With a big lead heading into the seventh inning, DeRidder pitcher Chipper Menard had a chance for a rare accomplishment.
With one out in the seventh, Menard's no hitter was broken up by a popup to shallow centerfield in no man's land, but DeRidder still picked up the 7-0 win Friday night at DeRidder High School.
"He has late life on his fastball the deceives the hitters," DeRidder head coach Chad Menard said. "His velocity doesn't blow people away, but the late life when it looks like it's coming in and tails away, hitters can't lay off of it.
"Our staff works fast, and that's something Chipper also does well. The defense had zero errors, and that's because they're not going to sleep."
Menard finished the game with 11 strikeouts, including the striking out the first seven batters of the game.
"I saw there were no hits going into the seventh, and I thought 'I got this,'" Chipper Menard said.
"I was setting guys up with the curveball and coming back with the fastball."
The Dragons took an early lead with a solo home run by Laron White that banged off the scoreboard in right-center field in the bottom of the first inning.
DeRidder added another run in the inning with a RBI double to center by Jakob Broocks. Both of the runs came with two outs.
"The guys are aware of that fact, and it's one of our philosophies, that with two outs, we still have 33 percent of the inning left," Chad Menard said. "Casinos would go broke if people won 33 percent of the time. Some people look at it negatively, like they're almost out of the inning. We look at it as if we have a lot of inning left. Ball games and championships are won with two strikes and two outs."
The Dragons record two runs in the second inning on to make it 4-0 before going scoreless in the third.
In the fourth inning, Parker Taylor drove in White and Cameron LeJeune on a double to increase the lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, DeRidder scored its last run of the game with a RBI single by Gavin Hebert to drive in Gage Johnson.
The Dragons played Buckeye twice in a doubleheader on Thursday before Friday's win, with DeRidder going 3-0 over the three games in two days.
"You have to have a good pitching staff, and you get familiarized with tendencies," Chad Menard said. "It's not about a surprise win. It's about a team victory, instead of one guy beating you. There are no trick plays by the third game of the series."
Parker Taylor went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and Laron White went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The win brings DeRidder to 25-5 on the year and 7-2 in district, behind district leader Tioga.