Parish prep softball teams rank among LHSAA best

SENIOR SLUGGER: Buckeye senior shortstop Maddie Sinclair has tied the single-season school record with 11 home runs for the Lady Panthers, who are the top-ranked team in the Division II Select power ratings. (Photo by BRET H. McCORMICK) 

Rapides Parish schools boast some of the most powerful high school softball teams in Louisiana as the regular season winds down and playoffs approach.

All of the 12 softball-playing schools fit into the Louisiana High School  Athletic Association’s Select category. The regular season ends April 12 with playoff brackets set the following day. The postseason culminates April 28-29 with semifinals and finals in Sulphur.

Six of the local teams rank in the top 10 in the LHSAA’s unofficial power ratings, led by Buckeye – No. 1 in Division II with a 15-7 overall record.

Tioga (12-2) is No. 2 in the Division I ratings.

Alexandria Senior High School (16-6) is fifth in Division I, just ahead of No. 6 Pineville (14-7).

Oak Hill (6-7) stands seventh in Division V. Menard (12-9) is the No. 9 rated team in Division III.

Owning a No. 11 power rating in Division V is Country Day-University Academy (3-11), right ahead of No. 12 Plainview (1-11) and 13th-rated Rapides (0-10).

The rest of the parish softball teams stand 24th or lower in their divisions.

Northwood (7-8) is 24th in Division IV. Glenmora (4-5) stands 25th in Division iII. Peabody (2-14) sits 29th in Division II.

Bolton has not played this spring, according to the LHSAA, and has no record in Division II.

The power ratings, once made final, determine seeding in the playoff brackets in each division.

Tomorrow: Parish baseball teams’ power ratings coming down the stretch in the regular season, which ends April 17.