Despite having yesterday’s game scheduled at three different sites before finally settling on Wesley Barrow Stadium, the Destrehan Wildcats put up a workmanlike performance by beating Fontainebleau 6-0.
Destrehan head coach Mary Luquet said he had never had to scramble like the Wildcats did last night for a place to play. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but rain forced the game’s cancellation. Because Destrehan’s field was too soaked to play at on Thursday, the Wildcats moved their game to Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond. Then, Destrehan decided to play at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium at Delgado.
However, a three-hour rain delay to the Hahnville vs. Byrd game, which was also being played at Kirsch-Rooney, forced the Wildcats to play a night game at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans.
“We’ve done some moving around in American Legion ball, but I’ve never had to do that at the prep level,” Luquet said. “The game was set at three different locations yesterday at five different times.”
Once the Wildcats arrived at Wesley Barrow and realized they were finally going to play, Luquet said his team was thrilled.
“It’s a gorgeous turf field and they were excited to play,” he said.
Destrehan jumped on Fontainebleau early, scoring five runs in the first three innings.
Blake Hymel doubled to drive in Destrehan’s first two runs in the second inning and Tanner Hayes singled to put the Wildcats up 4-0 in the third.
Jace Weber came home on a wild pitch in the fourth to give Destrehan a 6-0 lead.
“We were thrilled by the way they played early as far as conditions and what they were going through,” Luquet said. “Once we got up some runs, (pitcher Kade Granier) could attack and he was really tough to hit.”
Granier allowed only two hits in six innings while striking out five for the win. Austin McDonald came on in the seventh and pitched a perfect inning of relief.
Hayes led the Wildcats from the plate, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Hymel finished with two RBIs.
Destrehan will travel to St. Amant on Monday for their second round playoff game, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. St. Amant entered the tournament as the No. 18 seed, but knocked off No. 15 Dutchtown, 8-4, in the first round.
Luquet said that St. Amant is a much better team now than they were earlier in the year.
“They are very scrappy, run the bases and like to move guys around,” Luquet said. “They are a solid high school team, but they are playing their best ball right now.”
St. Amant will start a left-handed pitcher against the Wildcats and Luquet said his team has struggled against left handers this season.
“(In order to win) we have to be able to solve a left-hander,” he said.