Destrehan beat Hahnville 6-3 in their first meeting in March, but the Tigers turned the tables on the Wildcats with a 2-0 win at Destrehan on Thursday.
“It’s a big rivalry,” Hahnville coach David Baudry said. “We had a lot of time to think about that last one and prepare. And these guys have a lot of pride in themselves. They were going to compete and fight as hard as the could.”
Hahnville, which improved to 19-7 crept closer to Destrehan for the District 7-5A lead. The Tigers improved to 5-2 in district while the Wildcats fell to 6-1 and 18-7.
“We’re going to try to keep the pressure on them,” Baudry said. “But our main goal is to get the highest seed possible going into the playoffs, and this is a huge win for that as well.”
Austin Perrin, the losing pitcher in the previous meeting, turned in a dominant effort. Perrin pitched a complete game and allowed only three hits.
“We just wanted to play our game,” Perrin said. “We wanted to play our tempo this time and stay away from their game. We did a great job”
Perrin had a little extra motivation after getting roughed up by Destrehan in March.
“My performance hung with me for a while,” he said. “I know that’s not the game I pitch. I knew I just had to come out and do my job.”
Perrin did run into a tough spot in the sixth inning when the Wildcats had a man in scoring position thanks to an error, but he managed to escape without any damage and kept the shutout intact.
Destrehan pitcher Cole Martin pitched a respectable game as well, limiting Hahnville to just six hits but took the loss. The Tigers put something together in the fourth inning when Bryce Hargis led off the inning with a walk. Hargis eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Josh Nunez.
“It was my first game DHing,” Nunez said. “I was a little nervous, but I just had to get it in play to score a run from third.”
Nunez’s RBI was the only run Hahnville needed, but it added an insurance run on a wild pitch in the fifth.