The weight on Albany coach Gabe Woods' shoulders got a little bit lighter on Thursday when he was informed the Hornets are in the LHSAA Class 3A playoffs.
The Hornets (9-19, 6-2 District 7-3A) went into a doubleheader Tuesday with Amite with a shot at claiming the outright District 9-3A championship, but the Hornets, ranked No. 32 in the unofficial power rankings before the twin bill, dropped a 10-9 decision to the Warriors in the first game before bouncing back for a 16-6 win in six innings in the second game.
Because the Hornets shared the league title with Sumner, both teams will be in the playoffs.
"We achieved one of our goals, which was to win a district title, and we achieved another by making the playoffs," Woods said. "Once you get in, anything can happen."
With the Hornets in the playoff field, it appears likely that all nine Livingston Parish schools will be in the baseball playoffs.
Albany will host Ponchatoula at 10 a.m. Saturday, and Woods said there's still plenty riding on the game for the Hornets.
"The game against Ponchatoula actually means a lot for us," Woods said. "It can shoot us way up (in the power rankings). If we win, we would get an automatic jump of 20 points, plus 16 points for all of there wins, and 4 points for playing up two classifications. So you're looking at a jump of 40 points if we win. And playing Ponchatoula is going to give us a good idea of what we're going to see in the playoffs."