A trio of local teams earned top seeds top seeds for the baseball playoffs, which begin today. Barbe in Class 5A, Grand Lake in Class 1A and Pitkin in Class B will enter as the top seeds with an eye on return trips to the state tournament in Sulphur.
Barbe and Sam Houston are the top two seeds in Class 5A, with Barbe opening against Chalmette and Sam Houston hosting Southwood. Sulphur also earned a home game as the No. 16 seed. The Tors will play No. 17 Central-Baton Rouge, the defending state champion, in the first round.
Should Barbe and Sulphur both win, they would face each other in a best two-of-three series in the second round.
Barbe, Central, Sulphur and Sam Houston were the semifinalists last season, with Central beating Barbe and Sulphur to win the state title. Central also won the 2017 5A championship.
A pair of second place finishers from last season, DeRidder in Class 4A and Iota in Class 3A, will open at home.
The DeRidder Dragons are the No. 12 seed in 4A and will host No. 21 Beau Chene.
Iota is No. 5 in 3A and will host No. 28 Bogalusa.
Also opening at home in Class 3A are No. 12 Jennings, No. 3 South Beauregard and No. 12 Iowa. Lake Charles College Prep will make its first playoff appearance as the No. 31 seed in 3A. The Blazers will play at No. 2 Erath.
Welsh, the 2A runner-up last season, is the No. 3 seed this year and opens at home against No. 30 Oakdale. DeQuincy is
No. 4 seed and will host No. 29 Pickering today. Kinder, a semifinalist last season, in the No. 5 seed and hosts No. 28 North Caddo in the opening round.
Top seed Grand Lake and No. 6 Oberlin both earned byes in Class 1A, which has only 26 teams in the 32-team bracket. Merryville, last year's 1A champion, is the thenth seed and will host No. 23 Northwood-Lena in the opening round. Grand Lake lost to Merryville in the semifinal round last year.
Pitkin, a semifinalist last year, and No. 6 Elizabeth both drew byes in Class B. No. 12 Bell City will host No. 21 Monterey in an opening round game.
In Class C, No. 5 Reeves and No. 12 Hackberry will meet in the regional round, with both teams receiving first round byes. No. 8 Singer also received a bye and will host No. 9 Saline in the regional round.
In Division II, No. 10 St. Louis will play at No. 7 E.D. White in a regional round best of three series. In 2017, the eighth-seeded Saints swept a pair of games at No. 1 E.D. White in the quarterfinal round en route to a state runner-up finish.
The state tournament will be held May 8-11 at McMurry Park in Sulphur.