Destrehan closed further in on a potential District 7-5A championship this week, and came through in the clutch to do it.
The Wildcats captured a 1-0 victory over East St. John that went into extra innings, with Cade Tramuta’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth securing the walk-off victory for his team.
In tandem with its 7-4 series opening win over East St. John last week, it put Destrehan (18-8, 8-0) three games up in the district standings on ESJ. Hahnville entered the week in second place, two games back but still very much alive, with Destrehan and Hahnville scheduled to face off Monday and Wednesday.
Tramuta’s line drive scored Max Jacob, who singled to lead off the inning. Dylan Weber bunted Jacob over to second, giving Tramuta a shot to win the game with two outs.
“(Tramuta) usually starts, but he had been in a bit of a funk lately, so he had pinch hit earlier,” said Destrehan coach Chris Mire. “He came up in that big spot and delivered. He got a fastball and handled it, and we were running (for home) all the way with two outs.”
The matchup saw a pitcher’s duel between Destrehan’s T.J. Thomas and ESJ’s Lonnie Ellis. Thomas allowed four hits and walked one while striking out 11 over eight innings. Ellis struck out eight over 8.2 frames and allowed four hits, walking three. Josh MacCord pitched a scoreless inning in relief to earn the win for DHS.
Mire said it was the type of gritty win that will help his team down the line.
“(Ellis) was great the whole game, and we knew what we were getting into … he did it last year at our place,” Mire said. “Nine innings, they were playing to stay alive (in the district title race) … it was a playoff type of game and our guys responded. When we had to make plays and pitches, we did.”
Destrehan has two series left in district competition. The first begins today at Terrebonne, first pitch set for 6 p.m. They will rematch Saturday at 3 p.m.
Then, on Monday, Hahnville travels to Destrehan to renew their rivalry. That game begins at 4 p.m., with the rematch coming Wednesday at Hahnville, set for 4 p.m.