Six from BR, 1 from N.O. advance

Advocate staff report

Six Baton Rouge area teams and one New Orleans team advanced to Louisiana High School Athletic Association state baseball tournaments by claiming playoff victories Monday.

New Orleans-based Brother Martin (30-5) and three BR teams, Catholic High (23-13) St. Amant (26-9) and Zachary (25-11), posted regional wins to advance to the LHSAA’s Class 5A tourney that begins Friday at Tulane with quarterfinal games.

Lutcher (27-4) in 4A and two 3A teams, Brusly (26-7) and Parkview Baptist (18-17), won quarterfinal games to advance to LHSAA tournaments in Sulphur, also set to start Friday with semifinal games.

Catholic, a No. 21 seed, meets No. 13 Sulphur in one 5A quarterfinal, while third-seeded Brother Martin will square off against No. 6 Sam Houston. St. Amant, the 18th-seed, and No. 10 Zachary meet in an All-BR quarterfinal.

Second-seeded Lutcher will make its first 4A tourney appearance and faces No. 6 Tioga in the semifinals. In Class 3A, No. 11 Brusly takes on District 7-3A rival E.D. White Catholic, the No. 2 seed. Fifth-seeded Parkview meets No. 1 North DeSoto in its 3A semifinal.

Four other Baton Rouge teams advanced to LHSAA tourneys previously. Class 2A University High and 1A St. John-Plaquemine are bound for the LHSAA’s 2A-1A tourney that starts Friday in Monroe.

Fourth-seeded UHS (28-6) takes on top-seeded Calvary Baptist in 2A, while sixth-seeded St. John (28-6) plays No. 2 Mangham in 1A.

Two District 6-C rivals, defending state champion Family Christian (24-4) and Maurepas (16-11), also are bound for Sulphur and will play each other Friday in the semifinals.

Family Christian is seeded No. 1;Maurepas is seeded fourth.