Shane Selman’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Barbe a 5-4 victory over Live Oak in the first game of a Class 5A second-round best-of-three.
Barbe (27-9) trailed Live Oak 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Addison Armand then hit a double to deep center field that scored Braden Comeaux and Hunter Feducia to tie the game at 4-4. Nate Briscoe pinch ran for Armand after Selman’s game winning single for the winning run.
Armand also went 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBIs.
Barbe and Live Oak will play again at 1 p.m. Saturday. If Barbe wins the first game, it will advance to the quarterfinals. A loss in Game 2 will require a Game 3 right after.
The Bucs were the first team took a 1-0 lead on a double by Armand that scored Marshall Alexander in the first inning.
The Eagles rallied in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. The Eagles first two batters were forced out, but the next three batters reached base. A two-out single by Lenni Kunert made it 2-0.
In the top of the third, Live Oak increased its lead again with two outs. Preston Faulkner scored on a double by Tyler Alexander for a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, an Armand RBI double made it 3-2.
The top of the seventh inning saw the Eagles load the bases but only score one run. The Bucs put in reliever Brant McNease in to get the final two outs once the bases were loaded to stop any more damage.