SULPHUR — It wasn't a perfect performance, but the Barbe Bucs have state championship No. 10 after beating Sam Houston 8-2 in the Class 5A state championship game Tuesday night at McMurry Park.

The top-seeded Bucs (38-3) and starter Jack Walker overcame a sloppy start and the offense scored a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings to pull away.

The teams traded runs in the first inning. Courtesy runner Keegan Aaron, running for catcher Silas Ardoin, scored on a wild pitch in the top of the inning to give Sam Houston a 1-0 lead.

Walker overcame a bout of wildness to escape with minimal damage. He walked two batters in the inning and Ardoin reached on an error, but the Bucs got an out at the plate on a grounder to second and Walker got the final two outs with two runners on base.

Barbe's Carter Quinn led off the bottom of the first with a walk and scored on a Brody Drost single.

The Broncos (36-5) took the lead in the second inning when Braden Duhon singled to score Austin Norris, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.

Over the first two innings, Walker walked three batters, threw two wild pitches and had another pitch go to the backstop on a passed ball. The Bucs committed an error in each of the first two innings and three for the game.

"I looked at the scoreboard and realized that everything they got was from my walks and hit by pitches," Walker said. "They weren't hitting my fastball. So I just slowed everything down. I started controlling all my pitches and working the counts."

Walker settled down, allowing one hit and issuing no walks over his final four innings of work. He finished with 10 strikeouts.

Bucs head coach Glenn Cecchini said Walker is a competitor.

"I told him we had Drost warming up, but I wanted to leave him in the game," Cecchini said. "They weren't able to hit his fastball. He settled down and was great."

Barbe took its first lead in the third inning. Kyle Debarge led off with a double then scored on a Drost double to right. Brayden Corley singled to center to score Drost and give the Bucs a 3-2 lead. They extended the lead to 5-2 in the fourth on a throwing error to score Bailey Juneau and sacrifice fly by Davis Meche to score Quinn.

Drost added a three-run homer in the sixth and was named the game's MVP, finishing with three hits, five RBIs and two runs scored.

"I wasn't trying to hit a home run, I just let the bat work," Drost said of his late blast. "It feels special. It is all about my team; they had my back the whole game and the whole team made plays. It was a team win."

Broncos head coach Chad Hebert said his team couldn't sustain its good start.

"Like I said (Monday), the team that plays the best is going to win and they (Barbe) came out and played today," he said. "They had 13 hits. Everything we threw up they barreled. (The Bucs) were ready to play and they deserve to win. We got hot early and Walker settled in and did what Walker does. We put some balls on the barrel early, but really didn't do much to slow them down."

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