Tigers,Wildcats stay hot entering baseball stretch run


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Hahnville's Matt Champagne delivers to the plate.
Hahnville's Matt Champagne delivers to the plate.
As the result of their major district clash last Tuesday was still to be settled, both Destrehan and Hahnville stayed sharp in the ensuing days.

The Wildcats (21-5-1, 8-0) extended their unbeaten streak to 16 games by taking a 7-2 victory at district foe Terrebonne Saturday. Hahnville (19-8, 6-1), meanwhile, has now won seven in a row after non-district victories over Sulphur, 10-4, and Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, a team traveling from Puerto Rico, 11-0, both games on Saturday.

But the interest of the fans of both programs is centered around last week’s 10-inning stalemate between the teams, who were tied 1-1 at Hahnville when play was suspended for impending darkness. The game was scheduled to resume Wednesday of this week (after press time), with much on the line, as the teams rank first and second, respectively, within District 7-5A.  Destrehan is unbeaten in district play, while Hahnville’s lone district loss is to Destrehan.

WILDCATS SURGING

 Destrehan began the season 6-5, and that ‘5’ hasn’t changed since March 7, which was a 3-2 loss to E.D. White. The closest thing to a blemish on the team’s record since then was a 5-5 tie against Brother Martin on March 18.

“We knew we were good to start the year, it just took a little while to figure ourselves out,” Destrehan coach Chris Mire said. “Guys aren’t try ing to do too much outside their role, they’re focused on doing what they’re capable of. We have a well-rounded team, and on any given day, a different guy emerges to be the man.”

Destrehan powered out the gate in its last game against Terrebonne, taking a 7-0 lead after two innings. Evan Keller and Dane Simon each went 2-for-4 — one of Keller’s hits a home run — with two RBIs and Zachary Wild went 2-for-3.

Last week’s stalemate between HHS and DHS was battle of teams with dominant pitching staffs that more than lived up to their billing. LSU committed pitcher Landon Marceaux of Destrehan was clearly the star of the day, however, who struck out 17 batters in a no-decision. Marceaux allowed five hits and one earned run while walking none in his performance, and seemingly left the game even stronger than he’d started it: of the last 12 outs he recorded, 11 were strikeouts, and only one Hahnville baserunner reached from the sixth inning on.

“I tried to feed off the energy of both teams,” said Marceaux. “Attack the zone and stay on top to keep the momentum on our side and get my team back in the dugout.”

Destrehan coach Chris Mire said Marceaux has a history of raising his game in key situations.

“It’s rare to see a guy who can do what he does at such a high level at a young age,” Mire said. “He came into high school with a ridiculous understanding of what it took to be a pitcher at this level. Once he saw the finish line, he kicked it up into high gear and made sure he left with the game tied at the worst.”

Rochelle went 2-for-4 to lead Destrehan at the plate at HHS. Gage Broussard, Simon, Cole Porter and Peter Carmichael also collected hits.

HAHNVILLE SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER

Facing visiting Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, Hahnville took an early lead — this time 5-0 after two innings — and never looked back.

Maxwell Farrell went 2-for-4, including a triple, and drove in four runs for Hahnville. Matt Champagne went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Lloyd Landry earned the win on the mound, going four innings and allowing no runs on two hits. He combined with Austin Rice and Zachary Rankin to pitch a shutout.

Hahnville scored seven runs in the first two innings of play to take control against Sulphur. Cade Miguez went 2-for-3, including a triple, with three runs scored and two RBIs. Josh Nunez went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, while Austin Perrin earned the win on the mound, going six innings and allowing two earned runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one.

“They’re were coming through Jesuit of  New Orleans, and with my relationship with Jesuit coaches, I found out they were coming and asked if they needed another game. Treat them nice, feed them some Cajun food and then play them on the field.”

Hahnville’s Matt Champagne started the game and was up to the task of going head-to-head with the Destrehan ace. Champagne went six innings and allowed one unearned run on five hits. He struck out four and walked two.

“Matt has been excellent for us, his only loss is to Barbe,” Baudry said. “He needs that big game experience. This game is exciting … this is a playoff atmosphere, and I wanted to put him in that atmosphere.”

Offensively, Hunter LeBlanc, Champagne, Austin Perrin, Josh Nunez and Mason Candies all earned hits for Hahnville, with Nunez hitting a double.




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