Patterson High School's Joel Singleton makes a catch in the outfield during District 8-3A action against Berwick last month. Patterson will begin postseason play Tuesday when it hosts Caldwell Parish in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. The game is the first playoff contest Patterson has hosted since 2010. Patterson enters the game as 3A's No. 14 seed, while Caldwell Parish is the No. 19 seed. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Patterson will host Caldwell Parish Tuesday evening
The Patterson Lumberjacks will begin Class 3A postseason play Tuesday when the squad hosts Caldwell Parish at home at 6 p.m.
This will be the first home playoff game for Patterson, the No. 14 seed, since the 2010 season, and Coach Ryan Jensen said it is only the fourth or fifth time in the history of the program they have hosted a playoff game.
“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” Jensen said. “We talked on Sunday about appreciating the situation and understanding the opportunity we have in our hands. We’ll talk again (Tuesday) about enjoying the atmosphere and really taking in the moment (because) so often these things get taken for granted.”
Patterson enters the postseason with a 14-18 record. The Lumberjacks finished tied for fifth in district play with a 4-8 mark. The Lumberjacks broke a five-game losing streak Saturday with a 7-5 victory against Episcopal School of Acadiana.
“This has been one of the strangest seasons ever,” Jensen said. “We had so many guys miss at different times with the flu, various injuries or other reasons. I don’t know of very many games where we have been at full strength. I’m proud of the way we have battled and haven’t used any of that as an excuse. We have had a lot of guys step up and fill roles and make plays for us.
"We lost 3 district games in the bottom of the last inning, so I think we are maybe a little better than what our record may indicate, but we have to figure out a way to finish innings and games," Jensen added. "No better time than now, as we enter the postseason.”
Meanwhile, Caldwell Parish enters postseason play with 15-15 record. The Spartans won District 2-3A with a 4-0 mark. Caldwell Parish has won three straight, including a 4-1 nondistrict victory against Beekman Charter Friday to close the regular season.
Jensen said Caldwell Parish has “quality” wins against No. 10 seed Eunice and No. 13 seed Jena.
“It’s definitely not your traditional 19 seed,” Jensen said. “In talking to people, they have all said that they are a very fundamentally sound, scrappy team. Coach (Marty) Dewees gets the most out of his players and throughout the season has found the kids that are going to buy into what they are trying to do as a program. It will take our best effort to win and advance to the next round.”
Jensen said he is hoping for a big crowd Tuesday evening.
“We hope that our school and community appreciate how big of a deal this is to our team, and they show up in large numbers to support us,” he said. “God knows they do for football and basketball, and we’d love the opportunity (Tuesday) to show we can represent the school at a pretty high level as well.”