The Jesuit baseball team defeated Shaw 3-0 on the road in as both teams closed District 9-5A action Thursday night at Shaw.
“This was good way to close the district schedule and head into the playoffs,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “A lot of credit goes to (Richard Oubre, Stephen Sepcich and Maginnis Connor). Richard did an outstanding job doing what he does best, and Stephen and Connor came up with the big hits tonight.”
Jesuit improved to 23-8, while Shaw fell to 9-20.
Oubre started for Jesuit and pitched a complete game, shutting out Shaw on three hits while striking out eight.
“I was just trying to pound the zone and let my defense play behind me,” Oubre said. “I started shaky, but finished strong. And we got a great win going into the playoffs.
The Blue Jays offense was frustrated early. Several batters hit fly balls deep to the outfield, but they would die on the warning track. The wind was blowing in and the afternoon rain cooling the air might have been factors.
“It didn’t seem like the ball was carrying much,” Latino said. “But we don’t worry about those things. It doesn’t alter our approach.”
Jesuit’s most promising threat came in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with one out.
Shaw pitcher Keith Meier looked like he would escape the jam after striking out Josh Schmidt for the second out and the eight-hole hitter Mark Beebe up next. However, a wild pitch skipped away from Wayne Templet and allowed Sepcich to score from third for a 1-0 lead.
“I was trying to give a little spark to the offense,” Sepich said. “But all the credit goes to Richard and our defense.”
Meier hit Beebe on the next pitch, seemingly rattled, but retired the side without further damage.
The Blue Jays scored two in the fifth. They put runners on second and third with one out.
Again, Meier got a big strikeout on Sepcich and was one out away from shutting down the threat.
Maginnis hit a line drive over third base and into the left field corner to score both runners and put Jesuit up 3-0.
“I was just trying to give our pitcher some run support,” Maginnis said.
“Richard was doing a great job on the mound, and I just wanted to give him a little extra cushion.”
That was all the run support Oubre would need as he cruised through the final innings to earn the victory.
“When Richard settled in, we started to have fun,” Sepcich said. “When we have fun, good things happen.”