Sulphur outfielder Jayleen Lantier reaches for the grab in the fourth inning of the Lady Tors 7-4 win over Barbe Tuesday afternoon. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:44 PMSulphur claimed a share of its first District 3-5A title since 2007 with a 7-4 win against rival Barbe Thursday at Frasch Park in Sulphur.
The Lady Tors (20-3, 13-1) celebrated a successful senior night with an offensive outpouring the Lady Bucs (13-13, 7-7) couldn’t match.
Sulphur jumped on Barbe early, putting two runs on the board before Barbe was able to get an out.
Jayleen Lantier led the Lady Tors off with a double and scored a couple plays later on an infield single, followed by Kayla Sheridan scoring on a passed ball and Alexis Mouton driving Becca Brooks home with an RBI single.
Down 3-0, the Lady Bucs punched right back with a 2-RBI double off the bat of Emily Hart to score Jessica Fontenot and Baylee Thibodeaux and make it 3-2.
“That’s typical of a Barbe-Sulphur game,” Sulphur coach Julie Mancuso said of all the early scoring. “We knew they were going to put the ball in play and make some things happen. They’ve got a couple speedsters in there and we knew if they got on, they were going to run.”
Sulphur responded with a run in the bottom of the second to make it 4-2.
In the fourth inning, speedy Barbe center fielder Aeriyl Mass sprinted to catch a ball on the run in right-center field, but dropped the ball allowing a run to score. Lantier made the lead 6-2 with an RBI single up the middle.
“Our girls just did a good job backing up Devyn at the plate,” Mancuso said. “Our girls did a fine job of stringing some hits together and getting some runs across.”
A sac fly made it 7-2 in the fifth inning, but Barbe had no intention of lying down.
Thibodeaux knocked a 2-RBI double down the right field line to pull Barbe within 7-4, but the Lady Bucs couldn’t close the gap.
Sulphur is ranked No. 16 in the latest LHSAA power rankings, which were released yesterday prior to game time. As it stands, the Lady Tors would match up with District 3-5A foe Sam Houston in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The teams each won one game against each other in the regular season.
“We keeping teetering between anywhere from No. 14 to 17 or 18,” Mancuso said. “(Playing Sam Houston) would be unfortunate. We’d like to see somebody different so that we both have an opportunity to make it in there. But we’ll take whatever we get and work our best to get back here.”