As area baseball and softball teams wrap up the first half of region play and merge into the second, several key matchups this week could heavily influence the top of the standings.
Conway at Carolina Forest baseball, Tuesday: The Panthers are a win over the Tigers away from sweeping through the first half of region play.
St. James at North Myrtle Beach baseball, Wednesday: The Chiefs can make their mark on the region by making up for an early loss to the Sharks.
Dillon at Waccamaw softball, Thursday: Warriors can start off the second half of region play on a serious high note with a win over Dillon.
St. James at North Myrtle Beach softball, Thursday: These two entered the week in a three-way tie for first place in Region VII-AAA, with the Chiefs winning the first meeting.
Sumter at Socastee softball, Friday: A win here could mean a potential spot atop the region or at the very least a crucial tiebreaker bump down the line.