Entering the final District 2-4A series of the season, the Bastrop Rams and Franklin Parish Patriots are both still in the playoff chase. Game 1 of the three-game set will be played Thursday at 6 p.m. in Winnsboro, with the series shifting to Bastrop for a 1 p.m. double header on Saturday.
Bastrop (10-16, 4-5) is No. 26 in the latest power rankings as released by the LHSAA. The Rams moved up four spots after sweeping Wossman 13-0, 11-0 and 14-4 last week.
At No. 35, the Patriots (8-20, 3-6) must gain three spots to make the 32-team cutoff. Franklin was swept by Neville last week, 6-0, 12-2 and 9-4.
Senior shortstop and leadoff batter Ty Cantrell is having a solid season for the Rams, leading the team in batting average (.347), on base percentage (.472), hits (25) and stolen bases (10). Though his seven walks are low for a leadoff man, Ty Cantrell has been hit by a pitch on 10 occasions and reached twice on catcher's interference. He is second on the team with 19 runs scored.
Ty Cantrell is one of four Rams batting over .300. Sophomore catcher Gavin Pollock (.328, .423 on base pct.), senior center fielder Morgan Edmonds (.306, 10 RBI) and freshman designated hitter Dollar Ridgell (.302, 10 RBI) are the others.
Sophomore third baseman Chase Cantrell is hitting at a .294 clip, while leading the team in RBI (20), runs (20) and triples (5).
Rounding out the Rams' offensive leaders are senior right fielder Cade Cantrell (.283, 10 RBI) and sophomore second baseman Kyle Perkins (.254, 15 RBI).
Perkins, Cockrell, Pollock and Ridgell have shouldered the load on the mound, although senior righthander Joergan Salen — an exchange student from Norway — recently notched first career win.
Bastrop closes out the regular season against Class 5A Ouachita on Monday at 6 p.m. at Baron. Playoff pairings will be announced next week.