Bucs open playoffs with rout

By By Rhett Manuel / American Press

The No. 1-seeded Barbe Bucs headed into Tuesday’s Class 5A bi-district playoff game with No. 32 Grace King knowing that if

they won, rival and No. 16 Sulphur loomed in the regional round this weekend.

Knowing their potential opponent was no problem, as Barbe used a seven-run first inning to power past the Fighting Irish 11-0

in five innings to move on to a best-of-three series this weekend with the Golden Tors.

Barbe (33-5) was machine-like in its execution, totaling nine hits and playing error-free baseball to take the wind out of

Grace King (21-10) from the jump.

“We were very patient,” Barbe head coach Glenn Cecchini said. “We did a great job taking walks and being patient.”

The Bucs collected three hits in sending 11 hitters to the plate in the first, but drew three walks and Beau Jordan led the

game off being hit by a pitch.

Barbe plated the first run after loading the bases — Bryce Jordan walked and Kennon Fontenot bunted for a single after Beau

was hit — when Braeden Barrett was hit by a pitch. Bryce Jordan scored, stealing home on a triple steal that gave the Bucs

a 2-0 lead.

Designated hitter Shane Selman and Nick Abshire laced RBI extra-base hits at the bottom of the order. Abshire’s triple scored

Selman and he scored on a passed ball on Beau Jordan’s second plate appearance of the inning.

Fontenot led off the bottom of the second inning in style, sending the first pitch over the center-field fence for a solo

homer that gave the Bucs an 8-0 lead. Addison Armand scored the inning’s second run on a passed ball

The early run support was more than enough for starter Adam Goree, who threw two innings before three relievers finished.

They combined for a one-hitter, the lone Grace King hit a single off Goree in the top of the first.

“We didn’t overlook these guys,” Cecchini said. “We respect everyone (but) fear no one.”

With the Fighting Irish behind them, Barbe looks forward to its fiercest rival starting Friday.

“It’s a rivalry, there’s no doubt,” Cecchini said. “All our opponents are trying to advance like we are. We’ve just got to

play our game.”