BOUTTE — He certainly is no beginner and there probably wasn’t much luck involved, but Hahnville baseball coach Dave Baudry got his Tigers tenure off to the right start Tuesday.
Baudry and the Tigers completed their sweep of archrival Destrehan, taking a 3-0 victory and, with it, the District 8-5A championship. It is Hahnville’s second district title in a row but the first for Baudry, who took over the program after last season. Tuesday’s win also gave Hahnville a 20-game district win streak. But more than that, it exceeded Baudry’s expectations following a 2-0 victory against Destrehan on April 11.
“To shut them out twice, that’s just beyond my imagination,” Baudry said. “It’s incredible. It’s a tribute to the two guys on the mound and the defense that we play. We limited their opportunities and made defensive plays when we had to.”
And, if not some luck, certainly some pluck.
The Tigers (25-7, 10-0) were holding a 1-0 lead after four innings. In the third, Michael Landry walked, was sacrificed to second and scored on a fielder’s choice by Todd Porche. Meanwhile, senior right-hander Tyler Lamers was cruising along. Through four innings he had sprinkled three hits but given up no runs and walked two. In the fifth, he walked Jesse Bryant and gave up a single to Brennan Breaud.
But when Hahnville catcher Connor Lorio threw a back door pick off towards toward Lamers on the mound, he connected with Lamers’ right cheek instead.
“I didn’t realize the runner on second had gotten too far off,” Lamers said. “I wasn’t paying attention to what the catcher was doing. So, when I looked up the ball was coming right at me and hit me.”
Lamers immediately left the game for treatment and was replaced by Brooks Vial, who had pitched a complete came shutout against the Wildcats on April 11. Vial struck out Jayce Weber and Ryan Brewer to end the Wildcats threat.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers loaded the bases with a single by Dylan Keller, a bunt single by Lorio and, after a sacrifice by Tyler Simmons, an intentional walk to Porche. That’s when Lamers came back to his spot in the batting order — sporting a nice-sized bandage — and promptly hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Keller.
“Coach just told me to put it in play,” Lamers said. “That’s all I did — got the run in.”
“That was a huge at-bat,” Baudry said.
Baudry said he had a lot of confidence in both of his pitchers.
“They’re one and 1A,” Baudry said. “I thought coming into both games we had to have both ready.”
He didn’t realize he would need both Tuesday.
“The good thing is, I had Vial ready to pitch,” Baudry said. “The bad thing was my DH was my backup first baseman, and I didn’t want to take him out. We were trying to figure out which side of the infield would be weakest. We were fortunate.”