SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - The LHSAA Softball State Tournament is set to begin Thursday in Sulphur at Frasch Park as four teams from Southwest Louisiana are set to join the 12 classes and divisions that will each play for the right for a state championship Sunday.
As usual, Southwest Louisiana is sending multiple teams with the hopes of bringing home a title to the area for only the third time since 2016. DeRidder won the Class 4A state title in 2018 two years after Hackberry took home the 2016 Class C championship.
Barbe is back in the semifinals, picking up where the Lady Bucs left off in 2019— a runner-up finish in Class 5A. Barbe, the three seed, downed rival Sam Houston 6-3 on Saturday to advance.
Joining the Lady Bucs in Sulphur is Class 3A’s four seed, Iowa. The Lady Jackets also beat a local team en route to the semifinals in Iota. Iowa returns to the state tournament and the semifinal round for the first time since 2012.
Merryville is also returning to the state tourney for the first time in years as the Lady Panthers downed Oberlin to reach the semifinals for the first time in 15 seasons.
Rosepine meanwhile is making its third semifinal trip in its last four tries after downing D’Arbonne Woods Charter 5-2 last week.
Below is this weekend’s schedule.
LHSAA State Softball Tournament Schedule:
Thursday, April 29
(3) Merryville at (2) LaSalle - 4/29, 11:00 AM @ Field 14
Friday, April 30
(4) Iowa at (1) Grant - 4/30, 11:00 AM @ Field 13
(3) Rosepine vs. (2) Doyle - 4/30, 3:00 PM @ Field 14
(7) Pineville vs. (3) Barbe - 4/30, 3:00 PM @ Field 18
Saturday, May 1
Class 1A State Championship - 5/1, 11:00 AM @ Field 18
Class 3A State Championship - 5/1, 11:00 AM @ Field 16
Class 2A State Championship - 5/1, 3:00 PM @ Field 15
Class 5A State Championship - 5/1, 3:00 PM @ Field 13