LAFAYETTE — Two-out situations proved to be dangerous territory for both the Barbe High School baseball team and the Lafayette Mighty Lions on Tuesday.
Barbe scored its first seven runs with two down on the way to a 13-4 win in a District 3-5A contest.
“We preach that two outs and nobody on is the most dangerous time,” Barbe coach Glenn Cecchini said. “We got our bunts down and we got a lot of two-out hits. We have battled and battled. I’m excited. This was a great team effort.”
The Bucs started the top of the second with a liner to right field and a grounder to third before Kirkland Banks reached on an error. Peyton Doumite followed with a double off the left-field wall to plate the first run in what turned into a four-run inning.
Braden Comeaux tripled to right to score Doumite, and Marshall Alexander laid a bunt single down the third-base line to make it 3-0.
Catcher Hunter Fedducia knocked in the fourth run with a single to center.
“We had situations with nobody on and two out and we had a walk or an error and then a base hit and they get rallies going,” Lafayette coach Sam Taulli said. “We have to learn from a loss like this.”
Barbe learned a lesson from the first time the two teams met in Lake Charles in April 4. Continuing to add to the lead was crucial for success.
“(The Lions) only have five losses,” Cecchini said. “We jumped out on them 3-0 at home (in an eventual 7-6 loss), and it was not enough. We said we have to keep going.”
The Bucs (23-9, 7-5) pushed their advantage to 7-0 by putting up a few more runs in the fourth inning. Doumite helped get the ball rolling again by singling to left with two outs.
Comeaux drew a walk on four pitches and Alexander drove home Doumite on a double. Fedducia snuck a single into right field to account for the seven-run margin.
“This is a good hitting park,” Cecchini said. “We tried to pitch to contact (and get outs).”
Barbe starting pitcher Adam Goree managed to get enough outs to limit the Lions to three runs during 5.2 innings. A run-scoring single by Lafayette second baseman Owen Thibodeaux and a Barbe error led to the first two Lions runs in the fourth.
However, the Bucs did not wait until the two-out mark to do damage in the sixth. Cleanup hitter Addison Armand’s two-run double highlighted a five-run inning that increased the Barbe lead to double digits at 12-2.
Lafayette responded with a pair of runs to make it 12-4 before Banks led off the seventh with a solo homer to center to put the last run on the board.
The Lions (21-6, 9-2) will continue a week that has them facing five games in five days due to a couple of rainout makeup games still on the docket. Consecutive road games at Acadiana, Sulphur and Sam Houston await.
“The rain has hurt us,” Taulli said. “We have three games left in district and we could still win the district if we run the table and end up even with Sulphur with two losses.”