Five parish softball teams roar into state quarterfinals, four get home games

REBELS ROLL: Pineville’s Courtlynne Bennett blasted a three-run home run Wednesday against visiting Northwood of Shreveport, helping the Lady Rebels win 15-4 and advance to a state quarterfinal playoff game at home Saturday at noon. (Photo by KEVIN SHANNAHAN, Journal Sports)

Pineville, Tioga, Buckeye and Menard will host LHSAA softball quarterfinal playoff games while ASH will be on the road, with all aiming to reach the state tournament next weekend in Sulphur.

Buckeye is home today at 4:30. Pineville, Tioga and Menard play at home Saturday, when ASH travels to John Curtis.

Rapides Parish has teams in three of the four Select Division I quarterfinals.

Second-seeded Tioga plays at the Ward 10 Complex Saturday at 11 a.m. against No. 7 Acadiana, which edged Dominican 6-5 Wednesday.

No. 4 Pineville blasted Northwood 15-4 at home Wednesday and will host No. 5 Archbishop Chapelle Saturday at noon. Chapelle no-hit Captain Shreve 6-0 Wednesday. Courtlynne Bennett slammed a three-run homer for the Lady Rebels, who had an 11-0 lead.

Sixth-seeded ASH visits No. 3 John Curtis in Metairie Saturday afternoon at 2. Senior Claire Thompson gave up only a bunt single in ASH’s second-round 11-0 romp over Riverdale earlier this week.

After hammering visiting Evangel 15-0 in three innings Wednesday, Buckeye, the No. 1 seed in Select Division II, hosts No. 8 E.D. White today at 4:30 in a Select Division II quarterfinal. The Lady Panthers had a 14-run second inning to overwhelm Evangel.

Menard, the No. 9 seed in Select Division III, crushed Metairie Park Country Day by 14-0 Wednesday and gets to host the three-time defending state champion Calvary Baptist Saturday afternoon at 3. The Lady Cavaliers are top-seeded and smashed Catholic-New Iberia in a no-hitter, 15-0, on Wednesday.

The only parish team eliminated Wednesday was Oak Hill, beaten 11-1 at Claiborne Christian, the No. 1 team in Select Division V.

In a first-round baseball doubleheader Wednesday, Bolton swept Peabody 23-1 and 13-3 to advance to the second round of the Select Division II bracket.