Attention Mark Wisniewski and Johnny Curtis.
Sorry to put this pressure on you, but it’s up to one of you to bring a baseball state championship trophy back to New Orleans.
The drought will be four years if your Crusaders or Patriots don’t bring a title back to Elysian Fields or River Ridge on Saturday.
The last time a team from the New Orleans area won a baseball state title was in 2011 when Jesuit won the Class 5A title with a win over Lafayette High.
Four years may not seem like a really long time, but by New Orleans baseball standards, it feels like an eternity.
Let’s take a look into the history books and see just how rare this current three-year drought is.
Going all the way to 1970, this is the first time there has been a three-year run without a title for a local school.
Heck, even the previous two-year drought was quite rare.
You had to go back to before the current players were even born to find a two-year drought (1993 and 1994).
Before this current slump, at least one team from New Orleans had won a title in 15 of the previous 18 years.
So it’s up the Crusaders and/or the Patriots to let the rest of the state know that we still know how to play baseball around here.
This time a week ago, the New Orleans area’s chances at a title looked even better, with six schools reaching the semifinals.
But Class 4A Franklinton, Class 3A St. Charles, and 2A contenders Northlake Christian and Riverside all lost over the weekend, leaving it all up to Brother Martin and Curtis.
Brother Martin plays against Baton Rouge-Catholic in the Class 5A semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday at McMurry Park in Sulphur.
If the seeds are any indication, the Crusaders would be considered a long shot. They are a No. 14 seed, the only double-digit seeded team of the 28 squads (four in seven classifications) to punch a ticket to Sulphur,
But don’t let their seeding fool you.
Brother Martin is playing well at the right time, having won all five of its playoff games.
A solid pitching staff, anchored by LSU commit Blair Frederick and Tulane commit Keagan Gillies, Brother Martin hasn’t allowed more than four runs in any of its five postseason games.
Catholic is a No. 2 seed and will be looking to get a little postseason revenge and get a little payback from football season.
Back in November, Brother Martin stopped Catholic star running back Derrius Guice on a two-point conversion with no time remaining to end the Bears’ season.
Friday’s winner will get an even stiffer test when it plays for the championship at 5 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the highly anticipated Barbe-Sulphur semifinal.
Tradition-rich Barbe is the defending state champion.
Sulphur is ranked No. 7 nationally by USA Today and No. 8 by MaxPreps.
Curtis, meanwhile, will play in the 3A semifinals on Friday against Iowa.
The Patriots are a No. 2 seed and are riding a 15-game winning streak.
They have some extra inspiration, trying to win a title for senior outfielder Dorian Rodrigue, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in April.
They’ll also be looking to remove the bitter taste of 2014 when they lost 6-4 to Evangel Christian in the title game.
If Curtis wins Friday, they could possibly see Evangel again.
Evangel plays Parkview Baptist in the other semifinal.
While Brother Martin and Curtis are both looking to end the NOLA drought, they are also looking to end title droughts of their own.
Curtis hasn’t won a state title since 2002.
Brother Martin last won one in 1996.
Maybe the Patriots and Crusaders can hit a double and give the New Orleans area two baseball titles in the same season.
The last one of those was when Northshore and Northlake Christian won in 2009.
After a three-year slump, we’ll settle for a single.