West Side vs. Morton, 5 p.m.
Munster vs. Lake Central, 5 p.m., WEFM-FM (95.9), rrsn.com
E.C. Central vs. Lowell, 7 p.m.
Highland vs. Morton-West Side winner, noon
Munster-Lake Central winner vs. E.C. Central-Lowell winner, 2 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m., WEFM-FM (95.9), rrsn.com
2011 Champion: Lake Central
Favorite: Lake Central. Darkhorse: Munster.
Advancement: Winner plays winner of the Elkhart Memorial Sectional in the LaPorte Regional at approximately 12:30 p.m. on June 2.
Players to watch: West Side – Todd Porter, Sr., SS/RHP; Aaron Hall, Sr., Util. Morton – Chris McCormack, Sr., 3B; Aurileo Cazares, Jr., RHP/SS. Munster – Ethan Flahaven, Sr., Util; Mark Strbjak, Sr., OF. Lake Central – Jimmy McNamara, Sr., LHP; Taylor Lehnert, Sr., RHP; Chase Fieldhouse, Sr., OF. E.C. Central – Luis Perez, Sr., OF/P. Lowell – Tyler Hamm, Sr., OF; Danny DeBoer, Jr., P/SS. Highland – Jordan Minch, Sr., LHP; Tyler Fraley, Jr., SS.
Fast facts: The longest drought for any team in the sectional is Morton, which last won in 1994. … Lake Central holds the most sectional titles with 14, the most recent last season.
Chesterton vs. Valparaiso, 4:30 p.m., WEFM-FM (95.9), rrsn.com
Michigan City vs. Crown Point, 6 p.m., WEFM-FM (95.9), rrsn.com
Portage vs. Merrillville, 4:30 p.m.
Hobart vs. LaPorte, 6 p.m.
Chesterton-Valparaiso winner vs. Michigan City-Crown Point, 4:30 p.m.
Portage-Merrillville winner vs. Hobart-LaPorte winner, 6 p.m.
Championship, 11 a.m., WEFM-FM (95.9), rrsn.com
2011 Champion: Crown Point
Favorite: Crown Point. Darkhorse: Portage.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the South Bend Clay Sectional in the LaPorte Regional at 10:30 a.m. June 2.
Players to watch: Chesterton — Jake Post, Bobby Humphreys, Zac Jenks, Andrew Ralph. Valparaiso — Devin Bafia, Jeff Holmes, Joe Gallinatti, John Olejniczak. Michigan City — Logan Kaletha, Andrew Ray. Crown Point — Jake Lindeman, Sr., P/2B; Zach Plesac, P/INF; Joe Hopman, Sr., OF. Portage — Gabe Acevedo, Kris Springman, Dave Jercha, Zach Simmons. Merrillville — Aaron Dye, Jr., OF; Jose Carbajal, Jr., 1B. Hobart – Brandon Murray, So., RHP/OF; Jake Erlich, Sr., LHP; Chris Moore, Sr., 3B; Phil Madvek, Sr., RHP. LaPorte — Wally Dickman, Tommy Snyder, Ben Saliwanchik.
Fast facts: Of Crown Point’s 20 sectional titles, seven have come in the multiclass system. … Portage last hoisted the trophy in 1995, second only in the longest wait with Hobart, which last won a title in 1993. … Michigan City holds the fewest sectional titles of the group with one, won in 2002. LaPorte has the most with 35.
Hammond vs. Clark, 4:30 p.m.
Roosevelt vs. Lew Wallace, 4:30 p.m.
Hammond-Clark winner vs. Roosevelt-Lew Wallace winner, 10 a.m.
Gavit vs. Griffith, noon
Championship, 4 p.m.
2011 Champion: Clark
Favorite: Griffith. Darkhorse: Clark.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Kankakee Valley Sectional in the Plymouth Regional at 10 a.m. June 2.
Players to watch: Hammond – Marcos Arredondo, So., SS. Clark – Enrique Zamora, Sr., RHP/3B; Jerald Morgan, Sr., 2B; Chris Miller, Sr., SS. Gavit – Alex Maskovich, Jr., LHP/1B. Griffith – Garrett Litke, Sr., P/SS; Brett Brinkley, Sr., OF; Jesse Smith, Jr., P.
Fast facts: The realignment of the sectional brings Griffith into a group that had previously crowned Clark each of the last four years. … Clark and Griffith hold the same number of sectional titles with nine apiece.
Kankakee Valley vs. Knox, 4:30 p.m.
Hanover Central vs. Calumet, 7 p.m.
Kankakee Valley-Knox winner vs. Hanover Central-Calumet winner, 11 a.m.
Rensselaer vs. Andrean, 1:30 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m.
