Barbe shortstop Kennon Fontenot throws to first base after getting the out at second base on Sam Houston's Jacob Stracner Saturday in Moss Bluff. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, April 21, 2014 4:22 PMMOSS BLUFF — Peyton McLemore and the Sam Houston Broncos had no intention of laying down for the top-ranked Barbe Bucs Saturday afternoon, but they couldn’t muster one more run out of a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh.
The Bucs, who jumped out to an early lead, staved off the late push from their District 3-5A adversary for the 5-4 victory, their 18th straight.
”Sam Houston is very good,” said Barbe head coach Glenn Cecchini. “Coach (Brad) Book is a great coach. This is a rivalry game and they have played against our guys all their lives so they aren’t going to be intimidated by us.”
The Bucs led 5-0 in the seventh inning.
Broncos designated hitter Garrett Powell started the bottom half of the inning with a single to left field, but Bucs pitcher Gunner Leger quickly find two outs by striking out Drew Ardoin and forcing Dayton Dugas to hit into a fielder’s choice.
Cliff Reid singled up the middle before Jacob Stracner singled home Dugas. In the next at-bat, Dustin Duhon reached on an error to load the bases for McLemore, who drilled a shot to the wall in right-center for a three-RBI double.
The momentum, and the game, ended when Leger struck out Jake Cochran looking.
“We have done that several times this year — play well in the seventh,” Book said.
The win kept the Bucs’ win streak alive and helped them maintain their No. 1 ranking in the state’s coaches’ poll as well as the power rankings. They have locked up the District 3-5A championship.
The Bucs scored all five of their runs in the first three innings.
Bryce Jordan took the game’s first pitch to left-center for a single and was driven home three pitches later when brother Beau Jordan hit a triple to right-center. He later scored on a Kennon Fontenot sacrifice fly.
In the second inning, Braedon Barrett scored on an error. He drove in one of the third-inning runs for the Bucs, Leger drove home the other.
“Beau and Bryce did a good job of getting hits early and Kennon added an RBI,” Cecchini said. “I thought we made a lot of good hits. It adds comfort, but you never want a false sense of security.”
“We had a couple of errors early on that really hurt us,” Book said. “It’s a three-run ballgame if we do what we are supposed to.”
Leger (8-0) finished with eight strikeouts.
“Gunner pitched really well. He kept his composure and made the pitches when he had to,” Cecchini said.
Barrett finished 3-for-3 for the Bucs, while McLemore and Stracner both finished 3-for-4 for Sam Houston.
Corbin Eldridge was the losing pitcher.