Five of the six Catholic League teams have made the baseball playoffs, three of which open a day earlier than expected.
District 9-5A champion Brother Martin (27-4, 9-1) leads the way and will open up as the No. 2 seed in 5A and will play No. 31 St. Paul’s (14-11, 9-5) 7:30 pm at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
“Playing tomorrow isn’t really as much of a factor as it was playing Tuesday,” said Brother Martin’s Gregory Deichmann. “Either day would have been good, it just caught us a little bit as a surprise and we’re just going to go out there and play.”
Deichmann enters the postseason hitting .413 , 11 HR, and 32 RBI.
Meanwhile, No. 12 Shaw (21-11, 5-5) will host No. 21 Holy Cross (17-15, 4-6)at 4:00 pm in a Catholic League first round showdown.
“It’s a little disappointing that we were matched up with one of our district foes in the first round of the playoffs,” said Shaw coach Kirk Bullinger. “Unfortunately it looks like one of us will be moving on while the other will be eliminated. It’s kind of ironic because that’s what we did all district long, beat up on each other. The one good thing about being paired up with Holy Cross is that we are familiar with them, know what to expect and know what we have to do to stay alive in our quest for a state title.”
Shaw will be starting Jace Nini on the mound who is 5-4 on the season. Nini’s four loses on the season came against No. 2 (Brother Martin), No.3 Jesuit, No. 5 (St. Amant), and No. 15 (Hahnville). Shaw and Holy Cross split during the regular season
On Tuesday No. 2 Jesuit (27-4, 8-2) will host No. 30 Central B.R. (17-16, 8-4), while No. 19 Rummel (20-14, 4-6) will travel to face No.15 Hahnville (23-10, 12-2).