Baton Rouge area teams can be found from the top to the bottom of LHSAA’s baseball playoff pairings released on Sunday.
Getting a measure of the top local teams is as simple as counting from one to four.
The list starts with top-seeded Brusly of Class 3A (30-4) and No. 2 St. Michael the Archangel (20-7-1) in Class 4A.
Brusly coach Tait Dupont hopes his team uses a 10-0 loss to Parkview Baptist last week as a wake-up call. The Panthers host No. 32 KIPP Renaissance at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“By the time we played it, we already knew we’d at least tie for the district title and get the No. 1 seed,” Dupont said. “We’ve had a great season so far. The game goes to show that you have to be ready every time you play now.”
The day after PBS beat Brusly, St. Michael closed its regular season with a 21-5 win over Parkview. The win was part of an offensive resurgence coach Johnny Bernhard hopes continues when the Warriors host No. 31 DeRidder (13-15) at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“The playoff system we have rewards teams for playing a tough schedule and beating good teams,” Bernhard said. “We’ve played a tough schedule and beat some very good teams like Catholic High, St. Thomas More and Parkview.
“We hit a little bit of a lull offensively about two weeks ago. After we tied Livonia (1-1, eight innings), we got back to some basics and we’ve scored in double digits every game since. We need to continue to hit.”
Class 1A Ascension Catholic (18-8) is one of a handful of teams set to play Monday. The Bulldogs host No. 30 Beekman Charter (8-8) at 3 p.m. at Regira Field in Donaldsonville.
“There was some back and forth with the teams that are seeded third, fourth and fifth in 1A (power rankings),” ACHS coach Todd Landry said. “We’re pleased with where we’re seeded, and we know what we need to do.
“We’ll always hang our hats on pitching and play solid defense. Timely hitting has to be part of it now.”
Both No. 4 seeds, Class 5A Catholic High (24-5) and 2A Episcopal (22-6), also play Tuesday. Catholic hosts District 5-5A rival No. 29 East Ascension (14-14) at 6 p.m. Episcopal hosts the 2A No. 29 Welsh (12-10) at 5:30 p.m.
“One of our goals was to finish in the top four,” Catholic coach Brad Bass said. “It’s big because it gives you a better stay at home for the playoffs.
“At the same time, we’re playing East Ascension, a district team that’s a big part of our schedule. For a game like this, you can throw the records and the seeding out. Anything can happen.”
Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois relishes the chance to host a playoff game but concedes there is work ahead.
“It’s been a few years since Episcopal hosted a playoff game, and getting the chance to do that is big,” Bourgeois said. “During the year there was a lot of movement between the No. 3 though six spots. I think Class 2A is really balanced.”
GAME TIMES: In Class 5A, there are two Monday games: Central at Hahnville at 4 p.m. and New Iberia at Zachary at 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, Dutchtown plays at Acadiana, and Denham Springs at Destrehan are both set for 4 p.m. St. Amant plays Sam Houston at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Denham Springs at Destrehan at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
In Class 3A, West Feliciciana hosts Vidalia at 5 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, University hosts Westlake at 4 p.m. Parkview hosts Iowa at 6 p.m. Tuesday. In Class 2A, Doyle travels to Hannan at 6 p.m. Tuesday.