Last Modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 7:06 PM
If Georgetown’s shocking loss to Florida Gulf Coast did as much damage to your bracket as it did mine, you’re probably looking for a distraction from March Madness.
Thankfully, there are a host of big-stakes baseball games on the schedule this week to serve as a diversion.
In District 4-3A, Iowa hosts Jennings on Monday. The Yellow Jackets (12-7) lost their first district game at home to South Beauregard before responding with a win over Westlake. The Yellow Jackets can stay within touch of the leaders with a sweep of two home games this week.
Jennings (11-8) has started district play with home wins over Crowley and South Beauregard to earn a share of the district lead with Notre Dame. The Bulldogs go to Crowley Wednesday to play the Pioneers and will have a chance to take control of the district race with a sweep. Even a split leaves the Bulldogs in good shape heading into the second half of district play. The Bulldogs have shown they can win in a variety of ways, beating Crowley in an 11-8 slugfest and South Beauregard 4-2 in a pitchers’ duel.
The Golden Knights split their first two district games, both on the road, and are 16-3. After an impressive showing last season, South Beauregard’s nucleus is back looking for more.
The Golden Knights have strong starting pitching in brothers Nathan and Nick Lee and are solid defensively. South Beauregard Jeremy coach Deville said the team hitting has been the area the team has improved in most this season. The ability to produce runs against the top-notch pitching the team will face throughout district will determine the team’s fate.
Tuesday, Barbe travels to Moss Bluff to play Sam Houston in a District 3-5A showdown. The game is of added importance to the Broncos, who have started district play with a pair of losses. A Broncos loss would leave them three games behind the district leader with nine games left to make up ground.
The district race is shaping up to be a brutal one, with the Bucs off to a blistering 20-2 start, including 1-0 in district. Sam Houston is 16-6, Sulphur 16-6, and resurgent Comeaux is 15-5, joining traditional powers Acadiana and Lafayette as serious challengers for the district crown.
The Bucs have several new faces in the mix this year after last season’s championship run and have gotten a boost from transfer Sloan Dieter and sophomore second baseman Braden Comeaux
Sulphur faces Acadiana and this week in advance of a huge week next week that includes three games, two of which are visits from Barbe and Sam Houston.
A 4-4A battle between DeRidder and St. Louis headlines Thursday’s schedule.
DeRidder also plays Beau Chene (12-7, 2-0) on Tuesday. The Dragons have one five straight games and have allowed only seven runs over that span. The Dragons had an uncharacteristic down year last season but have responded in a big way with a 15-7 start that includes a nondistrict win over Barbe.
St. Louis has won three straight by a combined score of 39-0 after losing six of their previous seven games. The Saints struggled with defense and injuries during a midseason slump that followed a 9-0 start, but appear to be regaining form in time to make a charge at the district title.
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Warren Arceneaux covers high school athletics. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org