At 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, Brandon Briuglio isn’t going to blow a fastball past many batters.
That’s not his M.O.
The Jesuit junior pitcher keeps it simple.
“I just try to throw strikes and let my defense play,” he said.
Bruiglio used that formula Saturday to throw a shutout as Jesuit defeated host Hahnville 4-0 in a pitcher’s duel in the Gerald Oubre Memorial Tournament.
Briuglio (2-1) scattered four hits and struck out two for the Blue Jays (15-1) in a game that ended after six innings because of darkness.
Briuglio, who normally starts at second base for the Blue Jays, said he likes both positions equally.
“Brandon is a jack of all trades,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “He is our second baseman by trade, but he can start, he can relieve, and he can close. He is resilient. His arm is rubber. He does what he does best, just keep the ball down in the zone.”
The game was scoreless through four innings.
Briuglio found himself in a jam in the bottom of the inning.
With one out, Hahnville loaded the bases on a pair of infield singles and a walk.
But Briuglio worked himself out of the jam, getting a groundout and a strikeout to keep the game scoreless.
“We were solid all around the infield and that’s what we have to do when he is on the mound because he isn’t going to strike out a whole lot of guys,” Latino said.
Getting out of that fourth inning jam got the Jesuit offense going as well.
The Blue Jays, hitless through four inning, got their first hit in the fifth when Harrison Daste doubled to left field. Alex Galy drove him in with a single to right. The Blue Jays then took advantage of two hit batters and two Hahnville errors in the inning to take a 4-0 lead.
“Unfortunately, that’s been a common theme for us,” said Hahnville coach David Baudry, whose team slipped to 8-10. “In a critical situation, we make an error. Our guys play really hard and make hundreds of plays. But in one critical situation we make a mistake. It’s almost getting now like we are saying ‘Here we go again.’ ”
Hahnville left-hander Logan Billingsley, who no-hit the Blue Jays through four innings, lasted 5.1 innings before being replaced by Bryce Hargis.
Billingsley (0-2) allowed four hits.
“He had a very good chance to win the game,” Baudry said. “We need to give him some run support. It’s a lot easier to pitch with a lead. We had a chance to score runs and we didn’t. We are a young ball club. We are getting a lot of experience. Now we have to set our sites on district.”
Both teams begin district play this week.
Hahnville opens 7-5A play against H.L Bourgeois on Tuesday, while Jesuit begins Catholic League play on Wednesday against St. Augustine.