EASTERN — Floyd Central will have the tough task of facing perennial title contender Johnson Central in the opening round of the 15th Region Baseball Tournament. First pitch for the Floyd Central-Johnson Central matchup is set for 8 p.m. on the Jaguars’ home field on Saturday.
The Jaguars dropped a pair of games to Johnson Central during the regular-season. Johnson Central defeated Floyd Central 9-3 in a late-regular season game in Eastern on May 16. Prior to that contest, Johnson Central blanked the Jaguars 13-0 in six innings on April 12.
Floyd Central finished runner-up to hard-hitting Lawrence County (32-5) in the 58th District. Lawrence County blanked the Jaguars 9-0 in the 58th District championship game in Louisa on Tuesday. Floyd Central dropped to 13-18 following the loss.
Johnson Central defeated crosstown rival Paintsville 8-2 in the 57th District Baseball Tournament title game in Inez on Tuesday. Following the win, Johnson Central improved to 30-5.
Paintsville is the reigning 15th Region baseball champion. The Tigers have compiled a 21-15 record heading into the 15th Region Baseball Tournament.
Other matchups set for the 15th Region Baseball Tournament are Lawrence County vs. Paintsville, Pike Central vs. Pikeville and Shelby Valley vs. Belfry.
15th Region Baseball Tournament at Floyd Central:
Saturday, May 25
Lawrence County vs. Paintsville, 11:00 a.m.
Pike County Central vs. Pikeville, 2:00 p.m.
Shelby Valley vs. Belfry, 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Central vs. Floyd Central, 8:00 p.m.