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The Bucs' Addison Armand slides in safely as Sulphur's catcher Matt Ezernack fields the throw from the outfield in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday at Barbe. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

The Bucs' Addison Armand slides in safely as Sulphur's catcher Matt Ezernack fields the throw from the outfield in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday at Barbe. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Bucs win district opener, score three runs in fourth

Last Modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 5:36 PM

By Troy LaFleur / American Press

A strong start from freshman pitcher Adam Goree and a big fourth inning propelled the Barbe Bucs to a 6-3 win in their District 3-5A opener against archrival Sulphur Tuesday.

Goree picked up the win after pitching all seven innings, striking out nine batters and surrendering four hits along the way.

“I thought he was great. We have a lot of confidence in him and that’s why he is our No. 2 pitcher,” said Barbe head coach Glenn Cecchini. “He did a great job; I’m proud of him. He is a freshman and this was the biggest game he ever pitched.”

The win gets the Bucs (19-2, 1-0) off to a good start in arguably the state’s toughest baseball district.

“I was really proud of our kids,” Cecchini said. “(District play is) 14 games, but realistically anybody can beat anybody so every game counts. Everybody in our district is good, there really aren’t any ‘gimme’ wins.”

For the Tors (12-8, 0-1), the loss means they will look to Thursday’s matchup with Acadiana for their first district win.

“We had a couple of opportunities where could have gotten the win, but we just couldn’t get the big hits that we needed,” said Sulphur head coach Jason Trahan.

Goree started off the game on fire, striking out two of Sulphur’s first three batters, and didn’t surrender a hit in the first three innings. Sulphur took advantage of a Barbe error in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.

The Bucs answered when left fielder Beau Jordan belted a 2-0 pitch past the right-center field wall to tie the score with two outs in the bottom of the third.

First baseman Austin Nelson reclaimed the lead for the Tors on the first pitch of the fourth inning, when he hit a solo home run. But the lead didn’t last long.

Barbe designated hitter Addison Armand was hit by a pitch to start off the bottom half of the inning before being sacrificed to second base by Gunner Leger. Right fielder Shane Selman hit a double to deep right-center that brought Armand home for the tying run. Nick Abshire was walked before third baseman Braedon Barrett drove in Selman on a single and second baseman Braden Comeaux provided a double to bring home Abshire.

Nelson added one more run for Sulphur via another solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, but the Tors never gained enough ground to mount a comeback.

“Early in the game we got a couple of big hits and got a lead, but they came back and got three runs,” Trahan said. “Hats off to Barbe, because they bounced back after we took the lead.”

Selman finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs

Starter Kale Breaux was the losing pitcher.

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