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State baseball tourney begins

May. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A season full of baseball action has been whittled down to its final weekend as the 2013 West Virginia State Baseball Tournament opens at Appalachian Power Park on Thursday.

The first day of action will feature the semifinals in Class AA with a pair of rivals set to kick things off at 4:30 p.m. when Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport collide.

Bridgeport comes in at 30-6 on the season, but one of the six losses was a 5-4 to Fairmont Senior on April 16.

Following that game, Independence will take on Herbert Hoover in the nightcap. The Huskies, who defeated Wayne in Region IV, are 29-4 heading into the game. Independence is 19-8 on the year.

The winners of each contest return to Appalachian Power Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the first of three championship games.

On Friday, the semifinals in Class A get underway in the morning with a 10 a.m. matchup between Magnolia (30-4) and Notre Dame (23-10).

Following that contest, Valley-Fayette (23-7) will take on Region IV champion Charleston Catholic (28-9). The teams split the regular-season series.

The winners will meet in the Class A championship, which is 45 minutes following the completion of the Class AA championship on Saturday.

The Class AAA semifinals get underway at 5 p.m. with Parkersburg South (26-9) taking on Hedgesville (27-7).

Following that contest, Region IV champ Cabell Midland (22-10) will take on Woodrow Wilson (20-10) in a battle of Mountain State Athletic Conference teams.

Despite being in the same conference, the two did not meet during the regular season.

The Class AAA championship will take place 45 minutes following the completion of the Class A championship on Saturday.