Less than 24 hours after Friday’s rain-out, Holy Cross coach Cass Hargis had some apprehension about how his team would respond against perennial district power Brother Martin.
Perhaps it should rain more often, if you’re a Holy Cross fan.
The Tigers took advantage of five Crusaders errors to earn a mercy-rule-shortened 11-0 District 9-5A victory at Holy Cross Park on Saturday afternoon.
“Everybody just executed what we do every day at practice and what we want to do offensively,” Hargis said. “We run the bases really well, and we did that today. We always talk about playing with energy, and when we do that, we have a chance to be pretty good.”
The Tigers (11-10, 4-0) are the last remaining undefeated team in district play, and the catalyst for Saturday’s win came on a dropped fly ball in the third inning.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Mickey Toscano lifted a high fly ball to right field that was dropped, allowing three runs to score for a 4-0 lead.
“We just came out and do what we do,” said Holy Cross senior Tre Turner, who went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. “We were aggressive on the bases and at the plate. It worked out in our favor. (The dropped fly ball) gave us a lot of momentum. We were up all game, but that really put us in control. It’s a big win.”
The Tigers poured it on in the fourth as they sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on three hits, three walks and three errors. Chris Collet and Kyle Schexnayder (2-for-2) each had RBI singles while Turner’s single plated three.
Holy Cross starter Brenden Taravella got the win, allowing four hits and one walk in five innings. He faced just 18 batters and retired nine of the final 10 hitters he faced. The Tigers turned two 6-4-3 double plays, and Taravella had four 1-3 putouts.
“I was just focused on not trying to do too much,” Taravella said. “I just wanted to hit my spots and not throw too hard. I was getting ground-ball outs, fly-ball outs, whatever I needed to do. I knew my team was behind me, and I wanted to keep up that energy on the mound. It’s definitely huge to be 4-0 in district.”
Tulane signee Keagan Gillies took the loss, allowing 10 runs (two earned) on six hits in three innings. He walked five, struck out three and hit two batters. Offensively for Brother Martin (13-4, 2-2), Alex Guidry went 1-for-1 with a walk.
Hargis said even though his team is atop the district standings, the Tigers are focused on the daily process.
“Not once have we set a goal to win a district championship,” he said. “I don’t think the word district has been mentioned. Each game we try to do the same thing — play hard, play fast and have fun. No matter who we’re playing, we want to do that.”
Brother Martin travels to Shaw for a 6:30 p.m. game on Monday while Holy Cross will host Rummel at 4:30 p.m.