Destrehan-Hahnville athletic contests are always spirited affairs. The added significance of Saturday’s baseball game between the St. Charles Parish rivals only enhanced the lively atmosphere.

Hahnville was trying to stay in the driver’s seat of the District 7-5A race, while Destrehan hoped to pull into a first-place tie and improve its already high power ranking.

The Tigers (17-11, 9-0) broke a 3-3 tie with a four-run fifth inning and held on for a 7-6 victory at Hahnville to sweep the season series with the Wildcats (22-6, 7-2). With the win, HHS took a major step toward nailing down the district title.

“One of our goals is that we want to be undefeated in district and, of course, this was a big hurdle to climb,” Hahnville coach David Baudry said.

“Tip your caps to them. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay out of the big inning,” Destrehan coach Chris Mire said. “Their guys did a great job of taking advantage of our miscues.”

After Destrehan scored three runs in the sixth to rally from a 7-3 deficit and pull within a run, Tiger sophomore lefthander Austin Perrin (4-3) ) retired the Wildcats in order in the seventh — the first two on strikeouts — for the complete-game win.

“Austin smells the finish line,” Baudry said. “He wants to be a complete-game pitcher. He certainly came out in the seventh and really threw the ball well.”

Perrin threw 109 pitches — 81 for strikes — and had eight strikeouts and 12 ground-ball outs. He also had a complete-game victory 6-3 against Destrehan on March 27.

“They’re a big game. You play against those guys all your life, so you want to beat them. It’s a game you have to win,” Perrin said.

In the see-saw battle, Destrehan scored first in the second inning when Nathan Pilutti doubled off the right-center field wall and later scored on Louis Kieffer’s two-out infield single.

Hahnville seized a 2-1 lead in the home half of the second on Chase Bagot’s run-scoring double to left and a ground rule RBI double with two outs by Mark Abate.

The Wildcats tied the score at 2 in the third as Connor Caminita and Brennan Breaud both singled and, on a double steal attempt, Caminta raced home on a throwing error.

The Tigers regained the lead in fourth on an unearned run. With two outs, HHS catcher Mason Candies walked. His courtesy runner, Cade Miguez, appeared to be picked off but advanced to second base when the pitcher’s throw to first was dropped. Abate drove home Miguez with a two-out single to left.

In the fourth, DHS tied the game once again. Dane Simon reached on an infield single, moved to third on a pair of bunts, and scored on Brandon Wild’s single.

HHS seized control with its four-run fifth on three hits, two walks and a DHS error. The Tigers loaded the bases with none out and scored on Logan Billingsley’s RBI infield single, a double-play grounder, a wild pitch, and Bagot’s two-out run-scoring single.

In Destrehan’s three-run sixth inning rally, Kohen Granier reached on a fielding error, and Logan Krajcer doubled to left-center. Both scored on ground outs. With two outs, Simon singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Caminita’s RBI single.

“I thought our guys competed their butts off,” Mire said. “We fought back and got it back down to one. Austin Perrin just wouldn’t let it happen today. He took over in that last inning.”