Lady Tigers 2-0 in district play
Baseball marches toward 6-5A opener
"We came out against Holy Cross kind of flat. After a great weekend in Monroe, where we got after it day in and day out, it is tough to come with that intensity every game. That is something we're still trying to learn how to do."
Hanhville softball coach Kenneth Vial said he is thrilled to be 2-0, and the Lady Tigers' path to early perfection was just as exciting.
Hahnville won a 12-inning marathon at East Ascension last Thursday 2-0 after defeating Destrehan at home 5-4 in eight innings last Tuesday.
Against East Ascension, the Lady Tigers (13-3-1, 2-0 6-5A) managed just two hits, both in the final inning. There were two out when Hahnville freshman Hope Mair fisted a pitch between short and second for an infield hit. With Mair on first, sophomore Elise Debruler belted a two-strike double to left center scoring Mair. Sophomore Taylor Webre struck out during the next at-bat, but the catcher dropped the ball. An errant throw to third to try to catch the lead runner allowed Debruler to score, giving the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead.
But the drama didn't end there, as Hahnville allowed two hits in the bottom half of the inning but kept the Lady Spartans, who struck out 20 Lady Tigers, off the scoreboard.
Against Destrehan, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 4-1 lead, thanks to freshman Courtney Dutreix's two-run base hit following a Lady Wildcat error in the third inning. Destrehan took advantage of lead-off walks in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the score at four before the Lady Tigers scored the winning run in the eighth.
"Last year, we were 0-2 heading into the third game, but now we're 2-0. We kind of like 2-0 a lot better. Both of those teams were one hit, one play away from winning those games," Vial said.
In the rain-shortened Hahnville tournament last weekend, the Lady Tigers tied Chapelle 4-4 and defeated Riverside 10-0. Vial said the Chapelle game Friday afternoon was an almost expected letdown.
"I told the girls, 'If you are ever going to accomplish the goals you want to accomplish, that can't happen anymore,'" he said. "Champions come to play every day, but we weren't focused at the task at hand against Chapelle."
The Lady Tigers will host Dutchtown today at 4 p.m. and Higgins at noon Saturday.
After falling to Holy Cross 8-5 last Tuesday, Hahnville baseball coach Kade Rogers said he wanted to teach his team a valuable lesson.
Going into last weekend's Denham Springs tournament, Rogers said he stressed the importance of staying focused for all seven innings every game. The Tigers only played two games thanks to Mother Nature, but if those contests are any indication, the team took Rogers' words to heart.
Last Thursday, the Tigers (9-4) handled Live Oak 5-0 as senior Ryan Waters threw five innings of scoreless baseball and junior Adam Dufrene closed out the final two. That stellar pitching performance was followed up by a 6-1 victory against Covington Friday night. Senior Justin Zoglio threw six innings and senior Brent Simmons pitched the final frame.
"Overall, I think we came out and did the things we need to do well. I put some expectations on the table this weekend, and they superseded those expectations."
As for the Holy Cross loss, Rogers admitted his team was not ready to play.
This Friday, the Tigers can seek revenge in the Gerard Oubre Memorial Tournament as they open with Holy Cross at home. "Hopefully, we'll be able to beat them this Friday. Baseball is a funny, funny game," Rogers said.
The Tigers will play Brother Martin at Destrehan at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and finish out the tournament with Jesuit at 3:30 p.m. at Hahnville Sunday.
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