Wildcats tighten grip on district’s top spot with 9-2 win

Destrehan maintained its hold of first place in District 6-5A with a convincing 9-2 win over Dutchtown Tuesday at Destrehan.

The Wildcats, 15-9 overall, continued to roll in the district, winning their sixth straight game without a loss. Dutchtown (19-7, 3-3), the state’s third-ranked team in Class 5-A, fell three games behind in the district standings.

Destrehan scored eight runs in the first two innings to support a complete game effort on the mound by senior righthander Kurt McCune.

While McCune carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning, the Wildcats were building their 8-0 lead.

In the first inning, Scott Stonestreet capped off the four-run uprising with a two-run double into the right-center field gap. Sam Carriere and Dylan Lucich began the inning with a single and double, respectively. Matt Smith followed with an RBI single. Lucich scored on an infield error before Stonestreet’s two-run double.

Destrehan picked up the second inning right where it left off the first. Cameron Quigley’s lead-off single hit off the top of the left field wall. Carriere singled again, followed by an infield single by Lucich, which scored Quigley’s courtesy runner, Jesse Bryant. Two outs later, Zack Schnexnaydre launched a long three-run home run over the left field fence.

Dutchtown broke through in the fourth, scoring both of its runs with three of its five hits on the day in the inning.

Britt Gautreaux doubled to left and Jesse Buratt  singled to right. Matt Willis walked to load the bases with none out.

McCune beared down to strike out the next two batters before Steven Bright bounced a two-run single through the middle.

Destrehan added a run in the sixth. Quigley doubled and his courtesy runner, Bryant, scored when Griffin shortstop Troy Lewis committed a throwing error on Carriere’s grounder.

McCune (6-3) notched his fifth straight complete game win, defeating Northshore, Rummel, Dutchtown twice and St. Amant during that stretch. The LSU signee struck out seven batters and walked three. He was helped by double plays that ended both the sixth and seventh innings.

Destrehan also had another good day at the plate, compiling 12 hits against three Dutchtown pitchers. Lucich led the way with three hits, including a pair of doubles, while Carriere, Smith, and Quigley each had two hits. Schexnaydre (three) and Stonestreet (two) accounted for all but two of the RBIs.

With Tuesday’s win, Destrehan captured the season series with Dutchtown. The two teams wrap up their season series Thursday at Dutchtown.

Destrehan gained sole possession of first place in District 6-5A last week with a 6-2 win over St. Amant Thursday in Sorrento.

The two schools entered Thursday’s game as the district frontrunners, both 4-0.

Destrehan ace  McCune pitched a complete game, allowing two runs, five hits, and striking out 12 batters.

Offensively, Stonestreet slugged a two-run home run and Matt Smith smashed a two-run double. Lucich and Schnexnaydre also had run-producing doubles.

St. Amant took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Dillon Moran tripled to lead off the inning and scored on an infield single by Lee Elisar.

Destrehan seized the lead in the top of the second, 3-1.

After Schnexnaydre walked, Stonestreet hit his two-run homer over the left-center field fence. Quigley and  Carriere then drew consecutive walks before Lucich doubled home Quigley’s courtesy runner, Jarius Vinnett.

The Gators trimmed the deficit in half, 3-2, with a single run in their half of the second. Tyler Guillory singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball, and scored on a ground out.

Destrehan added two runs in the fourth inning to extend its lead to 5-2. Quigley and Carriere again walked and Lucich advanced the runners with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt. Smith’s double to left center drove both home.

The Wildcats scored an insurance run in the seventh.

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