The Destrehan-Hahnville rivalry always seems to bring the best out of the players of both squads, and that certainly held true in Tuesday’s District 7-5A opener.Landon Marceaux struck out 12 and Brennan Cortez’s fifth inning RBI single plated the winning run as host Destrehan edged Hahnville 3-2.
“We just came up with some good at-bats when we needed them,” Destrehan coach Chris Mire said. “It was definitely the key, to not let them build on a lead and for us to answer back. Landon was a little amped up early, which was to be expected in this game. But you could tell as he went along, he got settled in and started to lock in. You could look at the way he carried himself on the mound that he was in control.”
Cortez’s single to center scored Dane Simon, who walked to begin the fifth. He went 2-for-3 in the game and scored a run.
“He’s kind of done this all year,” Mire said of Cortez. “When he was out for two weeks, we really had a hard time getting that big hit with runners in scoring position. But now, just having him in the middle of the order, our guys believe in him. He gives us good at bats and he comes up with a lot of those clutch hits for us.”
Marceaux went the complete game to earn the win in a duel with Hahnville ace Austin Perrin. Marceaux allowed two runs on four hits while walking one to go with his 12 strikeouts. Perrin allowed three runs on seven hits in his own complete game effort. He struck out eight and walked two. At the plate, he went 2-for-3 to lead Hahnville.
Hahnville coach David Baudry called Marceaux, an LSU commitment, “the difference in the game.”
“He was dominant throughout,” Baudry said. “He really limited our chances.”
The Tigers (12-8, 0-1) struck first on Hunter LeBlanc’s RBI single in the first inning. But the Wildcats (14-5-1, 1-0) quickly tied things up in the bottom half of the first when Simon drove one deep and gone for a solo home run.
“Anytime you can strike early, getting that first run on the board, it allows everyone to breathe and relax,” Mire said. “And the fact it was a home run, it just kind of really gets our team into it and gives us even more confidence.”
Hahnville scored on an error in the second inning, but Zachary Wild’s RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning for Destrehan tied it up again.
“Coach Baudry and I were talking and throughout the game and saying how it’s amazing how both team’s best players show up when we need them,” Mire said. “It was a great Hahnville-Destrehan game. We were just fortunate to score one more run than they did.”