ScoresBroadcast.com and WMVR, 105.5 TAM FM, will provide bonus coverage of the Division IV Regional Baseball Tournament at Cincinnati Princeton High School Thursday and Friday.
Russia, 21-6, faces Southeast, 19-7, at 2 p.m.; Fort Loramie, 23-6, is locked up with Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy, 14-11, at 5.
Online and radio airtime is at 1:30 p.m.; the conversations with the coaches take place in the pre-game segments.
The two winners are vying for a spot in the state final four in the regional championship game Friday at 5 p.m. Again, airtime precedes the first pitch by 30 minutes at 4:30 p.m.
The 2022 D-IV Southwest Region bears a striking resemblance to last year’s event when Russia and Fort Loramie both competed and qualified for the finals after winning their first contests. The Redskins topped the Raiders in the region’s championship tilt.
Also, like last year when Cedarville of the Ohio Heritage Conference participated in the regional conference, OHC Southeast is this year’s conference representative. And, for the second season in a row, a winner from Lancaster’s Central Ohio District chose a tournament path leading to the Southwest Region in Princeton. In 2021, Lancaster Fisher Catholic upset Newark Catholic to advance. Last week, Christian Academy rallied to eliminate East Knox to win the game against Fort Loramie.
Oddly enough, last year’s D-IV semi-finalists in Akron are still alive in this year’s tournament. These are Van Wert Lincolnview, Warren John F. Kenendy, Lucasville Valley and Fort Loramie. Warren JFK crushed the Redskins in one state semi-final in 2021. Lincolnview edged Lucasvlle in the other. JFK shut out Lincolnview in the title match.
The D-IV State Semi-Final for the Southwest Region Champion is next Thursday at 10 a.m. at Canal Park in Akron. The winner of the Southwest plays the Southeast. The state championship contest is Saturday, also at 10 a.m.
Braylon Cordonnier of Russia swings in a district final against Cincinnati Christian last Wednesday at Dayton Christian High School.