While no longer competing in American Legion competition, Destrehan’s baseball squad hasn’t been resting on its laurels either this summer, coming off a District 7-5A championship campaign.
DHS is in the midst of an independent summer season facing a variety of strong competition, with the team’s 18U “Renegades” squad going 3-6-4 thus far.
Wins and losses are not likely to be of major concern for the squad in these games, which at times wrap up in five or six innings rather than the traditional seven and serve as a way to get several players, starters and bench alike, some on field action. Several players have made their bids for playing time next season, while established starters have made their mark as well.
In the team’s second game of the summer, coming against Team Louisiana, the game finished in a 4-4 tie after six innings, Shane Lee and Jonah Haslauer each showcased their skills. Lee went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs for the Wildcats, while Haslauer reached base in all four of his plate appearances, including two walks and two hits.
While Lee and Haslauer were key starters for the 2022 Wildcats, Bradly Hubbard and Brayden Ledet also made a statement in the game as they vie for playing time, each tallying two hits with Hubbard scoring a run and Ledet driving in one.
Haslauer, Matt McNamara and Trey Caillouet each pitched two innings for Destrehan, with McNamara leading the way with one hit allowed.
The team’s play has climbed as the summer has gone on, with two wins in the past three contests. One of those, a 10-0 win over St. Louis Catholic, was a dominant effort start to finish.
Jayse DeGruy went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Haslauer was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Walker Dew, Brady Mire and Luke Bordelon each scored two runs.
Brycen Harding went four scoreless, hitless innings to earn the win, while Hubbard pitched a scoreless inning in relief.