Smithsburg is the No. 1 seed and Clear Spring the No. 2 seed in the Maryland Class 1A West Region East Sectional softball playoff draw, released Tuesday by the MPSSAA.
The Leopards (17-1), who won the MVAL Antietam title for the second straight year, will face the winner of Thursday’s 4:30 p.m. first-round game between host Boonsboro (5-13), the fourth seed, and Manchester Valley (6-11), the fifth seed, in next week’s sectional semifinals.
The Blazers (15-2) finished second to Smithsburg in the Antietam. They will face the winner of the first-round game between No. 3-seed Brunswick (9-9) and No. 6-seed North Carroll (12-3).
In the 1A West Region West Sectional, Hancock (7-8) drew the third seed and will host No. 6-seed Northern Garrett on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. The winner will travel to face No. 2-seed Allegany (11-9) in next week’s sectional semis.
In Class 2A West, Williamsport (4-13) drew the 12th seed and will travel to face No. 5-seed Middletown (4-11) in the first round.
In Class 3A West, North Hagerstown (5-13) and South Hagerstown (0-18) will meet for the third time this season in the first round. The Rebels drew the sixth seed and will host the 11th-seed Hubs.