Two district softball races in the area’s highest classes will come down to contests Monday and Tuesday with Southwood having a lot to say about who wins the District 1-5A race.
The Lady Cowboys season involves a strange doubleheader on Monday when they will host Parkway, tied with Byrd for second in 1-5A, at 4 p.m., then drive across town to play the Lady Jackets at 6 p.m. Both Byrd and Haughton trail Parkway by a game and Wednesday is the last playing date for Louisiana high school softball teams.
“We’ve never had this happen before, but it’s due to the rain, and they’re saying more rain on Tuesday, Wednesday,” Southwood coach Wade Strother said. “Even though the district title doesn’t mean as much as it used to, I wanted to get the games in. The kids deserve that.”
Parkway, Byrd, Haughton and Airline are expected to make the 5A playoffs, based on the current LHSAA power ratings.
Byrd is also playing a Monday double-dip, hosting Haughton at 4:30 before entertaining Southwood. Then coach Emerald Doria’s club must play at Parkway on Tuesday in a contest that was rained out last Wednesday. The Lady Jackets probably need to win all three to win the district title.
“It’ll be an exciting week, but we are ready to play after getting in only one game last week,” Doria said. “We’re anxious to play well and have a shot at the district title.”
Meanwhile, the District 1-4A crown will be decided at a 6 p.m. Monday contest when Northwood travels to Benton for the only meeting of the season between the two rivals. Both teams advanced to the playoffs last season with the Lady Falcons making it to Sulphur for the state tournament.
Northwood won its third consecutive league title last season when it defeated the Lady Tigers 3-1.
North DeSoto wrapped up its final District 1-3A title recently as the Lady Griffins will move to District 1-4A next season, along with 1-3A runner-up Loyola. Evangel claimed its final 1-2A crown recently since the Lady Eagles will jump to 1-3A in 2014 with fellow move-ups Mansfield and North Webster.