SULPHUR — It was another banner year for Barbe High school after all.
After placing fourth in District 3-5A, the fifth-seeded Bucs completed their run to a second straight Class 5A state title with a 6-1 victory over No. 2 Catholic High on Saturday night at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament.
Title-game MVP Brant McNease tossed a three-hitter and struck out five for the Bucs, who have won six 5A titles in the past 10 years.
“This game we came out with a lot of intensity and put some runs in the board and went from there,” McNease said. “I didn’t really have all my working like I wanted to at the start. But as the game went on I found them.
“I got a feel for the mound and where the umpires strike zone was and started throwing all my pitches for strikes. I got them (Catholic) on their heels.
A two-run triple by Marshall Alexander was the key to a three-run third inning that set the tone for Barbe. The Bucs had four hits in the inning. Addison Armand’s long two-run home run in the top of the seventh helped put the game played at McMurry Park away.
McNease had a no-hitter until Matt Crapanzano reached on a infield hit in the fourth for Catholic (37-4), which set a school record for most wins in a season and was seeking its second 5A title in three years and third since 2010.
ST. THOMAS MORE 5, TEURLINGS CATHOLIC 1: The Cougars took down District 5-4A and crosstown rival the No. 5 Rebels for their second straight state title.
It’s the program’s fourth state title, joining championship seasons in 1983, 1992 and 2014.
For most of the contest, LSU signee Brennan Breaux silenced the powerful bats of Teurlings Catholic, which was coming off a 16-1 win over top seed Tioga in the semifinals Thursday. In 6.1 innings, Breaux scattered one run and three hits while striking out 10, including five in a row.
KINDER 11, OAK GROVE 3: The Yellow Jackets (24-9) won their second straight 2A crown by putting the game away with a nine-run seventh inning.
Gavin Sonnier was 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and three RBIs for Kinder. Zach Rider allowed five hits and struck out five, while walking on three. Drew Richard scored three runs and Dylon Poncho was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Wyatt Martin and Jackson Wyly each finished 1-for-3 for third-seeded Oak Grove (21-8).
OUACHITA CHRISTIAN 12, ST. EDMUND 0, FIVE INNINGS: Grant Shepherd hit two grand slams to propel the top-seeded Eagles in a mercy-rule win over the seventh-seeded Blue Jays to claim the Class 1A title.
Shepherd went 2-for-2 with, eight RBIs and three runs scored and was named Class 1A Outstanding Player.
Powered by Shepherd’s first grand slam, Ouachita Christian (31-7) led 5-0 after one inning and 8-0 after two innings. Shepher’s second slam came in the fourth inning on a two-out blast to make it 12-0.
St. Edmund finished 20-12.
FLORIEN 10, FAIRVIEW 2: Lane Alford led the way for the Blackcats (23-6), tossing a five-hitter and finishing 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI.
Second-seeded Florien broke the game opening early by scoring five runs in the bottom of the second inning and three more in the bottom of the third. Jacob Oxley was 1-for-1 and scored four runs for the winners.
Payton Gordon led ninth-seeded Fairview (16-11), the defending Class B champion, by going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice and an RBI.
ELIZABETH 10, CLAIBORNE CHRISTIAN 2: Much like Florien, top-seeded Elizabeth (25-4) relied on big innings, scoring five runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth.
Colby Lafauci got the win for the Bulldogs by allowing four hits and striking out two in four innings.
Elizabeth pounded out 13 hits as Ty Morgan finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Chance Gordon also was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Wesley Drake led No. 3 Claiborne (15-9) by going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.