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Area baseball regionals at a glance:

Oregon (2A)

Team to beat: Princeton (11-9).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (5) Oregon (8-13) at (4) Sterling Newman (8-13), 4:30 p.m. Game 2: (6) Mendota (6-17) at (3) Bureau Valley (6-15), 4:30 p.m. Wednesday - Game 3: (1) Princeton vs. Winner 1, 4:30 p.m. Thursday - Game 4: (2) Forreston/Polo (12-9) vs. Winner 2, 4:30 p.m. May 18 - Title: Winners 3-4, 10 a.m.

BCR insider: Princeton seeks its first and second only regional title since 2005, when it also won the sectional. The Tigers were top-seeded in 2009 (Bureau Valley) and 2010 (St. Bede) but were upset in the regional finals both times.

Last year’s regional finals: Rock Falls 15, Oregon 0.

BCR pick: Princeton over Forreston.

Advancement: Winner goes to Byron Sectional to face the Morrison Regional winner at 4 p.m., May 22.

Ottawa Marquette (2A)

Team to beat: St. Bede (17-2). Watch out for: Hall (16-5), Marquette (20-7).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (5) Somonauk (17-4) at (4) Seneca (11-18), 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Game 2: (1) St. Bede vs. Winner 1, 4:30 p.m. Thursday - Game 4: (2) Hall vs. (3) Marquette, 4:30 p.m. May 18 - Title: Winners 2-3, 11 a.m.

BCR insider: This is a deep field, with four teams with 16 wins or more, topped by Marquette with 20. The Bruins swept Marquette in a doubleheader, 6-5 and 10-0.

Last year’s regional finals: IVC 7, St. Bede 5.

Advancement: Winner goes to Seneca Sectional to face the Momence Regional winner at 4:30 p.m., May 22.

Putnam County (1A)

Team to beat: PC (16-9).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (5) LaMoille/Ohio at (4) Earlville/Leland, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday - Game 2: (1) Putnam County vs. Winner Game 1, 4:30 p.m. Thursday - Game 4: (2) Newark vs. (3) Serena, 4:30 p.m.; May 18 - Title: Winners 2-3, 2 p.m.

Last year’s regional finals: Marquette 5, PC 0.

BCR Pick: PC over Newark.

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