Wildcats cruise to 5-1 district mark

April 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Senior Destrehan outfielder Nathan Pilutti tosses a ball back to the infield after making the catch.
Senior Destrehan outfielder Nathan Pilutti tosses a ball back to the infield after making the catch.
Since opening district play with a loss to Terrebonne, the Destrehan Wildcats (14-10) have reeled off five straight wins to take a share of first place in District 7-5A.
In the last week, the Wildcats cemented their position at the top of the standings by scoring 24 runs in victories over South Lafourche and H.L. Bourgeois.

Destrehan 16††† South Lafourche 8

The Wildcats and South Lafourche combined for 11 runs in the first inning, but Destrehan put the game away with a nine-run fifth inning on their way to a 16-8 victory last Thursday.

Sam Steib paced the Wildcats during a six-run first inning after blasting a home run that gave Destrehan a 3-0 lead. Brock Benedetto kept the scoring going with an RBI double, and Logan Krajcer drew a bases loaded walk to put Destrehan up 5-0.

The final Wildcat run of the opening frame came by way of a sacrifice fly by Brennan Breaud.

South Lafourche scored five runs in the bottom of the first to cut into the Destrehan lead, but the Wildcats added another run in the fourth off of an error to go up 7-5.

However, South Lafourche tied the game in the bottom of the fourth off of a Destrehan error and a double that led to two runs.

Then the Wildcat bats came alive once again.

Breaud blasted a double to left field to give his team a 9-7 lead, and Ryan Brewer hit a sacrifice bunt to score another run.

Steib followed with a two RBI single to put Destrehan on top 12-7, and Nathan Pilutti drew a bases loaded walk for yet another Destrehan run.

The Wildcats scored three more runs off of errors to take a 16-7 lead in the fifth.

Steib led the Wildcats from the plate, going 2-for-5 with five RBIs. Breaud finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs, while Pilutti went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Tyler Winters picked up the win for Destrehan, holding South Lafourche to two hits in four innings.Destrehan 8††† H.L. Bourgeois 0

Destrehan pitchers Kade Granier and Brandon Wild combined to shut out H.L. Bourgeois while getting plenty of run support from their teammates in an 8-0 victory on Saturday.

The Wildcats wasted little time jumping out to a big lead, scoring four runs in the first inning.

Brewer brought in his team’s first run of the game on a sacrifice and then scored on a passed ball to put Destrehan up 2-0.

Destrehan’s final two runs of the inning came on back-to-back walks.

The Wildcats added another run in the third when Benedetto scored on an error, and Brewer gave his team a 6-0 lead in the fourth on a single.

Destrehan officially put the game away in the fifth inning after scoring two runs off an Austin McDonald single and a wild pitch.

McDonald, Hunter Abadie and Brandon Robichaux all drove in runs in the game.

Granier picked up the win after giving up one hit and striking out three in five innings. Wild came on in relief, limiting H.L. Bourgeois to a single hit in the final two innings.

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