Tigers, Wildcats wrap up summer season at Legion tournament

Max Farrell is among those who will return for Hahnville next season.

Hahnville’s summer baseball season came to a close on the third day of the American Legion State Tournament Sunday, as it fell to powerhouse Gauthier Amedee 10-0 in five innings.

The Tigers, playing under their traditional summer banner of Otto Candies, split their two opening games, falling to Lakeshore 11-0 on Friday but rebounding to defeat rival Destrehan/ES&H on Saturday 5-0.

The loss to Gauthier Amedee wrapped up in five innings due to the 10-run rule.

HHS finished with a 19-16 record this summer, a positive step following a prep season that saw the team struggle before finishing the season with a late surge.

“All summer, even through state tournament, we competed very well,” said Hahnville coach David Baudry. “We pressed some guys into situations they weren’t ready for, as we were limited in our availability with pitchers … (the win over Destrehan) we played very well, though, and it kind of placed an exclamation point on the summer.”

Gauthier Amedee – coached by former longtime Destrehan baseball coach Marty Luquet – led 1-0 after an inning, a score that held into the fourth inning. At that point, a lengthy rain delay held off the proceedings at Delgado’s Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, with play resuming Sunday evening after several hours.

Once the teams resumed, Gauthier wasted no time, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, highlighted by a pair of RBI singles by William Reed, who finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

Hahnville couldn’t find its offensive footing against Brock Barthelemy or Layton Lee, the two authier pitchers combining for five innings of two-hit, scoreless ball. Mason Long and Seth Whitney supplied the lone two hits for Hahnville.

Nathan Rhodes will be one of a small group of returning starters to Destrehan next season.

The Tigers earned the right to play on Sunday after scoring a win Saturday in what was an elimination game against Destrehan.

Collin Zeringue capped off a strong summer on the mound for the Tigers, pitching a one-hit shutout over seven innings. He struck out 11 and walked two to earn the win.

“As he had success this summer, he got more confidence … his last two outings, he had good stuff, was able to locate and pitched with confidence. He has a bright, bright future,” Baudry said.

Mason Long led the Hahnville offense by going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Max Farrell scored two runs, while Collin Galland, Drake Simar and Whitney each drove in runs for Hahnville.

Destrehan’s summer season had a bumpy finish at the American Legion State Tournament over the weekend, with a 10-0 loss to Jesuit and a 5-0 loss to Hahnville at the double-elimination tourney bringing the summer to a close.

[pullquote]“His last two outings, he had good stuff (and) was able to locate … he has a bright, bright future.” — HHS coach David Baudry on pitcher Collin Zeringue[/pullquote]

Jesuit scored three first inning runs to set the tone for a day that saw the Blue Jays bring the game to a close early, in five innings by the 10-run rule. Riley Cardinal and Nathan Rhodes collected the lone hits for the Destrehan offense.

Against Hahnville, Destrehan fell behind early again and couldn’t garner any ground against Hahnville starter Collin Zeringue, with Noah Simon picking up the day’s lone hit.

For the Wildcats (8-13-5), who earned the District 7-5A championship in prep season, it came down to the growing pains that come with an almost entirely new lineup of players, after the departure of a large senior core.

The lack of runs at state wasn’t a trend for the Wildcats, who had several strong run scoring efforts during the course of the Legion season, though the team’s bats did run hot and cold. Cardinal and Noah Simon are two new starters Mire said asserted themselves this summer, but said there will have to be more consistency once the team hits prep ball next spring. The two earned roles as the team’s cleanup and leadoff hitter this summer, respectively.


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