Three up, three down.
John Curtis couldn’t have asked for a better start to its debut in the Catholic League.
The Patriots remained perfect Saturday, winning their third District 9-5A game in five days to remain perfect in league play.
This time, it was a Brandon Davis sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth that provided the winning run in Curtis’ 3-2 victory over Rummel at Mike Miley Playground.
Not bad for the No. 9 hole hitter.
“It was really big,” Patriots coach Jeff Curtis said of Davis’ sacrifice fly. “He has been a little snake-bitten this year. He is hitting the ball hard but hitting it right at people. I was happy with him to be able to step in there and get the RBI. I was glad to see him pull through in that situation.”
Curtis trailed 2-1 in the sixth inning before rallying for the victory, improving to 14-4 overall.
Kyle Burns tied it with an RBI double before Davis’ game-winning RBI, capping a week where the Patriots beat Jesuit 1-0 in Tuesday’s district opener and Shaw 12-6 on Thursday.
“The guys are playing really well,” said Curtis, in his first season as head coach. “We are pitching really well, playing solid defense and doing enough on offense, where we are being opportunistic. We are doing just enough to win. Whatever we are doing is working, so I’m happy with it.”
Austin Haensel pitched the final three innings and got the win for the Patriots. Haensel replaced started Daniel Cabrera, who went four innings. Cabrera had eight strikeouts and Haensel finished with four. They combined to allow just three hits to the Raiders (11-7, 1-3).
Burns went 2-for-3 to lead the Patriots at the plate.
Kyle Costanza, Kevin Meehan and Daryl Deist had the three hits for Rummel, which took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Deist’s two-run double.
Curtis plays Brother Martin on Tuesday and Friday plays St. Augustine.
Rummel plays Holy Cross on Friday and St. Augustine on Saturday.