think a lot of our guys had the mentality of, 'I've got to get a hit in this situation,' rather than, 'I'm going to get a hit in this situation.'
"We went back to our basic philosophy of 'breathing and believing,' and having a plan when you get to the batter's box. Stick with the plan and make adjustments. We went back to basics and played quality defense.''
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