Jesuit’s baseball team advanced to the Class 5A semifinals by sweeping Alexandria 4-3 and 8-0 in a quarterfinal best-of-three series Saturday at John Ryan Stadium.
The first game resumed with the score tied at 3 in the fifth inning after rain forced a suspension Friday night.
Stephen Sigel knocked a bloop single into shallow left field to score the go-ahead run.
Alexandria threatened to tie in the seveth inning with a runner on third base, but Brandon Sequeira retired the side without any damage to preserve Jesuit’s victory.
The two teams were scoreless for the first two innings of the second game.
In the top of the third, the first three Blue Jays reached base on an infield single, a walk and a hit batsman to load the bases.
Alex Galy singled to center field to score two runs. Jesuit scored a third run in the inning on a fielder’s choice RBI by Spencer Miller.
The Blue Jays struck again in the fourth when Blake Baker’s a line drive went to the center field wall to score Sequeira from second base. He scored on the play after a throwing error for a 5-0 lead.
The Blue Jays tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning.
“We really found our rhythm today,” Galy said. “We came together as a team.”
Jesuit pitcher C.J. Avrard pitched a complete game. He labored through the first inning, but quickly gained his composure to shut out the Trojans.
“The way C.J. was throwing, I had every confidence he was going to stay in control,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said.
Jesuit will face the Live Oak-Brother Martin winner in the Class 5A semifinals at the state tournament, which is being held at Sulphur’s McMurry Park.