St. Amant stuns No. 2 Destrehan, 6-2
DHS head coach announces next season will be his last
Destrehan was the hottest team in the state in March, but they struggled down the stretch with back-to-back losses to Hahnville in April. That carried over to the playoffs. While the Wildcats cruised past the first round, they fell, 6-2, to No. 18 ranked St. Amant in the second round.
"We played much better baseball in March than May," Destrehan head coach Marty Luquet said. "If they moved the state tournament to March, we would have had a great chance."
While Destrehan (29-6) got off to a hot start early, St. Amant was the polar opposite. The Gators struggled through the early part of their schedule, falling to Ruston, West Monroe, Zachary, Brother Martin, Jesuit and Dutchtown. But St. Amant avenged their two regular season losses to Dutchtown with an 8-4 victory in the first round of the playoffs before blowing past Destrehan in the second round.
"We saw (St. Amant) in March and we weren’t impressed. Now, they are playing very well and they are a good team," Luquet said.
St. Amant jumped out to a 5-1 lead over Destrehan after the first two frames, chasing Wildcat ace Blake Hymel from the game. Destrehan got one of those runs back on a ground ball by Hymel in the second, but the Wildcats were unable to get any closer over the next three innings.
Madison Nickens gave the Gators a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly to score Blaine Shex. The Wildcats last run of the night came on a solo home run by Hymel.
Hymel suffered the loss for Destrehan, giving up three earned runs on six hits. He led his team from the plate with two RBIs.
Tanner Hayes was perfect from the plate for the Wildcats, going 3-for-3 with a double.
"(St. Amant) came out and hit the ball well in the first two innings," Luquet said. "They were very confident and they performed well. You can’t blame Blake, he just didn’t have it that day."
The Wildcats will return plenty of talent next season, but they are losing four important seniors in Jace Weber, Jesse Bryant, Hayes and Hymel.
"Those guys all played an integral part in our success this year. They say the middle of the field is your strength and we are losing our catcher, one of our top two pitchers and our shortstop," Luquet said. "Losing four seniors doesn’t seem that bad, but their quality makes them hard to replace."
Luquet admits that he does have plenty of good players returning next season
Destrehan will have some firepower from the plate with the return of Brock Benedetto and Kade Granier, who combined for 59 RBIs during the season. Granier will also be counted on to serve as the Wildcats’ top pitcher next season after finishing the year with a 6-2 record.
Other returning starters include Ryan Brewer, Sam Steib and Brennan Breaud, who combined for 64 RBIs. Luquet said that the competition this summer to fill the remaining spots in the lineup will be phenomenal.
"We have some really good players that are waiting on their turn," he said.
Luquet also announced that next season will be his last as head coach for Destrehan. Luquet has had a storied career at Destrehan, leading the team to 12 playoff appearances. His Destrehan teams have reached the state tournament six times and advanced to the state championship game twice.
Luquet received 5A Coach of the Year honors in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and was named district Coach of the Year 11 times.
"Baseball is year round – coaching in any sport is year round," Luquet said. "There are other things I would like to go do."
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!
Matthew McConaughey is back in St. Charles Parish filming his new movie, “The Free...
The man arrested in connection with the shooting of Corp. Burt Hazeltine has been...
Spring’s burst of colors and warmer temperatures draw many people outside to the...
A dispute over the St. Charles Parish government recovering nearly $150,000 in...
He’s white, fluffy as a toy and gets his picture taken with admirers who want to...
“Disgusting! This is a proven case of ‘who you are and the pull you have with the...
To take control of one's life requires courage. Ms.Lucia specializes in depression, stress and anxiety disorders, parent-child relationships, and marital issues. Taking the first step is often the most difficult.
St. Charles Council talking trash - Say they were left in dark about change in garbage collection - 799 views
A pilot program initiated in January by Progressive Waste Solutions had St. Charles Parish Council members questioning why they weren’t aware of it and whether they were signing off on a contract change.