Jesuit High School Joey Latino said first baseman Dan Edmund “does nothing to draw attention to himself.”
The Blue Jays junior certainly has ripped up that script over the past two days.
Edmund drove home the game’s only run Saturday, enabling the Jays to sweep Rummel in the best-of-three Class 5A regional state playoff series at John Ryan Stadium.
Edmund also had a key RBI single during Jesuit’s win Friday night.
Playing his first year of varsity baseball, Edmund’s one-out single in the sixth scored courtesy runner Clayton Deron from third base. Deron had reached third after a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Spencer Miller.
Edmund’s hit was the decisive blow in a 1-0 game dominated by pitching. Both winner Brandon Sequeira (9-1) and Rummel’s Spencer Veit (5-6) were able to keep hitters off balance. Each team had only five hits.
Jesuit won Friday’s first game 6-0. Edmund, who was Jesuit’s leading hitter in District 9-5A games with a .417 average, had a pivotal single during Jesuit’s four-run inning in that game.
The Blue Jays, the state’s No. 3 seeded team, move on to play No. 6 seed Alexandria next weekend at Ryan Stadium. Alexandria defeated Destrehan 11-8 Saturday, sweeping two games.
“I’m so happy for Daniel,” Latino said. “He’s so quiet. He never does anything to draw attention to himself. He was a big contributor to our offense this weekend.”
While Edmund’s single “was the decisive hit, (Miller’s) hit and run was the spark,” Latino said. “It was perfect execution by Spencer.”
Right-handed hitting Miller drove a 1-2 pitch into the vacated hole left when Rummel second baseman Darren Willis moved to the bag after Deron broke for second.
“Our coaches always emphasize staying to the back side in those situations,” Miller said. “I got a curveball and I just wanted to hit it hard to the right side.”
Edmund said he thought Miller’s hit was the difference-maker. He described the feeling after his hit as “surreal, but give Spencer all the credit. His hit was most important.”
Including two Catholic League games, Jesuit has held Rummel scoreless over 28 innings.
“You’ve got to give credit to Nick (Monica) and his players,” Latino said. “Even after Friday night’s loss, they came back and battled us, pitch-by-pitch, out-by-out.
“That was two really good pitchers battling out there today.”
Jesuit had runners in scoring position both in the second and fourth innings, but Veit was able to work out of the difficulty with ease in both.
Rummel had runners reach second base three times. In the third, a walk to Chase Fourcade and a single by Veit put two on with one out. Sequeira was able to retire Jeremy Sterling, who had three hits and two doubles in the two games, on a fly to center.
Joel Runnebaum singled in the fourth and courtesy runner Kyle Costanza moved to second on a wild pitch with one out. Sequeira got a pop out and a strike out.
Sterling doubled with one out in the sixth, but again Sequeira was able to get two routine fly balls to secure the shutout.