MEASURING STICK: Destrehan rolls over St. Amant, 13-1

Peter Silas Pasqua
Destrehan’s Andrew Suffrin slides in under the tag of St. Amant’s Lee Elisar in the second inning of the Wildcats’ 13-1 District 6-5A victory Tuesday afternoon.

ST. AMANT - St. Amant hoped to close the gap between one of the District 6-5A co-leaders but Destrehan extended with a 13-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at Gator Park.

“That is a measuring stick type of team that we can see where we are at,” St. Amant head coach Bob Lemons said. “There is a lot of separation we have to overcome.”

St. Amant (17-10, 3-5) had reeled off three straight victories to rejoin the hunt after going winless in their first four district contests. The Gators had fell to the Wildcats two weeks earlier suffering a five-inning mercy rule loss. Destrehan (15-10-1, 7-1) and Dutchtown sit atop district standings with one loss apiece.

“They are the top two teams in our district and there is a separation between the rest of us,” Lemons said. “Last time we got down early against them in a five inning game. We have to find a way figure them out and we haven’t done that.

“Good hitting ball clubs make you pay for your mistakes. Scoring three runs with two outs in the first inning set the tone and we never responded. We were fighting an uphill battle early. Them at their place is tough. This was the day I thought we could grab it.”

St. Amant traveled to Destrehan Thursday to wrap up the season three-game series between the teams.

Kurt McCune got the win for Destrehan giving up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out seven over five innings. He was also 3 for 4 at the plate and had six RBIs.

“He is one of our best hitters and he gave us a great performance as usual,” Destrehan head coach Marty Luquet said.

“We did a good job in the first inning getting some runs with two outs. That helped trigger us and anytime you can get ahead that puts pressure on the other team. We have played a tough schedule but we knew our pitching was good enough to put us in this position.”

Dillon Morin took the loss surrendering eight runs on four hits and three walks in 1/3 innings while striking out three.

Morin struckout the first two batters he faced before Patrick Roth lined a double to left. McCune followed with a single to center before a wild pitch crossed a run. Josh Rochelle’s double to the right gap plated another run before a throwing error on Andrew Suffrin’s grounder gave Destrehan a 3-0 lead.

McCune sandwiched strikeouts around a groundout in the bottom half.

Morin struckout Hunter Tyree to open the second before Peyton Quigley beat out a grounder and Morin walked the next three batters to plate a run. McCune grounded through the left infield to cross another. Rochelle then lined to center off reliever Dillon Savoy before Suffrin grounded deep into an infield hole and Matt Smith dropped a blooper to right to all score runs putting the Wildcats ahead 9-0.

McCune hit Kahn Petite with one out in the bottom half before Dylan Delaune lined to left but McCune struckout Tanner Sheets after a pop up.

Savoy hit Shaine Babineaux with one out in the top of the third before Sam Carriere reached on an error. McCune launched a three-run home run over the left center wall one out later to put Destrehan ahead 12-0.

A.J. Bonadona lined to center to open the bottom half and Lee Elisar lined off McCune one out later before runners advanced on a pass ball but they were left stranded.

Suffrin reached on an error to open the fourth off reliever Dane Morin who walked Tyree one out later. Morin got out of the inning with a strikeout and grounder.

Petite reached on an error in the bottom half but McCune induced three straight groundouts to end the inning.

Carriere drew a walk to open the fifth and advanced on a pass ball and grounder before McCune’s sacrifice fly gave the Wildcats a 13-0 lead.

Bonadona’s blooper opened the bottom half before Dillon Morin drew a walk and Elisar lined to the right fence to load the bases. McCune walked Caleb Templet to score the Gators’ lone run before striking out the next two batters he faced and inducing a fly ball to end the game.

“We just have to find a way to play a complete game against Destrehan,” Lemons said. “We had chances today with runners in scoring position and hit weak ground balls. To get the game back into the sixth we had two opportunities.”

Bonadona and Elisar were each 2 for 3 for St. Amant.

St. Amant’s Kahn Petite is forced out at second by Destrehan’s Amdrew Suffrin in the fourth inning of the Wildcats’ 13-1 victory Tuesday afternoon.