The Bucs' Kennon Fontenot lunges for the first-base bag as Sam Houston's Corbin Eldridge applies the tag during a District 3-5A game Thursday at Barbe High School. Fontenot was called safe. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, April 04, 2014 12:02 PMThe Barbe Bucs used a strong bunt game coupled with a solid performance from starting pitcher Gunner Leger to stay undefeated in District 3-5A, knocking off Sam Houston 9-3 Thursday.
Leger went the distance, giving up six hits and three runs. Four of those hits came in the final inning when the Broncos scored two of their runs.
“Leger did a really good job,” said Barbe head coach Glenn Cecchini. “He threw a lot of strikes and only walked one batter toward the end of the game.”
Five Bucs reached first base on bunts, a strategy that helped them open innings with runners on base.
“I think we did a really good job of bunting, and we were very aggressive on the bases,” Cecchini said. “I’m proud of our guys because they do their job and whatever it takes to win.”
Sam Houston (14-8, 3-2) struggled to defend the Bucs’ (22-2, 5-0) small-ball game much of the night, and surrendered three errors in the process of trying.
“Barbe did a great job in the small-ball game,” said Sam Houston head coach Brad Book. “Their triple-option zone bunting scheme was great. They did a great job of putting pressure on us and opening things up.
“I thought our defense was poor, particularly in the infield. I feel like our kids are much better in the infield than the way they played today, and we are going to be much better in the infield this year.”
Those bunts made up half of the Bucs’ 10 hits. Seven of the hits were against starting pitcher Peyton McLemore, who took the loss.
“McLemore has done a great job for us, and he actually did a good job tonight, save for a two-run home run,” Book said. “That home run actually would have only been one run if it hadn’t been for the error on the previous at-bat.”
McLemore was able to fend off Barbe in the first two innings, but fell victim to a three-run third inning that set the tone for the remainder of the game.
The inning started with Braedon Barrett reaching on a walk before advancing to third on a passed ball. Two batters later, he scored when Beau Jordan reached on an error. In the next at-bat, Bryce Jordan pelted a two-run blast over the left-field fence.
The Bucs added their final four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, one off McLemore and three off reliever Matthew DeVillier.
Bryce Jordan finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Beau Jordan and Kennon Fontenot finished 2-for-2 and combined for five RBIs.
The Broncos’ Corbin Eldridge was 2-for-3 with one RBI.