Neither the impending threat of rain nor a shaky first inning could not deter the Hahnville softball team as it cruised to a 13-3 home victory in five innings over Destrehan on Wednesday afternoon.
“Going into Monday we didn’t think we’d get a game in this week,” Hahnville head coach Gerard Nugent said. “We ended up playing back to back games, so that was good. Obviously this is a big win for us.”
Hahnville improved to 8-2 in a game shortened because of the 10-run rule. Destrehan fell to 6-5.
Hahnville pitcher Karly Taranto labored through a first inning that saw the Wildcats jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Sarah Boquet and Lainnie Dugas each had RBI singles and Carla Beck drew a bases loaded walk.
“Karly wasn’t at her best but like (she) always does, she made adjustments,” Nugent said. “That’s one of Karly’s big strengths. She’s a young pitcher, but she’s very reflective in her process. ... She did what she needed to do to get us back in the game.”
Taranto settled in and blanked Destrehan the rest of the way.
“I feel like I started off flat,” Taranto said. “But I went to the bullpen and made some adjustments, and I felt like my team was really behind me.”
Hahnville was in danger of being blanked in their half of the first, but Sarah Vonetta came through with a clutch two-run triple with two outs to put the Tigers on the board.
“I felt like it was important (to get that hit),” Vonetta said. “And my team was backing me up. Having them behind me really helps a lot.”
Hahnville tacked on five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Kamryn Keller.
“We felt like our hitters were swinging it well,” Nugent said. “Our offense has been very tough all year. They’re a smart group of hitters and they went up there and did what they were supposed to do.”
The Tigers were blanked in the third but scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the game.
“Coach Nugent has a philosophy of team hitting,” Vonetta said. “Not dropping the shoulder, not hitting over, gap shots, hitting to contact and moving runners over. I think we did that today.”