Catholic-Pointe Coupee, St. Amant garner top seeds for softball playoffs _lowres

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Catholic High School Pointe Coupee head coach Lauren Doucet against Brusly on Monday. Brusly won 8-0.

Undefeated St. Amant and Catholic-Pointe Coupee both got top billing when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released its softball playoff pairings Thursday.

The Gators (25-0) are seeded No. 1 in Class 5A. Like St. Amant, CHSPC (19-4) the top seed in 1A, grabbed a No. 1 seed for the second straight year.

Neither team is celebrating. Chalk it up to lessons learned a year ago.

“I told my girls they haven’t won anything yet,” CHSPC coach Lauren Doucet said. “And it’s the truth. This (top seeding) is a good thing to have, don’t get me wrong.

“But our final two goals — making the state tournament and a winning a state title — are still ahead of us. You have to win five more games to get there. Seeding doesn’t change that.”

St. Amant hosts No. 32 Chalmette (15-10) for the second straight season. The game is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday. Teams played the first two rounds of the playoffs at school-based sites. The quarterfinalists advance to the LHSAA/Fastpitch 56 State tournament May 1-2 at Sulphur’s Frasch Park.

A year ago CHSPC, the 2013 1A champion, lost to eventual state champion Cedar Creek in the semifinals. St. Amant lost to Pineville in the quarterfinals a year ago.

“Being the top seed is nice,” St. Amant coach Scott Nielson said. “But it’s like I told my seniors, the only thing it guarantees you is one more game. We’ve had a great season so far, but the reality of it is everybody in 0-0.

“Given the parity you have, especially in 5A, you can’t take anything for granted. Most of the games are decided by either one run or two runs. It comes down whoever makes the most mistakes. There’s no margin for error.”

Other top seeds are North DeSoto (23-1) in Class 4A, John Curtis (22-3) in 3A, Calvary Baptist (24-4) in 2A, Quitman (20-4) in Class B and Hackberry (18-3) in Class C.

Teams have until Tuesday night to play first-round playoff games.

Other teams garnering high seeds in the Baton Rouge area were No. 3 Live Oak (22-3) in 5A, No. 11 Plaquemine (13-10) in 4A, No. 4 Parkview Baptist (24-8) in 3A, seventh-seeded Doyle (19-8) in 2A, fifth-seeded Ascension Catholic (18-3) in 1A, No. 4 Maurepas (15-5) in Class B and 11th-seeded Family Christian (9-6) in Class C.

There was a little intrigue on Thursday. The LHSAA released the pairings about 30 minutes later than expected.

When the LHSAA first released its power rankings for the coaches to review, it prompted a few notable changes in 5A. Barbe went from being the No. 17 seed to No. 16 and now hosts Fontainebleau.

After the brackets were released, the LHSAA sent out an advisory saying that Catholic-PC will play Haynesville (5-10) instead of the original No. 32 seed, Bastrop-based Beekman Charter. The advisory noted Beekman was not eligible for the playoffs.

Seventh-seeded Brusly of 3A also was among the teams to set an early game time. The Panthers (19-11) face No. 26 St. Louis Catholic (7-10) also at 5 p.m. Tuesday.