Hahnville High School used some late-inning magic to pull out a 4-2 victory over Jesuit in 10 innings Saturday night at Jesuit’s John Ryan Stadium.
With the win, Hahnville improved to 9-1 on the year while Jesuit fell to 6-3.
Austin Perrin’s two-run triple in the top of the 10th inning propelled the Tigers to the win.
“We kind of just went through our approach in the last inning,” Perrin said. “And (I got) a chest-high fastball and I just turned it around.”
“Austin’s our go-to guy,” Hahnville coach David Baudry said. “Austin’s one of our best players ... he’s a quiet leader, and he comes through with big plays for us all the time.”
Trailing 2-0, Hahnville was down to its last strike in the seventh inning with two runners on base. Bryce Hargis came through in the clutch by launching a triple into right center field to score both runners and tie the game at 2-2.
“That’s a product of his work ethic,” Baudry said. “With two strikes, he’s got confidence, and was able to put a nice swing on the ball and drive it. It’s a tribute to him and the way he plays.”
Hargis also came up big defensively in the bottom of the 10th. After Jesuit pinch hitter Alex Watermeier reached on a throwing error by Braxton Dufrene, Hayden Fuentes attempted to score from second.
Hargis’ throw to catcher Mason Candies secured the win.
“I was just hustling,” Hargis said. “I made a good throw and Mason made a great tag.”
Hargis had pitched seven innings in Hahnville’s game earlier in the day.
Hahnville starting pitcher Waylon LeBlanc pitched seven innings in a no-decision. He gave the two Jesuit runs in the fifth inning.
LeBlanc walked two Blue Jays batters, followed by a sacrifice bunt and then a single by shortstop Nick Ray to score both runners. LeBlanc, however, did not allow it to rattle him.
“I knew my team would come through with the bats,” LeBlanc said. “Bryce showed it when he hit the triple.”
The Hahnville bullpen pitched three innings of scoreless relief.
“Peyton Dufrene is a guy who doesn’t care about the situation,” Baudry said. “He pitches the same way all the time. We have great confidence in him. ... David Vial also did a great job.”
Dufrene handled the eighth and ninth innings while Vial closed out the game.