Postseason excitement for 11 parish baseball, softball teams

Rapides Parish had six teams in the LHSAA baseball brackets announced Tuesday, led by third-seeded ASH in the Select Division II bracket, while five parish softball teams are still alive in the playoffs, paced by Buckeye and Tioga.

In softball, Pineville hosts Northwood at 5:30 today in a second-round Select Division I contest. The Lady Rebels are seeded fourth and the visitors are No. 13.

Second-seeded Tioga has already advanced to the quarterfinals after run-ruling Lafayette 13-3 in a second-round game on Tuesday. Tioga will meet either No. 7 Acadiana or No. 10 Dominican later this week for a berth in next weekend’s state tournament at Sulphur.

No. 6 ASH also dominated its second-round foe, cracking Riverside 11-0. The Lady Trojans meet No. 3 John Curtis in the quarterfinals later this week.

Buckeye earned the No. 1 seeding in Select Division II and got a first-round bye. They’ll host No. 17 Evangel today at 5:30.

Peabody was beaten 17-2 in the first round of Select Division II by Cabrini.

In Select Division V, No. 8 Oak Hill visits top-ranked Claiborne Christian today at 4:30 after both teams had first-round byes. It is a quarterfinal contest in the small bracket, so the winner goes to the state tournament next weekend.

The LHSAA set its baseball postseason brackets Tuesday.

In baseball, Divisions IV and V have retained the single-elimination brackets used previously while Divisions I, II and III are now playing three-game series in the first three rounds leading to the semifinals.

ASH is the highest-seeded parish team at No. 3 in Select Division I. The Trojans get a first-round bye and await the winner of the Holy Cross-St. Aug series for a matchup next week, between April 25-29

No. 6 Pineville and No. 12 Tioga also earned byes. The Rebels will host No. 11 Acadiana next week while the Indians visit No. 5 Northwood in Shreveport next Friday and Saturday.

In Select Division ii, Buckeye is seeded sixth and will host No. 11 Kenner Discovery Health Science in a series next week.

Bolton and Peabody tangle in a first-round series at Bolton, beginning today with a doubleheader set for a 4 p.m. opening game and a 6 p.m. second contest. If a third game is necessary, it will be played at 5:30 Thursday. The winner goes to Thibodaux next week to face No. 2 E.D. White.