Jesuit ended its postseason opener early.
The eight-seeded Blue Jays banged out six hits and five runs in two innings en route to an 8-0 victory over No. 25 Ruston in a Class 5A first-round baseball playoff game that lasted 1 hour, 24 minutes Tuesday.
It’s Jesuit’s eighth consecutive victory dating to the regular season — six victories coming against Catholic League opponents that sealed a District 9 championship for the Blue Jays (28-5).
The Blue Jays advance to a best-of-three, second-round series against the winner of the No. 9 West Monroe-No.24 Chalmette matchup. Ruston finishes 14-16 for the season.
“We had our opponent playing catch up after the first inning,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “Even bigger, we didn’t sit on that five-run lead. Guys kept pushing and having good at bats.”
Right-hander Myles Blunt hurled a complete-game effort, allowing five hits while striking out two on 68 pitches.
“It felt pretty good out there. I felt comfortable with my defense behind me,” Blunt said. “I give them most of the credit for everything that happened. I wasn’t stressing over trying to do extra things, trying to do everything by myself. I just threw strikes and allowed my defense to make plays.”
The offense cushioned Blunt, too.
Ben Hess secured Jesuit’s first hit, smacking a single to shallow left field, before scoring on a Scott Crabtree RBI single to shallow right field to give Jesuit a 1-0 edge after one inning.
In the second inning, the Blue Jays piled onto their slim margin. Harrison Daste belted an RBI double to left field, scoring Hayden Fuentes, who ripped a triple.
Then it was Hess’ turn to contribute. He added a run on an RBI infield single with the bases-loaded before Crabtree delivered a two-run double to shallow center field to increase the lead to 5-0.
“Just tried to do my job. My teammates did their jobs getting on base for me, and my job was to get them home,” said Crabtree, who tallied a game-high three RBIs.
Jesuit collected a sixth run in the bottom of the fourth and capped their scoring with their seventh and eighth runs in the bottom of the fifth.
“Good solid performance all-round, but it’s over,” Latino said. “We have to get back to work tomorrow.”