Calvary secures No. 2 seed in Division IV softball playoffs

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Calvary Baptist finished the regular season with the highest seed of Shreveport-Bossier schools in the LHSAA state softball playoffs, earning the No. 2 seed in Division IV.

The Lady Cavs carry a 20-12 record to a first round game with No. 15 Ascension Christian (7-11). They were the district 1 champions and half of their schedule has been against teams in Class 5A. The only two losses in the last eight games were to Florien, the No. 4 team in the Class B playoffs and the top ranked team in 2A, Many, the defending state champions in that class.

All eight teams from District 1-5A made the playoffs.

Benton, at No. 15, is the highest local seed in the Class 5A bracket. The Lady Tigers, who finished tied for third in the district with Haughton, are 19-9 overall and will host Dutchtown (17-14) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Haughton is a 16th seed after finishing the regular season at 16-12 and will host No. 17 Southside (17-10).

Airline, who finished tied for first in the district with Natchitoches Central, is seeded No. 19 and will take its 18-12 record on the road to play Chalmette (20-6) Saturday at 11 a.m. The Lady Owls finished undefeated in district 8 for the championship.

Southwood (No. 30), Captain Shreve (31) and Parkway (32) filled in the last three spots of the bracket.

The Lady Cowboys (19-9), who have won four straight and eight of their last nine, will travel to take on No. 3 Walker (28-4) on Monday at 5 p.m.

In a battle of Lady Gators, Captain Shreve (16-14) will have its hands full Saturday when it faces No. 2 St. Amant (26-2) at 2 p.m. The south Louisiana squad has won 24 straight while Shreve host lost its last four.

Parkway (9-13) goes to Alexandria to play top-seed Pineville (31-2) on Monday at 5 p.m.

Natchitoches Central is the highest seed from the district at No. 9 and will host Sulphur (16-10) Monday at 4 p.m.

Northwood is the No. 7 seed in Class 4A and will host New Orleans Military and Maritime Monday at 4 p.m. The Lady Falcons finished 16-10 overall and were second in district 1 to top seed North DeSoto. The Lady Griffins host Tara of Baton Rouge.

Huntington (10-6) is a No. 20 seed and will travel to play No. 13 North Vermilion (9-13) Monday at 4 p.m.

In Class 2A North Caddo (4-19) is the No. 25 seed and plays at No. 8 French Settlement (18-12) Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Byrd is in the Division I bracket and takes an 8-18 record to St. Joseph Academy (15-6) for a Tuesday game at 4:30 p.m.