Five parish baseball teams make the playoffs

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
LSU-Eunice signee Nick Bellina has been a great option on the mound for the Bulldogs. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

A week after the parish’s softball squads began postseason play, the baseball teams now brace for the playoffs with the unveiling of the brackets on Sunday.

Five of the parish’s six teams made the playoff field. In Class 5A, all three schools made the cut.

Earning the highest seeding in 5A was Dutchtown. The Griffins garnered the No. 17 seed.

Dutchtown went 21-13 during the regular season and finished in a two-way tie with St. Amant for second place in District 5-5A.

The Griffins will go on the road to play 16th-seeded Ouachita Parish (20-14) on Tuesday night. If they win, they will most likely face top-seeded West Monroe in the second round.

The next highest parish seeding was St. Amant at No. 19. The Gators are looking to reach the quarterfinals for the fourth time in five years.

St. Amant went 19-13 during the regular season. For the first round, they’ll hit the road to face No. 14 Ruston (19-14).

If the Gators pull off the upset, they’ll most likely play third-seeded Sam Houston in the second round.

East Ascension made the postseason as the No. 22 seed. The Spartans finished the season 17-17.

In the opening round, they’ll travel to No. 11 New Iberia (15-13). If they win, they’ll most likely play No. 6 Destrehan in the second round.

Two parish teams made the playoffs in the newly formed Division IV.

Ascension Catholic gained the highest seeding at No. 4. The Bulldogs are aiming for a fourth straight quarterfinal appearance.

They finished the regular season with a 19-12 record.

In Wednesday’s opening-round action, they’ll host No. 13 St. Mary’s (14-17). If they win, they’ll most likely host No. 5 Catholic of Pointe Coupee—a team they beat in their regular season finale.

Ascension Christian heads into the Division IV playoffs as a No. 8 seed. This will allow them to host a postseason game for the second straight season.

The Lions went 20-9 and finished as District 6-1A runner-up. They will be looking for their first ever playoff victory on Wednesday when they square off against No. 9 St. Frederick (18-10).

If they pull off the win, they’ll most likely play top-seeded Central Catholic in the second round.