Hahnville is headed to the second round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs after defeating Central 11-1 in six innings on Monday.
“It feels great,” Hahnville coach David Baudry said. “Last couple years, we haven’t gotten out of the first round. We practiced long and hard, and I could see the confidence in my team coming into today.”
Hahnville will face either Catholic-Baton Rouge or East Ascension in the second round.
Austin Perrin pitched all six innings for the Tigers, giving up just one hit. The one run Central scored was unearned.
Hunter Hebert singled in the third and scored on a throwing error with two outs to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Perrin was undeterred, however. “
With this team, you can never get down on yourself,” Perrin said. “You always have that confidence that we’re going to come back and score more runs.”
And score more runs they did.
Hahnville scored 11 runs over the final three innings, and Perrin faced the minimum number of batters the rest of the way.
“We put up a bunch of runs, and I kept putting up zeroes,” he said.
Peyton Keller led off the Hahnville half of the third inning with a triple to put the Tigers in business but was thrown out at home when Central pitcher Makhail Hilliard snared a bunted grounder from Braxton Dufrene and threw home.
“It was an aggressive mistake,” Baudry said. “And I’ll take it every time. The guys behind him picked him up, and that was huge.”
Wayland LeBlanc singled to drive in Hargis with two outs and tie the game 1-1.
“It was real big (to get that run),” LeBlanc said. “It was a 3-2 count, and I love 3-2 counts. I just had to convert.”
That was the only run Hahnville got in the third, but it came back in the fourth by sending 11 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on a series of hits and Wildcat mistakes which forced Central to make two pitching changes in the inning.
“We made the change we wanted to make,” Central coach Mike Forbes said. “The guys we brought in had been doing a good job for us all year. It wasn’t our day, I guess.”
The Tiger’ continued to pile up runs until Dufrene’s RBI single in the sixth made the score 11-1 and ended the game.
“It wasn’t just me, it was the whole team,” Dufrene said. “Everybody played a part in it. I just happened to get the last hit.”
It was a tough way to need the season for the Wildcats.
“I commend my guys for a great season,” Forbes said. “We battled and battled for the duration.”