Final week of area prep baseball season critical to playoff seedings

The final week of the LHSAA prep baseball season is filled incredible intrigue after the past week saw a couple of statements made and the birth of a question. Starting the week is the Monday matchup between Quitman and Weston that just a week ago was thought would determine the district 2B winner. The two will play again on Wednesday. 

Both games play tremendously important roles in determining not only the district 2B champion but also has effect on the state playoff seedings as Quitman enters the final week of play still ranked #1 while Weston sits at #3 in Class B. In between the two is Choudrant, who has a leg up on the 2B crown having already played both Quitman and Weston and sporting a 3-1 district record. Simsboro is in position to play spoiler as the Tigers have two games each against Quitman and Choudrant still to play

In other games to be played, on Monday Saline will travel to Doyline for a district 1B title deciding game. Currently the Bobcats sit a game back but after a late season surge that has seen them win 8 of their last 9 games, the Bobcats can forge a tie for the title with a victory. At JHHS a contest against Downsville will close out the year as the Tigers seemed destined to miss out on making the Class AA playoffs. 

In regard to the statements and questions when Choudrant “mercy ruled” Weston by an 11-0 score after thumping the Wolves 9-0 the game before the Aggies made it known that once again the road to the district 2B championship goes through Choudrant. They also let it be known that they are primed to defend their Class B championship.

Quitman also made a major statement that they are deserving of the #1 ranking they ascended to last week. At the time the Wolverines were an anomaly as they had a losing record but after victories against #8 Glenmora, #10 Holden and #22 Stanley they are now back over .500 mark and winners of four in a row for the first time all season.

The back-to-back beatings along with a loss to #4 Converse leads to the question of just how strong a team Weston is? Virtually all season long the Wolves have been ranked #1 in Class B after applying their own plethora of whippings, many against schools from higher classifications. A closer look at the schedule though reveals that of the 15 victories achieved, only three were against schools that had a winning record and two of those were against district foe Simsboro. In games against teams with a .500 or winning record the Wolves are 1-9 that includes a current four game losing streak.

Records, district standings, state rankings and upcoming schedule for area schools

District 1-2A Baseball

Lakeside (Champion) #13 20-8 9-0
D’Arbonne Woods #24 11-17 6-3
North Caddo #29 11-14 3-6
Jonesboro-Hodge #37 3-16 0-9

District 2B Baseball

Choudrant #2 21-7 3-1
Quitman #1 12-11 1-1
Weston #3 15-9 2-2
Simsboro #13 14-9 0-2

District 1B Baseball

Doyline #11 11-10 5-0
Saline #16 12-5 4-1
Castor #23 3-13 2-4
Dodson #27 4-12 0-6

Schedule of games for week of April 19 – 23

Tuesday, April 19
Saline at Doyline, Quitman at Weston, JHHS at Downsville

Thursday, April 21
Weston at Quitman

Friday, April 22
Saline vs Ebarb, Saline vs North Webster

Saturday, April 23
Weston vs Grace Christian at Field of Dreams in Iowa, Saline at Natchitoches Central, Quitman at Simsboro (2 games)

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