Destrehan had one of its most productive offensive outings of the season Tuesday in a 13-3 win over East Ascension at Destrehan.
The Wildcats pounded nine extra-base hits, including seven doubles, and scored in all five innings to take the 10-run rule shortened win. Five players had a multi-hit game and eight of the nine starters hit safely in the contest.
Destrehan (13-9) has picked up right where it left off last season in district play, winning its first four district games of the 2010 campaign. The stage is now set for a showdown Thursday at co-district leader St. Amant at 4 p.m. The Gators are also 4-0 after defeating Hahnville 8-6 Tuesday.
The momentum swung in Destrehan’s favor early Tuesday. East Ascension loaded the bases with one out in the first inning but Wildcat starter Brandt Bourgeois induced a grounder that resulted into a 6-4-3 double play.
Then in the bottom of the first inning, with two outs, DHS rallied for five runs on four hits and three walks.
Matt Smith started the two-out magic with a sharp single, followed by Kurt McCune’s RBI double just inside the left field line and a run-producing double to right field by Zack Schnexnaydre. Three straight walks forced home another run and Cameron Quigley laced a two-run double to left field to finish the first inning scoring.
East Ascension scored all three of its runs in the second inning on a double by Alec Singlelary, an RBI single by Austen Waguespack, and a two-run home run by Austin Todd.
McCune’s solo home run in the second doubled Destrehan’s lead to 6-3. The Wildcats added another run in the third as Sam Carriere tripled with two outs and scored on an RBI infield single by Dylan Lucich.
DHS broke the game open, 12-3, in the fourth with another five-run inning. After Schexnaydre’s lead-off single, four of the next five hitters — Devin Damare, Scott Stonestreet, Quigley, and Carriere — each delivered run-scoring doubles. Smith drove home the fifth run with an RBI single.
The Wildcats wrapped up the win in the fifth. Schnexnaydre struck out but reached first on a passed ball. Damare walked and both runners advanced on another passed ball. One out later, Schnexnaydre scored on a sacrifice fly by Edwin DeLaCruz.
Ethan Hutson pitched three and a third innings of scoreless relief to win his third game without a loss.
McCune, Carriere, and Quigley each had two extra-base hits and Schnexnaydre and Smith each had two hits.
East Ascension fell to 10-12 overall and 0-4 in the district.
Destrehan 5 ESJ 2
Destrehan had previously picked up their third district win of the year by beating East St. John on Sunday.
Starter Smith turned in a strong outing on the mound for Destrehan to post his first win of the season. He went five and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on only five hits and two walks while striking out eight batters.
DHS ace McCune closed the game in relief of Smith.
Destrehan got out to a 3-0 lead with one run in the second inning and two more in the fourth.
In the second, Damare singled. His courtesy runner, Jesse Bryant, went to second on a wild pitch, and eventually scored on Stonestreet’s RBI single.
In the fourth, Brett Hebert doubled home one run and scored another. Schnexnaydre singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came home on Hebert’s double. Hebert moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground ball out.
East St. John scored two runs on two hits, a walk, a wild pitch, and a costly error and trailed only 3-2 heading to the seventh inning.
Destrehan got two insurance runs in the seventh. Stonestreet walked and scored when East St. John committed a three-base throwing error on a bunt attempt by Seth Montz. Then Montz scored on a wild pitch.
McCune retired East St. John in order in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two of the three ESJ batters he faced.
Carriere had two of Destrehan’s seven hits, both singles.