If the last month of the regular season was any indication, this year’s softball postseason promises to be a memorable one.
The seeds for the regional round of the state playoffs were announced on Tuesday, with Howard County’s 12 teams split up between the 2A South and 3A East regions. With six teams sitting at 13-5 or better entering the playoffs, aspirations are high for a local squad making a state championship run.
Glenelg, the county champion, has the top seed in the 2A South bracket. The Gladiators (20-0 overall) have a first-round bye and await the winner of eighth-seeded Oakland Mills and ninth-seeded Lackey (scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday).
Long Reach, which is seeded fifth and hosts Calvert in round one, and Marriotts Ridge, which is seeded 10th and will travel to Patuxent in its opener, are also in the 2A classification.
The other eight county teams are in the 3A East bracket.
River Hill was the only local squad to receive one of the four protected seeds in the region, earning the third spot and a first-round bye.
That means everyone else will be busy on Thursday. Fifth-seeded Mt. Hebron will host 12th seeded Centennial, sixth-seeded Atholton hosts Annapolis, seventh-seeded Reservoir hosts tenth-seeded Hammond and eighth-seeded Wilde Lake will entertain ninth-seeded Howard. All games are scheduled for 4 p.m. starts.
The region quarterfinal games are tentatively scheduled to be played on Monday, May 13.
3A East: 1. Northeast (AA); 2. Stephen Decatur; 3. River Hill; 4. J.M. Bennett; 5. Mt. Hebron; 6. Atholton; 7. Reservoir; 8. Wilde Lake; 9. Howard; 10. Hammond; 11. Annapolis; 12. Centennial.
2A South: 1. Glenelg; 2. Gwynn Park; 3. Frederick Douglass; 4. Largo; 5. Long Reach; 6. Central; 7. Patuxent; 8. Oakland Mills; 9. Lackey; 10. Marriotts Ridge; 11. McDonough; 12. Calvert; 13. Southern-AA.