Showdown of top Division I foes ASH, Pineville highlights parish’s status in LHSAA baseball

CLASH OF THE TITANS: Pineville senior pitcher Brady Huffman and the Rebels (11-7) are ranked No. 2 in the Division I Select baseball power ratings heading into a key District 2-5A showdown against No. 3 Alexandria Senior High today and Friday. (Photo by BRET H. McCORMICK)

Rapides Parish high school baseball is always represented well in the LHSAA playoffs and all signs point to that continuing next month.

There are six local teams ranked eighth or higher in their Select divisions in the unofficial LHSAA power ratings used to set the playoff brackets due April 18.

Pineville is No. 2 and Alexandria Senior High is No. 3 in Division I. The Rebels have an 11-7 record while ASH is 15-4, according to the LHSAA. The teams collide in district play today and Friday.

Menard stands fifth in Division III with a 14-6 record. Buckeye (16-7) is also fifth in Division II.

Country Day University Academy (6-3) is sixth in Division V. Perennial power Oak Hill (6-7) is close behind in eighth.

Despite a 3-12 record, Plainview stands 12th in Division V. Tioga (8-10) is No. 13 in Division I. Bolton (8-7) also ranks 13th in the Division II power ratings.

Glenmora, which has lots of playoff accomplishments, is 14th in Division III and holds a 12-8 record. Rapides also owns a 14th-place rating but also holds a 1-13 record.

Peabody (8-13) stands 20th in Division II. Northwood, coming off its basketball state championship, stands 21st in Division IV with an 8-2 record.

Playoffs will begin soon after the brackets are set, and are slated for championship round competition May 9-13.