A wild slugfest ensued during last Thursday’s (June 15) game between Hahnville High School-based Otto Candies and the Destrehan High School-based ES&H Wildcats, and an early Hahnville surge spelled the difference in a 13-8 victory at home over their archrival in an American Legion Second District game.Otto Candies (6-7, 2-3 in Second District play) scored 12 runs over the first two innings of play to assert control. ES&H piled up eight runs through the day’s first three innings, showing it wouldn’t go quietly, but the team couldn’t scratch another across on the day.
Cade Miguez, Joey Saucier, Matt Champagne and Hayden Theriot each collected at least two hits for Otto Candies, with Saucier leading the way by going 3-for-5.
Dane Wise drove in three runs and scored two more. Miguez drove in two while scoring a run, while Champagne and Beau Landry each scored a pair of runs.
For Destrehan (4-4, 2-2) Bryce Rochelle and T.J. Thomas paced their squad offensively, each going 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Dustin Joliff and Avery Schexnaydre each scored twice and each drove in a run.
Dane Wise earned the win on the mound for Otto Candies.
Though the win represented a high point this summer for Otto Candies, it wasn’t able to keep its momentum going through the weekend.
Monday saw the team fall to Second District leader and Lutcher-based Supreme Chevrolet in both games of a doubleheader, by scores of 3-2 and 6-3.
“As sporadic as the weather has been, as sporadic as our effort has been,” said Otto Candies coach David Baudry. “We were really bad last Wednesday against Pedal Valves, played very well against Destrehan and then we were not very good yesterday.
“We can’t get into a consistent pattern of work to be able to prepare for games and it’s showing up on the field.”
Baudry said offensively, things simply aren’t clicking.
“We’re not doing the things we need to do,” he said. “We’re not putting enough balls in play. We were better on Thursday (against ES&H), but we’re not a very good hitting team at this point. It will come down to the amount of work they want to put in.”
The biggest concern for Baudry, and his fellow district coaches, is the limited window to finish the district schedule before the start of the Second District playoffs, which are set to begin next week.
“We’ll have to try and fit in three district games in a span of three days,” Baudry said. “How we’re going to finish all of these district games is the big unknown, right now.”