Destrehan and Hahnville are always formidable opponents in the state playoffs. This season will be no exception.
Destrehan clinched the District 7-5A title with an 8-2 win over Thibodaux Tuesday afternoon.
Bryce Cortez (5-1) was the winning pitcher, going five innings, striking out six. Destrehan head coach Chris Mire was pleased with his performance.
“He gave us five solid innings, doing a good job,” Mire said. “He gave us a chance to get the lead and pass it on to the bullpen, which we wanted to get work prior to the playoffs.”
TreQuan Gabriel finished up on the mound for the Wildcats.
Ethan West got an opportunity to start and went 2-for-2 and reached base in all three plate appearances.
“We put the ball in play, got bunts down, played small ball and moved guys around and got them home,” Mire said. “That’s been our thing all season long. We have four guys with at least 25 RBI. It can be anyone on any given day offensively. That is our strength going into the playoffs.”
While Destrehan clinched the district title, Hahnville tuned up for the upcoming Class 5A state playoffs with a 10-0 victory over H.L. Bourgeois in a District 7-5A contest at Boutte Tuesday afternoon.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette commit Austin Perrin was brilliant, tossing a no-hitter, striking out 10 for the Tigers.
Offensively, Cade Miguez led the way, going 3-for-4 with three RBI, Matt Champagne was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Waylon LeBlanc was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored.
The Tigers (23-9, 9-2) have now won 11 of their last 12 games and return to district play this evening at 6 p.m. at Thibodaux in their final district contest.
Destrehan (25-6-1, 11-1) still has a pair of non-district games remaining, beginning with a trip to Lutcher this afternoon at 4 p.m.
“Winning the district title is always a goal, the first goal,” Mire said. “Now, we are setting our sights on the next goal, to try to win a state title.”
In the latest LHSAA power rankings released Monday, Destrehan was fifth while Hahnville as eighth.
“I think we can get as high as No. 4, if we can win the final two games and get some help,” Mire said. “If Acadiana wins out, I don’t think we can pass them. We like our chances in any kind of series with our quality starting pitchers and we like our bullpen and have the ability to manufacture runs.”