Eight softball teams in the 13th Region have winning records after one week of the postseason.
All eight will gather this week in the 13th Region Tournament at Knox Central High School.
The draw is set for Sunday afternoon to determine the pairings for what could be one of the strongest tournaments in region history.
Defending champ North Laurel (20-12) remains the regional favorite with a 6-1 record against regional competition. The Lady Jaguars defeated Clay County (30-3) 1-0 in the 49th District Tournament finals. The Lady Tigers are 15-2 against regional competition with their other loss also coming to North Laurel, 4-2 in Manchester.
Harlan County (25-8) has the second most wins in the region and is coming off a 6-2 win over Middlesboro (20-9) in the 52nd District Tournament finals. Middlesboro had won its three previous meetings this season against HCHS and also has the only win by a 13th Region team over North Laurel.
South Laurel (18-13) defeated Williamsburg (15-12) in the 50th District finals. The Lady Cardinals remain a regional contender with a 10-0 record against regional competition. The Lady Jackets knocked off Corbin 7-0 in the district tourney to earn a berth in the regional tournament.
Lynn Camp (20-12) rallied from an 8-0 deficit to upset Knox Central 16-10 in the 51st District Tournament finals. Knox Central (14-13) advanced to the regional with a win over Barbourville in the opening round of the district tourney.
North Laurel (26-10) appears to be the favorite in the regional baseball tournament, scheduled to open Monday at Lynn Camp High School. The Jaguars, who are the 49th District champions, will play Barbourville (18-11) in a first-round game at 1:30 p.m.
Harlan County (15-15) will open the tournament with an 11 a.m. game against 50th District champ Corbin (21-14). The Redhounds won 3-0 in eight innings in a game early this season at HCHS.
Knox Central (17-10), champion of the 51st District, will play two-time defending 13th Region champ South Laurel (9-19) at 4 p.m.
Middlesboro (20-12), the winner of the 52nd District, will play 49th District runner-up Clay County (19-17) at 6:30.
The semifinals are set for Tuesday, starting at 5 p.m., with the championship game slated Thursday at 6 p.m.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134