Crowley (16-14) at Bastrop (17-10), Tuesday, 4 p.m.
The Bastrop Lady Rams host the Crowley Ladies at 4 p.m. Tuesday in a first round Class 4A matchup.
Overcoming a slow start, Crowley (16-14) claimed the District 4-4A championship with an 11-1 record. Coach Zach Pulling's team closed out the regular season by winning seven of its last nine games.
Pitcher Katelyn Kilmer and third baseman Maddie LeBouef are among the Ladies' best hitters, along with Bailee Villejoin, Skyler Huval, Taylor Grabowski and La'Shonda Delco.
First-year Bastrop coach Jennifer Hickman says the Lady Rams will have to be prepared for Kilmer's changeup.
“From what I understand, their pitcher isn't scared to throw her changeup at any time against any batter,” Hickman said.
Bastrop (17-10) finished third behind Neville and West Ouachita in the District 2-4A standings.
Sophomore catcher Chelsea Fagan has put together a monster season at the plate for the Lady Rams. Batting from the cleanup slot, Fagan leads the team with eight home runs, eight doubles, 42 RBI and a .790 slugging percentage and ranks third on the club with a .395 batting average and second with 35 runs scored.
Sophomore second baseman Tia Coleman is the team leader in batting (.421), on base percentage (.505) and runs scored (41). She has also contributed three home runs and 27 RBI.
Rounding out the Lady Rams' starting lineup are sophomore shortstop Shelrika Bryan (.308 batting average, 14 walks), sophomore center fielder Kenyshae Beasley (.400 batting average, .444 on base percentage), senior first baseman Dee McDaniel (.355 batting average, 4 home runs, 33 RBI, .658 slugging), senior left fielder Amanda Patrick (.231, 2 home runs, 13 RBI), sophomore third baseman Galen Brooks (.291 batting average, 4 home runs, 17 RBI) and junior right fielder Delaney Mayo (.413 on base percentage, 8 hit by pitches).
Junior righthander Megan Crymes, who worked five innings of hitless relief in a 7-6 loss to Franklin Parish in the regular season finale, will start in the circle for the Lady Rams. Available in relief are Beasley and senior lefthander Leighann Merrill.
Tuesday's winner will advance to play No. 5 seed A.J. Ellender, a 4-3 winner over Lakeshore on Saturday. With a first-round win, Bastrop would travel to Houma for the second round, while Crowley would be awarded a home game.