Sophomore Brookelyn Sweeney hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift No. 9 Belle Chasse to a 2-1 victory over No. 24 Northwood in the first round of the Class 4A softball playoffs.

Sweeney’s blast to deep right center field drove in freshman Emily Clark, who reached on a walk one batter earlier to push the Cardinals (22-9) to the second round.

Hayley Barbazon went the distance for Belle Chasse (22-9). She allowed just two hits, struck out four and walked four.

Northwood’s run came in the fourth inning.

Belle Chasse, the No. 9 seed, awill travel to play No. 8 St. Thomas More, which was a 9-0 winner over South Terrebonne.

Belle Chasse beat St. Thomas More in the first round of the playoffs last season.

CENTRAL 17, CHALMETTE 2: The No. 25 Owls had no answer for No. 8 Central in the opening round of the 5A playoffs.

Chalmette, the lone District 8-5A team to reach the playoffs, scored all the runs it would get in the first inning and led 2-1 headed to the bottom of the third.

But Central exploded for 10 runs in the third and six more in the fourth to end the game.

Central, the No 9 seed, will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 8 John Curtis and No. 24 Fontainebleau.

Simsboro 16, Patrick Taylor 10: No. 14 Simsboro ended No. 19 Patrick Taylor’s season in the first round of the Class B playoffs.

Simsboro will play No. 3 Oak Hill in the second round.