Destrehan’s seniors helped the Wildcats celebrate Senior Day Monday with a 13-7 win over St. Amant at Destrehan.
Seniors Sam Carriere, Matt Smith, and Kurt McCune, the only returning starters from 2009, all homered and the District 6-5A champion Wildcats scored in all six innings en route to its 14th straight win. The Wildcats can put the finishing touches on a perfect 15-0 district record Wednesday at St. Amant.
While McCune (8-3) didn’t have his best outing on the mound, DHS gave him more than enough offensive support. McCune helped his own cause by belting a towering two-run home run in the fifth.
McCune, who had pitched six straight complete games, worked five innings and was touched for five runs on 11 hits.
Carriere had four hits and began the home run fireworks with a two-run homer in the fourth. He was only a triple shy of the cycle.
Monday’s game began as a see-saw affair. St. Amant got on the scoreboard first with a single run in the top of first inning. Dillon Morin and Lee Elisar singled and doubled, respectively, and Morin scored on Tyler Guillory’s ground out to first.
Destrehan seized the lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the first. Carriere singled and, with two outs, McCune drew a four-pitch walk. Scott Stonestreet followed with a two-run double to left field.
The Gators took the lead back, 3-2, in the top of the second. Tanner Sheets led off the inning with a triple to right field and, one out later, Kahn Petite pounded a 3-2 pitch over the right-center field fence for a two-run homer.
The Wildcats tied the score, 2-2, in the bottom of the second. With one out, Brett Hebert singled to left field and then came home on Carriere’s RBI double down the left field line.
St. Amant went back in front, 3-2, in the top of the third. Jacob Templet doubled home Daniel St. Pierre, the courtesy runner for Lee Elisar. Even though Elisar struck out on a ball in the dirt, he reached when the catcher’s throw to first was wide.
Destrehan regained the lead, 5-4, in the bottom of the third. With two outs and two runners on, Zack Schexnaydre’s fly ball to right field was dropped, allowing courtesy runners Jarius Vinnett and Jacob Marino to both score unearned runs. Vinnett was running for McCune who reached base on an infield error. Marino was running for Devin Damare who was hit by a pitch.
The Gators answered again with the tying run in the top of the fourth. Dylan Delaune led off with a double off the left field fence. He moved to third on a ground out and tied the score, 5-5, on Task Plauche’s RBI ground out to second.
The Wildcats took the lead for good with a four-run fourth. After Seth Montz walked, Carriere clubbed his two-run home run. One out later, Smith hit a solo blast for his team-leading 37th RBI of the season. With two outs, Stonestreet singled to left field and Gator starter Derrick Savoy was lifted in favor of Jordan Bond, who faced only two batters and walked both Damare and Schexnaydre. Dillon Savoy then hit the first batter he faced, Hebert, to force in Stonestreet from third to increase the lead to 9-5.
St. Amant had a double and two singles in the fifth but failed to score, largely because of a base running mistake. It was the first time in the game that one of the teams went an inning without scoring.
McCune hit a two-out, two-run homer to center, after Smith was hit by a pitch, extending Destrehan’s lead to 11-5 in the bottom of the fifth. It was McCune’s team-leading sixth homer of the season.
St. Amant scored two runs in the sixth against Wildcat reliever Brandt Bourgeois, who took over for McCune. Plauche singled and went to second when the catcher committed a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at first. Morin hit a grounder to Bourgeois, who had Plauche caught in a rundown between second and third, but Plauche beat the tag at third as Morin took second. Then Elisar singled both home to trim the margin to 11-7.
Destrehan scored two unearned runs in the sixth. Schexnaydre walked, Montz reached on an infield error, and Carriere singled to load the bases with one out. Jesse Bryant tapped a fielder’s choice grounder to Morin to force Schexnaydre at home for the second out. Smith’s grounder to short was booted, allowing both Montz and Carriere to score.
Bourgeois pitched a scoreless seventh inning for DHS.
Carriere and Stonestreet led the 13-hit attack by the Wildcats. Carriere was 4-for-5 with a home run, double, and three RBIs. Stonestreet had three hits, including a two-run double and two singles.
Destrehan (23-9, 14-0) now owns a 9-0 record over St. Amant over the last three seasons, since the two schools have been in the same district. With the loss, St. Amant fell to 19-15 overall, 8-6 in the district.
DHS 12 East Ascension 4
Before beating St. Amant, Destrehan finished up their series with East Ascension by blowing them away, 12-4.
The high-scoring Wildcats, now averaging almost eight runs per game, swept the three-game season series with the Spartans by a combined 37-12 score.
Destrehan did all its scoring Saturday in the first three innings and then cleared the bench by the fifth inning, replacing all starters.
Smith started on the mound for Destrehan and, after allowing a hit and walking two batters to load the bases in the first inning, he struck out John DeArmond to end the inning.
In the bottom of the first, the Wildcats exploded for seven runs on five hits and two Spartan errors. Carriere and Lucich both singled with Carriere taking second on the outfield throw to third. Smith then smacked a two-run single to left.
McCune walked and, after a double steal, Stonestreet singled home Smith. Schexnaydre walked to load the bases. McCune scored on an infield error. Then as Schexnaydre attempted to steal second, the catcher’s throw sailed into center field and Stonestreet raced home with the fifth run.
One out later, Carriere was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Lucich blooped a two-run single to right-center to conclude the scoring.
East Ascension scored two runs in the second inning on a two-run double by Chris Sanchez after loading the bases on three walks. But they left the bases loaded again as Smith struck out Austin Todd to minimize the damage.
DHS added a run in the second. McCune hit a sharp single to center and Stonestreet reached on a throwing error, which advanced the runners to third and second. Devin Damare lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score McCune.
The Wildcats continued their run parade with a four-run third inning.
East Ascension scored three runs in the fourth off Bourgeois. After singles by Chase Rivett and Sanchez and an infield error, Todd’s infield single scored Rivett and then DeArmond delivered a two-run single to left-center.