(Kirk Meche / American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 10:45 PM
SULPHUR — It took nine innings but Sulphur finally produced a big hit, with Logan Louviere singling to left to score Kale Breaux with the game’s lone run in the Tors’ 1-0 win over Barbe Tuesday at McMurry Park.
Sulphur (19-6, 4-0) took sole possession of first place in District 3-5A and ended the Bucs’ 14-game winning streak.
The Bucs (23-3, 3-1) squandered several chances to push a run across, getting a runner in scoring position with less than two outs in the third, sixth and eighth innings. Each time the Tors wiggled out of trouble, throwing a runner out at the plate in the sixth inning and escaping in the eighth inning after Barbe put a runner on third with one out.
Breaux escaped the jam with a strikeout and foul out. Andrew Martin (5-2) pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up the win. Sulphur starter Charlie Dronet threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings before being relieved by Cole Lavergne.
Barbe starter Sloan Dieter (5-1) went the distance, allowing four singles and striking out nine.
Breaux singled up the middle with one out in the ninth, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brooks Morse and scored when Louviere drilled a single between the shortstop and third baseman.
“For four guys to come in and do what they did and keep that team to no runs in nine innings, I can’t say enough about those guys,” said Sulphur head coach Jason Trahan. “Doing that kept us in the ballgame. It was an excellent job by all four. They are clutch players. They keep doing it time and time again. The pressure does not bother the pitchers. It seems like Kale gets better when there are runners in scoring position. We kept making the plays.”
While the Tors hurlers were escaping trouble, the Sulphur batters were having a hard time starting any against Dieter.
“We got the one-out single from Kale, then I go ask Brooks to bunt him over and give Louviere a chance to win it,” Trahan said. “Brooks just said, ‘OK.’ He did it unselfishly and that gave us a chance to win. Logan is our three-hole hitter, what more could you want? With the way they had been giving us the six-hole there, he was the perfect guy to have up.”
Barbe head coach Glenn Cecchini said the Bucs paid for not delivering the big hit.
“We missed scoring opportunities and Sulphur played a real good game,” Cecchini said. “We had six hits. Against a good team with good pitching you have to capitalize on those opportunities. When you don’t score, you don’t win. I thought Sloan pitched a great game, pitched his heart out. Their guy did a good job and got a big, clutch hit. We’re still 23-3, still in good shape. It is a tough district; there are no gimmies.”