2011 Champion: Andrean
Favorite: Andrean. Darkhorse: Kankakee Valley.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Clark Sectional in the Plymouth Regional at 10 a.m. June 2.
Players to watch: Kankakee Valley – Jake Wright, Sr., C; Zach DeFries, Sr., OF; Chris Rusk, Sr., LHP. Hanover Central – Jesse Wilkening, Fr., OF; Dan Stum, Sr., P; Zac Maciejewski, Jr., C. Calumet – K.C. Woleski, Sr., SS/RHP. Rensselaer – Ryan Lattimore, Jr.; Jake West, Sr. Andrean – Zac Ryan, Jr., P; Mike Brosseau, Sr., SS; Nick Tobye, Sr., C.
Fast facts: Andrean’s current streak of 10 straight titles is the longest active stretch in the state. … Hanover Central, Class 2A runner-up last season, joins Class 3A for the first time this year. … Hanover Central and Knox hold the fewest number of sectional titles with one each.
Lake Station vs. Bowman Academy, 5 p.m.
River Forest vs. Whiting, 5 p.m.
Lake Station-Bowman Academy winner vs. River Forest-Whiting winner, 10 a.m.
Wheeler vs. Bishop Noll, 12:30 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m.
2011 Champion: Hanover Central
Favorite: Bishop Noll. Darkhorse: Wheeler.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Boone Grove Sectional in the Whiting Regional at 1 p.m. June 2.
Players to watch: Lake Station – Kris Suleski, Sr., INF. Bowman Academy – Terrance Harris, Jr., 3B/RHP. River Forest – Chris Lauderback, So, RHP/INF; Jason Temple, Sr., CF. Whiting – Matt Dvorscak, So., OF/P; Gio Cruz, Sr., C. Wheeler -- David Bolla, Tyler Crussen, Nick Naspinski, Jesse Kellar. Bishop Noll – Kody Alayon, Sr., SS; Cody Moskovsky, Sr., C.
Fast facts: Bishop Noll’s 21 sectional titles are the most of any Hammond school. … Wheeler’s last sectional trophy came in 2008. … Whiting, a Class 2A participant for the first time, will host both the sectional and regional games.
Winamac vs. Boone Grove, 5 p.m.
North Newton vs. Rochester, 5 p.m.
Winamac-Boone Grove winner vs. North Newton-Rochester winner, 10 a.m.
North Judson vs. Hebron, 1 p.m.
Championship, 1 p.m.
2011 champion: Culver
Favorite: Hebron. Darkhorse: Rochester.
Players to watch: Boone Grove — Dean Hill, Jared Thill, Cody Poynter, Jason Sawa; Hebron — Cody Hayes, Damon Wallace, Kyle Hernandez, Kyle Joyce. North Newton — Wes Pemberton, Chad Schultz.
Fast facts: Boone had a string of four titles end last season. ... Hebron's only sectional title came in 1977. ... North Newton's last title came in 1997. ... Rochester was previously in 3A.
Covenant Christian vs. Washington Township, 4:30 p.m.
LaCrosse vs. Morgan Township, 4:30 p.m.
Kouts vs. Covenant Christian-Washington Township winner, 4:30 p.m.
2011 champion: Kouts
Favorite: Washington Township. Darkhorse: Morgan Township
Players to watch: Covenant Christian — Zach Bowers, Justin Dexter; Kouts — Jake Moore, Jake Bekelya, Max Everaert; LaCrosse — Jimmy Rippe, Tyler Mack, Jared Dyjak; Morgan Township — Ryan Klikus, Adam Rettinger, Joe Dougherty, Brandon Murphy; Washington Township — Justin Landgrebe, Greg Fadell, Tyler Frye, Bob Ross.
Fast facts: Washington's last title came in 2007. ... Morgan's only title came in 2004. ... LaCrosse's last title came in 2002.
Argos vs. South Central, 4:30 p.m.
Culver Community vs. Westville, 4:30 p.m.
Marquette vs. Triton, 4:30 p.m.
Oregon-Davis vs. Argos-South Central winner, 9 a.m.
Culver Community-Westville winner vs. Marquette-Triton winner, 11:30 a.m.
Championship, 4:30 p.m.
2011 champion: South Central
Favorite: South Central. Darkhorse: Culver Community.
Local players to watch: South Central — Garrett Walter, Blake Geskey, Adam Clindaniel, Steven Shepherd. Marquette - Parker Buell; Westville — Austin Swistek, Brian Popp, Eric Quinn, Austin Hisick.
Fast facts: South Central is a three-time defending champion and reached the semistate last season. ... Westville has never won a sectional.
— Hillary Smith and Jim Peters, Times Sports Writers