West St. Mary (4-10) at Sterlington (26-5), Monday, 4 p.m.
As the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A state baseball playoff bracket, the Sterlington Panthers will host Baldwin West St. Mary on Monday (April 24) at 4 p.m.
Sterlington (26-5, 5-1), the District 2-2A co-champion, enters the playoffs on a roll, having won 15 of its last 16 to close out the regular season. In their final postseason tuneup, the Panthers shutout Jonesboro-Hodge 14-0 Saturday afternoon in Jackson Parish.
Making their final regular season appearance Friday, the Wolf Pack (4-10, 2-3 District 6-2A) dropped both ends of a double header to Class 3A Franklin, 11-10 and 12-5.
In other first-round matchups involving District 2-2A teams, No. 6 Mangham entertains No. 27 Lakeview, and No. 25 Rayville makes the long hike to Livingston Parish to face No. 8 French Settlement.
District 2-2A co-champion Ouachita Christian, the No. 2 seed in the Division III bracket, opens the playoffs at home against Northlake Christian, with the date and time to be determined.
Monday's West St. Mary-Sterlington winner advances to play the No. 17 North Caddo-No. 16 Jonesboro-Hodge winner in a best-of-three series. First round games are single elimination, while the second-round and quarterfinals are played under a best-of-three format, before going back to single elimination for the semifinals and finals. Semifinal and final games will be played at McMurray Park in Sulphur, May 10-13.
The complete list of first-round matchups:
No. 32 West St. Mary at No. 1 Sterlington (Monday, 4 p.m.)
No. 17 North Caddo at No. 16 Jonesboro-Hodge
No. 24 Rapides at No. 9 Loreauville
No. 25 Rayville at No. 8 French Settlement (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 28 Red River at No. 5 Many
No. 21 Oakdale at No. 12 Mamou
No. 20 South Plaquemines at No. 13 Madison Prep
No. 29 West St. John at No. 4 Kinder
No. 30 Pickering at No. 3 Lakeside
No. 19 Doyle at No. 14 Vinton (Monday, 4 p.m.)
No. 22 Lake Arthur at No. 11 Springfield
No. 27 Lakeview at No. 6 Mangham
No. 26 Delcambre at No. 7 Rosepine
No. 23 Fisher at No. 10 Welsh
No. 18 Pine at No. 15 Bunkie
No. 31 East Feliciana at No. 2 DeQuincy