Destrehan pitcher Kade Granier tossed a no-hitter Tuesday to end Byrd’s season in a 3-0 win by the No. 11 Wildcats over the No. 22 Yellow Jackets in the first round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs.
The Southeastern Louisiana signee struck out 11 batters, throwing 95 pitches in the seven-inning outing.
Eric Miller drew a walk and Brennan Maloney was hit by a Granier pitch to account for two of Byrd’s three base runners. Destrehan committed one error.
Granier scored the first of two fourth-inning runs on a Nathan Pilutti single before a Jacob Cambre sacrifice fly plated the second-run.
Granier drove in Destrehan’s one fifth-inning run, scoring Brennan Breaud.
Byrd pitcher John Snyder had a solid outing, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Snyder was also the only Byrd batter not to strike out against Granier.
Byrd’s season ends with a 21-14 record under first-year coach Greg Williams while Destrehan improves its mark to 23-10 in coach Marty Luquet’s 14th and final season with the Wildcats.
Denham Springs 3, Airline 0
The No. 29 Vikings and starting pitcher Kyle Backofen hung tough on the road Tuesday, but No. 4 Denham Springs scratched out three second-inning runs in the win.
Backofen allowed only three hits and struck in his seven innings.
The sophmore’s only mistake was hitting two batters to load the bases in the second before a ground out and a single scored the three runs.
Airline’s Jarrett Bamburg led the team with two hits in a loss that drops Airline’s record to 18-17 to go along with its co-district championship.
Ruston 10, Walker 0
Ruston pitcher David Michael Burkhalter was in such command of Tuesday’s first-round game against No.25 Walker that the senior didn’t need a lot of run support.
His Bearcat teammates gave him plenty anyway, and Burkhalter pitched a three-hit shutout to lead No. 8 Ruston by Walker 10-0 in six innings.
Burkhalter went the distance, retiring the first 10 batters he faced Tuesday.
Walker starting pitcher Bryce Tassin hit a double in the top of the fourth inning to break up the no-hitter, but the Wildcats (18-16) never got more than a single hit in a given inning, as Burkhalter helped Ruston to their 15th win in their last 17 games.
Ruston broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning, including a grand slam by second baseman Caden Doga and then an RBI double by Ben Leblanc.