Tigers stumble in Gerard Oubre tourney, drop four

The Hahnville Tigers varsity baseball team struggled throughout the Gerard Oubre Tournament, dropping all five of their games despite some solid play during the four-day event.

Zachary High School beat the Tigers 5-0 after putting up two runs in the first inning of Thursday’s contest after a hard hit ground ball resulted in a double, followed by a home run that brought both men across the platter.

Zachary scored again in the bottom of the third and added two in the top of the fifth inning to put the game out of reach for Hahnville. Senior Mark Abate logged the loss in four innings for the Tigers, striking out three and allowing three runs.

Sophomore pitcher Austin Perrin took the mound against the maroon and gold clad Brother Martin High School on a late, sunny, Friday afternoon and threw for seven strikeouts, no earned runs on three hits and three walks in seven innings.

Despite a stellar day from Perrin it was not enough to keep The Crusaders from downing Hahnville 3-2. Junior Matthew Barbier put a run on the board for Hahnville in the bottom of the second, but Brother Martin came right back to put two of its own runs up in the top of the third and one in the fifth. Despite Tiger senior Chase Bagot’s score late in the seventh inning, it would not be enough to record the win.

On Saturday Hahnville continued its slide with a 4-0 shutout loss to Jesuit High School. Junior pitcher Logan Billingsley walked four, had four strikeouts and allowed four runs. The Blue Jays remained scoreless until the fifth, when they scored four runs in the top of the inning.

Sunday Hahnville had a great showing only to drop a heartbreaker, 6-5, against West Ouachita. Junior Bryce Hargis walked two, struck out one and allowed four runs in three innings.

The Tigers picked up their first run in the bottom of the third off the speedy wheels of sophomore Waylon LeBlanc, who darted down the third base line to score off a wild pitch. Matthew Barbier scored in the bottom of the fifth off an RBI single to left field off the bat of Billingsly. Perrin showed that the mound is not the only place he shines, as he scored in a heads up play crossing the dish on a second wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth.

Trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning, a comeback was more than possible. The Chiefs hit a long fly ball into right field in the top of the sixth to pull ahead 6-3, but the Tigers pulled within one again, 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth when LeBlanc hit a sacrifice fly scoring Bagot, and junior Pat Phelan hit a sac fly to drive in Abate, 6-5.

With two outs on the board the Tigers flied out on the next at bat to end the inning and the game.


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