Spartans’ rally falls short to Destrehan

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Bradly Day scores ahead of the throw to Destrehan catcher Patrick Roth in the sixth inning of the Wildcats’ 10-6 victory Thursday afternoon.

East Ascension rallied for six runs in the sixth but could not overcome co-leader Destrehan in a 10-6 District 6-5A loss Thursday evening at Johnny Ambeau Field.

“When we scored those six runs, we were very efficient swinging the bat,” East Ascension head coach Wayne Grenfell said. “We took a better approach at the plate and that gives you a better chance to succeed. We didn’t do that through the first five innings. We were very complacent and lethargic swinging the bat and that put our backs against the wall. Our kids could have quit but they showed a lot of character. Hopefully that builds a little momentum going into Saturday.”

The Spartans (12-17-1, 5-8) were swept by Destrehan (20-10, 12-1) Saturday falling 6-3 and now sit in fourth place in district standings after Hahnville swept East St. John. With two games remaining, EA must rely on outside help to move in contention for the third place automatic bid to the Class 5A playoffs.

“We are still right in the thick of things,” Grenfell said. “We had two big errors in first two innings and when you hit or walk people it is going to be hard to win games. We gave them 10 baserunners and they scored 10 runs. We have to forget about this one and move on to the next one.”

Joshua Rochelle picked up the win for Destrehan retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced before giving up six runs on four hits and one walk over six innings.

“He pitched a good game and kept them off balance early but (East Ascension) won’t quit,” Destrehan head coach Marty Luquet said. “That is why they have been successful over the years. They put together some good at bats and a good inning. They had a couple of errors early but we put together hits behind them to drive in the runs."

Rochelle hit Austen Waguespack to open the bottom of the sixth and Marcus Bailey lined to right field. One out later, the ball got by catcher Patrick Roth as Alec Singletary struckout to plate a run leaving runners on the corners. Another pass ball allowed a run before Adam Trahan lined through the left infield to cut it to 9-3 one out later.

Miles Holley lined to right and Bradly Day drew a walk to load the bases after a double steal. A pass ball plated a run and Austin Todd’s blooper to right field crossed two more.

Reliever Matt Richard hit the first batter he faced in the top of the seventh and Shaine Babineaux’s liner over short reflected the final tally. Tyree Hunter retired the Spartans in order to end the game.

Sam Carriere reached on an error off starter Day in the first inning before consecutive doubles by Rochelle and Kurt McCune crossed two runs.

Day hit Cameron Quigley and then surrendered consecutive walks before Carriere’s two run single gave Destrehan a 5-0 lead. The Wildcats added another run in the third inning on a single by Matt Smith and consecutive doubles by Quigley and Zack Schexnaydre.

Quigley reached on an error in the fourth inning and scored on Peyton Quigley’s single. Carriere drew a walk in the sixth inning and doubles by Rochelle and Andrew Suffrin each plated runs to give Destrehan a 9-0 lead.

East Ascension's Alec Singletary scores in the sixth inning