H ammond — Cole Martin pitched a two-hitter, and Louis Kieffer crushed a two-run homer to lead Destrehan to a 12-2 win over Captain Shreve in the first round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs Tuesday evening at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Tenth-seeded Destrehan (27-7) now awaits Wednesday’s Denham Springs-Northshore winner in a best-of-three second-round series beginning Friday.
The last 72 hours have been difficult for Captain Shreve (19-16). During the team’s regular-season finale Saturday, the school’s athletic director and head football coach, Richard Lary, 49, collapsed and died of a massive heart attack. The Gators now return home for the funeral services Wednesday.
Martin (7-1) pitched a complete game, striking out six, and holding Captain Shreve hitless in five of the six innings.
The Wildcats got an early lead with a three-run first inning, sparked by Brennan Breaud’s RBI double to left field followed later by his steal of home.
The only Captain Shreve runs and hits came in the third inning on Justin Skeesick’s run-scoring double and a RBI single by Harrison Lawrence to cut the Gators’ deficit to 3-2.
Destrehan put the game away with four-run outbursts in the fourth and fifth innings. The big blow was Kieffer’s two-run homer to left field in the fourth that gave the Wildcats a 5-2 cushion.
DHS manufactured the remaining six runs on four singles, three walks, two errors, and a passed ball.
The Wildcats carried an 11-2 lead into the home half of the sixth inning and ended the game on Kohen Granier’s two-out RBI single to left field after back-to-back walks to lead off the inning.
Granier was a catalyst for DHS offensively, reaching base all four times, including three singles and scoring two runs, in addition to his RBI.
The Destrehan-Captain Shreve playoff matchup marked the 10-year anniversary of an epic contest between the two schools. In 2005, in the Class 5A quarterfinals at Zephyr Field, Destrehan’s Beau Jones and Captain Shreve’s Sean West each pitched eight scoreless innings and combined for 33 strikeouts despite a long rain delay in the middle of the game before the Wildcats prevailed 5-0 in nine innings.
Less than a month later, Jones and West would each be selected in the supplemental first round of the major league baseball draft.