In baseball, the small things often lead to crooked numbers.
And those crooked numbers — and good pitching — often lead to wins.
Jesuit mastered the small things and got perfect relief pitching from Logan Hornung en route to Sunday’s 7-1 victory over Rummel in a District 9-5A game at John Ryan Stadium.
The victory gave the Jays (22-7) a 6-2 district record as Catholic League teams race to finish their rain-delayed schedule before Saturday’s deadline. The win let Jesuit keep pace with Holy Cross (6-2), which beat last-place St. Augustine 16-3 on Sunday night.
Rummel (16-12) fell to 4-3 in district and will play Shaw (19-10, 3-4) on Ryan’s artificial turf at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Rummel has the challenging task of playing four district games in as many days. Shaw, a winner over Brother Martin on Sunday, will be playing its third game in three days.
Sunday’s magic brew for the Jays started with a mix of two walks, a bunt single, a before-the-pitch steal that lead to a balk and two line drive hits for a five-run fourth inning.
Hornung entered the game to start the fourth with the Jays trailing 1-0. He retired all 12 batters, throwing first-pitch strikes to 10.
Hornung (2-1) gives Jesuit “a little bit of everything,” coach Joey Latino said.
“We’ve used him as a starter. We’ve used him to close. I can’t say enough about the job Logan did,” Latino said. “Just throw strike one, and he does that about as well as anyone on the staff. He’s not going to overpower anyone, but he lets his defense play behind him.”
Horning lowered his team-leading ERA to 0.82, and he has three saves.
In the fourth, Jesuit’s big inning began with a walk to Daniel Edmund. With one out, Myles Blunt lined a single to right. Harrison Daste loaded the bases with a perfect bunt down the third-base line.
A walk to Hayden Fuentes forced in a run to tie the score. Alex Galy’s high chopper to third turned into another infield hit, and it was 2-1.
“Any inning that begins with a walk usually ends badly,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said.
Brandon Bruglio singled in the third run and then broke for second base with pitcher Chris Boudreaux holding the ball on the rubber. Boudreaux (4-4) balked, scoring Fuentes. Ben Hess’ sacrifice fly made it 5-1.
“I think we needed all of them,” Latino said. “We weren’t going to put together five or six straight hits.”
Jesuit added two runs in the seventh on Scott Crabtree’s double that scored Hess and Trent Forshag.
Rummel scored the first run in the third on singles by Luke LaCoste, Kyle Costanza and Chase Fourcade.
Hornung entered in the fourth and was dominant.
“Today was just one of those days that you look forward to,” the senior said. “We want to get ahead early and get in the batter’s mind with a first pitch strike. You want to be the dominant one in the at-bat.”