Bucs turn it around after early season losses

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Barbe baseball has been known as one of the premier programs in the country for a while now.

This year's squad came into the season with higher-than-normal expectations and even higher aspirations.

At the beginning of the season, the Bucs wrote their goals down on paper.

"Obviously the goal is always to win a state championship. But we thought this team was special, as we've been talking about. We set the goal to win the national championship."

Now, the Bucs are the cusp of that goal.

"We knew we were top five in the nation when we got here. We knew that winning the national championship was a goal. From the beginning that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to something that's never been done."

A lofty goal that seemed unlikely after picking up two early season loses.

"When we lost those first two games we kinda thought it wouldn't be possible. A lot of teams around the country. There's usually an undefeated team or a one loss team. We just said we would take it one game at a time and try to win the rest of our games."

The Bucs did just that and won 20 straight games to end the regular season and are now two victories away from another state title.

"A Sulphur player actually text us and congratulated us on being the No. 1 team in the nation. We were like 'What are you talking about?'"

Barbe is two wins away for its seventh state title and a possible national title. It would be a fitting finale for a special group of seniors.

"We're just so close that we can taste it. That would be the cherry on top. That would be one of the greatest things of my life. That would be the fairy tale ending right there. I think it would be the icing on the cake to the run we've had as a group. I don't think there's any other ending. It has to end that way and we have to make it happen."

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A special Barbe baseball page has been set up online at http://bit.ly/1orXtfT. The page includes a list of former Barbe players who made it to the pros, the schedule for the state tournament, Barbe's playoff history as well as links to the Barbe baseball Facebook page and Twitter feed. The sports special will be available for viewing on the page following Thursday's broadcast.