After earning a key win over a top-ranked Brother Martin team last week, Hahnville began District 7-5A play riding a bit of momentum and made good, notching a two game sweep of H.L. Bourgeois last week.
Each of the wins came in a contrasting fashion, the first on the back of pitching and defense, and the second showcasing the Tigers’ bats.
Jack Stumbo’s six shutout innings paced Hahnville (5-14, 2-0) in a 5-0 victory at home to begin the series. Stumbo struck out eight and allowed just one hit while walking four. Collin Maise closed the game out via a hitless, scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
“Jack threw a shutout in a game we were facing their best guy,” said Hahnville coach David Baudry. “He came back on Saturday and gave us three strong innings against Live Oak to give us a chance … he’s really been developing. He’s been able to come up with a second pitch, be it the change or curve, to compliment his fastball in each game. He’s working quicker and getting a lot of swings and misses.”
Ethan Chacon, Mason Lucky and Hayden Theriot each reached to lead off the first inning, loading the bases with no outs. David Bernard’s sacrifice fly gave Hahnville a 1-0 lead, then Dupre’s two RBI single gave Stumbo and the defense some breathing room.
The wind was blowing out for the second game of the series, a 15-7 slugfest that Hahnville took charge of early and finished decisively late, posting a six run seventh inning.
Theriot launched two home runs and drove in three RBIs for the Tigers. Joey Saucier went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs , Max Farrell drove in two runs and hit a home run, and Bernard and Lucky each collected two hits and an RBI. Saucier went five innings to earn the win on the mound for HHS. He allowed five earned runs on five hits.
“With the wind blowing out, it was a tough day for pitching,” Baudry said. “We were able to hit some home runs and do what we needed to offensively.”
Hahnville absorbed a tough loss in non-district play to close out the week, though, a 6-5 decision to Live Oak in the second matchup between the teams in a bit over a week’s time. Hahnville erased a 3-0 lead to take a 4-3 advantage into the bottom of the fourth, but Live Oak answered with three runs to take the lead for good. Hahnville had a chance to tie or go ahead in the seventh inning, with runners on the corners, but Live Oak turned a double play to seal the win.
Maise went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead Hahnville offensively, while Max Farrell had two RBIs.
“We threw three runners out at the plate to give ourselves a chance to win that one,” said Baudry, whose team had lost a close 5-3 matchup to Live Oak at the Hahnville tournament a week prior. “It was a long ride up there and back … it was a very difficult loss. The way we’ve been playing makes you feel like we’re moving in the right direction, but we need that next win.”
Given Hahnville’s slow start to the season, the team’s district games carry even greater importance as the Tigers eye a way into the playoffs. A two game set with an improving East St. John team begins at Hahnville today, with game two coming Saturday in Reserve.
“I know from last year, they had a lot of young players and we were fortunate to win those games,” said Baudry. “We’re certainly not overlooking them. The good thing is we play that opener at home, and we play better here. I think that’s a team that when district play’s done, they’ll be in the upper quarter of teams.”