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Tigers struggle during tough stretch

By Jonathan Menard - March 14, 2013

After starting the season with an impressive 8-1 record, the Hahnville Tigers struggled in their toughest stretch of the season, falling to top-ranked Barbe, St. Thomas More and Evangel over the weekend.

The only Tiger victory came in a 5-2 win over West Monroe on Saturday.

 

Barbe 3 Hahnville 1

Barbe ace Gunner Leger held the Tigers in check during the opening game of the tournament, striking out 11 and giving up only three hits in the 3-1 Barbe victory.

Hahnville trailed 1-0 heading into the fifth, but tied the game after pinch runner Michael Landry stole second and then advanced home after an errant Barbe throw at third. Landry’s score was set up by Todd Porche, who blasted a single over second base to start the inning.

While the Tigers closed the gap, Barbe put the game away in the bottom of the fifth after a two-run home run by Braden Comeaux.

Porche led the Tigers from the plate, finishing with two hits. Tyler Lamers was the only other Hahnville player to get a hit in the game.

Senior pitcher Brooks Vial suffered the loss, giving up six hits and two earned runs in six innings. Vial struck out six in the game.

 

St. Thomas More 3

Hahnville 0

STM picked up two runs in the second and added another in the fourth to shut out the Tigers on Friday, 3-0.

STM pitcher Mitch Harris struck out eight in his team’s victory and gave up only three hits to Hahnville’s Tyler Simmons, Lamers and Dylan Keller.

Lamers suffered the loss for the Tigers, giving up one earned run on six hits. He struck out four in the game.

 

Hahnville 5

West Monroe 2

After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time all season, the Tigers finally got back into the win column with a 5-2 victory over West Monroe.

Hahnville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Porche grounded out to short and gave Keller enough time to score from third. The Tigers added to their lead a batter later when Vial singled to left and drove in Simmons.

West Monroe struck back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, but the Tigers put them away for good in the fifth.

Simmons walked to start the frame and advanced to second on a single by Porche. Vial followed with a single to load the bases, and Lamers drew a walk to give Hahnville a 3-2 lead.

Pinch runner Dylan Favre scored minutes later on a passed ball and Devaughn Colly hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Vial and put the Tigers on top 5-2.

Porche picked up the win for Hahnville after striking out three and allowing two earned runs in seven innings.

Simmons led Hahnville from the plate, going 2-for-2. Porche, Lamers and Colly all finished with an RBI in the victory.

 

Evangel 3 Hahnville 2

The Tigers failed to carry momentum from their West Monroe win into a showdown with Evangel on Saturday night. Hahnville fell behind 2-1 in the first inning and never regained the lead as they lost 3-2.

The Tigers best opportunity for a win came in the bottom of the third when they trailed 3-1.

Ty Cologne and Keller both walked to start the frame and Simmons singled to center to load the bases. But with no outs, Porche blasted a shot to short that was turned into a double play. While Cologne scored to cut into the Evangel lead, Vial struck out to end the Tiger threat.

Porche led the Tigers from the plate, finishing with two RBIs on one hit. Simmons and Lamers were the only other Tigers to record hits in the game.

Zachary Calhoun suffered the loss for Hahnville, giving up five hits and one earned run in six innings. He struck out two in the game.

Tigers struggle during tough stretch