Greg Battistella named Lakeshore baseball coach _lowres

Advocate file photo by RUSTY COSTANZA Holy Cross baseball coach Greg Battistella tosses a ball on the field during a game against Jesuit in 2014. Battistella will be an assistant baseball coach at Lakeshore High School this year.

Holy Cross vs. Shaw.

Round III.

The two Catholic League schools will meet in the bidistrict round of the Class 5A playoffs on Monday at 4 p.m. at Shaw.

The LHSAA announced the 5A playoff pairings on Sunday.

“I like the fact that it’s just 14 miles away from us,” Holy Cross coach Greg Battistella said. “We match up with them well, and I think we have just as much of a chance as them. It’s a one-game series. (Shaw coach) Kirk (Bullinger) is a dear friend, and we grew up together, but I know it will be take the gloves off for 2 ½ hours and the best team will advance.”

The Tigers (17-15) and Eagles (21-11) split their two regular season games, with each team winning on the other team’s home field by an almost identical score.

Shaw won one game 14 -4 and Holy Cross won the other one 14-5.

Shaw enters the playoffs as the No. 12 seed, while Holy Cross is the No. 21 seed.

Shaw coach Kirk Bullinger would rather have not had to play a team from the same district

“You never want to have to play a team in your own district in the first round because you like to see teams in your district go a little further in the playoffs, because it makes your district look even stronger,” Bullinger said. “But one of the good things is neither team has to travel far, so the expenses are at a minimum.”

But Billinger also noted some disadvantages to the short travel.

“One of the big advantages of playing at home is normally the other team has to travel a great distance and then jump right off the bus and get on the field,” Bullinger said. “So it’s not much of an advantage for us.”

Monday’s game is one of three all-New Orleans matchups in the first round of the 5A playoffs. Brother Martin will host St. Paul’s on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, and Rummel plays at Hahnville on Tuesday at 4.

Other local teams to make the 32-team field of the 5A playoffs are: Grace King, Fontainebleau, Jesuit and Destrehan. The playoff brackets in the other classifications will be announced on Tuesday.

The Holy Cross-Shaw winner advances to the regional round to play the winner between Fontainebleau and St. Amant.