Destrehan closed its regular season on a high note, capturing the District 7-5A title with a 9-0 road victory over East St. John on Wednesday in Reserve.
Destrehan finished the regular season on a 13-game winning streak and improved to 23-10, including 14-1 in district, while East St. John finished 6-23, 3-11.
Destrehan took the lead in the first inning when Ryan Brewer scored on a fielding error. DHS tacked on one run each in the third and fourth innings before breaking the game open with three runs in the fifth. Destrehan added three more in the sixth and one in the 7th.
DHS pitcher Kade Granier turned in another strong performance, pitching 5 shutout innings and striking out seven. Granier labored some the first two innings before settling down and cruising the rest of the way. Granier finishes the season undefeated in district play with an ERA under 1.00.
“I just throw strikes,” Granier said. “My defense plays great behind me, and I just thrive off of that.”
It was a positive ending to the final regular season of Destrehan coach Marty Luquette who is retiring.
“This has been a fun year,” Luquette said. “A district championship in your last year is a nice thing to get. The guys have played hard. When we lost out district opener, they told me not to worry and they would run the table, and that’s exactly what they did.”
Destrehan’s pitching, led by Granier, fueled the winning steak. They posted seven shutouts in 14 district games.
“It’s special (winning district for coach),” Granier said. “It’s special for us, and I’m pretty sure it’s special for him, too.”