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Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 4:11 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 16, 2014 4:13 p.m. CST

Baseball regionals at a glance:

At Bureau Valley (2A)

Team to beat: Hall (19-4).

Pairings: Monday: Game 1 - (5) Bureau Valley (3-15) at (4) St. Bede (7-12), 4:30 p.m. Game 2 — (6) Riverdale at (3) Erie/Prophetstown (11-12), 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Game 3 - (1) Hall vs. Winner Game 1, 4:30 p.m. Thursday: Game 4 - (2) Princeton (12-14) vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24: Title — Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 10 a.m.

BCR insider: Princeton would likely have to get past an E/P team which beat them 7-3 to have a shot at Hall in the regional finals. Hall coach Tom Keegan said his top-seeded Red Devils just need to get “guys on” and put all three facets together - pitching, defense and offense - “and if you don’t you’re going home.” … PHS coach Tim Taylor likes his team’s chances, believing they have as good as shot as anyone. “Quiet frankly we played Hall to extra innings to a one-run game and they’re the number one seed. We’ve got teams that we potentially will play in the second game and I think we can play with anyone in our region. I’m not going down without a fight until the end. I’ve got five seniors that want to keep playing and I’ve got a bunch of underclassmen that want to support and just go win games.”

Hall coach Tom Keegan says: “I know it’s an old cliché’ and this is coach talk and all that stuff but anyone can win it, seriously, when you look at St. Bede they’re playing really well right now, Princeton, they’re very good and Prophetstown can put it all together too so it’s going to be an interesting week and you better show up ready to play or because if you’re not ready you’re going home.”

BCR pick: Hall over Princeton.

Next: Winner goes to Morrison Sectional to face Stillman Valley Regional winner at 5 p.m. May 27.

At Putnam County (1A)

Team to beat: Putnam County (18-10-1).

Pairings: Monday: Game 1 - (5) Earlville/Leland at (4) LaMoille/Ohio, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Game 2 - (1) Putnam County (18-10-1) vs. Winner Game 1, 4:30 p.m. Thursday: Game 3 - (2) Amboy (6-19) vs. (3) Paw Paw, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24: Title — Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 11 a.m.

BCR pick: PC over Amboy.

Next: Winner goes to Granville Sectional to face Grant Park Regional winner at 4:30 p.m. May 28.

Softball regionals at a glance:

At St. Bede (2A)

Team to beat: Seneca (19-14).

Pairings: Monday: Game 1 - (5) Bureau Valley at (4) St. Bede (8-20), 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Game 2 (1) Seneca (19-14) vs. Winner Game 1. Wednesday: Game 2 - (2) Hall (11-10) vs. (3) Princeton (8-19). Saturday, May 24: Title — Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 11 a.m.

BCR insider: The Lady Bruins are the defending champions, having reached the IHSA State finals for the first time in school history. However, they lost most of their firepower, including ace pitcher Lainie Schweickert, now at Lewis University. No. 1 Seneca and No. 2 Hall are the only teams with a winning record. …. Hall and Princeton were rained out Thursday. Hall won their only meeting of the year, 3-0 behind pitcher Adriana Pikula.

Next: Winner goes to Byron Sectional to face Stillman Valley Regional winner at 4:30 p.m. May 27.

BCR pick: Seneca over Princeton.

At Serena (1A)

Team to beat: (1) Serena

Pairings: Monday: Game 1 - (5) Paw Paw at (4) LaMoille/Ohio (2-12), 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Game 2 - (1) Serena vs. Winner Game 1, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Game 3 - (2) Earlville/Leland (16-8) vs. (3) Indian Creek, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24: Title — Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 11 a.m.

Next: Winner goes to Granville Sectional to face Monmouth Regional winner at 4:30 p.m. May 27.

BCR pick: Serena over E/L.

At Henry (1A)

Team to beat: (1) Putnam County (24-7)

Pairings: Monday: Game 1 - (5) Henry (2-15) at (4) Midland, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Game 2 - (1) Putnam County) vs. Winner Game 1, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Game 3 - (2) Marquette vs. (3) Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell (12-7, 7-3), 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24: Title — Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 11 a.m.

BCR insider: PC is ranked 10th in Class 1A by the Illinois Coaches Association.

Next: Winner goes to Granville Sectional to face Stark County Regional winner at 4:30 p.m. May 27.

BCR pick: PC over Marquette.

— Kevin Hieronymus 

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