Three Saturday events help highlight weekend of high school sports action.
The St. Joseph’s Academy Invitational is set to feature 80 cross country teams at Highland Road Park. Approximately 15 teams are expected to participate in a Capital City Swim League meet at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
Also, Silliman Institute’s fastpitch softball team heads to Flowood, Miss., and Liberty Park for the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 2A State Tournament.
“The first priority is to put on a quality meet that showcases cross country at a beautiful park,” St. Joseph’s coach Sam Young said. “After that, the goal is to see some time drops. Having cooler weather should help make all that possible.”
SJA INVITATIONAL: Host St. Joseph’s was ranked No. 1 is the first statewide girls cross country polls. The Redstickers will welcome a number of ranked and highly regarded teams Saturday.
Races begin at 8:30 a.m. with a combined boys-girls junior varsity race. The two-mile junior high races for girls (9 a.m.) and boys (9:30 a.m.) are next.
The three-mile girls varsity race is set for 10 a.m., with the three-mile boys varsity race to follow at 10:30 a.m.
Approximately 1,500 runners are expected to participate. Other top teams in the girls division should include Dominican-New Orleans, Mount Carmel-New Orleans, St. Scholastica-Covington, Mandeville and Episcopal, said Young.
Other notable teams include Brother Martin, Archbishop Rummel, Catholic, Episcopal Walker and Mandeville.
MAIS SOFTBALL: Silliman (31-9-1) won the MAIS Class 2A South State title earlier this week. The Wildcats, seeded second, and defending champion Leake Academy are the pretourney favorites.
Silliman is scheduled to play Marshall Academy in its first game at 9 a.m. Saturday. A victory would put the Wildcats of coach Trae Weaver in Monday’s championship round. Oak Forest Academy will face North Delta, also at 9 a.m.
“We’ve had an incredible year,” Weaver said. “People seem to think it will be us against Leake for the title. That may be. We know there are some other solid teams, too.”
Pitcher Kayla Davidson leads the Wildcats with a 22-5 record and a 0.39 earned run average. She pitched a no-hitter in the South State final and tallied 30 strikeouts in three tourney games.
Silliman is led on offense by Taylor LeBlanc, who is hitting. .778. Other top hitters include Ashley Hurst (.667), Davidson (.444), Bradleigh Brignac (.429) and Morgan Ohlinger (.429).
CCSL SWIMMING: Competition begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Crawfish Aquatics pool.
Teams scheduled to compete include Baton Rouge High, Brusly, Catholic High, Christian Life, The Dunham School, Dutchtown, East Iberville, East Ascension, Episcopal, Lutcher, Parkview Baptist, Runnels,
Redemptorist St. Amant and Tara.