HHS’ Perrin, DHS’ Simon wrap careers as All-State honorees

For the second consecutive year, Hahnville’s Austin Perrin and Destrehan’s Dane Simon were recognized among the state’s elite baseball players, both seniors earning nods on the LSWA (Louisiana Sports Writers Association) Class 5A All-State team. Destrehan’s Landon Marceaux earned All-State baseball honorable mention, as did Hahnville’s Hunter LeBlanc. In softball, Hahnville’s Pryscilla Prince, Karly Taranto and Bayleigh Baudouin each earned honorable mention.

Perrin earned one of the All-State pitcher slots as the lefty dominated in his senior year. His final numbers included a 1.45 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, a 7-3 record and 102 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. That strikeout count pushed Perrin to 277 for his career, believed to be an all-time Hahnville record. His career ERA was 1.52 and WHIP 0.91; Perrin became a regular starter as a sophomore and saw action as a freshman.

“He’s meant so much to our program both on and off the field,” Hahnville baseball coach David Baudry said. “You look at his career stats, 277 strikeouts … that’s something not a lot of kids are able to achieve. He was always the guy who pitched against the best teams. To put up those numbers against that kind of competition, it’s remarkable.”

At the plate, he was also dangerous. He hit .376, got on base at a .487 clip and drove in 28 runs while scoring 14.

“As a coach, you really want your hardest worker to be your most successful player,” Baudry said. “Austin was that for three years, the most successful player on the field and the hardest worker. You don’t replace that.”

Simon, meanwhile, was a standout centerfielder for Destrehan and a force at the top of the Wildcats’ lineup. He batted .412 with a .541 on-base percentage. His OPS was 1.198, leading his team, and he stole 25 bases in 27 attempts. Simon drove in 28 runs and scored 47.

“He’s a great kid, great worker and great leader,” Destrehan coach Chris Mire said. “Sometimes you have those good kids that come through and don’t get the accolades they probably deserve. He truly is a worker. He’s worked for everything, turned himself into a college baseball player.”

Mire said Simon possesses a relentless work ethic that proved infectious among teammates: one of Simon’s favorite sayings was “Work wins.”

It helped him climb to the top of Destrehan’s order in only his sophomore year. His senior season saw him lead the Wildcats in on-base percentage for the third straight season.

“He’s one of those guys who just generates runs,” Mire said. “He’s a run scoring machine.”

Perrin has signed with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Simon, meanwhile, is headed to Nicholls State.


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