Baseball: Holy Cross-Rummel matchup highlights playoff slate _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Rummel's Ashanti Wheatley, stretches to reach first base before Holy Cross' Christian Clayton can make the out during Friday's game.

The first time Holy Cross and Rummel played this season, it determined which team would be atop the Catholic League standings through the first half of the district schedule.

The second meeting decided which team would finish as second place in the district.

Round 3 will determine which team continues its season.

Rummel, the No. 15 seed, and No. 18 Holy Cross will play on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Kirsch Rooney Stadium in the bidistrict round of the Class 5A playoffs.

The LHSAA announced the playoff pairings for the Class 5A and Class 4A playoffs on Sunday.

The playoff schedule for the other classifications will be announced Tuesday.

The game between the Raiders and Tigers, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Catholic League, is one of the more intriguing ones in the Class 5A and Class 4A playoffs.

“This is the rubber match with the big payoff,” Holy Cross coach Greg Battistella said. “The winner gets to go to the next round. We are familiar with their guys and they as well are familiar with ours.”

Holy Cross beat Rummel 12-6 in early April and Rummel won 6-4 on Friday.

Rummel coach Nick Monica isn’t sure if playing a district foe in the playoffs is a good thing or a bad thing.

“I don’t know if it’s either, Monica said. “You would like to play somebody different. That’s usually one good thing about the playoffs is you usually get to play someone not in your district. Our district has been so competitive this year. It is what it is. It’s the playoffs, so you have to beat a good team whoever you play.”

The Holy Cross-Rummel game isn’t the only game involving local teams that will be a third meeting.

Brother Martin, and Hahnville, although not in the same district, also have played each other twice this season.

Brother Martin, the No. 14 seed, will host No. 19 Hahnville in the first round.

The Crusaders won both regular season meetings, winning the first one 10-0 and the second one 3-2.

In Class 4A and 5A, the first round is single elimination game, with the second and third rounds being best-of-three series.

Teams that win the third round advance to Sulphur for the semifinals and championships, both single games.

Ten local teams made the Class 5A playoffs.

Other local teams to make it are: Catholic League champion Jesuit, a No. 8 seed; No. 10 Destrehan; No. 16 St. Paul’s; No. 24 Chalmette; No. 26 Northshore and No. 30 Shaw.

In Class 4A, eight local teams made the playoffs, with just two hosting first-round games.

District 10-4A champion Belle Chasse is the No. 12 seed, the highest seeded local team in 4A. Lakeshore is a No. 13 seed. No. 30 Karr will travel to play No. 3 Franklinton on Monday at 6.

The other local 4A teams to make the playoffs are: No. 24 Riverdale; No. 27 Salmen; No. 31 Pearl River and No. 32 East Jefferson.