Since falling into a three-game losing streak in the middle of March, Destrehan has since caught fire, winners of nine straight games.
The Wildcats (15-7, 6-1) carry big bats with them to the park, never more true than in their recent fare. Destrehan has scored at least 12 runs in each of their past five games, scoring a total of 72 runs in that stretch. DHS has felled Chapelle, Terrebonne (twice), Central Lafourche, East St. John, Mamou, Parkway and Natchitoches Central during their run.
Destrehan coach Kenneth Montz said it took his team about 14 games to find its identity, but that now everyone is comfortable in their roles.
“We are now beginning to play more as a team and not as individuals,” Montz said. “People are picking each other up and playing with confidence. We have also learned that we can win in several different ways. Our current winning streak is a great example of this. We have won games through solid pitching and defense while our offense struggled forcing us to manufacture runs, and we have won games when our pitching and defense weren’t as stout, but where our offense stepped up and put runs on the board.”
A power surge carried Destrehan to wins over Chapelle and Terrebonne last week, with the Wildcats socking three home runs in each of those two games.
Its 14-4 victory over Chapelle Saturday saw Gia Zeringue, Lainnie Dugas and Sarah Boquet all take one out of the park, Zeringue’s a grand slam. She finished with a 2-for-4 day at the player with four RBIs and three runs scored. Boquet went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs and Dugas was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Breanna Dominguez went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, a double among her hits and Tabitha Tabb went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
DHS scored 10 runs in the third inning en route to ending the game in five innings by the 10-run rule.
Carla Beck earned the win for DHS, going the complete five inning game and allowing four runs on eight hits. She struck out two and walked one.
Dugas, Boquet and Julie Scheuermann each homered in Destrehan’s 19-4 win over Terrebonne last Thursday in district action, a 10-run rule win in five innings.
Zeringue went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Scheuermann was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Kaela Schiro and Beck each doubled twice. Boquet, Tabb, Grace Estevez and Victoria Ostrowski each scored two runs or more for DHS.
Beck earned the complete game win, allowing four runs, but none earned She struck out three and walked one.
That was Destrehan’s second win over Terrebonne of the day, the host Wildcats sweeping a double-header. The first win came by a score of 12-2.
The Wildcats return to action today to host district foe H.L. Bourgeois at 4 p.m. After that, it will be a rematch with the last team to best Destrehan, the archrival and district leading Hahnville Tigers. That game is set for Tuesday, first pitch scheduled at HHS for 4 p.m.
”We are on a nice roll right now, but we understand that we have several big games ahead that will ultimately define our season,” Montz said. “Hopefully we now understand that we need to focus on what’s ahead of us the rest of the season and not become satisfied with what we’ve done to this point.”