Last week, Hahnville head baseball coach David Baudry didn’t hesitate when asked if his Tigers had it in them to turn things around for a late season run one more time, as the team has had a knack for in recent seasons.
“Absolutely,” he said.
Since then, his team has made him look like a prophet, as Hahnville is starting to stir. The Tigers (9-14) entered the week winners of four straight games, including two in district play, and most recently picked up a non-district victory by delivering in the clutch – a 4-3 win over East Ascension.
Talen Theriot had two hits and an RBI in the win. Truman Moyer was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Jake Risinger went 2-for-2 with an RBI as well.
Noah Chauvin went five innings and earned the win. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Kohl Ducote went two innings and allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks for Hahnville.
Hahnville trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mire and Gautreau hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Sanchez followed up with a line drive, bringing home Mire and tying the game 2-2.
That’s the way the score remained until the sixth inning, with Parker and Collin Galland reaching on a ground ball and an error, respectively. After a Simoneaux sacrifice bunt left runners on second and third for Moyer, the latter drove them home with a single to make it 4-2. The Tigers held off East Ascension from there.
Hahnville didn’t commit an error in the game, showing improvement in an area that Baudry said was experiencing some growing pains through its pre-district fare.
“We haven’t pitched poorly this year, but you have to make plays behind them when you’re not striking guys out. I think we’ve made improvement in that area,” Baudry said. “When you go against good teams, you have to be at the top of your game.”
The Tigers also captured a pair of District 7-5A wins last week in the first district games of the season for HHS, besting H.L. Bourgeois 5-2 at home and then 13-10 on the road.
Landon Cortez, Hahnville’s All-District pitcher from a season ago, came up big on the mound to earn the win in the first of the two games. He went all seven innings, tossing a two-hitter and allowing two runs, one earned. He struck out nine and walked three.
Galland went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Chase Morales scored twice, while Theriot, Kason Alexander and Beau Parker each drove in runs for Hahnville.
The Tigers took control of the game with a three run fifth inning.
Two days later, the Tigers traveled to Bourgeois for what turned out to be a slugfest.
Hahnville led 9-2 going into the bottom of the third inning, but Bourgeois tied the game with seven unanswered runs headed into the fifth inning. That became eight unanswered after the fifth as the Braves took a 10-9 lead.
Hahnville regrouped on the bat of Galland. His two-run home run in the sixth inning gave Hahnville a 11-10 lead. The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the seventh to close things out.
Galland went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. Theriot went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Aidan Machado was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Morales was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Joining Galland on the home run beat was Morales and Machado, each of whom went yard in a game that featured five round trippers – Bourgeois’ Broody Hebert and Noah Prosperie each homered as well, with Prosperie going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Braves offensively.
The two teams combined for 24 hits, a far cry from Tuesday’s seven-combined hit affair.
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