Sacred Heart first baseman Karli Fontenot focuses on the next pitch as she readies herself for any ball hit her way. The Lady Trojans will host the St. Fredrick Lady Warriors in their first playoff action on Friday. Sacred Heart is the No. 8 seed in the Division IV bracket, while St. Fredrick is the No. 9 seed. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)

Playoff time

Three parish softball teams advance to post-season

On Thursday afternoon the LHSAA released the 2018 playoff brackets and three Evangeline Parish squads will get their chance to race for the state title beginning tomorrow.
In Division IV, the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans earned the No. 8 seed after posting an overall record of 12-12. Sacred Heart will host the St. Frederick Lady Warriors on Friday afternoon. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
Oddly enough, that contest will actually be a second round game, as Division IV only has 16 teams in the bracket and will skip round one in order to ensure all classes and divisions play the quarterfinal games in Sulphur.
St. Frederick, out of District 2-1A sports an overall record of 14-9 and was 2-3 in league play. The Lady Warriors and the Lady Trojans have one common opponent in the St. Ed’s Lady Blue Jays. Sacred Heart defeated St. Ed’s twice this season, 11-3 and 9-7 while St. Frederick took down the Lady Jays 9-6.
“We don’t know a whole lot about St. Frederick, except that they beat St. Ed’s earlier this year,” stated Sacred Heart head coach Meghan Granger. “I think our focus though has to be on us. Our preparation for this game will involve all aspects of the game. We are going to take each phase of the game and focus on one area in every practice leading up to Monday.”
The tremendous season that came about for the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers earned them the No. 2 seed in Class 3A. Pine Prairie enters the playoffs with an mighty impressive 29-4 record and the second best winning percentage on the year of all Class 3A teams behind only South Beauregard.
The Lady Panthers will begin their quest for the state title tomorrow as they host the No. 31 seeded Wossman Lady Wildcats. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
Wossman earned an overall record of 11-8 and a 6-2 mark in District 2-3A. The Lady Wildcats and the Lady Panthers have not faced any common opponent this season.
“Honestly, I really do not know anything about them,” stated Pine Prairie head coach Woody Harvey. “We are going to prepare for this game as we would for any other game. There isn’t anything more that can be done right now that we have not done over the course of the season. We are just going to have to minimize any mistakes and stay as focused as we can. We know that there are some teams in the playoffs that are as good or better than us. We just have to be better than they are.”
Staying in Class 3A, the Mamou Lady Demons earned the No. 15 seed with an overall record of 18-13. With that seed, the Lady Demons will host district 5-3A rival Port Barre tomorrow at 6 p.m.
The Lady Red Devils come into the contest holding an overall record of 14-17. The two teams tangled twice already this season with each club coming away with a win. In the first game, the Lady Demons fell hard to Port Barre 3-2 on the road, but redeemed themselves with a 12-1 win on the road.
“Playing a team in your district can be good or bad,” stated Mamou head coach Kim Manuel. “Usually you don’t like to see a team too many times in a season. The good thing is that each team knows what the other is capable of, so there is not much scouting needed. Hopefully, we can go out and play this game like we have the last few games. The bulk of this team have not won a playoff game yet, so they are really excited to get one under their belt. Our focus will be on defense, base running and just tying to stay as loose as possible.”

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