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Teams positioning for playoff seedings

Closing in on the beginning of the
postseason, three of Union Parish’s
four baseball teams look like a lock
to qualify for the playoffs.
In Class 3A, the Union Parish
Farmers are currently comfortably
in the 32-team bracket. Despite a
2-8 start to the season, the Farmers
overall record now stands 9-14. UPHS
is seeded 24th in power ratings computed
through games played Monday,
which includes a loss against District
2-3A foe Caldwell Parish by a 12-8

Senior shortstop Shannon Hammond
leads the team with a .479
batting average, with 23 hits and 15
RBI. Waylon Rosson, a senior catcher
who won The Gazette’s “Player of the
Week” honor the last week in March,
is hitting .324. He leads the team with
24 hits and is second with 16 RBI.
Jesus Renteria, a senior infielder, is
batting .320 and leads the team with
24 hits and 21 RBI.
After a 4-6 start on the season,
D’Arbonne Woods’ record stands at
12-12, putting them in the top half of
the Class 1A bracket as the number
12 seed. They are coming off an 8-4
run through the middle of their
schedule that started with a 14-2 win
over Doyline on March 13 and ended
with a 6-4 District 1-1A loss to Cedar
Creek – the third seeded in the LHSAA’s
Division IV bracket.
Senior first baseman Sam Matthews
is hitting at a blistering .483
clip, with 28 hits, 23 RBI and 25 runs
scored. Freshman Nic Long is hitting
.392 with 20 hits and 17 RBI. Dylan
Fine, a sophomore at third base, is
batting .369 with 20 hits, 18 RBI and
a team-leading 27 runs scored.
Despite winning just three of
their first 10 games, Downsville Community
Charter coach Blake Wolfe
says the Demons are right where
he expected them to be. After their
rocky start, the Demons then slipped
into a five-game losing streak, with
all five teams being in higher classifications
than the Class C Demons,
including four losses against Class
2A schools.
“Playing teams in a higher classification
than us increases our power
rating,” Wolfe said in late March. “It
also allows us to see good pitching
like we’ll face when we get to the
postseason. When we get into the
playoffs, we’ll see pitching that we
wouldn’t see if we played a schedule
of teams just in Class C and Class B.
They will be the quality of pitchers
we’ve seen all year.”
Union Christian dropped three of
four games last week to fall to 4-16 on
the season. The Lions are 0-6 in MAIS
District 6-2A. They hosted CHA in a
game Tuesday and will host district
rival Prairie View in a double header
on Thursday.

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