Jared Montz’s bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth propelled the Destrehan baseball team to a 1-0 victory over Denham Springs on Tuesday in Destrehan.
“We talk about guys deserving to win and deserving to be in that moment,” Destrehan coach Chris Mire said. “You’re not going to find any that work harder than Landon Marceaux and Jared Montz, and they came up big when we needed them to.”
“(I was thinking) hit the ball on the ground to the right side and make them make a play,” Montz said. “I saw the huge hole over there, so I wanted to put one through there.”
Defensive mistakes ultimately doomed Denham Springs in the ninth inning. A throwing error allowed Brandon Robichaux to reach first base to lead off the inning, and a fielding error by first baseman Taylor Higgins with two outs kept the inning alive for Montz.
“When you’re facing a guy like (Brock Batty), you’re going to need a little bit of help,” Mire said. “But that’s what happens when you keep putting pressure on the other team. We finally got the break we needed.”
Denham Springs coach Mark Carroll disputed the call with the umpires, arguing Higgins held onto the ball long enough for the out. The call stood after a discussion by the umpires. Carroll continued to argue for several minutes.
“When I saw that, I felt we had them,” Montz said. “Their energy died.”
Landon Marceaux pitched all nine innings for Destrehan. He blanked Denham Springs and surrendered just five hits.
“These are the types of games you want to be in,” Marceaux said. “I just try to make pitches all day. I just battled, gave it everything I had and let my teammate’s play behind me.”
Destrehan will play the winner of Ouachita Parish and Jesuit in the next round.
“We just have to survive and get to the next one,” Montz said. “That’s all you can do right now. Doesn’t matter how you win, just get the job done.”