The veteran Live Oak softball team dodged early season raindrops to reach a 2-0 start in District 4-5A action.
Now the Eagles turn their focus to a crucial three-day stretch that coach Michelle Morris believes could help determine where they finish in the district race and whether a deep run in Class 5A’s postseason could again be in the offing.
Live Oak closes the first round of the 4-5A slate with a trip to Zachary, which knocked the Eagles out of the playoffs last year, on Thursday before playing three games in two days at the 19th annual Live Oak Softball Tournament in Watson this weekend.
The Eagles sat 13-3 overall and 2-0 in district entering the week.
“The rain has kept us from having a smooth kind of season,” Morris said. “It’s hard for a team to gel the way you usually would have by this time.”
Following the tournament this weekend, Live Oak will spend most of its time during spring break on the practice field.
“We’ll have a better idea of where we stand by then,” Morris said. “It would be nice to enter the second round of district knowing we have some breathing room there.”
Live Oak relies on many of the same players who led the team to a 5A semifinal berth in 2014, then lost one game short of the state tournament last year. Four of the five seniors have signed to play collegiate softball.
In a 4-0 shutout of Central last week, Savannah Hall threw a four-hitter and Ally Howard smashed a two-run homer.
But Morris said nothing comes easy in a district that sent all five of its teams to the playoffs last season.
“It’s hard to tell who’s going to come out on top,” Morris said. “We always beat each other up.”
Doyle, Walker, Denham Springs, Springfield and Albany are among the other teams expected to participate in the Live Oak tournament this weekend.
Livingston represented in All-Star games
Lexi McMorris and Torez Kinchen, of Denham Springs, and Keeona Brown, of Walker, made the trip to Bossier Parish Community College on Saturday to participate in the annual Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star basketball games.
On the girls side, McMorris and Brown each scored four points for the East in a 77-72 loss.
The West girls prevailed as North Caddo’s Jasmine Thomas earned game MVP honors with nine of her 12 points coming in the fourth quarter.
In the boys game, Kinchen had two points in a 106-102 loss for the East.
Robert Williams, also of North Caddo, was the MVP of the boys game as he led the West with 15 points.
Walker girls coach Korey Arnold, of Walker, served as the East’s assistant coach.
Senior Cedotal continues dominance
Senior left-hander Kyle Cedotal continues to dominate Southland Conference hitting.
The Denham Springs High graduate and Southeastern Louisiana ace improved to 3-2 for the season Friday in a 4-3 victory over Abilene Christian, allowing only three hits and surrendering no earned runs in 7.2 innings of work.
Entering the week, Cedotal led the Southland with 46 strikeouts and ranked third in the league with a 1.15 ERA.
He has allowed only seven walks.
Southeastern remained atop the Southland standings with a three-game sweep of Abilene Christian, improving to 6-0 in the conference, and entered the week having won eight straight games overall.
Cedatol now ranks eighth in SLU history with 20 career wins.