Destrehan’s baseball team opened District 7-5A play with a 6-3 road win over rival Hahnville on Tuesday.
Destrehan improved to 12-5 on the season while the loss dropped Hahnville to 14-5.
“We start district 1-0 against a very good team and a very good pitcher,” Destrehan coach Chris Mire said. “(After) going 0-2 last year, we knew we had to answer back and let this streak build on us. ... I was proud of our guys for showing up and playing the game.”
Kohen Granier and Jared Montz collected two RBIs apiece and reached base in all of their plate appearances. Granier hit a solo home run to left field to lead off the third inning with the Wildcats already up 1-0.
“My approach at the plate was just to see the ball and hit the ball,” Granier said. “He threw it over the plate and in my zone, and I just put the bat on it.”
Montz, batting eighth in the order, provided solid production. He smashed a two-run double in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 4-0, and a fielding error by right fielder Matt Barbier allowed Montz to reach third.
“I went up there thinking I had to get a run in and make something happen for my team,” Montz said.
“Jared’s been great for us all year,” Mire said. “I hate that he’s getting the recognition now because other teams will know he’s down there (in the batting order).”
Granier made his second plate appearance two batters later with Montz still on third with two outs. He laid down a perfect drag bunt to drive Montz in and make it 5-0. Granier said it was the coach’s call to do the bunt.
“Our coach made a great call right there,” he said. “They weren’t expecting it right there. I just laid it down and tried to beat it out.”
Destrehan ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning. After cruising through the first three innings, starting pitcher Bryce Scioneaux walked five to allow the Tigers back in the game.
Mire made a pitching change to bring in Nolan Lemoine, who retired the side without allowing any more runs thanks in part to an outstanding defensive play by shortstop Evan Keller. Keller fielded a ground ball deep in the hole on a backhanded play and made an off- balance throw to first baseman Brandon Robichaux for the final out of the inning.
“Evan made big plays when we needed it,” Mire said.
Destrehan will face Terrebonne on the road in its next game Thursday, while Hahnville will host Brother Martin.