SULPHUR — Live Oak High baseball coach Greg Briggs watched his team put together a magical run to the state championship game. A lack of runs halted the Cinderella run.
Top-seeded Barbe High scored runs in all but one inning and got solo home runs from Beau Jordan and Shane Selman en route to a 7-1 victory over 10th-seeded Live Oak in the Class 5A title game that helped highlight the final day of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Baseball tournament.
It was the 27th straight win for the Bucs (39-2), who are ranked first nationally. It also was the Lake Charles-based school’s seventh state title in the 5A era. Freshman left-hander Adam Goree (13-0) overcame a shaky first inning and a challenging seventh to fashion a three-hitter with nine strikeouts.
LSU signee Beau Jordan was voted the Outstanding Player after going 2-for-4 with a home run. Twin brother Bryce Jordan, also an LSU signee, was 2-for-3 for the winners.
Lenni Kunert, Justin Webb and Gage Lockwood each had one hit for Live Oak (31-10).
ST. THOMAS MORE 13, NEVILLE 0: Pushing across seven runs in their first at-bat, top-seeded St. Thomas More captured the Class 4A championship with a victory over No. 6 seed Neville.
STM (31-4), which won its first state title since 1992, jumped on Neville starter Caleb Luffey, knocking him out of the game in the first inning.
Clay Harst was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and, after Brennan Breaux walked, Chase Vallot drove in Harst with an RBI single. Breaux also scored on the play to make it 2-0, with Vallot advancing to third base.
Running for the STM catcher, courtesy runner Grant Cox scored on a Luffey wild pitch to make it 3-0.
Luffey was replaced by reliever David Patrick after walking Christian Leonard. After Orynn Veillon walked, Brandon Romero cleared the bases with a triple to extend the lead to 6-0.
Up 7-0, an RBI double by Vallot and an RBI single by Mason Templet in the third made it 9-0. Veillon launched a mammoth grand-slam over the left-field wall to end the game via the 10-run rule in the sixth.
While the STM offense was impressive, Marks was equally strong on the mound. Marks (8-1) went the distance, allowing only four hits and striking out four.
KINDER 2, CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA 1: Sophomore Welles Cooley’s game-winning RBI single propelled Kinder in eight innings. KHS pulled off the rare feat of winning football and baseball state titles in the same school year.
Kinder (29-7) loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth after Brandon Norris singled. Austin Pickle walked and Zach Rider singled. With the bases loaded, Cooley singled, bringing Norris with the game-winning run.
Rider was voted the Outstanding Player also was the winning pitcher for Kinder after tossing a complete game, allowing only one run on four hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
LSU commitment Dylan Poncho was the big hitter for the Yellow Jackets as he had a solo home run in the fourth inning. Courtland Parr was the losing pitcher for Catholic New-Iberia (20-13).
CEDAR CREEK 5, SACRED HEART-VP 1: A four-run fourth inning powered Cedar Creek to its title.
Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Cedar Creek (30-5) pushed across four runs on three hits to take control of the game.
The Ruston-based Cougars were led by Grant Clary who scored two runs, Cole Frasier who picked up two hits, Aaron Hunt who had an RBI single and Huff McIntosh who also drove in a run.
Clary was the winning pitcher, going 4.1 innings allowing only one run on six hits and struck out one. Andy LaFleur took the loss for Sacred Heart (21-9).
FAIRVIEW 5, GLENMORA 4: Title-game Outstanding Player Garrett Lavergne came on with a 2-0 count and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and recorded the final two outs to finish off the win in the match-up of District 5-B teams.
Hunter Dowies got the win after allowing seven hits and striking out seven for Fairview (20-9). Dowies also was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a triple. Nick Stark was 2-for-2 and both his hits were singles. Dowies tripled and scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Garrett Lemeiux.
Kylar Martin finished 3-for-4 with three singles and scored a run for Glenmora (20-6). Cameron Strother was 2-for-4, including a double.
NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 7, CLAIBORNE CHRISTIAN 6: Jordan Monte’s game-winning RBI in the eighth lifted Northside. Christian Morgan led off the eighth for Northside Christian (22-5) with a walk and stole second base and scored on Monte’s single.
Senior Joseph Trahan led the Warriors at the plate with a pair of runs driven in to go along with a triple.
Bradley Ancelet picked up the win for Northside Christian with .2 innings of shutout relief while Landon Meador was the losing pitcher for Claiborne Christian (19-7).