Destrehan off to best start in four years with 9-1 record
Destrehan pitcher Jesse Bryant excels from the plate and the stripe and currently has a .462 batting average.
However, DHS head coach Marty Luquet warns that the season is still early.
"We still have another 24 games to go. We are just getting cranked up right now," he said.
The team is benefiting from returning four of its all-district players from last year’s squad in Jace Weber, Brock Benedetto, Michael Smith and Blake Hymel. Although they lost all-district players Ryan Burks and Brennan Quigley, Luquet said the team was able to fill those positions and come together during the American Legion summer league.
"We’re off to the best start in four years," Luquet said. "I think we are building off our American Legion season last summer where we made it to the state tournament. It helped us answer some questions and get the right guys on the field.
"Everyone is accepting their roles and everything is going real well."
The team currently has three players, all seniors, batting over .400. Catcher Tanner Hayes is posting a .476 batting average, outfielder and pitcher Jesse Bryant is batting .462 and shortstop Jace Weber is right at .400.
The team’s cleanup hitter is first baseman and pitcher Kade Granier, who is currently batting .370 and is 2-1 on the mound. The team’s other pitchers are also off to a good start. Both retuning all-district pitcher Hymel and Ryan Brewer are 2-0 in starts with Hymel adding a save.
The team is entering a tough stretch this week as they head to the Jay Patterson Memorial Tournament in Gonzales where they will face off against some the area’s best teams.
"Thursday we play Brother Martin who is 10-0. They are the No. 1 team in the area," Luquet said. "We also play Jesuit, Archbishop Shaw and Archbishop Rummel – four of the perennial best teams in the area."
For now DHS and Hahnville High School are leading the district.
Luquet anticipates the cross parish rivals will be meeting up again for the district title.
"It’s been that way for the past few years and I don’t expect it to be any different," he said. "The baseball community of St. Charles has a lot to be proud of."
DHS’s win over O.P. Walker in the Bayou State Tournament last weekend in West Monroe was Luquet’s 400th of his career.
"The kids were probably more excited about it than I was," he said. "I must have 100 of my ex-players send me congratulations. That made it extra special since they were the ones who won the games."
Luquet is in his 24th year as a head coach and 12th year with DHS.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Wallace Johnston, 91, is truly a child of a different era. He was orphaned at only...
The ongoing saga of St. Charles Parish’s Aviation Board seat has taken yet another...
Hahnville-based Otto Candies has locked up a spot in the American Legion state...
Although Luling native Tammy Faucheux had already had three healthy children, it...
Fourteen years ago, St. Charles Parish deputies were called to a bloody scene after...
Not too many animal trappers can boast the resume of St. Rose’s John Schmidt, who...
Andrews Remodeling has over 25 years of experience in home remodeling, repair and additions. No job is too big or too small. We guarantee all of our work and believe the job is not complete until the customer is satisfied.
Charges reduced against suspect in Norco murder - 1451 views
Charges have been reduced against an 18-year-old Metairie man who was arrested in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Norco resident Jay Bertucci.