Destrehan Ladycats win 2-of-3 at tournament, keep rolling

Emma Rome of Destrehan

In Destrehan’s first two matchups with St. Charles Catholic this season, the Ladycats took to extra innings to fell the Comets. On Friday, there were no extra frames, but late game heroics were needed all the same

Moriah Ocmond’s three-run double highlighted a four-run sixth inning that led to a 7-4 Destrehan victory in its annual home softball tournament, where it built upon its strong start to the year.

Ocmond’s double followed walks by Alyssa Vicknair and Tyler Oubre and a single by Emma Rome that loaded the bases. It broke a 3-3 tie. Destrehan scored on an error a batter later on a ball hit by Chelsea Franck to make it 7-3. SCC added a run but could not rally.

Tyler Oubre went 6.1 innings to earn the win, She sllowed three earned runs (four total) on three hits, striking out eight and walking six. Offensively, Emma Rome went 2-for-2 with one run scored for Destrehan, while Marissa Lopez went 2-for-3 with a run. Franck, Kenna Ocmond and Moriah Ocmond each doubled.

On Saturday, Destrehan (13-5) wrapped up the tournament by splitting two games, a 7-3 win over Kaplan and a 6-3 loss to Haynes.

And last week, Destrehan moved to 3-0 in District 7-5A play, powering to a pair of four-run innings Tuesday en route to adding another victory to its strong 2021 record, beating district foe Thibodaux 10-5 on the road.

The Ladycats have won five of their last six games and on Tuesday brought big bats on the road with them. Kenna Ocmond went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored to lead the effort.

“We’re a much more mature team, with everyone coming back,” said Destrehan head coach Kenneth Montz. “We have four-year senior starters, which helps. We could swing the bats a little better going forward, but you can win a lot of games pitching well and playing defense like we have been. It’s been a solid start.”

Emma Rome went 3-for-5 with a run and a RBI, T’Auna Fenroy 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored and Marrissa Lopez 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Ocmond had two doubles and a triple, while Lopez and Alyssa Vicknair also doubled in the win. Rome tripled for DHS.

On the mound, Kandyn Mustacchia captured the win for Destrehan, going 5.2 innings and allowing four earned runs (five total) on eight hits and three walks. She struck out two. Tyler Oubre went 1.1 innings allowing no runs on one hit, striking out three.

Thibodaux led 2-1 when Destrehan surged ahead for good in the top of the third inning. Rome got the surge started with a leadoff triple. Moriah Ocmond and Lopez drew walks to load the bases, setting up Kenna Ocmond, who doubled to left and plated two runs to make it 3-2. Later in the inning, with two outs, Fenroy came up and singled to drive home two more runs, making it 5-2.

Vicknair’s RBI double in the fifth inning pushed the Destrehan lead to 6-2, but Thibodaux was not quite ready to let the Wildcats coast. THS got rolling in the bottom of the sixth to score three runs on a pair of RBI doubles and an error, pulling within a run at 6-5.

Destrehan needed an answer to put things away – and had one the next inning. Fenroy’s leadoff single followed by a Chelsea Franck single set up Rome to drive Fenroy in on a sacrifice ground ball.

Destrehan pushed another run across when courtesy runner Isabella Casanova scored on an error. Lopez doubled and then Kenna Ocmond tripled home two runs to settle the 10-5 final.

A Louisiana-Lafayette signee, Oubre was nursing a minor injury, and Montz said the team has been cautious with the team’s ace in terms of innings pitched so she’ll be at her peak when the stakes are high.

“She’s been throwing great … we’re trying to let her heal up though, for those bigger games down the road,” Montz said.

The team’s senior leadership has been stellar, he said, which has been instrumental in the strong start. One tweak the coach has made has been to stack his five seniors atop the lineup, batting one through five, and the offense has begun to heat up as a result.

“I was spacing them out a bit earlier in the years, but now they’re 1-5 … I told them they’ve got to carry us,” Montz said. “They’re doing a great job. These five seniors have been playing together since they were little girls. Knowing this is going to be the last time they play together, I think it’s driving them. They push each other … they’re hungry.”


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