A new season

Sylacauga opens the postseason on Friday against Ramsay. Game 1 of the doubleheader is set to start at 5 p.m.

Seven area teams have advanced to the state high school baseball playoffs that begin Friday.

The first round is a best-of-three series with doubleheaders Thursday or Friday and, if necessary, a third game Saturday.

In Class 1A, Victory Christian will host Appalachian on Friday at 1 p.m. The eighth-ranked Lions (17-5) enter the postseason winners of five of their last seven games, including a 9-8 win at Ragland to clinch the Area 7 title. Appalachian (11-10) won four of its last six games to earn a playoff berth. Victory Christian defeated Appalachian 14-1 on April 6.

Also in 1A, Ragland will travel to take on Heritage Christian on Friday at noon. The Purple Devils (9-10) enter the postseason looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

Heritage Christian won the Area 9 title. The Eagles prevailed in three of their last five games entering the playoffs.

In 2A, Fayetteville travels to take on Ranburne on Friday at 4 p.m. The Wolves are on a four-game winning streak, which includes a series sweep of Coosa Central to earn a berth in the playoffs.

Ranburne (15-8) finished the regular season by winning three of its last four games.

In 4A, Lincoln will host Cherokee County on Friday at 4:40 p.m. The Golden Bears are on a five-game winning streak that includes a series sweep of  Cleburne County to clinch the Area 9 title.

Cherokee County defeated Hoke Bluff to earn a playoff berth.

In 5A, Sylacauga will host Ramsay on Friday at 5 p.m. The Aggies have played their best baseball of the season this month. Sylacauga (17-7) has a 9-2 record since April 1 and swept Central-Clay County to earn the Area 7 crown.

Ramsay (10-11) defeated John Carroll to clinch a playoff berth.

Also in 5A, Munford travels to take on Briarwood on Friday at 4 p.m. The Lions (16-18) won two of three games against Central-Clay County to clinch a playoff berth. Munford won its last four games to close the regular season.

Briarwood (11-13) has won six of its last seven games entering the playoffs. The Lions captured the Area 8 title, which earned them home-field advantage in the first round.

In 6A, Pell City will host Minor on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. This is the Panthers’ first time hosting an opening-round series since 2015.

Pell City (19-9) enters the postseason with momentum, having won nine of its last 11 games. The Panthers clinched the Area 12 title with a series sweep over Pinson Valley.

Minor (17-12-1) lost four of its last five games to close the regular season.