EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to Tropical Storm Barry, the Legion state tournament has been rescheduled to begin on July 19.
Hahnville came up a win short of winning the American Legion Second District East championship on Monday, but did enough at the tournament to punch its ticket to the Legion state tournament.
The Tigers clinched a berth at the state tourney with a 4-1 win over Shaw on Monday afternoon, the first of what was a double-header for host Hahnville. HHS (18-14) fell to Pedal Valves (comprised of players from several schools, including several of Destrehan) in the district championship game, 7-0 – the biggest blow coming on the bat of Avery Schexnaydre, who played for Destrehan as a senior last season – he blasted a grand slam that made it 5-0 early in the game.
Hahnville will open play at the double-elimination state tournament against Lakeshore at Delgado’s Kirsch-Rooney Stadium on July 19.
A win over Chalmette, 8-2, kicked the district tournament off for HHS and, coupled with the Shaw win, earned Hahnville passage to compete at state. The Tigers other loss in the double-elimination tournament also came at the hands of Pedal Valves, 7-6.
The Tigers would have had to best Pedal Valves twice to seal the championship, as Hahnville entered with one loss and Pedal Valves none.
“When you lose a game like (the first Pedal Valves game) … you don’t know how your team will respond when in that elimination game the next day,” said Hahnville coach David Baudry. “We got a huge performance from Collin Zeringue on the mound (against Shaw). He was tiring near the end, he pitched a bit for us the day before, but he pushed through. It’s huge for us to advance to the state tournament. It puts some validation on the work put in this summer.”
Hahnville returns to the state tourney after a two year absence.
In the win over Shaw, Zeringue extended his stellar summer season, tossing a three-hitter to earn the win on the mound.
Providing run support was an effort led by Maxwell Farrell and Brandt Dupre, who each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Dupre and Ethan Chacon each doubled in the game.
Hahnville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Farrell drove in Chacon. The lead grew to 3-0 in the fourth inning on Dupre’s two RBI double. Farrell added an RBI an inning later to make it 4-0.
Later in the day, Pedal Valves jumped out for a 5-0 lead in the second inning with the help of Schexnaydre. Pedal Valves also got lifts from Destrehan seniors T.J. Thomas and Dustin Weber, each of whom collected hits.