SIKESTON -- Southeast Missouri teams garnered three of the top four seeds in the upcoming Class 2, District 2 Baseball Tournament.
St. Vincent hosts the rotating tournament which will be held at the Perryville City Park on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Kelly (12-9) enters as the No. 1 seed while defending champion Scott City (10-9) comes in at No. 3 behind Ste. Genevieve Valle (11-5). Charleston (9
-11) received the fourth seed.
Other seedings in the eight-team tourney were Crystal City (8-7) at No. 5, St. Vincent (4-16) at No. 6, Grandview (2-9) at No. 7 and Woodland (6-12) at No. 8.
Reigning champion Scott City, which saw a 9-0 lead dwindle to 9-7 before rebuffing a late St. Vincent charge last season, opens against the Indians this year.
"It's a very even district, across the board," said Mike Umfleet, Scott City coach. "We could have just as easily been the No. 5 seed.
"The host team has won it the last three years, so we'll be trying to break that streak."
That streak is likely to be broken as host St. Vincent is having an off season with a record of only 4-16.
The Rams suffered a major loss when ace sophomore hurler Ryan Modglin, one of the area's best, went down at midseason with a neck injury.
"He was not only our best pitcher, but he was swinging the bat as well as anybody," Umfleet said, of the power-hitting Modglin. "We'll be counting on freshman pitcher Shae Simmons."
Kelly's always competitive Hawks, at times their own worst enemy during the regular season, occasionally wrestled with the "bad-inning blues."
A botched play here, a base-running mistake there sometimes led to blown leads and a handful of close losses. But, if the Hawks' defense holds up, they have the talent to be a finalist.
Fourth-seed Charleston, maybe the hottest squad, record-wise, going in, went on a late surge winning five of its last six, including four straight.
Of course, the district's a loser's out tournament, so often it boils down to who can ride momentum to the title.
However, the Bluejays will be coming off a 10-day layoff from competitive action when they face Crystal City in their opener.
"In one respect, it helps us because we're able to get our pitching in order," said Charleston coach Chris Stanfield. "On the other hand, it hurts us because we were playing real well, clicking and swinging the bats well. It's a concern, but I think our kids will rise to the occasion."
Stanfield also sees the tournament as wide open from top to bottom. He reminds that lowest seed Woodland tested perennial Class 1 power Oran (19
-4 and the top seed in its district), in a close loss.
Class 2, District 2 Tournament
|11 a.m.||(2) Ste.||Genevieve Valle||vs. (7) Grandview|
|1 p.m.||(4) Charleston vs.||(5) Crystal City|
|3 p.m.||(1) Kelly vs. (8)||Woodland|
|5 p.m.||(3) Scott City vs.||(6) St. Vincent|
|2 p.m.||Kelly/Woodland||winner vs.||Charleston/C. City||winner|
|4 p.m.||Valle/Grandview||winner vs. Scott||City/St. Vincent||winner|