Since its scoreless effort against Live Oak, John Curtis has pummeled opposing pitchers.
The Patriots (8-1) smacked 10 runs in against South LaFourche. For an encore, they scorched both South Terrebonne and Holy Cross for 10 apiece — including a Myles Washington grand slam — tallying 30 total runs during a three-game win streak.
On the final day of the Dennis Estay Memorial tournament, the Patriots rallied from three down in the sixth inning to fend off Belle Chasse 10-7 at Mike Miley Field on Monday night.
“I told the guys to just be us. Stop trying to tie the game up or produce runs. Just be us. And take a walk if it presents itself,” John Curtis coach Johnny Curtis said.
Jacob Bordelon heeded the message and knocked in a two-RBI double to left field to shrink the deficit to 6-5. John Curtis took a pitch to the side, walking in the tying run, and Bordelon stole home on a wild pitch to take a 7-6 lead.
“I was just looking for something I could drive to right field and help the team,” Bordelon said.
A sacrifice bunt, followed by a two-run home run from Dylan Morgan added three more, capping a seven-run sixth inning that propelled the Patriots, who managed just five hits on the night.
“We couldn’t miss a barrel,” Johnny Curtis said.
“Seemed like everything they hit was hard. But one attribute of this team seems to be resiliency. They don’t get too up or too down. They stay the course, and they put the big inning together.”
Righty Hunter Bufkin closed out the Cardinals despite stepping to the mound with the bases-loaded and no outs in the top of the seventh. He stuck out two, walked in a run and forced a pop-up.
“Nervous,” Bufkin said. “I was nervous, but I just had to go up there and do what I do. I threw strikes, made them hit the ball into play and made my defense do work.”
The scoring binge commenced in the top of the first inning.
A wild pick-off attempt to first scored a Cardinals runner to provide them 1-0 lead. Belle Chasse widened the gap on the ensuing at bat when the right fielder dropped a routine flyer, allowing Braiden Usey to reach home safely.
Two innings later, Belle Chasse added three more runs. Logan Leblanc lined to left field for a 3-0 cushion before Dreione Williams belted a two-RBI double to deep right field.
The Patriots had no answer.
They squandered a bases-loaded situation in the top of the second after drawing three walks and registered their first hit of the game two outs into the third — a blooper to shallow right field. It set up an RBI single to center.
Through five, Usey limited the Patriots to three hits and one earned. He fanned four batters and forced an inning-ending grounder to shortstop when the Patriots threatened in the second and fifth innings.
But then the Cardinals collapsed.