After opening up district with a 3-1 win over East Ascension, the Hahnville Tigers have suffered three straight losses, falling to Destrehan 7-6, Dutchtown 7-4 and St. Amant 8-6.
All three of those teams are currently at the top of the district standings, and the Tigers were in each of those games down the stretch.
Nothing illustrates that fact more than their loss to 4-0 Destrehan.
Against the Wildcats, the Tigers scored one run in the second and two runs in the third to jump out to a 3-0 advantage.
Hahnville’s run in the second came after the Tigers had already recorded two outs. Jared Vial and Cody Farrell both kept the inning alive with singles and Austin Fremen walked to load the bases. Destrehan pitcher Brandt Bourgeois then hit Hahnville’s Matt Gallo to put the Tigers on top 1-0.
In the third, Hahnville’s Dillon Boudreaux reached on an infield error and scored on a double by Mike Ford. Ford would later score on a single by Vial and a two-base outfield fielding error.
But that three-run cushion wasn’t enough, and the Wildcats fired back with three runs of their own to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Cameron Quigley reached base on an infield error and Sam Carriere blasted a two-run home run off Tiger lefthander Britten Lanaux. Lanaux then hit Dylan Lucich with a pitch and gave up a single to Matt Smith. Both Kurt McCune and Zach Schexnaydre would draw walks to tie up the contest.
Hahnville took another three-run lead in the fifth inning. Tyler Cooper walked and Jared Harrell doubled to begin the frame. Vial’s sacrifice fly scored Cooper to put the Tigers up 4-3. With two outs, Farrell walked and Fremen ripped a two-run double to left.
At that point, Destrehan’s Ethan Hutson relieved Bourgeois and struck out Gallo to end the inning.
Destrehan cut into the Tiger lead with another run in the sixth, and won the game in a dramatic seventh inning.
Carriere once again sparked the Wildcats with a lead-off double, which forced Hahnville head coach Kade Rogers to pull Lanaux in favor of Ryne Robert. One out later, Smith blooped a single just out of reach of Fremen.
With two outs, two runners in scoring position and the Wildcats down 6-4, a throwing error on Schexnaydre’s check-swing grounder to second allowed both Carriere and Smith to score and tie up the contest.
With the momentum swinging Destrehan’s way, Brett Hebert struck out, but reached first on the catcher’s passed ball and subsequent throwing error. Scott Stonestreet then singled to center, which sent Schexnaydre home with the winning run on a close play at the plate.
The Tigers are now 1-3 in District 6-5A and will look to get back into the win column on April 1 against East St. John. The Tigers will host the Wildcats at 4 p.m.