The Jefferson City Renegades are in a familiar place, holding the No. 3 seed in the MINK League playoffs.
They also begin the postseason today by facing a familiar opponent: the Joplin Outlaws.
The two South Division teams will match up at 7 p.m. today at Joplin's Joe Becker Stadium, with the winner advancing to play another day and the loser ending its season.
Jefferson City hosted Joplin on Friday and Saturday, needing to win both games to earn the No. 2 seed in the South Division bracket and earn home-field advantage for today's contest. The Renegades won 5-2 on Friday, but the Outlaws won 6-0 on Saturday to claim the No. 2 seed.
The winner will face the Sedalia Bombers, the No. 1 seed in the South Division, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Park in Sedalia.
Jefferson City has been the No. 3 seed in the South Division every year of the MINK League playoffs since 2017.
The Renegades are 2-1 in program history in the first round of the playoffs. After losing 6-5 at Nevada in 2017, Jefferson City won 11-7 at Nevada in 2018 and then won 3-1 at Joplin in 2019.
Jefferson City is 2-3 all-time in the MINK League playoffs.
Tonight's other matchup in the North Division has No. 3 Chillicothe visiting No. 2 St. Joseph, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph.
The winner of that game will advance to play at top-seeded Clarinda at 7 p.m. Thursday for the North Division title.
The division champions will meet in the championship series, a best-of-3 series starting Thursday.