Top seed Barbe cruised past No. 32 Chalmette 5-0 in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.

The Bucs will host No. 17 Central-Baton Rouge, the two-time defending state champion, this weekend in the regional round. Central advanced with a win over Sulphur.

Last year Central beat Barbe in the semifinal round.

Barbe took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Bryce Larocca reached on an error with one out, stole second, moved to third on a Brayden Corley single and scored on another error. Kyle Debarge walked with the bases loaded to score Brandon Franks, who ran for Corley.

The Bucs doubled the lead in the fifth inning. Brody Drost led off the inning with a walk, stole second and third, then scored on a single to right by Ben David.

Courtesy runner Kam Edwards scored on a throwing error to give Barbe a 4-0 lead.

The Bucs added an insurance run in the sixth when Carter Quinn doubled and scored on an eror, Chalmette's fifth of the game.

Starter Jack Walker was dominant on the mound for Barbe, allowing just two hits in six innings while striking out eight. No Chalmette batter advanced past first base.

"He did a great job, he didnt throw as many strikes as usual and was hard on himself," said Bucs head coach Glenn Cecchini.

"We had to ask him if he gave up any runs and remind him that he was great. He went after them."

Mike Judwig had both hits for Chalmette.

David and Corley had two hits each for Barbe.

"Those guys do a great job,"

Cecchini said. "They don't strine out. When you don't strike out you give yourself a chance. They have been consistent all year. Their guy (Chalmette starter Antoine Harris) could be a high draft pick. We hit some balls hard right at people but eventually put some runs on the board.

Dawson Alexander pitched a perfect seventh inning for Barbe.

Cecchini said his team is playing with a lot of confidence.

"We believe and we have been playing hard," he said. "We came back from. 4-1 down to beat Acadiana (in the regular season finale last week) and that was right after we played probably our only bad game of the year (a loss to Sam Houston the day before). We're very resilient."

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