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5 things to watch in prep baseball this season
February 19, 2017, 8:35 am

By Scott Ferrell, The Times

High school baseball season gets underway on Monday and there are plenty of storylines to the 2017 season.

Here are five top storylines to watch this season.

1. Everybody gets a trophy.

Well, not everybody. But it will just seem that way as select/non-select comes to high school baseball in Louisiana. Instead of seven state championship trophies being handed out, there will be a dozen trophies handed out in Sulphur in May.

What does it mean locally?

It means you’ll see Byrd and Evangel playing in District 1-5A during the regular season and then heading over to Division I for the playoffs.

2. Will this be the year Shreveport-Bossier public schools break their long state championship drought?

A Shreveport-Bossier public school hasn’t claimed a baseball state title in the LHSAA's highest classification since Fair Park in 1970. Byrd came close last year, losing to Barbe in the finals.

“I told (Byrd coach) Greg (Williams) this, and I meant it with all my heart, if there hadn’t been that rain delay last year, I believe they would have won it,’’ Airline coach Toby Todd said.

Instead the drought goes on.

3. Who will be some players to watch?

Airline shortstop-pitcher Cameron Parikh returns as The Times’ reigning All-City Player of the Year. Parikh was the Vikings’ No. 2 starter a year ago and was 7-2 on the mound as well as playing a solid shortstop when in the field.

“He should be our No. 1 pitcher,’’ Todd said.

Parik is a Louisiana Tech signee.

The Bulldogs’ local recruiting wasn’t limited to just Parik. Tech signed Byrd’s Steele Netterville (.397, 21 RBIs) and Jonathan Fincher (6-2, 2.25).

In the area, Ruston catcher C.J. Willis committed to Ole Miss over the summer.

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