JACKSON, Ohio — The high school postseason is just around the corner, but the roads for the southeast district tournament were paved Sunday afternoon at Jackson High School during the 2014 OHSAA Southeast District Baseball Tournament selection meeting held in the Apple City.
Six area schools — Gallia Academy, Meigs, River Valley, Southern, South Gallia and Eastern — now know where their opening games will be and who they will be facing in their respective sectional matchups. Only one of the half-dozen programs can advance to the district tournament with a single victory.
Southern (9-8) earned a three-seed in Division IV and will face the winner of the 6-11 matchup between Waterford and Sciotoville East. The Tornadoes will host either Waterford or SEHS at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in a sectional final at 5 p.m.
Eighth-seeded Eastern (5-10) will host ninth-seeded South Gallia (2-13) in a D-4 sectional semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10. The winner travels to top-seeded Trimble (11-2) on Tuesday, May 13, for the sectional championship.
Gallia Academy earned the highest ranking of any of the OVP programs after coming away with the two-seed in the Division II bracket. The Blue Devils (13-4) will host seventh-seeded Unioto (7-9) in a sectional semifinal at 5 p.m. Monday, May 13. The winner will host the Minford-Athens winner in the sectional final at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15.
Meigs (11-4) came away with the four-seed and will host fifth-seeded Marietta (10-8) in a D-2 sectional semifinal at 5 p.m. Monday, May 12. The winner will travel to the Jackson vs. Warren-Vinton County winner in the sectional final at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15.
River Valley (3-10) travels to South Point (12-2) for a Division III sectional semfinal matchup at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. The winner hosts the winner of the Fairland-Wellston contest in the sectional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17.
Complete listings of the 2014 OHSAA Southeast District Baseball Tournament pairings are available on the web at seodab.org