Retiring Destrehan baseball coach Marty Luquet said he wanted a win more than the rocking chair he was presented with by Hahnville prior to his last game at his rivals' field. He got both.
Powered by Kade Granier's 4-hit shutout, and a balk for the game's lone run by tough luck loser Tyler Lamers, the Wildcats left with a 1-0 win to go along with the rocking chair which was presented to Luquet in a special ceremony just prior to the game. Granier struck out 9 and walked 4 in his complete game shutout which improved his record to 3-0.
“He's a special kid,” said Luquet. “He got some help defensively like from Brennan Breaud who made a phenomenal barehanded play in the 7th, but we know we can win anytime (Granier's) on the mound,”
Lamers also went the distance holding Destrehan to 2 hits in his seven innings but hit three batters, including Logan Krajcer twice, who scored the winning run on a bases loaded balk in the third inning.
“I didn't really ask (the umpires) for an explanation, but it looked like (Lamers) couldn't decide to go out of the stretch or windup, and just stepped off the rubber.”
The win evens Destrehan's overall record to 10-10 and 2-1 in District 7-5A.
As for presenting Luquet with the rocking chair, it's something Hahnville's David Baudry has done only once before in 15 years as a head coach in high school baseball.
“Marty has meant so much to high school baseball over the years, I wanted to see him honored,” said Baudry. “I know he has that swimming pool in his backyard, now he can put that rocking chair out there by the pool and second-guess all of us.”