Jesuit baseball coach Joey Latino described his team’s offense as “anemic” at times Tuesday night, but it didn’t matter in the end.
Despite not registering an RBI hit, the Blue Jays (19-8, 5-4) found a way to squeeze out a 2-1 win over rival Holy Cross in a District 9-5A showdown at John Ryan Stadium.
“We won this game purely on the right arm of (starting pitcher) Mason (Mayfield),”Latino said. “We just have to be better offensively. I think we’re going to get there, we just have to keep working.”
With the lack of offense, the Blue Jays leaned on Mayfield, who endured through some early rainy weather and pitched all seven innings while allowing one run on five hits and striking out nine.
“The big key in the beginning was making sure I had a dry ball, because if you make a mistake and let it slip, it might cost you the game,” Mayfield said. “I just wanted to pound the strike zone, and we had a clean game defensively, so I’m just proud of the guys for fighting through.”
After falling behind 1-0, Jesuit drew three consecutive walks to open the second inning and got its first run on an RBI fielder’s choice by Nick Ray.
The Blue Jays went ahead two batters later when Florida International signee Brandon Briuglio drew a bases-loaded walk that gave his team a 2-1 lead.
Despite his team’s struggles, Latino said the most important thing is to continue stacking up wins regardless of how they may come.
“Getting league wins are always big, and we feel like we’re still in the district race,” Latino said. “More importantly, you are worried about your power points and every win this time of year is big.”
Despite losing, Holy Cross (12-14, 5-3) maintained a spot in second place in the District 9-5A standings and now looks forward to maybe its biggest test of the season Thursday.
The Tigers will be hosting John Curtis, which leads the Catholic League standings, and Holy Cross coach Cass Hargis said it will be important for his team to put Tuesday’s loss behind them and mentally prepare for Thursday’s big game.
“It’s tough to lose a game like this and bounce right back,” he said. “But the position we’re in right now, we don’t have a choice.
“We have to come out, play hard and compete, because if not, the season can be over much sooner than we think.”