The West Central Area Knights baseball team won its playoff opener with a hard-fought 8-5 win at Hancock in the Sub-Section 6A-South quarterfinals. The 7th-seeded Knights advance to face the #3-seeded Morris Area Tigers on Thursday in the 6A-South semi-finals.
The Hancock Owls were the #2 seed; they finish their season with a final record of 12-6. WCA improves to 6-10.
On April 25, Morris Area defeated the Knights 9-7 at the Morris Tournament. A total of nine errors in the game was the main culprit in that loss.
Thursday's game will be held in Morris at Chizek Field at 4:30pm. A win would send the Knights into the Section 6A Final Four round, which is double-elimination.
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross is the #1 seed; the Warriors hammered Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 14-0 in five innings in their quarterfinal game.
In the other two 6A-South quarterfinal games:
#3-seed Morris Area defeated 6th-seeded Brandon-Evansville 9-0
#4-seed Chokio-Alberta defeating Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 6-2
Bertha-Hewitt is the top seed in 6A-North.
In the 2008 playoff opener, the Knights were nipped 4-3 in a 6A-South pigtail game by Hancock. WCA went 4-10 overall last season. The Knights were 3-15 in 2007, 4-12 in 2006, 7-10 in 2005, and 9-9 in 2004.