It’s good to be home.
Brusly, Episcopal, Redemptorist and St. Michael the Archangel are among the local teams to host regional-round baseball playoffs games Tuesday.
No. 12 Eunice (25-7) plays at fifth-seeded St. Michael (22-9) at 4 p.m. in Class 4A.
In Class 3A, No. 11 Erath (18-11) is at fifth-seeded Brusly (23-9) at 6 p.m., No. 3 E.D. White (25-5) is at No. 19 West Feliciana (13-15) at 5 p.m. and No. 11 Erath (18-11) is at No. 6 Brusly (23-9) at 6 p.m.
Class 3A road teams include No. 28 Albany and No. 4 University. No. 9 Iowa is at No. 8 Parkview Baptist (21-12) Wednesday at 5 p.m.
In Class 2A, No. 9 Opelousas Catholic (25-8) is at No. 8 Redemptorist (22-9) at 5 p.m., No. 2 Kinder (25-7) is at No. 18 Episcopal (17-12) at 6 p.m. and No. 6 Haynes Academy is at No. 22 Runnels (17-11) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
In Class 1A, No. 12 Ascension Catholic (18-12) is at No. 28 Highland Baptist at 5:30 p.m. and No. 4 St. John (23-5) is at No. 20 Ascension Episcopal.
In Class B, No. 17 Holden is at top-seeded Monterey at 4:30 p.m.
Central Private (19-11) entertains Glenbrook of Minden at 6 p.m. in the first game of the MAIS state finals.
St. Michael scored 15 runs in its opening playoff victory over Beau Chene. St. Michael coach Johnny Bernhard said Eunice will be a challenging team.
“We’ll have to put all three phases together to have a chance to win,” he said. “We need to take advantage of playing at home. Timely hitting is important.”
St. Michael is an experienced team with 12 seniors. Bernhard said senior first baseman Austin Edens and senior centerfielder Kyle Bankston have had outstanding defensive seasons.
Bernhard will choose from pitchers Christopher Reid, Dylan McElroy and Laine Fontenot.
Brusly coach Tait Dupont said pitching and defense have been a strength for his team. He said shortstop Evan Daigle, second baseman Beau Witty and third baseman Austin Watts have good chemistry and have played well.
“We lost in the semifinals last year and we’re hungry to get back to the state tournament,” Dupont said. “I feel good about our chances.”
Senior Luke LeBlanc (8-2) or junior Landon Blank (7-0) will get the start. Brusly offensive leaders include rightfielder Kwanstan Adkins (.363, 20 RBIs, 31 runs), LeBlanc (.315, 28 RBIs, nine doubles), Blake Manola (.315) and Brennan Allen (.368).
Episcopal coach Dan Canevari said Kinder has a talented team led by pitcher Zach Rider and shortstop Dylan Poncho.
“If we play the way we’re capable of playing, it should be a heck of a ballgame,” Canevari said.
Matthew Garrett, Jason Roussel or Turner Graham will get the EHS start. EHS offensive leaders include Chris Beckman (.500, 27 RBIs, five HRs), Graham (.427, 21 RBIs), Wayne Stabiler (.319), Matt Clark (.312, 15 RBIs) and Devyn Samson (.304, 15 RBIs).