In rivalry games like Destrehan-Hahnville, there is a cliché that is often used: “You can throw the records out the window.”
That proved to be the case Friday afternoon in the District 7-5A baseball battle between the St. Charles Parish schools at Destrehan.
Destrehan entered the game 15-4, on a six-game winning streak, and ranked seventh in the latest Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association’s Class 5-A poll. Meanwhile, Hahnville limped in at 9-11 and had lost four of its past five games.
The Tigers, however, rode a complete-game pitching performance by sophomore southpaw Austin Perrin (2-3) and upset the Wildcats 6-3.
“Austin did a magnificent job,” Hahnville coach David Baudry said. “Offensively, Destrehan is as good as a lot of teams we’ve played and we’ve played some really good ones but he limited their opportunities.”
“I thought our team as a whole didn’t handle the day. I thought we were a little too excited, tried to do too much and just got away from playing the baseball game,” Destrehan coach Chris Mire said. “Give their guys credit. Everytime they had an opportunity to get a big hit they did today. They played better than us, Austin Perrin did a great job, and they deserved to win.”
Along with Perrin’s stellar outing, Hahnville scored three unearned runs in the first two innings, taking the lead for good on the last two in the second inning.
Both teams got off to a shaky start. Destrehan starting pitcher Logan Babin, now 5-1 after suffering the loss, loaded the bases on three consecutive walks after one out. Matthew Barbier scored the game’s first run when DHS first baseman Connor Caminita committed a fielding error. Babin did manage to avert further damage with two ground-ball outs.
Destrehan (15-5, 1-1) took its only lead of the game, 2-1, with two runs in the home half of the first inning. Perrin walked and hit a batter sandwiched around a Brennan Breaud single to load the bases and, with two outs, Kohen Granier delivered a two-run single to center field.
Hahnville (10-11, 2-0) took the lead for good, 3-2, in the second with two unearned runs. Mason Candies opened the inning with a single and, two outs later, Barbier doubled. Babin’s wild pitch allowed Candies’ courtesy runner Bradley Aucoin to score and Barbier came home on Wildcat catcher Louis Kieffer’s throwing error to the plate.
The Tigers added single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. In the fourth, after a one-out single by Candies and back-to-back walks, Barbier lifted a sacrifice fly to give HHS a 4-2 margin.
After Perrin’s rough first inning, he settled down and allowed only one run the rest of the way, a solo home run by Destrehan second baseman Logan Kracjer in the bottom of the fourth that sliced the Tiger lead in half, 4-3.
Perrin threw 118 pitches in the game, 69 for strikes, and allowed eight hits. He struck out nine batters, including the side in the seventh, walked three and hit a batter.
“Austin was able to throw his breaking ball for a strike in the latter part of the game. What kind of sets him apart from everybody else is that he can throw that breaking ball in any count on both sides of the plate and he had success doing that today,” Baudry said.
Hahnville scored in the sixth on Barbier’s two-out double to score Pat Phelan who had singled and stole second base.
The Tigers got an insurance run in the seventh on Chase Bagot’s two-out RBI double to left-center to send home Logan Billingsley, who was hit by a pitch and balked to second to open the inning.
“We had big hits in the game by Matthew Barbier and Chase Bagot to drive in runs and give us some breathing room. In a game like this, you want to make it where one play can’t beat you,” Baudry said.
Barbier belted two doubles with two RBIs and a run scored for Hahnville and Candies had two singles. Destrehan designated hitter Brandon Wild singled three times and Breaud also had a multi-hit game with two singles.