After coming away with a decisive victory on Monday, Destrehan traveled to Hahnville Wednesday knowing it was in for a fight.
The Wildcats were up to the challenge, clinching the District 7-5A baseball championship with a 5-3 victory over their archrival on the back of a strong pitching effort by Noah Simon and some clutch hitting in the middle of the order.
Cristian Ricks drove in two runs for Destrehan, while Simon and John Carmichael each delivered two hits for Destrehan (19-12, 9-2). Chase Morales paced Hahnville, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Talan Theriot and Aidan Machado each drove in a run.
Simon struck out eight batters on the day for Destrehan, allowing three earned runs on five hits and four walks in a complete game winning effort. Brady Babin took the loss, though in a strong effort – he allowed one earned run on three hits and three walks in five innings, striking out three.
Destrehan has one district matchup remaining, the Wildcats preparing to host Terrebonne Friday at 4 p.m. The Wildcats bested THS in the first meeting between the teams last week, winning 7-1 on the road Saturday behind an 11-strikeout, one run pitching performance by Simon.
But the win over Hahnville sealed the 7-5A crown for Destrehan, as Terrebonne’s loss to H.L. Bourgeois Monday dropped THS to four district losses, putting the Wildcats out of reach.
Hahnville (15-18, 8-4) got on the board early via a Theriot single, which brought home Morales after the latter led off with a single.
Destrehan answered to tie in the second, Simon doubling and later scoring on an error to make it 1-1.
That score held until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Jonah Haslauer and Shane Lee drew walks and Carmichael was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Simon drew a walk and that forced in the go-ahead run, then Ricks laced a single to plate two more runs, making it 4-1.
Hahnville pulled within two in the sixth inning on a Machado RBI single, but Destrehan got the run back on Carmichael’s RBI single in the next inning.
The Tigers threatened in their final chance of the day. Jaden Rosales and Colin Galland each got on with no outs. Simon got a strikeout for the first out, then Beau Parker singled to load the bases. Donovan Friloux grounded out but drove in a run to make it 5-3, then Charles Mays drew a walk to load the bases again.
But Simon got a strikeout for the day’s final out, sealing the win, the sweep of Destrehan’s rival and the district championship.