If the above sectionals - especially the latter two - don't wrap up Thursday (or if wet weather resurfaces), they're walking a fine line on getting done before the regionals start. That jumbles up the pitching assignments and could leave some teams without their aces when the single-elimination regional showdowns take place.
"Who knows how many pitchers you're going to use late in the week?'' Campbell said. "That sets you up for a disadvantage.''
Teams that have won sectionals are permitted to play regular-season games starting Thursday to tune up for the regionals. Generally, they are cross-class contests, pitting triple-A teams against double-As or single-As so as not to match teams that could wind up meeting somewhere in the postseason.
Only three area teams were eliminated last week - Capital and Nitro in AAA and Poca in AA.
Nitro had won its section and region each of the last six years and gone on to play in the state tournament at Power Park, winning two titles and finishing as runner-up two other times under coach Steve Pritchard.
Poca (23-9), which was upset by Sissonville (13-21), became the state's highest-ranked team to get erased in the sectionals. The Dots began last week as the No. 5 team in the Gazette's Class AA state ratings.
During the regular season, Poca was the only team to have beaten the state's No. 1 (Hoover) and No. 2 (at the time, Bridgeport) in AA. The Dots also beat the Indians 10-0 and 15-3 in the regular season.
Sissonville has now taken four in a row heading into regional play after winning back-to-back games just once before in the regular season. The Indians will meet up with either Hoover or Clay in the regional semifinals.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.