Jesuit starting pitcher Richard Oubre was on the verge of pitching the best game of his career Friday night, but it all came screeching to a halt in the sixth inning.
The senior overcame his late-game letdown to help the Blue Jays (20-8, 6-4) take down St. Augustine 4-2 in a Catholic League contest at John Ryan Stadium.
“He did a nice job of keeping the ball down today, and he’s particularly good on the outer half (of the plate),” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “I told our guys that we couldn’t get comfortable just because we had a four-run lead, but Oubre did a tremendous job of keeping them at bay.”
Oubre entered the sixth inning only six outs away from recording a perfect game, but he issued a walk to St. Aug third baseman Andrew Sceau and it appeared the senior began to falter a bit.
Jude Luke ended Oubre’s no-hit bid in the next at-bat with a single and St. Aug (10-14-1, 1-9) got its first run of the game on a Oubre wild pitch, which was followed by a Darryl Landry sacrifice fly that cut the Blue Jays lead to 4-2.
But Oubre quickly regained his composure, ending the Purple Knights’ late rally and finished the game in the seventh.
Oubre ended the day pitching a complete seven innings, allowing two runs on two hits with seven strikeouts.
“I was just trying to throw strikes and let my defense play behind me,” Oubre said. “The perfect game didn’t really matter to me as long as we got the win.”
Jesuit grabbed the lead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly from Marc Theberge, but the Blue Jays bats finally came to life in the third inning to help extend that lead.
Florida International commitment Brandon Briuglio got the Jesuit scoring started in the third with an RBI double, and with a runner on third, Mark Beebe executed a squeeze bunt that scored another run.
One pitch later, Hayden Fuentes sprayed an RBI single to center field that upped the Blue Jays lead to 4-0.
“I really think we’re hitting a good stride right now as we’re getting close to the playoffs,” Briuglio said. “It’s important for us to start getting those big hits so we can have more of those innings where we score a lot of runs. We just have to keep working at it.”
St. Aug also got a solid performance from starting pitcher Cornell Carter, who pitched all six innings and allowed four runs on four hits with five strikeouts.