Destrehan junior Nolan Lemoine wasn’t scheduled to start against Rummel on Monday afternoon, but the southpaw made the most of the opportunity.
Lemoine hurled a complete game shutout as the Wildcats rolled to a 6-0 nondistrict victory over the Raiders at Destrehan.
“I just wanted to throw strikes and pound the ball low, and that’s what I did,” said Lemoine (2-0), who allowed three hits, one walk and six strikeouts in 92 pitches. “I just wanted to attack them early and get ahead in the count. I wanted to let my defense work. It was a great relief when we scored the two runs early. I was just pitching with confidence.”
Despite two errors, the Wildcats defense turned three double plays, including one to end the game.
Destrehan coach Christopher Mire said his starter, who threw 58 strikes, set a good example for the rest of the staff.
“He wasn’t supposed to be our starter today,” he said. “We had a guy come out sick, and this is the second time that Nolan’s been put on a spot start with a guy sick, and each time he’s put on a great outing for us. It’s a plus when you have a guy like that in your bullpen.”
While Lemoine kept Rummel (7-4) in check, the Wildcats (8-3) feasted on four Raider errors to scored five unearned runs with two outs.
In the first, Destrehan’s Dane Simon doubled down the third base line to open the game, and Brandon Wild walked with two outs. Rummel starter Zach Cook got a weak grounder to the right side, but an error on the play allowed two runs to score.
In the fourth, Brandon Robichaux reached on a two-out error at second base. Wild followed with a single to right, and Kohen Granier belted a two-run double to the right field gap. Granier scored on Gage Broussard’s single to make it 5-0.
“We want our guys to put the ball in play with two strikes,” Mire said. “We just try to keep pressure on the other team, and we were fortunate to have a few weak ground balls at the right time. We were able to capitalize on their mistakes.”
Simon generated the Wildcats’ only earned run in the sixth as he was hit by a pitch, stole second and third and scored on Evan Keller’s infield single.
Cook (2-1) took the loss, allowing five unearned runs on four hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out five in 89 pitches.
Rummel coach Nick Monica said his team, which was playing its first game in a week, was rusty.
“This is completely my fault,” he said. “I shouldn’t have scheduled this game. We weren’t good in any phase today. They were just better than us. The worst part about it is that we don’t have any time to practice before the next game because we play tomorrow. We’ve got 14 seniors, so it’s up to them how they respond to this game.”