After four District 9-5A losses by one run, Jesuit finally won one by the slimmest margin Saturday.
The Blue Jays escaped John Ryan Stadium with a dramatic 10-inning victory, beating Brother Martin 5-4 when Crusaders center fielder Blair Frederick dropped a fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded.
“We’ll take this one-run affair,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said, smiling. “This was a great Catholic League high school game. It’s unfortunate the way it ended. Tonight fate went our way, and we’ll take it.”
Frederick, an LSU signee, had beaten Jesuit 2-1 on Tuesday, pitching a complete game and driving in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. His error Saturday enabled pinch runner Bryce Musso to score from third base. Musso was running for designated hitter Chance Melancon, who led off the 10th with a single to center.
It appeared Frederick may have lost the ball in the lights somewhat as he came over from center field into right a bit.
“No, he just missed it,” Brother Martin coach Mark Wisniewski said. “Our kids battled. There were a couple of times we didn’t execute some plays.”
Jesuit (18-7), which had lost its past two games, went to 4-4 in district, three games out of first place with four to go. Brother Martin (15-4, 4-4) lost an opportunity to keep pace behind second-place Holy Cross (5-2).
Jesuit reliever Todd Crabtree (2-1) shut out Brother Martin for five innings.
The Crusaders scored two runs in the top of the third in taking a 4-2 lead.
Second baseman Joel Bergeron led off with a single up the middle and scored on a one-out, opposite-field single to left by catcher Kevin Stretzinger.
Scott Corrente, running for Stretzinger, came home two batters later on a balk by Jesuit pitcher Brandon Briuglio.
Jesuit closed to a run in the bottom of the fourth after Crusaders starter Keagan Gillies walked Blue Jays right fielder Connor Maginnis with two out. With shortstop Nick Ray batting, Maginnis stole second, then came home when Ray doubled past third base.
The Blue Jays tied the score at 4-4 in the sixth when Maginnis came home on Jake Licciardi’s slow grounder to the first base side of the mound, beating the throw home by Gillies.