NEW ORLEANS — Easton Melancon had to wait through a rain delay of more than three hours to knock seventh-seeded Hahnville into the second round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs.
When the downpour ended, he delivered with his bat.
Melancon’s single to the left-field gap scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and reliever Tyler Simmons finished off 26st-seeded C.E. Byrd of Shreveport by allowing one hit in the final two innings,for a 4-2 bidistrict victory.
Before the rain delay of 3 hours, 17 minutes, Hahnville rallied from a two-run deficit by scoring two runs in the fifth. Dylan Keller’s single drove in a run, and with two outs, he scored from third when an umpire called Byrd pitcher John Snyder for a balk. Within seconds, the game was stopped because of a rain delay with two outs in the inning.
“We knew once we tied it back up, this game was ours,” Melancon said. “We we’re going to lose it. We fought too hard.”
After the delay, Hahnville (27-7) roughed up Byrd’s John Snyder in the sixth. Tyler Lamers singled to right, Brooks Vial walked and Ty Cologne moved the base runners over with a perfect bunt down the third-base line. Then Melancon walked to the plate.
“One thing about our group: we’re loose,” Hahnville coach David Baudry said. “They enjoy playing the game. They don’t let anything bother them. During the delay, they weren’t distracted in any way. They remained focused, and it’s just a tribute to my guys.”
With that focus, Hahnville moves on to play 10th-seeded Zachary in the regional round. Zachary beat 23rd-seeded Airline 10-0 in the bidistrict round.
And Hahnville earned one more day to play.
“It’s not a nice day outside,” Lamers said. “But at the end of the day, we won, so it’s a pretty good day.”
Lee Gorman and Lee Johnson drove in runs for Byrd (16-19).