The Otto Candies tune up for summer

The Hahnville- based Otto Candies opened up their first home game of the 2015 American Legion season with a 5-2 win over the Holy Cross – Ponsteins in Hahnville Monday evening.

Each team scored a run in the first, and went scoreless in the second. Holy Cross scored a run in the third inning, but left the bases loaded as a Ponstein’s runner got caught in a rundown trying to score home on a passed ball.

The fourth inning was quiet, but the top of the fifth heard cheers from the sparse crowd as Hahnville tied the game and Austin Perrin was called out at home on a call challenged by Hahnville head coach David Baudry.

With the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth Perrin would earn his justice with an RBI and Pat Phelan who sac flied to put the Otto Candies up 4-2.

Hahnville would score again in the bottom of the sixth and close down Holy Cross on a throw to first and a line drive out to third baseman Bryce Hargis who threw the double play forced out to second base.

Baudry said this season is little odd for them  without any seniors on the team for good reasons, some are off to college next year and some wanted to get jobs, but Baudry said this team is a preview of not only of how they will be later in the summer, but how they will be next year.

“We’re going to use this summer purely as development,’ Baudry said.  “We want to win and we’re going to play every game to win and we’re going to try and develop as many pitchers as we can.”

Baudry worked both Braxton Dufrene and Peyton Dufrene (no relation) against the Ponstein’s. Braxton started the game and went three innings while Peyton came in and finished up the last four.

“That was not the plan,” Baudry said. “But we got the extra run and we decided to send him out to face the top of the line-up. He’s going to be very good, he’s a lefty and he commands the strike zone.”

Baudry said he’s happy because he has a bunch of guys who are interchangeable on the mound. But that’s not what pleases him most so far this summer.

“We are very aggressive at the plate,’” Baudry said. “ We are having some very good At Bats even if it’s not a very productive At Bat, it’s what we want to see out of their bats.

Baudry said he’s happy because they’ve scored 25 runs in three games.

The Otto Candies put Ponchatoula down 4-2, Mandeville took a 15-0 beating by the Candies in addition to Monday’s 5 runs against Holy Cross.

Hahnville dropped Wednesday’s game to St. Charles Catholic 3-2.


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