Led by senior slugger Mike Ford, the Hahnville Tigers scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning for a huge come-from-behind, 9-6, victory over rival Destrehan on Saturday.
The Tigers actually took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run home run by Ford, who blasted his shot deep over center. But Destrehan battled back in the second and seemingly took control of the game in the third.
In the second inning, the Wildcats cut into the Hahnville lead on an RBI single by Jacob Marino and an error that scored Brennan Quigley, who had drawn a walk. In the third inning, Destrehan added three runs to take a 5-3 lead over the Tigers. One of those runs scored on a single to right by Ryan Brewer and another came home on a fielder’s choice by Marino.
Brock Benedetto added the final Destrehan run of the frame when he crossed home on an error.
Though the Wildcats scored yet another run in the fourth to go up 6-3, the Tigers rallied in the bottom of the frame.
With two men on base, Tyler Simmons jacked a double to center to score Ty Cologne and move the speedy Travis Faucheux to third. Ford then responded with his fourth, fifth and sixth RBIs of the game, blasting a double to center that brought home Faucheux, Simmons and Cody Farrell to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead.
But Ford wasn’t done, rushing home on a passed ball and sliding across the plate to give Hahnville an 8-6 advantage.
Kyle Plaisance would bring Tyler Lamers across the plate for the final run of the game after singling to center.
Ford led Hahnville to the win, going 2-for-4 with six RBIs on a double and home run. Plaisance and Simmons also drove in runs in the game.
Marino was the leading hitter for the Wildcats, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Brooks Vial got the win for the Tigers, giving up eight hits and six runs in four innings. Vial had four strikeouts in the game. Lamers was excellent in relief, giving up three hits and no runs in the final three innings for the Tigers.
Brett Hymel got the loss for Destrehan, giving up eight runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 17-12 on the season and 5-0 in district play. Destrehan fell to 14-14 overall and 4-1 in district.