Destrehan’s season came to close Saturday afternoon at the hands of host Sam Houston, which captured a 4-0 victory to secure a two games to none sweep in the Class 5A quarterfinal best-of-three series between the teams.
The second-seeded Broncos, which entered the week as the fifth ranked prep baseball team in the country by USA Today, sprinkled some clutch hitting around a dominant effort by pitcher Kyle Bartley, who tossed six shutout innings. Bartley allowed five hits and struck out five before giving way to relief. Sam Houston advances to play in the 5A state baseball tournament, which begins with the state semifinals next week.
Michael Harlow’s 2-for-3, two RBI day paced Sam Houston (36-4) offensively on a day four Broncos earned four hits, including Braden Duhon, Cameron Meeks and Bartley.
For Destrehan (24-11), T.J. Thomas took the loss. He went one out shy of a complete game effort, allowing four runs on 12 hits while striking out four. Thomas led the Wildcats offensively as well, reaching base in each of his three plate appearances. Schexnaydre, Thomas and Dustin Weber each doubled for DHS.
Sam Houston got on the board early, scoring a pair of first inning runs when four of the Broncos’ first five batters singled, including a two RBI hit by Harlow.
Those would be the only runs scored until the late innings, when Silas Ardoin singled home Braden Duhon in the sixth and then Austin Norris scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.
Sam Houston won game one of the series on Friday, 8-5.