JACKSONVILLE -- West hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, and defeated Carthage 1-0 Friday night in Game 1 of their Class 3A Region III area playoff best-of-three series.

The series resumes with Game 2 at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ennis, with a third game to follow if necessary.

JayDon Day was the tough-luck loser on the mound for Carthage, which had just three hits on the night.