Catholic High’s Brad Bass isn’t the only baseball coach caught in a playoff quandary based on Monday’s rain and damaging thunderstorms.
“Mother Nature is the one opponent you can’t beat,” Bass said. “And today she was batting cleanup.
“The only consolation you have from all this, if there’s any, is that pretty much everybody else will be in the same boat.”
Baseball teams is Class 5A and 4A are scheduled to complete their first playoff round by Tuesday. The possibility of weather conditions pushing games back an extra day to Wednesday looms.
Two regional boys golf tournaments and one regional track meet originally set for Tuesday in the Baton Rouge area have already been moved to Wednesday.
Teams with perhaps the best chance to play are heading west. Three 5A-4A games are set for the artificial turf at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette starting at 2:30 p.m. The first game features No. 20 St. Amant vs. No. 13 Acadiana in 5A. At 5 p.m., No. 28 Vandebilt Catholic takes on No. 5 Teurlings Catholic at 5 p.m., followed by No. 29 East Ascension vs. No. 4 Lafayette High.
“We started talking about the possibility of playing there (Louisiana-Lafayette) on Sunday,” St. Amant coach Troy Templet said. “Fortunately, they (Acadiana) were able to set it up. The turf drains well, and that should give us a chance to get the games in.”
Bass’ second-seeded Catholic squad is set to host No. 32 Alexandria Senior High at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The dilemma for the 5A-4A coaches is perplexing. For years, they fought to get a best-of-three games series for their regional and quarterfinal playoff rounds. The series are designed to keep teams with deep pitching staffs from losing to a team that can ride one dominant arm to the state tournament.
However, games are pushed back to Wednesday, teams who opt to use their top pitcher would have that pitcher ineligible for the weekend series based on the LHSAA’s pitching limits.
Bass noted that one possible solution would be for the LHSAA to step in and push the series back one day to Saturday.
“At this point, there isn’t much we can do except wait to see what happens,” said Denham Springs coach Mark Carroll, whose seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets are scheduled to host No. 26 Northshore at 6 p.m. at North Park.