Harrison Daste hit a bases-loaded fielder’s choice RBI that helped spring a Jesuit rally in the fifth inning against Hahnville.
Alex Galy and Brandon Briuglio followed with RBI singles to propel Jesuit to an 8-5 victory in the Jesuit Invitational at John Ryan Stadium on Saturday.
Jesuit came away empty-handed in bases-loaded situations in the second and third.
In the bottom of the second, Scott Crabtree grounded out to shortstop to close the inning. In the third, it happened again as Galy smacked a 1-2 pitch to third for the third out.
Both instances would have lifted the Blue Jays past Hahnville. Instead, the game remained tied at 3 and 4.
“I thought we let a few opportunities get away from us,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said.
“Credit Hahnville. They came out swinging the bat extremely well, which pressured us. But I liked the way we responded. They went up three, we answered with three. They went up another run, we answered with another run, too. We let a few opportunities slip away, but in the fifth we punched a few home.”
Stephen Sepcich finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Blue Jays.
“I saw the ball well at the plate, but I was patient and trying to figure out good pitches to swing at,” he said. “I tried not to do too much up there.”
Mason Mayfield thew 3.2 innings, surrendering seven hits and four runs to the Tigers (4-5), who grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second.
Bryce Hargis belted a two-run double in the center field alley before Waylon LeBlanc padded the lead with an RBI single to the opposite gap.
“Mason was up in the zone,” Latino said. “Again, credit Hahnville.
“They were very aggressive and hit him hard on every mistake he made.”
Jesuit rallied behind Sepcich’s three RBIs and then sealed it with a four-hit, four-run fifth inning. Right-hander Logan Hornung ensured the victory for the Blue Jays.
“That’s what you’re going to get from Logan,” Latino said. “He’s a strike thrower. He gets his curve over, his changeup was on(Saturday), and his fastball was down and in location.”
Hahnville coach David Baudry said he liked some things about the way his team played and saw some areas for improvement.
“I thought we did a lot of things well,” Baudry said. “We have to eliminate mistakes in the middle of the game. We competed hard against one of the better teams in the state of Louisiana. Mark (Abate) really pitched well, but he elevated one or two pitches that Jesuit hit well. Our at-bats were good. And we’ll continue to work on that.”