Jesuit came into its Catholic League opener against St. Augustine as a favorite by some to win District 9-5A this season, and it did little to disprove those theories in District 9-5A opener.
The Blue Jays (16-4) rode a hot offensive performance to a 16-0 win over the Purple Knights at RBI Field on Wednesday night. The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
“I feel like we’re playing good, but we can always do better,” Jesuit starting pitcher Myles Blunt said. “We just have to continue working and strive to be the best team we can be. I think playing the way we did (Wednesday), is a great way to establish ourselves for Catholic League play.”
Jesuit came into Wednesday’s game hitting .380, and Wednesday’s game was its 11th game of the season with double-digit runs.
The Blue Jays had two innings with at least six runs, and 14 players scored at least one run.
“We had some guys come off the bench (Wednesday) and have some pretty good at-bats,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “It just speaks to the depth of our ballclub. All these guys go out there day-in and day-out, and you’re seeing the benefits of their hard work.”
Purple Knights starting pitcher Darrell Landry (0-1) held off Jesuit in a bases-loaded situation in the second inning, but he couldn’t hold off Jesuit after that.
After allowing one run in the third, Jesuit took contro with a six-run fourth inning that saw them bat through their entire lineup and put the Purple Knights (6-7, 0-1) away for good.
After scoring their first two runs of the inning on a balk and a fielding error by St. Aug, the Blue Jay bats let loose with Brandon Briuglio hitting an RBI double, and Scott Crabtree following with an RBI single to give Jesuit a 5-0 lead.
After Landry walked the next two Blue Jays, outfielder Ben Hess capped off the inning with a two-run double to right field that gave Jesuit a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Briuglio finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Hess went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
“We want to play the game hard from first pitch to last,” Latino said. “That’s what we preach to our guys, and I think they do a pretty good job of that.”
Blunt (4-1) continued Jesuit’s streak of strong starting pitching, notching the Blue Jays’ ninth shutout of the season.
The senior pitched six innings, allowing five hits and striking out nine.
“I think the outing was very good,” Blunt said. “I just went out there and threw strikes, my defense made plays behind me and that’s all I can ask them to do.”