WM to begin baseball playoffs Monday at No. 13 Live Oak
Will lightning strike twice?
The West Monroe Lady Rebel softball team reeled off a couple of big road wins to reach the state tournament as the No. 20-seed and now the baseball team gets the chance at the 20-spot.
West Monroe will be the No. 20-seed in the LHSAA Class 5A baseball playoffs beginning Monday at No. 13 Live Oak in Baton Rouge at 6 p.m.
The Rebels will be trying to defy the odds once again and advance in to a second-round that will feature a best 2-of-3 games format.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and the Rebels will play with heavy hearts as the mother of coach Wade Simoneaux passed away recently and the funeral is scheduled for the day following the contest.
The Rebels remain a bit hobbled with injuries. Chase DeJean (arm injury) and Kent Berry (back) have been kept off the pitcher mound. Berry returned to the mound last week and went four innings against Sterlington.
Berry could be a needed addition going forward once again.
“We are a very capable team at our best, we just wanted to get to this point and be healthy,” Simoneaux said. “We are still missing some guys, but we are going to go down there and we are looking forward to challenge.”
Live Oak (21-12) started hot but ran into trouble down the stretch in a great district that includes Central-Baton Rouge who defeated West Monroe last year in the 5A state finals.
Live Oak has won just two of its last eight games.
“It is no secret that there are certain games, we play better when better guys are on the mound,” Simoneaux said. “But have grown offensively, put together tough at bats to win district, I like the way we are stringing at-bats together, we can send nine guys up and try to do damage early and frustrate their pitcher and gotten better and better.”