Tri-City Area's four baseball squads qualify for postseason
The Tri-City Area’s four baseball teams all qualified for postseason play when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released its brackets this week.
Berwick leads the area with the highest seed at No. 4 in Class 3A, while Central Catholic is No. 8 in Division IV. Morgan City is No. 25 in Class 4A, while Patterson is No. 8 in Class 3A.
The area action will begin when Morgan City travels to face No. 8 Belle Chasse Monday at 6 p.m. at Alwyn Hebert Field in Belle Chasse.
Tuesday, Berwick will host No. 29 Peabody at 5:30 p.m., while Patterson will travel to face No. 8 West Feliciana at 6 p.m. at West Feliciana Sports Park in St. Francisville.
Central Catholic will host No. 9 Covenant Christian Academy in a best of three series in Amelia. The two teams will play a double-header Wednesday with games at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. An if-necessary contest is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.
Below are previews of the first-round games.
Morgan City vs.
Belle Chasse enters Mon-day’s first-round contest with a 23-9 overall record. The Cardinals won the District 9-4A title with an 8-0 mark.
Meanwhile, Morgan City, which is led by first-year coach Joel Daigle, is 15-19 overall and finished third in District 7-4A with a 7-5 record.
Belle Chasse and Morgan City have one common opponent this season, South Plaquemines, a team that both squads defeated.
Among Morgan City’s no-table wins this season were a district sweep of No. 4 South Lafourche and No. 21 South Terrebonne. The Tigers also won a game against No. 12 Assumption. Morgan City also split two games with Class 3A’s No. 4 seed, Berwick, and defeated Division IV No. 3 seed, Ascension Catholic.
Morgan City enters the playoffs after falling to Dun-ham, 6-5, Friday in Morgan City.
Belle Chasse had won 19 in a row before falling 2-0 to Salmen in nondistrict action April 14.
Belle Chasse closed the season with a 6-5 win against Chalmette in nondistrict action.
Berwick vs. Peabody
Berwick enters the Class 3A postseason with a 22-8 overall record. The Panthers won the District 8-3A title with a 12-0 mark.
The Panthers dropped a 6-5 decision to Division IV’s No. 3-ranked squad, Ascension Catholic, Saturday in a game Berwick led 5-0 at one point.
Prior to that, Berwick, which is led by first-year coach Brandon Bravata, had won 11 straight.
Peabody enters Tuesday’s contest with a 12-19 record. The Warhorses finished in fifth place in District 3-3A with a 2-8 mark.
Peabody lost three straight games to end the season, including a 23-5 loss to Division V’s top-ranked squad, Grace Christian, Saturday.
Berwick and Peabody have one common opponent, Abbeville, which Peabody beat once and Berwick swept in district play.
Among Berwick’s wins this season is a victory against Division IV’s top-ranked squad, St. John,
Of Berwick’s eight losses this year, five were by two runs or less.
The Patterson Lumber-jacks enter Tuesday’s first-round playoff game with a 12-17 overall record and a 4-8 mark in District 8-3A.
Patterson, led by first-year coach Blayze Romero, finished tied for fifth in District 8-3A with Abbeville.
Patterson enters Tuesday’s playoff game after run-ruling Episcopal School of Acadiana, 17-7, in nondistrict action to close the regular season Sat-urday.
West Feliciana finished the regular season with a 15-17 record. The Saints were third in District 6-3A with a 3-6 mark.
The squad enters the playoffs after falling to Divi-sion II’s top-ranked squad, University Lab, in its regu-lar season finale Thursday.
However, Wednesday, West Feliciana upset University Lab, 6-5, handing the Cubs their lone district loss this season.
Among West Feliciana’s wins this season is a victory against Belle Chasse, Class 4A’s No. 8 seed.
Patterson and West Felici-ana have two common oppo-nents, Assumption and Plaquemine. Both schools fell to Assumption, while Patterson fell to Plaquemine and West Feliciana beat the Green Devils.
Central Catholic vs.
Central Catholic High School enters the postseason with a 19-10 overall record. The Eagles won District 7-1A with a 6-0 mark.
Covenant Christian Acad-emy finished the regular season with a 20-13 mark and shared the District 8-1A crown with Houma Christian and St. Martin’s Episcopal.
Central Catholic and Covenant Christian met March 3 at Berwick’s tournament, with Central Catholic falling 7-5.
Both teams have several opponents in common. Both beat Ellender (Covenant Christian won three times), St. James, St. Augustine and Morgan City (Covenant Christian won twice). Both teams also fell to Berwick, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, and to Ascension Catholic, Division IV’s No. 3-ranked squad.
Central Catholic lost to St. Martin’s Episcopal, while Covenant Christian defeated the Metairie school twice. Central Catholic defeated St. John, now Division IV’s top-ranked squad, while Covenant Christian fell to the Eagles.
Covenant Christian lost its regular-season finale Saturday to Hammond, while Central Catholic won its regular-season finale against Patterson Friday.