The No. 9 Hahnville Tigers (25-7) completed a season sweep of Destrehan with a 3-0 win on Tuesday to clinch the District 8-5A title.
In two victories against their rival, the Tigers did not give up a single run.
Hahnville won district with a perfect 10-0 record.
Destrehan ended their regular season with an impressive 28-5 mark, but lost two of their last six games in scoreless outings against Hahnville. The Wildcats were the second-ranked team in the state heading into the game.
Blake Hymel handled pitching duties for the Wildcats and gave up runs in the bottom of the third, fifth and sixth innings off of six hits.
Destrehan head coach Marty Luquet said Hahnvilleís key to winning the game was getting hits at the right time.
"A lot of our at bats we got out early in the inning," he said. "These two games have been decided by timely hitting. They got it and we didnít."
Hahnville pitcher Tyler Lamers was the story of the day. After striking out eight and giving up four hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings against the Wildcats, Lamers was hit in the face by an errant throw by catcher Connor Lorio, who intended his throw for second base.
With blood pouring down his face and a purple bruise under his left eye, Lamers calmly walked off the field and turned over pitching duties to Brooks Vial, who successfully closed out the inning.
The Tigers were up 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth with two runners on base when Hymel intentionally walked Hahnville slugger Todd Porche to load the bases. Hahnville head coach David Baudry said he felt walking Porche was a good strategic move by Luquet.
"Porcheís our leading hitter all year. Coach Luquet knew what he was doing, there is no doubt about that. Toddís gotten big hits for us all year," Baudry said.
The next batter up was a surprise to many in the crowd. A cleaned up Lamers sporting a large bandage under his eye stepped up to the plate.
Luquet approached the umpire to speak about the playerís reappearance.
"I just asked him if he might be concussed and he said ĎIím not touching that. Thatís up to the coaching staff,í" Luquet said.
Lamers hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the last run of the game and give his team a 3-0 victory.
"Heís the starter and heís been the starter all year. I think you can see how tough Tyler is for us, that is why he is 8-1," Baudry said. "He has struggled a bit at bat as of late. We talked about that before putting him back in, but felt it was the right thing to do."
Vial cleaned up the final two innings, keeping the Wildcats scoreless without giving up a hit, while Lamers handled first base duties to finish out the game. Vial struck out two in the seventh, including getting Brennan Breaud to chase a pitch to end the game.
Luquet said Hahnville has the best pitching staff of any team they played all year.
"Theyíve got excellent pitching. They have two guys that are great," he said. "Earlier in the year we were clubbing balls 10 to 12 per game, but today we only had four hits."
Baudry said winning over Destrehan twice in a row has been a great accomplishment.
"Itís huge. Through 14 consecutive innings against Destrehan in two games we were able to shut them out," he said.
However, Baudry said his team needs to work on their offense if they intend on getting anywhere in the playoffs.
"We have continued to play defense all year and we did it again today, but we are going to have to do more on offense if we plan on doing well in the playoffs," he said.
Both teams will find out who they will match up against in the playoffs when the brackets are released this Sunday.
There is no chance of the two teams facing each other in the first round, but it is possible for them to meet in later rounds of the playoffs.
Although Baudry is happy with his teamís success thus far against Destrehan, he is not looking forward to the possibility of meeting them again.
"Iíd rather be in the stands cheering for coach Luquet, than have to stand out there and coach third base against him," he said. "Itís pretty stressful."
|Tyler Lamers put up an impressive performance from the mound shutting out Destrehan in four innings while striking out eight.|