High School Baseball

No. 2 Lafayette faces some of state's best in baseball district

Lafayette was the best baseball team in town during the regular season. Can the Generals prove themselves as the best in the postseason?

District playoffs start Monday, and there's no tougher district in the state than Lexington's 43rd. It includes three top-20 teams — No. 2 Lafayette, No. 4 Lexington Catholic and No. 17 Lexington Christian — along with Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek.

Lafayette went 8-0 in regular-season district play.

"It was amazing to do that," Generals Coach Chris Langston said. "But doing that makes you more even nervous going into the district because you know anybody can beat anybody."

Still, Lafayette's players had to gain confidence from their regular-season performance. "I think they realize if they play well, they have a chance to win any game," Langston said.

Lafayette hasn't won the district since 2005.

Host Lexington Catholic plays Paul Laurence Dunbar in Monday's opener. The winner will take on Lafayette in Tuesday's semifinals. Two-time defending district and region champ Tates Creek faces Lexington Christian in Tuesday's other semi.

In the 42nd District at the Sayre Athletic Complex, favorite Henry Clay plays Bryan Station in Monday's semifinal, and Scott County meets Sayre in Tuesday's semifinal.

Both district title games are Wednesday.

The district winners and runners-up advance to the 11th Region tournament at Henry Clay.