Playing against an overmatched opponent, Jesuit made short work of St. Augustine on Tuesday at Wesley Barrow Stadium.
Mason Mayfield allowed one hit, and Jesuit finished off the Purple Knights with a five-run fifth inning to take a 10-0 victory in a game shortened by the mercy rule.
The win let the Blue Jays (15-6) even their District 9-5A record at 2-2. Jesuit will play Central Catholic of Morgan City on Wednesday followed by a district game Saturday against Shaw.
“It’s a tough district,” said Jesuit coach Joey Latino, whose team’s two league losses were 1-0 to John Curtis in the opener and 4-3 to Holy Cross in its previous game. “I have every reason to believe every game is going to be competitive, so 2-2 is not bad after four (games). It’s not where we wanted to be, but it gives us a chance. We’re back to even, and we just have to focus on the next game.”
St. Augustine (9-8-1) fell to 0-4 in district play.
Purple Knights third baseman Carnell Carter beat out an infield single to shortstop leading off the bottom of the fifth for the only hit off Mayfield (3-1). Left fielder Perre Barbarin was the first Knight to reach base against Mayfield when he was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
“He gave us exactly what we needed,” Latino said. “He stayed in the strike zone, got ahead of a lot of hitters. He primarily used his fastball. When Mason’s on, when he can locate like he did tonight, he’s awfully tough.”
St. Augustine, playing mainly freshmen and sophomores, never was able to make it tough on the Blue Jays. Dwayne McGill (2-3) allowed five runs on six hits through four innings.
Jesuit, leading 1-0, took control with a three-run second. Jake Licciardi’s RBI double gave the Jays a 2-0 lead. Two more runs scored when Nick Ray hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Licciardi from third, with Bryce Musso also coming home on an errant throw.
McGill was replaced at the start of the fifth by left-hander Kedrick Edwards, the first of three Knights relievers in the final inning as the Jays scored five runs on three hits.
“(Mayfield) was dominant on the mound, and we didn’t get any hits back-to-back,” St. Augustine coach Ryan Sims said. “We’ve got to get back to work (Wednesday).”