NOTE: Due to weather concerns, Destrehan and Sam Houston have moved Saturday’s quarterfinal game two (first of the day) to 4 p.m.
If Destrehan is to keep its playoff march alive, it’ll take a Saturday effort that would go down in Wildcat lore.
The Wildcats came up short of earning a 5A quarterfinal game one victory Friday at 5th ranked in the nation Sam Houston, falling 8-5 in Lake Charles after the Broncos broke the game open in the late innings.
The 10th seeded Wildcats and 2nd seeded Broncos will play game two of the best-of-three series at 4 p.m. today, with a third game to follow if necessary. The host Broncos need one win to advance to the state semifinals, while DHS must sweep tomorrow’s action.
Destrehan (24-10) led early on after Avery Schexnaydre, Max Jacob and Nathan Rhodes each reached to load the bases in the first inning. Dylan Weber forced home a run when he was hit by a Cameron Meeks pitch, making it 1-0.
That lead grew to 2-0 in the second inning on Ahman Morris’ solo home run to lead off the third inning.
Sam Houston (35-4) tied things up in the home half of the third, with Meeks helping his own cause by driving home the first run on a double, then Kyle Bartley tied the game with an RBI groundball.
From there, Sam Houston sent a steady stream of runs across to eventually take an 8-2 advantage, including a Braden Duhon RBI triple, a Meeks solo home run and a Silas Ardoin RBI single.
Destrehan pushed three runs across in the seventh on a three-run single by Morris with two outs, but could not draw closer.
Meeks, the Broncos’ ace, went six innings to earn the win. He allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits and four walks.
He struck out eight. For Destrehan, Josh MacCord went four innings and took the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk.
Morris finished the game with four RBIs, going 2-for-4 to lead DHS offensively.