Walker pitcher quiets Destrehan bats, eliminates Wildcats in opening round

Keston Granier slides into home during a district battle with Hahnville last week. (Photo by Ryan Arena)

Entering the Class 5A baseball playoff field as the 27th seed, Destrehan earned a tough draw Tuesday night as it traveled to No. 6 Walker, and a sterling performance by WHS pitcher Caleb Webb spelled the end of the Wildcats’ season.

Destrehan fell 5-0 on the road, with Webb tossing a complete game three hitter to fell the visitors. Webb struck out 10 and walked just one in the matchup.

Spencer Murray led Walker offensively, going 1-for-3 with a double three RBIs and a run scored. Grant Edwards went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Seth Kenney, John Carmichael and Keston Granier each earned hits for Destrehan. On the mound, Noah Simon started and took the loss for DHS, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out four. Gage Harding pitched two hitless, scoreless innings in relief.

The two teams battled to a scoreless stalemate for 4.5 innings until Walker struck in the bottom of the fifth inning after a walk by Webb and back to back singles by Hunter Bethel and Grant Edwards loaded the bases with no outs. Cameron Crow’s RBI single plated the day’s first run.

Murray landed the biggest blow of the evening in the next at-bat, however, when his double cleared the bases and put Walker ahead 4-0, still with no outs. Walker added another run on an error later in the inning, the only frame where runs were scored in the game.

Destrehan wraps up its season with a mark of 18-13-1.

Walker (27-7) advanced to the second round for a matchup with No. 22 West Ouachita.


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