Logan Babin can laugh about it now.
It was just three years ago when he and Destrehan High School baseball coach Chris Mire, an assistant at the time, didn’t quite see eye-to-eye with Babin.
Babin thought he should have been playing more.
“I battled through it and we are clicking really well this year and we’re on the same page,” Babin said.
Outings like Thursday sure help the 5-foot-9 senior right-hander everyone calls “Hercules.”
Babin went the distance and scattered two hits and had six strikeouts in Destrehan’s 5-1 victory over visiting Brother Martin in the Gerald Oubre Memorial Tournament.
“Logan is a senior, and we know what we’re going to get from him,” said Mire, in his first season as head coach. “Exactly what you saw (Thursday). He competes in the strike zone.”
Destrehan (11-4) snapped Brother Martins’s eight-game winning streak and avenged a 4-3 loss to the Crusaders last week.
“This win was definitely big,” said Babin (4-0). “That loss (to Brother Martin) hit hard for us. We felt like we should’ve got that one.”
Babin made sure they got this one, keeping Brother Martin (9-6) hitless through the first three innings.
The Crusaders didn’t get their first hit until the fourth when Blair Frederick singled up the middle.
The Wildcats had already built a lead by then, scoring three runs in the first inning.
Destrehan leadoff hitter Logan Krajcer started the inning off by drawing a walk and moved to third on Connor Caminita’s double.
That was followed by back-to-back RBIs by Brennan Breaud (single) and Brandon Wild (groundout).
Breaud later scored on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the fourth.
Nathan Pilutti started the inning off with a solo blast to center.
Louis Kieffer later scored in the inning after walking and being driven in on Dane Simon’s sacrifice bunt.
It was just the type of outing Mire was hoping for after last week’s loss to the Crusaders.
“We uncharacteristically played sloppy in that one,” Mire said. “We had been playing clean baseball all season and I thought we got away from that last week. We thought we let one slip away from us.”
Babin got in a little jam in the sixth inning.
He walked Jared Tassin, Kyler Johnston and Mason Bonnasons to start the inning. But Frederick hit a grounder that turned into a 4-6-5-2 double play when Johnston got caught between third and home and the Crusaders were able to get just one run in the inning.
Mire wasn’t surprised one bit that Babin worked out of the jam.
“He’s earned the trust of our staff,” Mire said. “He has been through the wars. Last year he was our closer so we know he can get out of some tight spots and finish some games. We didn’t even think about going to the bullpen unless we really needed to.”
Chase Dolly had the only other hit for Brother Martin.
Brother Martin’s Keagan Gillies (1-1) went the distance on the mound and only gave up three hits, none after Piluuti’s homer.
“We were bad on the offensive side,” Brother Martin coach Paul Wisniewski said. “I don’t want to take anything from their pitcher. We had some bad swings out of the zone. Even when we had the bases loaded, we didn’t do anything with it. ... I didn’t think we did a real good job of competing.”
Brother Martin plays Hahnville on Friday in the tournament and Destrehan plays West Ouachita.
It’ll be the 16th game for Mire, who replaced longtime Destrehan coach Marty Luquet.
Luquet retired after last season, ending a stellar 25-year career, including 13 at Destrehan where he compiled a 310-137 record. He was 441-251 overall.
“It’s been good,” Mire said about taking over at his alma mater. “It’s kind of what we expected. Not to sound conceited, but our guys work hard and they play hard. We haven’t changed any of that from coach Marty, and we just keep doing what Destrehan Fighting Wildcats do.”