Boys state playoff brackets set for baseball
Let the games begin!
The bloated process of 12 classes of playoffs with a bevy of bad games and a plethora of losing teams participating is ready to roll with the release of the brackets today.
In Class 5A, traditional power Barbe, which has nine state titles to its credit, is the top seed. The Buccaneers (31-3) will host District 8-5A champion Chalmette (15-12) in the opening round.
Barbe edged out District 3-5A rival Sam Houston for the top seed. The Broncos (30-4) will host No. 31 Southwood.
No. 10 Destrehan is at home against No. 23 Ouachita Parish.
A pair of District 6-5A rivals hook up for a third time as No. 22 Ponchatoula plays at No. 11 Northshore. The Panthers won both regular season matchups 3-0 and 6-3 on April 11 and 12th.
No. 17 Central is the defending state champion and must travel to No. 16 Sulphur in the opening round.
No. 18 Mandeville travels to No. 15 Denham Springs.
No. 24 Hahnville travels to Live Oak for a rematch. Live Oak defeated the Tigers 6-5 on March 25 at Live Oak.
No. 28 East St. John makes the long trek to No. 5 West Monroe.
In Class 4A, Tioga (24-5) received the top seed and will host No. 32 Westgate in the opening round.
Lakeshore (28-4), which had a 23-game win streak, gets the No. 2 seed and the Titans are at home against No. 31 Morgan City.
No. 4 Benton is the defending state champion and will host No 29 Plaquemine in the first round.
Pearl River has an excellent team and the sixth-seeded Rebels will entertain No. 27 Warren Easton.
No. 9 Salmen will host No. 24 Belle Chasse Monday at 4 p.m. The Spartans won their last four games of the regular season.
No. 20 Riverdale, which advanced in the playoffs for the first time in three decades a year ago, has to travel to Shreveport to take on Northwood.
No. 22 Franklinton makes the trip to face No. 11 Lutcher. If the Demons can pull an upset, they could face a rematch with District 8-4A rival Pearl River. The Rebels swept the Demons in district play.
No. 30 Karr heads to Acadiana to take on No. 30 Breaux Bridge.
In Class 3A, Sterlington (28-4) is the top seed and the Panthers will host No. 32 Church Point at 4 p.m. Monday while Erath (26-5) is the No. 2 seed and will entertain No. 31 Lake Charles College Prep.
No. 4 Berwick is the defending state champion and will host No. 29 Peabody Monday at 5:30 p.m.
District 7-3A rivals will collide for a third time when No. 6 Loranger plays host to No. 27 Jewel Sumner. The Wolves won both regular season matchups easily by scored of 12-1 and 14-0 on April 9 and April 11.
No. 18 St. James heads to No. 15 Brusly.
In Class 2A, Winnfield (21-5) gets the top seed and will host No. 32 Franklin while Doyle (23-10) is the No. 2 seed and will entertain No. 31 Amite (6-12).
No. 8 Loreauville is the defending champion and will entertain No. 25 Northeast.
No. 16 Fisher gets a home game against No. 17 Delcambre and No. 23 South Plaquemines heads across the Causeway Bridge to play at No. 10 Pine.
In Class 1A, Grand Lake (14-13) is the top seed and No. 2 Oak Grove (10-16) is the second seed and both receive a bye.
Kentwood is the fourth seed and the Kangaroos get a bye while West St. John is seeded 14th and the Rams will host No. 19 South Cameron.
Merryville is No. 10 and the defending champion and will host No. 23 Northwood-Lena.
No. 18 KIPP-B.T. Washington heads to No. 15 Centerville.
In Class B, Pitkin (23-5) is the No. 1 seed and Quitman (24-5) is the second seed and both get byes.
Oak Hill is the defending state champion and No. 13 seed and will entertain No. 20 Mount Hermon.
Kenner Discovery is seeded No. 26 and the Swamp Owls travel to No. 7 Hicks.
In Class C, Summerfield (20-10) is the top seed with Simpson (16-8) is the second seed and both receive byes.
No. 3 Harrisonburg is the No. 3 seed and has a bye.
No. 19 Grand Isle is at No. 14 Evans.
In Division I, Catholic of Baton Rouge (24-9) gets the top seed and a bye, as does No. 2 Brother Martin (24-5), No. 3 St. Paul’s (23-6) and No. 4 Archbishop Rummel (19-12).
Two-time defending state champion John Curtis Christian is at home and will take on a Catholic League rival in No. 10 St. Augustine. The two rivals split a pair of regular season matchups. The winner will have to face another district rival in Brother Martin in the quarterfinals.
No. 8 Jesuit renews acquaintances with No. 9 Holy Cross in the regional round. The two Catholic League rivals split a pair of regular season games.
No. 11 Archbishop Shaw heads to Shreveport to face No. 6 Evangel Christian.
The Division I bracket has just 12 teams with McKinley not eligible.
In Division II, University High (24-7) is the No. 1 seed and the Cubs will entertain No. 16 Haynes Academy (3-20) in the best-of-three regional round. If the Yellow Jackets could pull what would be a monumental upset, they could face 10-3A rival De La Salle in the quarterfinals.
St. Thomas More (27-7) is the No. 2 seed and the Cougars host No. 15 David Thibodaux.
St. Charles Catholic is the sixth seed and the Comets host No. 11 St. Michael the Archangel.
De La Salle earned the eighth seed and the Cavaliers entertain No. 9 Vandebilt Catholic. The Terriers edged the Cavaliers 8-7 on March 17.
No. 12 Archbishop Hannan makes the trip to Baton Rouge to face No. 5 Parkview Baptist.
No. 13 Lusher Charter heads to Shreveport to play at No. 4 Loyola Prep while No. 14 Thomas Jefferson heads to Lafayette to meet No. 3 Teurlings Catholic, the defending state champion.
In Division III, Dunham (24-7) is the top seed while St. Thomas Aquinas (22-9) gets the No. 2 seed and both have byes.
No. 9 Northlake Christian plays at No. 8 Catholic of New Iberia while No. 12 Country Day goes to Crowley to face No. 5 Notre Dame, the defending state champion.
No. 10 Newman heads to Baton Rouge to take on No. 7 Episcopal.
No. 13 Pope John Paul II has to travel to Shreveport to meet No. 4 Calvary Baptist and No. 14 Patrick Taylor is at No. 3 Ascension Episcopal.
In Division IV, Ouachita Christian (27-5) is the top seed and the Eagles host No. 16 St. Martin’s Episcopal (15-10) in the best-of-three regional round.
No. 2 Ascension Catholic (24-6) is the defending state champion and will play host to No. 15 Lafayette Christian.
In Division V, defending state champion and No. 1 Claiborne Christian (16-6) and No. 2 Northside Christian (16-9) get byes.
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