Dutchtown High baseball coach Chris Schexnaydre wasn’t sure what to expect when the season began two months ago. The Griffins had a lineup that featured eight new starters.
With two games remaining, Dutchtown is where every high school baseball team wants to be — playing a parish rival with a district title on the line.
St. Amant (23-7, 7-1) hosts Dutchtown (21-10, 7-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a game that will help decide the District 5-5A title. The teams will meet again at Thursday at Dutchtown to close out the 5-5A schedule.
“We have seniors, but several of those guys never really got a chance to start until this year because they were playing behind some talented guys,” Schexnaydre said. “And to see those guys come in and play and produce the way have has been great to watch.
“This is what high school baseball is about. You’re playing a parish rival, and you have a chance to win a district title. It’s a great way to end the regular season.”
The Dutchtown-St. Amant game is one of several to note on Tuesday. Catholic High (21-10, 6-2) travels to East Ascension for another key 5-5A game. The Bears host also EAHS (17-14, 4-4) on Thursday and could tie St. Amant and Dutchtown, should they win their last two games, provided that the Gators and Griffins split their games.
“I know it’s going to be intense,” St. Amant coach Troy Templet said. “Regardless of what happens this week, these guys should prepare us for anything we see in the playoffs.
“We know we’re going against a quality program that’s true to the things they believe in. They’ll bunt, they’ll hit-and-run, and they’ll do anything they can get an advantage. We expect two really competitive games.”
LSU signee Austin Bain is scheduled to get the start for Dutchtown, while Brennan Grant (5-1) is set to start for St. Amant.
Left-fielder Dylan King is hitting over .450 to pace Dutchtown, while shortstop Blaine Schexnayder is at .365 to pace St. Amant.
The Dutchtown-St. Amant game is one of several showdowns set for Tuesday. In District 4-5A, Denham Springs (22-9, 8-2) hosts Zachary (20-10, 6-4) at 6 p.m. in North Park. Walker (18-13, 7-3) hosts Central (16-15, 7-3) at 6:30 p.m.
In District 6-4A, St. Michael (15-8, 4-0) travels to Lutcher (11-15, 3-1) with the lead in District 6-4A at stake. The teams meet again Thursday at St. Michael.
The District 8-1A title will be on the line when Ascension Catholic (15-10, 8-0) hosts St. John (20-5, 8-1) at 5 p.m. at Regira Field in Donaldsonville.
Also notable is the first game of a three-game Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 2A series between Central Private and Brookhaven Academy. CPS hosts at 6 p.m.
DISTRICT MEETS SET: A series of district track meets are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Meets for District 4-5A, 7-3A, 6-2A, 6-1A and 8-1A are Wednesday. The District 5-5A and 6-4A meets are set for Thursday.
Broadmoor will host the District 4-5A with field events starting at 2 p.m. Running events will begin at 5 p.m. West Feliciana is the site of the 7-3A with field events set for 3:30 p.m. and running events for 5:30 p.m.
The 6-2A meet at Episcopal has field events at 3:30 p.m. and running events at 6 p.m. Southern Lab is hosting the 6-1A meet at Port Allen High. Field events start at 1 p.m., with running events are at 4:30 p.m. The 8-1A meet at White Castle has field events at 3 p.m. and running events at 5 p.m.
Dutchtown is hosting the 5-5A meet that starts with field events at 3:30 p.m. Running events follow at 5:30 p.m. The 6-4A meet at Plaquemine also starts with field events at 3:30 p.m. and includes running events at 5 p.m.