First-round softball playoff games and pivotal district baseball games help highlight Tuesday’s high school sports schedule in the Baton Rouge area.
Top-seeded Brusly (28-2) hosts Avoyelles at 5 p.m. in Class 3A action, while No. 2-seeded St. Amant (24-2) hosts Lafayette High also at 5 p.m. to lead a large list of Class 5A teams competing on Tuesday.
In District 9-1A baseball, St. John (23-5, 8-1) hosts Ascension Catholic (14-12, 7-2) at 5 p.m. in Plaquemine for a game that will decide the league title. Catholic High (19-10, 7-2) hosts Dutchtown (21-8, 10-0) in 5-5A action at 6 p.m.
“It’s anybody’s title to win in 5A, and in some of the other classes, too,” St. Amant softball coach Scott Nielson said. “You have to win two games to get to the state tournament, and the last two years, Denham Springs has upset West Monroe in the second round to advance. We could face them (DSHS) in the second round.”
The Gators lead a contingent of six 5A teams set to host first-round or bidistrict games on Tuesday. Live Oak (No. 4), Dutchtown (No. 6), Walker (No. 7), East Ascension (No. 8) and Denham Springs (No. 15) also host games Tuesday.
In baseball, the ACHS-St. John game will feature a duel of top pitchers. Hunter Medine (7-2) and Hunter Schnebelen (7-1) will square off in the 9-1A showdown.
“I expect both pitchers to perform well,” St. John coach Heath Whittington said. “It’ll come down to who makes the fewest mistakes and who can take advantage of any hits they get. It will be a playoff atmosphere.”
Meanwhile, Dutchtown can move a step closer to wrapping up the 5-5A title and can notch its 11th straight win. The Griffins beat the Bears 9-6 in nine innings on Saturday. Cole Stapler (5-1) gets the start for DHS. Ben Braymer (2-4) will start for Catholic.
“Since district has started the guys have really turned it up a notch,” Dutchtown coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “Any time we play Catholic it’s always a good, competitive game. No one expects this one to be any different.”
The Baton Rouge area’s series of district track meets begins Tuesday with three meets at different sites.
Madison Prep is hosting the District 8-B meet at Southern University. Field events start at 2:30 p.m. and running events follow at 4:30 p.m. Hosanna Christian, Patrick Taylor and Centerville also will compete.
The District 6-1A meet at Opelousas’ Northwest High features field events at 2:30 p.m. and running events at 5:30 p.m. Catholic-Pointe Coupee, False River Academy, St. Edmund, Pointe Coupee Central, North Central and Westminster Christian will compete.
St. Thomas Aquinas hosts the 8-2A meet in Hammond with field events set for 3 p.m. and running events set for 5 p.m. The host Falcons, Springfield, St. Helena Central, Doyle, French Settlement, Pope John Paul II and Northlake Christian are among the teams set to compete.
Baton Rouge High will host the Division I, District 2 tournament at The Island, located in Plaquemine on Tuesday. Tee times start at 8 a.m.
Belaire duo to sign
Two Belaire athletes, Terriel Reado and Dionikka Young, are scheduled to sign scholarships at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the school’s library.
Reado, the daughter of Belaire coach Ella Reado, will sign a volleyball scholarship with Grambling. Young is set to sign a basketball scholarship, but has not announced what school plans to sign with.