The Hilton Head Island High School and Whale Branch baseball teams, and the Bluffton softball team each need two victories on the road tonight to win district championships.
The Bobcats jump-started the Class 3-A District VII softball playoffs with a 14-3 win over North Myrtle Beach last week but stumbled against Georgetown in the winners bracket, falling in a 3-2 contest Saturday afternoon. After eliminating Cane Bay with a 4-1 win -- Bluffton's third victory over the Cobras this season -- the Bobcats (18-3) earned the right for a rematch with Georgetown. Bill Ball's team will have to register two victories to advance to the Lower State championship bracket.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, face the daunting task of trying to advance past St. James, the defending state champion. The Sharks tallied a 4-1 win over Hilton Head High (19-6) in the winners bracket last weekend before Chris Wells' squad stayed alive with a one-run victory over North Myrtle Beach on Monday evening.
Wells is still undecided about who he will send to the mound tonight, but he expected the Seahawks to challenge the team sitting atop Class 3-A.
"We've got a shot. Baseball is a crazy game," Wells said. "... We're certainly not going up there with the mentality of moral victories. We're going up there to try and get two victories. We're going to give it our best shot."
Wells is hoping history once again repeats itself for the Seahawks.
"We've got three district championships here, and we've never won it from the winners bracket," he said. "So we've got a lot of experience to rely on."
Whale Branch defeated Green Sea-Floyds on Monday to earn a rematch with Lamar. Pitcher Danny Makowski likely will start for Whale Branch, which needs to defeat Lamar twice to escape the Class 1-A district level.
Lamar won the first meeting, 8-5.