Barbe's Addison Armand slides in safely at third base after tagging up on a pop fly as the Tors' Austin Doucet applies the tag in the top of the fourth inning Thursday in Sulphur. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 4:20 PMSULPHUR — Braedon Barrett checked everything off his to-do list Thursday night, picking up one of everything from the plate for a rare cycle in Barbe’s 9-2 District 3-5A win over archrival Sulphur.
The senior third baseman and Northwestern State signee started his hitting spree with a solo homer and picked up a single, double and triple as the game progressed. He also did his part defensively with a near-perfect performance in the field.
“You couldn’t ask Braedon to do any more,” said Barbe head coach Glenn Cecchini. “He made great plays all day long. Northwestern State is getting themselves a great player.”
Barrett, who finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs, wasn’t the only Buc to stand out offensively. Kennon Fontenot finished 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and Addison Armand finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. The Bucs finished with 14 hits.
The offensive showcase helped Barbe (26-2, 8-0) extend its winning streak to 13 and kept the Bucs undefeated in district play.
“We have never been afraid to lose; we always play to win,” Cecchini said. “Right now we are No. 2 in the nation, and we aren’t hiding behind that. We are laying it all on the line because we want to win a national championship.”
The loss dropped the Tors (16-11, 4-4) to .500 in district competition, but they have both games against the Bucs out of the way.
“I give Barbe a lot of credit,” said Sulphur head coach Jason Trahan. “They are an extremely good-hitting ballclub. We straight up got beat; it wasn’t sloppy, they just capitalized and responded when they needed to.”
Sulphur pitcher Andrew Martin gave up two hits in the first three innings, but he couldn’t hold Barbe’s hot bats at bay all night.
Barrett’s home run came in the top of the second inning, and he was responsible for the Bucs’ second run when he singled home Gunner Leger in the fourth. That run tied the score after Sulphur took a 2-1 lead in the third.
“We fought hard and came back from a deficit,” Cecchini said. “You never want to be down, but we know that when we are that we can come back.”
It was in the top of the fifth that the Bucs started to blow the top off the game, scoring five runs. Beau and Bryce Jordan started the inning with a pair of singles before Fontenot singled home the former. Armand picked up his two RBIs with a double in the next at-bat. Three batters later, Barrett drove home Armand and Leger with a double.
Barrett’s triple came in the top of the seventh. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Abshire.
Leger was the winning pitcher.