The high school postseason is just around the corner, but the roads to the district tournament were paved Sunday afternoon as the 2017 OHSAA Southeast District softball tournaments were officially released in all four divisions.
A half-dozen Ohio Valley Publishing 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.
Two of the six area programs need only one win to get out of sectional play, while Meigs, River Valley, Southern and South Gallia each need at least two victories to advance to their respective district tournaments.
Starting in Division IV, top-seeded Eastern (13-3) earned the area’s highest overall placement and will host the winner of the 8-9 matchup between Trimble (2-13) and Miller (2-12) at Don Jackson Field at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 11.
Sixth-seeded Southern (7-9) will host 11th-seeded South Gallia (0-16) in a sectional semifinal contest at 5 p.m. Monday, May 8. The winner hits the road to face third-seeded Waterford (14-4) in the sectional final at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 11.
River Valley (5-10) came away with a seven seed in Division III and will host 10th-seeded Nelsonville-York (3-15) in a Division III sectional semifinal contest at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. The winner will travel to second-seeded Gallia Academy (10-5) for a sectional final at 5 p.m. Friday, May 12.
Meigs (13-2) — the lone Division II program in the Ohio Valley Publishing area — came away with a two seed and will host seventh-seeded Chillicothe (7-14) in a sectional semifinal at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 10.
The winner will host the winner of the 3-6 matchup between Waverly (14-9) and Marietta (7-10) in the sectional final at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13.
All records listed for teams were accurate at the time of the selection process.
Complete pairings for the 2017 OHSAA Southeast District softball tournament are available on the web at seodab.org
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.