Sectional baseball pairings

Below are Monday’s sectional baseball pairings involving SIAC teams:

CLASS 4A AT BOSSE FIELD
North (17-9) vs. Harrison (11-13), 11 a.m.
Castle (26-3) vs. Reitz (13-13), 1:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.

CLASS 3A AT BRAUN STADIUM
Gibson Southern (17-9) vs. Memorial (10-15), 10 a.m.
Boonville (5-18) vs. Bosse (0-22), 12:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.

Regional softball pairings

Indiana Regionals
(All times CDT)
Tuesday

Class 4A at Cooper Stadium
Jennings County (24-7) vs. Reitz (16-9), 6 p.m.

Class 3A at Boonville
Pike Central (12-8) vs. Boonville (16-12), 6 p.m.

Class 2A at Mater Dei
Linton-Stockton (15-5) vs. Mater Dei (27-2), 6 p.m.

Class A at Tecumseh
Barr-Reeve (13-11) vs. Tecumseh (18-7), 6 p.m.

North softball reschedules games for Saturday, May 11

North High School athletic director Peyton Stovall announced two rescheduled home games for the Huskies’ softball team.

North will host Harrison (postponed from May 8) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, with the North-Reitz game to follow at 6:30.
The North-Reitz game was originally scheduled for May 7.

Tickets that were sold prior to the North-Reitz game on May 7 will be collected at the gate and will enter without charge. All others will be charged if they don’t have a ticket.

More notes from IHSAA’s sectional realignment

By Gordon Engelhardt

Even though I have written stories on the IHSAA’s sectional realignment for the next two-year cycle, which starts this fall, in the April 30 and May 2 edition of the Courier & Press, there were still a few notes I didn’t have room to include.

For example, North football coach Bret Szabo pointed out that there are 32 teams in the newly-formed Class 6A while Class 5A has 34 schools.

“All of the 6A schools will have a bye in the first week of the playoffs,” Szabo said. “In 5A, four teams are actually going to have to play (in the first round). They had to find a way to do it so all of the other classes (A through 4A) would have 64 teams. They didn’t want to add two teams in 6A, so they added them to 5A and put the last two 4A schools in 5A.”

Adding Class 6A will make it easier for an exceptional Castle or North team to excel in 5A. Szabo, who previously coached at Bedford North Lawrence, noted that his team’s first string might have been able to compete with a 6A school when that 6A school was still in 5A, but the larger school’s depth would eventually wear his team down.

“They have 2,000 or 3,000 more students and 1,500 more boys to choose from, which makes their depth outstanding,” Szabo said. “I think (adding Class 6A) is a great thing. I think it’s equitable. Something needed to be done.”

…EVSC athletic director Paul Neidig noted that the controversial “success factor” is does affect some public school programs, not just private school teams, such as Mater Dei in girls’ basketball.

“The interesting thing about this is there has been a lot of interest from other state associations around the country looking at our model,” Neidig said. “I want to say that Ohio has done something with the tradition (success) factor. I know (IHSAA commissioner) Bobby (Cox) has had conversations with a couple of other state associations about what this model looks like.”