Hahnville picks up pair of district victories over DHS, Terrebonne

In a hard fought battle between cross river rivals, the Hahnville Tigers pulled out a 6-3 win over Destrehan on Friday.

Hahnville sophomore pitcher Austin Perrin got the win in seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out nine and walking four. Junior Matthew Barbier was instrumental in the batter’s box going 2-for-2 on the day, leading the Tigers in hitting with two doubles and two RBIs.

Barbier scored in the top of the first inning to put the Tigers up 1-0, only to have DHS take the lead 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the first.

In the second, Barbier hit a stand up double that advanced Waylon LeBlanc to third. LeBlanc crossed the dish on a passed ball and Barbier scored again on an error to give Hahnville a 3-2 lead.

The Tigers would not surrender the lead again. In the top of the fourth, Barbier hit a sacrifice fly ball to deep right field scoring senior Bradley Aucoin after the tag up to put Hahnville on top 4-2.

DHS chipped into the lead by adding a run in the bottom of the inning, but in the top of the sixth Hahnville junior Pat Phelan singled to left field for a base hit. Barbier came to the plate, taking the first pitch for a strike that allowed Phelan to steal second base.Barbier followed the steal with his second RBI double of the day with a line drive to right field that brought Phelan home.

In the seventh, Tiger senior Chase Bagot skied a ball to center field that scored fellow senior Drew Favre for the final run of the game.

With Hahnville three outs from a team described “critical win,” Perrin again took the hill. Perrin struck out the first batter, but the second singled to left field and Perrin walked the fourth, putting men on first and second. But Perrin brought the cheese when he needed to most and struck out the last two batters to end the game, provoking the Hahnville dugout to mob the sophomore on the mound in celebration.

Hahnville head coach David Baudry said it was just a tremendous job all around.

“We really fought hard at the plate,” Baudry said. “That’s the difference in today’s game as opposed to the game we played last year against them – we were better at the plate. We got big hits by Matt Barbier and of course, Chase (Bagot) that was a huge run right there.”

Baudry said Perrin was overthrowing a little bit in the first few innings and he allowed some runs, but after that he settled in, got his breaking ball over the plate and let his defense play behind him.

“Our pitching was fabulous, I knew he could do it.” Baudry said. “Coming down to the seventh, ya know Brennan Breaud has taken our hearts so many times with big hits, so that was a big strike out there and it kind of gave us that edge and he struck out the side.”

Perrin was proud, but professional and humble in his victory.

“They (DHS) are a great team, well coached,” Perrin said.“It feels great to beat them.”

Destrehan head coach Chris Mire was equally professional and showed superb sportsmanship.

“Tip your cap to Hahnville,” Mire said. “I think they handled the whole day better than our guys did. I thought they showed up more focused, and our guys were a little out of sync. We kind of got out of our comfort zone and tried to do a little too much.

“You tell these guys it’s just another game but they’re teenagers and they want to beat those guys. But today, Hahnville was better, and they deserve the win.”

On Saturday, HHS expanded their win streak with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Terrebonne.

Terrebonne scored first in the bottom of the third, but Hahnville caught up to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth when junior Braxton Dufrene crossed the plate for HHS. The game stayed tied until the top of the seventh when senior Brock Harrell doubled to right field driving in Favre and then scored himself before the end of the inning.

A Terrebonne strike out, ground out to the shortstop and a ground out to the pitcher ended the game in the bottom of the seventh, giving Hahnville the win. Tiger senior Mark Abate allowed one earned run on five hits, seven strikeouts and one walk.

 

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