Wildcats sweep East St. John, clinch share of district title

Brandt Bourgeois pitched a complete game and seven players combined for 13 hits as Destrehan completed a three-game sweep of East St. John, 12-4, Tuesday in Reserve.

DHS (20-9, 11-0) extended its win streak to 11 games, all in district play.

Coupled with St. Amant’s loss Tuesday to East Ascension, the Wildcats clinched at least a share of the District 6-5A championship.

The magic number is now one for Destrehan to win the title outright. With four games remaining, DHS can take the crown with another win or a St. Amant loss.

Dutchtown (6-5) was eliminated Tuesday with Destrehan’s win. The other three district schools were eliminated earlier.

Though the Wildcats have been unstoppable in district play this season, East St. John did manage to take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

That advantage was short lived.

Destrehan picked up two runs in the second, then blew the game open with six runs in the third.

The Wildcats would also add four runs in the fifth, and Bourgeois held East St. John in check for the victory.
The Wildcats had previously beaten East St. John 11-1 on Saturday.

Destrehan scored 11 runs on eight hits in four innings against two ESJ pitchers, with two runs in the first, three in the second, four in the third, and two in the fourth.
DHS pitchers Matt Smith and Bourgeois combined for a two-hitter with no walks.

The first three Destrehan hits of the game were home runs.
In the first, Kurt McCune hit a towering two-run home run to right-center with two outs after Smith reached on a fielder’s choice to stake the Wildcats to a 2-0 lead. It was McCune’s team-leading fifth homer of the season.

In the second, Brett Hebert and Seth Montz hit back-to-back home runs. Hebert hammered a two-run homer to right-center. Devin Damare reached on a dropped pop fly in the infield and his courtesy runner, Jacob Marino, scored ahead of Hebert.

Montz followed Hebert’s homer with a solo shot to right field.

Destrehan scored four times in the fourth on three hits, including a two-run single by Sam Carriere and a RBI single by Scott Stonestreet.

McCune opened the inning with a sharp single off the left shoulder of ESJ pitcher Daniel Franklin. After Zack Schnexnaydre walked and Damare was hit by a pitch, Stonestreet slapped his run-scoring single to right field.

One out later, Montz walked to force home Schnexnaydre with the second run of the inning and then Carriere singled to center to score Marino and Stonestreet.

DHS finished its scoring barrage in the fourth with a two-run double by Schnexnaydre, scoring Smith and McCune who singled and walked, respectively, to start the inning.

East St. John collected both of its hits and only run against Smith in the fourth. Ashton Lewis led off the inning with a double to left field. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Andre Simmons’ single to right.

Bourgeois pitched the final two innings for Destrehan and retired all six batters he faced with three strikeouts.

Smith (2-1) was credited with the win.

McCune had two of Destrehan’s eight hits while five players each had two RBIs — McCune, Carriere, Schnexnaydre, Hebert, and Montz.

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