Wildcats knock off Tigers, cruise past East St. John

After starting district play with a 5-2 loss to Dutchtown, the Destrehan Wildcats have reeled off two straight wins to improve to 11-8 on the season and 2-1 in district.

The Wildcats got back on track with a big 9-5 win over rival Hahnville last Thursday.

Destrehan took a 2-0 lead in the second after Cameron Quigley led off the frame with a single to left field. Pinch runner Jarius Vinnet would score later on a fielder’s choice by Rodrigo Rodriguez to put the Wildcats up 1-0 and Ryan Burks crossed home after a Hahnville throwing error to give Destrehan a 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats stretched that advantage to 4-0 in the fourth.
Jace Weber walked to start the inning and Zach Schexnaydre was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice fly by Jesse Bryant advanced the runners and Quigley was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Weber would score a play later on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice by Burks brought in Schexnaydre to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.

In the fifth, Destrehan added another run on a Brett Hebert single to center, but Hahnville began their comeback bid in the bottom of the frame.

Hahnville’s Mike Ford brought home Travis Faucheaux on a fielder’s choice and the Tigers added another run in the frame after Cody Farrell doubled to bring home Austin Fremen, which cut into the Destrehan lead 5-2.

But in the top of the sixth, the Wildcats put the game away by scoring four runs.

Edwin DeLaCruz picked up the win for Destrehan, allowing only six hits while striking out seven in 5 innings.

The Wildcats were led from the plate by Brandt Bourgeois, who had a three-RBI double in the sixth. Burks finished 2-for-3 with an RBI while Hebert, Brett Hymel and Rodriguez also drove in runs.

Farrell led the Tigers from the plate, finishing 2-for-2 with an RBI. Easton Melancon, Ralph Wilson, Tyler Simmons, Ford and Fremen also drove in runs for Hahnville.

Tiger pitcher Daniel Arnold picked up the loss after allowing four runs and walking three in 2.2 innings.

After picking up the win against Hahnville, the Wildcat offense exploded in a 12-6 victory over East St. John on Saturday. Burks led Destrehan from the plate, going 2-for-2 with four RBIs. Bryant finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs, while Schexnaydre was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

Walter Johnson picked up the win after allowing six hits and striking out two in five innings of work.

The Wildcats will host St. Amant on Thursday at 5 p.m. and will head to Dutchtown on Saturday for an 11 a.m. game. They will then host the Griffins on Tuesday at 4 p.m.


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