The Colts (18-7 overall), who recently won two of three games from Indianola Academy in District 1-AA action, finished district play with a 13-2 record and won the district. The first place finish marks the eighth straight season that Bayou has won a district title. The previous seven district titles were in Class A where they won two state titles and four North State Championships. This year also marks the team’s 11th straight playoff appearance — a streak that began in 2004 in AA.
Bayou will begin its playoff quest this week when the team plays Manchester Academy in a best-of-three series. Bayou will travel to Yazoo City for the first game, and Manchester will come to Cleveland for a game two and a game three if necessary. The dates and times for the series have not yet been determined.
Bayou Academy head coach Will Reed, who is in his third season as the team’s skipper, was proud of the way the team has handled the challenge being back in AA.
“Being our first year back in double A, we knew going in the whole district was going to be a war,” Reed said. “We thought that our bats were good enough to play with anybody. When our pitchers are on, we feel like that gives a good chance to play with everybody that we’ve played with this year.”
Reed said only time will tell if the team can make a run at a state title.
“We’re in the playoffs, and we know we have a chance,” Reed said. “Now, it’s just show up and play baseball and see where we’ll end up.”
The winner of the Bayou-Manchester series will play Glenbrook School, who received a bye, on the week of Apr. 21 in round two.