Silliman Institute’s pursuit of a Mississippi Association of Independent School as Overall Class 3A softball comes down to Friday and two possible games with Bayou Academy.

The Wildcats (34-4-3) host Cleveland, Mississippi-based Bayou at 2 p.m. needing to win two games to claim the title. Bayou edged Silliman 1-0 in the first game of the best-of-three series played Wednesday in Cleveland.

Kennedy Carruth threw a two-hitter and struck out eight for Silliman in Game 1. The only run was an unearned run scored in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday. If Silliman wins, the winner-take-all Game 3 would follow soon after. The games were originally scheduled for Saturday, but a date change was announced Thursday morning.

Catholic Invitational times

They’ll be off and running early and following a slightly different format Saturday for the annual Catholic High Invitational cross country meet at Highland Road Park. Races begin at 8:30 a.m. with the middle schoolers starting the action.

The two-mile middle school girls race is set for 8:30, followed by the two-mile middle school boys race at 9 a.m. Two three-mile varsity races follow — the girls race at 9:30 a.m. and the boys race at 10 a.m.

Haynes commits to McNeese

Zachary High guard Rayah Haynes is the latest local girls basketball player to commit to McNeese State.

Haynes committed to the Cowgirls on Tuesday. She joins post player Maia Robinson and Denham Springs and forward/guard Kaylee Hughes of Holden committed to McNeese last week.