On Monday, May 10th, the final District seeding was released for high school baseball in Jefferson County. Every team in the county now knows their path to a District championship. As postseason play begins Friday, here are the brackets, along with my predictions for county teams. I’ll start with the smallest Class and District and work my way up:
Class 2, District 4 – Host-Updated – Moved from Principia to Crystal City
County teams – Crystal City (12-7, two games remaining)
Of the four teams competing in Class 2, District 4, Crystal City is the only one with a winning record and has been given the #1 seed. Their first game is Monday, the 17th, vs Crossroads Prep. Of all the Jefferson County teams, the Hornets have perhaps the easiest path to a District title. I predict victories over Crossroads and New Haven, and a Class 3, District 4 Championship for first-year coach Zach Weiss and his team.
Class 3, District 4 – Host – Jefferson:
County teams – Grandview (6-9, one game remaining) Jefferson (11-7, one game remaining) St. Pius (9-9 two games remaining)
This should be a fun tournament to watch. St. Pius received the #1 seed, Jefferson the #2, and Grandview the #3. It is unclear why St. Pius received the #1 seed over Jefferson. Their head-to-head record was 1-1, with Jefferson taking the Conference Championship. Perhaps strength of schedule was the deciding factor. Jefferson is the host team for the tournament.
I’m sure that Grandview will pose a credible threat to Jefferson in the first round, but the Blue Jays should prevail. St. Pius should have no trouble with the winner of the Valley Park/DuBourg game. This will set up a St. Pius vs Jefferson final. The Lancers are clearly the team of the future with two very good young pitchers in Tate Ramey and Zander Street. Jefferson is the team of “now”, with at least six very good seniors in their starting lineup. Have both teams tipped their entire hands to each other thus far or do these coaches have some surprises up their sleeves? This should be a very good Championship game, but I believe Jefferson’s talent and experience will put them over the top.
Class 4, District 2 – Host – Ste. Genevieve:
County teams – Herculaneum (9-10, one game remaining)
Of all the teams in Jefferson County, Herculaneum has the toughest hill to climb. Bumped up to Class 4, the Blackcats find themselves in the most daunting of districts. They must compete among the likes of Valle Catholic, Park Hills Central, Ste. Genevieve, and Potosi. Herculaneum plays Potosi in the first round on May 14th. If the Blackcats can somehow squeak past the 11-11 Trojans, their reward will be to play 24-4 Valle Catholic. As loaded as this District is, I believe the Valle Catholic Warriors will take home the championship plaque.
Class 5, District 1 – Host – Farmington:
County teams – Festus (10-14, one games remaining), Desoto (17-6, two games remaining), Hillsboro (6-15, two games remaining)
I truly believe that any of the top four seeds in this bracket are capable of winning it all. This might be the most evenly matched of all of the county Districts. Desoto should advance to play Sikeston in the semifinals. The Dragons defeated Sikeston during the regular season but the Bulldogs played much better as the year progressed. As with any tournament, the key to winning is pitching depth. Based on the number of arms, I’ll give a slight edge to Desoto.
Farmington, playing on their home field, should make it to the finals. Consistency has been an issue for the Knights this season. In what should be a fantastic game, I am taking Desoto to beat Farmington for the Class 5, District 1 Championship.
Class 5, District 2 – Host – Lutheran South:
County teams – Windsor (17-7, one game remaining)
JCAA Large school Co-Conference champ Windsor has the misfortune of being stuck in a bracket with some very good St. Louis County schools. As strong as this district is, I cannot understand the reasoning behind Summit receiving the #2 seed over the Owls. Windsor is a very dangerous team, and I think they have plenty of pitching depth to reach the finals. When they get there, my prediction is that they will have to face the juggernaut that is the 2021 Parkway West Longhorns. Parkway West is 20-2 and has played a very tough schedule. They have also won some very close games, and I believe they have been battle-hardened enough to claim the District title. Winner – Parkway West.
Class 6, District 1 – Host – Vianney:
County Teams – Fox (12-9, with one game remaining), Northwest (16-8, 3 games remaining), Seckman (19-6, one game remaining)
The northern part of Jefferson County has produced three good teams this season in Fox, Northwest, and Seckman. They’ve earned a seat at the table with the rest of the teams in this District. Seckman is probably the strongest of the three and their first-round opponent is Fox. The Jaguars beat the Indians 5-3 in their only meeting of the season. Fox will make it very tough but the Jags should win and advance. I see them playing the #1 seed Lindbergh in the semifinals. The Flyers are one of the very best teams in the metro area and will defeat the Jaguars. That leaves Northwest. They lost to first-round opponent Jackson during the regular season. This year, I just can’t see the Lions making it past the always-good Jackson Indians. I am, however, predicting an upset in the final game. As much as it hurts this Lindbergh alumnus to say, I believe that the home team Vianney Golden Griffins will grab the Class 6, District 1 Championship.
There you have it; the District brackets, complete with my predictions. When the dust settles, I’ll revisit my prognostications to see how accurate I was. Feel free to leave your own predictions in the “Comments” section of this post!