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Area softball regionals at a glance:

St. Bede (2A)

Team to beat: St. Bede (16-5).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (5) Hall (4-11) at (4) Somonauk, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Game 2: (1) St. Bede vs. Winner 1, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday - Game 3: (2) Mendota (10-11) vs. (3) Princeton (10-8), 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 - Title: winners 2-3, 11 a.m.

BCR insider: The Lady Bruins will be hard to beat, playing at home with ace pitcher Lainie Schweickert in the circle. They were also the No. 1 seed last year, but lost to IVC. SBA coach Bill Prokup said, “We don’t want a repeat of last year. It’s one and done from here on out and we need to focus on the task at hand regardless of seeding or location. It’s really up to the girls to have the desire to win and keep moving on.” PHS and Mendota will meet for the first time this year, their previously scheduled contest was canceled by the weather.

Last year’s finals: IVC 1, St. Bede 0.

BCR pick: St. Bede over Princeton.

Advancement: Winner goes to the Oregon Sectional to face the Bureau Valley Regional winner at 4:30 p.m. May 21.

Bureau Valley (2A)

Team to beat: RI Alleman (19-7). Watch out for Morrison (20-3).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1, (5) Erie/Prophetstown (11-11) at (4) Bureau Valley (7-9), 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Game 2, (6) Fulton at (3) Port Byron Riverdale, 4:30 p.m., Game 3 - (1) Alleman vs. Winner 1, at 4:30 p.m. (at Manlius). Wednesday - Game 4: (2) Morrison vs. Winner 2, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 - Title: Winners 3-4, 11 a.m.

BCR Insider: Alleman is 2-0 against the field, defeating Riverdale 20-3 and E/P 13-2, both in five innings.

Last year’s finals: Rock Falls 8, Morrison 2; Sherrard 2, Alleman 0.

Advancement: Winner goes to the Oregon Sectional to face the St. Bede Regional winner at 4:30 p.m. May 21.

1A sites (team to beat)

At Newark: Team to beat Newark (15-6).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (5) LaMoille/Ohio at (4) Paw Paw, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday - Game 2: (1) Newark vs. Winner 1, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday - Game 3: (2) Serena (16-8) vs. (3) Earlville/Leland, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 18 - Title: Winners 2-3, 11 a.m.

BCR pick: Newark over Serena.

Putnam County 1A Regional

Team to beat: PC (16-6).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (5) Henry-Senachwine at (4) Midland, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday - Game 2: (1) Putnam County vs. Winner 1, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday - Game 3: (2) Woodland/FC vs. (3) Ottawa Marquette, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 18 - Title: Winners 2-3. 11 a.m.

BCR Insider: PC took a 6-0 record into Friday’s game vs. Marquette, looking to wrap up the TCC title.

Last year’s finals: PC 4, Woodland 0.

BCR pick: PC over WFC

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