In their District 11-3A baseball opener, John Curtis and St. Charles Catholic put on an offensive show that produced a final score more symbolic of a football game between the Patriots and Comets. The Patriots prevailed 18-15 in the nearly three-hour contest that generated 32 hits at Russell Gaudet Jr. Stadium in LaPlace.
John Curtis (11-3, 1-0) scored 15 of its 18 runs with two outs and on two occasions was on the verge of closing the game out by virtue of the 10-run rule. St. Charles (10-6, 0-1), however, would not go away.
“It’s funny because in the first inning I said it might take 20 runs to win this thing,” Patriots coach Johnny Curtis said. “Crazy things happen in baseball. This is a crazy game we play and we coach. Every time we play this team these guys battle us, but we didn’t cave in and we continued to fight, and that’s what I was proud of.”
The two-out magic by John Curtis began in the first inning. After two fly-ball outs to begin the game, the Patriots scored eight runs on eight hits, including a two-run single by winning pitcher Jacob Bordelon (4-0). Sophomore right fielder Daniel Cabrera, who belted a two-run homer in the fifth, started the rally with a double down the right field line and drove home the eighth run with another double.
After St. Charles responded in the bottom of the first on Justin Ory’s two-run single, John Curtis scored three more two-out runs in the top of the second to extend its lead to 11-2. Kyle Burns and Jay Curtis had run-scoring singles in the inning.
In the home half of the second inning, the Comets loaded the bases and scored a two-out run of their own on a fielding error.
John Curtis tacked on two runs in the third, one on Nick Wilson’s RBI single, and an unearned run in the fourth to lead 14-3. In the bottom of the fourth inning, St. Charles scored four times to overcome its first ten-run rule threat but still trailed 14-7. Justin Loupe cleared the bases with a three-run double down the left field run and Ory plated a run with a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning.
The Patriots answered with a four-run fifth on Bordelon’s two-run triple and Cabrera’s two-run homer to right center and, with a 18-7 lead, were in position to close out the game. The Comets extended the game with a three-run fifth, sparked by senior Austin Weber’s two-run double. Weber would later score on a passed ball.
John Curtis was blanked in the sixth and seventh innings, the only two innings the Patriots were scoreless. Meanwhile, the Comets continued to chip away and added two runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh, including a two-run triple by Loupe. St. Charles outscored John Curtis 12-5 over the final four innings and had the tying run at the plate when the game ended.
“I told the kids I didn’t feel like we lost, just that we ran out of time,” St. Charles coach Wayne Stein said. “It showed a lot of character and what our baseball program is all about. The way they competed until the last out. If you would have told me we’d have the tying run at the plate, I would have said I don’t think that was possible. We could’ve been embarrassed and gone home in five, but we continued to battle.”
Bordelon (four RBIs) and Cabrera (three RBIs), with three hits each, led the Patriots at the plate. Wilson also had three hits and two RBIs. “We had to stay up in the count, and we hit well with runners in scoring position,” Cabrera, a LSU commit, said.
Loupe had a four-hit day with five RBIs for the Comets. Ory (3 RBIs) and Weber (2 RBIs) also had three hits each.