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It's do-or-die for one of these Rock Hill rivals

It wasn't supposed to be like this.

So think the baseball fans who follow rivals Northwestern and Rock Hill. The Trojans host the Bearcats today at 6 p.m. in the second round of the Class AAAA Upper State tournament, and the season ends for the loser.

The tournament began on Saturday and the city of Rock Hill had a 50-50 chance of getting a team the championship series against the Lower State. But the odds have been sliced to 33 percent of that happening to 66 percent it won't.

Northwestern (18-10) lost 1-0 to Byrnes in the first round, with the winning run scoring on a wild pitch. Rock Hill (25-6) got only one hit in a 7-1 loss to Blythewood, but committed four costly errors in the loss.

So it's down to one game for the Trojans and Bearcats. The winner advances to Wednesday's third round against the loser of tonight's Blythewood at Byrnes game. And if either should win that one, it's on to the home of the winner of tonight's other game on Friday night. Whichever of the three teams that might be, the task will be to win two on Friday to earn a spot in the state championship game.

Lewisville is looking strong in the Class A Upper State tournament and is on the road tonight for the first time in the playoffs at Southside Christian in Simpsonville near Greenville. The winner gets Wednesday off and the situation on Friday is the same as in Class A.

The Lions are ranked No. 1 in Class A, with a 25-4 record. Lewisville won three straight and took the District IV title. They are 4-0 in the postseason counting Saturday's 10-0 win over Fox Creek and have outscored the opposition 48-8.

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