STAYING ON PAR: Griffins drop Hahnville to keep share of District 6-5A lead

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Dillon Day is greeted by Wesley Perkins after scoring in the seventh inning of the Griffins’ 5-1 District 6-5A victory over Hahnville Saturday midday.

GEISMAR - Dutchtown kept a share of the District 6-5A lead with a 5-1 victory over Hahnville Saturday midday at Griffin Park.

The victory by second ranked Dutchtown (23-4-2, 9-1) kept them in a tie atop district standings with No. 8 Destrehan with less than two weeks remaining in the season. The teams will square off April 28 and 30 to end the regular season. The Griffins won the only meeting between the teams, 2-0.

“It was a big win for our whole team,” Dutchtown head coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “We want to try and stay in the race with Destrehan as long as we can. You can’t count on somebody else knocking them off. If you want to win a district championship, you have to take care of your business every chance you get.”

Hahnville (14-13, 4-6) handed the Griffins their only district loss, 4-3, March 31. It was also Dillon Day’s only loss of the season.

“Last time, we were a little unfortunate and left a few guys on base,” Schexnaydre said. “We did the same thing today but we got enough guys in when we had to and Dillon was really good again. When he is on the mound we have a pretty good chance to win the game. We played good defense behind him and did what we had to do to win the game.”

Day (6-1) only surrendered three hits Saturday while striking out seven for the complete game win.

“We battled at the plate but mentally we weren’t there and that got in the way of some things we were trying to do,” Hahnville head coach Kade Rogers said. “You have to tip your cap to (Day). He is a great guy to watch pitch.

“We put the leadoff guy on in five innings. You can’t win games like that. We are hit or miss going into the playoffs but our kids are still coming out everyday and playing hard.”

Brent Simmons took the loss for Hahnville giving up two runs on two hits and four walks over two 1/3 innings.

Brandon Young drew a leadoff walk to open the contest and scored one out later when John Gomez’s liner to left was bobbled.

Dutchtown quickly answered in the bottom of the first when Alex Millet drew a two-out walk and Jesse Buratt lined through the center of the infield. Wesley Perkins double to centerfield plated two runs to put Duthtown ahead for good.

“We have gotten two-out base hits in the last three games to respond to a team and that was big,” Schexnaydre said. “Millet has found a way to get on base and it has set the tempo.”

Simmons walked Britt Gautreaux and hit Damon Scanlan to load the bases but got a pop up to end the inning.

Day struckout the side in the second inning.

Buratt drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third and Simmons walked Gautreaux one out later before a pass ball from releiver Danie Lanaux advanced runners which were left stranded.

Matt Willis drew a walk to open the bottom of the fourth inning and Day popped a bunt over Lanaux. Hahnville intentionally walked Millet to load the bases after Troy Lewis’ sacrifice bunt and Buratt grounded to third forcing the lead runner at home. A groundout ended the Griffins threat.

Seppe Crovetto doubled to open the fifth before Blaise Dempster’s sacrifice bunt but Day struckout Young and induced a pop up to get out of the inning.

Gautreaux drew a walk to lead off the bottom half and Justin Musselman lined through the center of the infield to plate a run after Scanlan’s sacrifice bunt. Releiver Britton Unger stuckout Willis and picked off pinch running Shaquille Lewis at second to end the inning after Lanaux’s balk.

Gomez lined to right to open the sixth but Day struckout Jared Harrell to end the inning after catcher Perkins threw out pinch running Damon Allo to second baseman Lewis after Buddy Trauth’s fielder’s choice.

Day led off the bottom half by lining through the right infield and advanced to third on a pass ball during a pickoff attempt. After Millet was intentionally walked, Buratt grounded off Unger to plate a run. Unger walked Perkins to load the bases and Gautreaux’s sacrifice fly to left reflected the final tally. Scanlan’s walk loaded the bases again but first baseman Ryan Waters fielded a grounder unassisted to end the damage.

“We were fortunate late in the game and took advantage of it to give us some breathing room,” Schexnaydre said. “Dillon was in command and still had some good stuff. I know he wanted to finish the game. Anytime he wants to finish we are going to give him the opportunity to do that.”

After surrendering a walk to open the seventh inning, Day struckout the next two batters he faced before fielding Young’s grounder to end the game.

Buratt was 2 for 3 with one RBI and one run, while Day was 2 for 4 with one run and Perkins was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

Gomez was 2 for 3 for Hahnville.

Dutchtown’s Alex Millet congratulates Jesse Buratt after both scored on Wesley Perkins’ double in the first inning of the Griffins’ 5-1 District 6-5A victory Saturday midday.