Northwood leads local teams in to baseball playoffs

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Northwood leads 12 local schools in the Shreveport-Bossier Journal coverage area to the LHSAA baseball playoffs that will start today.

The Falcons, who finished their regular season with a 26-8 record and tied for first place in District 1-4A, were named the No. 4 seed in the Class 4A bracket released Sunday. Northwood will host No. 29 LaGrange (11-17) Tuesday at Dr. James Farrar field at 5 p.m.

Northwood was the only Shreveport-Bossier representative in the 4A bracket but five teams made the Class 5A bracket. Leading the way was No. 6 seed Haughton (26-6) who will host No. 27 Southside (15-18) Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Other host teams included No. 12 Parkway (21-13) will play No. 21 H.L. Bourgeois Tuesday at Ronnie Coker Field at 6 p.m. Airline (18-13) is seeded 16 and will entertain No. 17 Destrehan (20-13).

Benton (20-11), a No. 19 seed, is the only team playing on Monday as it travels to No. 14 Ponchatoula (21-9) for a 4:30 p.m. game. Captain Shreve (16-18) rounds out the local 5A entrants at No. 28 and will be at Zachary (22-12) Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Class 2A has North Caddo (13-15) earning a 28 seed and playing at No. 6 Many Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Plain Dealing (8-11) is a 19 seed in Class A and will travel to No. 14 Slaughter Community Charter (6-11) for a first-round matchup.

All first-round games are single elimination games with the Regional and Quarterfinal rounds being a best 2-out-of-3 series.

In Select brackets teams will start off in either a Regional or Quarterfinal series of games.

Evangel (17-15) is a No. 6 seed and Loyola (19-12) a No. 9 in Division II. Evangel will host No. 11 St. Michael (11-16) and Loyola will be in Baton Rouge to face University Lab (16-12) who is a No. 8 seed. Both are Regional round matchups.

A Division IV series will have No. 5 Calvary (20-14) hosting No. 12 St. Edmund in the Regional round.

Byrd (18-15) is the No. 4 seed in Division I and will host No. 5 Jesuit (21-12) in a Quarterfinal series May 4-7. The two schools faced each other in the 2019 Division I State Championship won by Jesuit 6-1.

Photo by JOHN JAMES MARSHALL