Wildcats outlast Hahnville in slugfest

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 28, 1999

ANDRE BURL / L’Observateur / April 28, 1999

RESERVE – East St. John remained in the hunt for the District 6-5A title,winning a slugging contest with Hahnville, 17-14, Thursday afternoon at Wildcat Field.

East St. John (15-12-1) is tied for second with Thibodaux a game back ofHahnville (19-7, 10-2). The Wildcats played host to Central LafourcheSaturday before traveling to Thibodaux Tuesday.

Hahnville hosted South Lafourche Saturday and Terrebonne Tuesday.

Brandon Kelly came to the plate for Hahnville with one out in the top of the first and singled off the glove of East St. John starting pitchingRoydell Williams. An error advanced Kelly to second. One out later, DeweyMatherne ripped a stand-up double to the gap in right-center, scoring Kelly for a 1-0 Hahnville lead.

Brandon Mason led off the bottom of the inning for East St. John bydrawing a walk from Hahnville starter Matt Caire and stealing second.

Mason came in to score as Jeremy Mitchell reached on an error to tie the game.

Jerome Anderson led off the bottom of the second with a home run over the left field fence. Darwin Pittman walked, advanced to third on a doubleby Randy Sutherland to center and scored on a passed ball. One out later,Mason walked and stole second. Williams then stepped in and drilled adouble to right-center, scoring Sutherland and Mason to make it 5-1.

Courtesy runner Terron Charles scored as Samson Monica struck out and reached on a passed ball. Mitchell followed with a single to put runners atthe corners. Ryan Post then came in to pitch and was greeted by single byKent Roussell, scoring Monica to increase the East St. John lead to 7-1.Hahnville came back with three runs in the top of the third. Kade Rogersreached on an error and Kelly walked with one out. Matherne then hit atowering shot over the fence in right field for a three-run home run, cutting the deficit to 7-4.

With one out in the bottom of the inning, Tie Reese reached on an error, Mason walked and Williams singled to right to load the bases. Monicafollowed with a walk to drive in Reese. A throwing error allowed Masonand Williams to score with Monica coming in on a single by Mitchell, giving the Wildcats a 11-4 lead.

Hahnville made it 11-6 in the top of the fourth on a two-out, two-run double down the right field line by Chris Hawkins. Anderson answered forthe Wildcats, sending his second home run of the game over the left field fence.

Sutherland followed with a walk and came around to score on a single to left by Reese. A single by Williams and a walk by Monica loaded the bases.Mitchell stepped in and delivered a single to right field, scoring courtesy runner Clarence Lee and Monica for a 15-6 lead. Mitchell went 3-for-5 inthe game with four runs batted in.

Hahnville began a rally in the top of the fifth. Two walks and an errorloaded the bases before Anderson came in to pitch for the Wildcats. AfterRogers walked to force in Tim Sirmon, Kelly singled to left for two runs.

Walks to Matherne and Erik Donnaud reloaded the bases for Greg Hogan who walked to make it a 15-11 game.

Donnaud came in to pitch for Hahnville and walked Roussell. Doubles byPittman and Sutherland then increased the lead back to 17-11.

Hahnville had one last volley in the top of the seventh. After a single byKelly and a walk by Hawkins, Donnaud doubled down the line in left field for two runs.

Hogan followed with another double into the gap in left-center, bringing in Donnaud to bring the Tigers to within 17-14. Sirmon then stepped in andlined a shot to Mason who doubled up Hogan at second to end the game.

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