Tigers trounce Haynes for second district victory

Kyle Riviere
Trevon Dunn comes home to score during Donaldsonville's 15-3 win over Haynes. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Prior to last year, Donaldsonville baseball hadn't won a district game in more than a decade. After yesterday, the Tigers have now won two league contests in the same season.

Hosting Haynes Academy, Donaldsonville's bats came alive in a marathon second inning that resulted in 12 runs. It included a three-run homer by Trevon Dunn.

The offensive explosion put the game well out of reach and gave the Tigers a 15-3 victory. In two wins against Haynes, Donaldsonville outscored them by a combined margin of 28-6.

“We didn’t play any district games two years ago," Tiger head coach Garrett Maum said. "We won that one district game last year. That was a big step, but having the confidence to come back here and get two is huge—especially for the program moving forward.”

Donaldsonville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

With two outs, Dunn struck out, but the ball got past the catcher, allowing Dunn to sprint to first safely. Charles Brown then joined him on base after being hit by a pitch.

A Treveyon Brown infield single scored Dunn.

With a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the second, Donaldsonville unleashed 12 runs.

Tiy'quan Hoyal and Keian Joseph began the inning with back-to-back walks. Hoyal eventually scored on an errant throw to first base. Joseph scored on a single from Trevon Mitchell.

Tim Campbell joined Mitchell on base following a Haynes throwing error. Both players were then brought home when Dunn crushed a home run over the left-field wall.

Charles Brown reached base with a fielding error and Treveyon Brown walked. Brandon Williams then drove one run home with an infield single, and another run scored on an errant throw to second base.

Hoyal was hit by a pitch, and Williams scored when the second-baseman dropped the ball when trying to tag out Hoyal on a steal.

The bases were then loaded when Joseph was hit by a pitch and DJ Gibbs singled. Hoyal came around to score on a passed ball.

Mitchell walked to load up the bases again. Campbell then drove home one run with a single, and another scored on a Yellow Jacket fielding error.

The final Tiger runs of the inning were scored when Dunn blasted another shot into left field. This one hit the wall, driving in two runs.

“It’s always been our philosophy that if we can put some pressure on the ground, we have some chances to be successful," Maum said. "It didn’t hurt that Dunn hit a shot, which was his second of the year. What I also liked in that inning was that we were able to play both small ball and gorilla ball. We got a bunt down, and we were able to manipulate a couple of runs early in the inning. Once we got some people on base, we were able to swing it and bring them in. It was good that we were able to keep it going.”

Haynes cut it to 13-3 in the top of the fourth, but the Tigers responded with two more runs in the bottom of the frame.

Dunn came up with a two-outs single, and he was sent home with an RBI double by Charles Brown. Brown then scored on a triple by Treveyon Brown.

The Tigers were led by Dunn. He went 3-4 with a home run, five RBIs and two runs scored. Treveyon Brown was 2-3 with a walk and two RBIs.

From the mound, Mitchell pitched five innings in which he surrendered just four hits and three runs. He struck out four batters.

It was the fourth straight victory for Donaldsonville and improved their record to 14-9. The 14 victories already nearly doubles their eight wins from all of last year.

“We’ve had a lot of growth, and they’ve continued to buy in," Maum said. "Summer was big for us. We have a good core and good leadership. Mitchell, Tim, Charles Brown, Keian Joseph, those seniors have really stepped it up. We have some good young talent, so we have a good combination of core leaders and young guys stepping up. We have good chemistry.”