Jesuit capitalized on three Rummel errors as the Blue Jays earned a 4-1 District 9-5A victory at John Ryan Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The Blue Jays managed just three hits — the same total they had in a 1-0 district-opening loss to Curtis on Tuesday — but the hits came at the right time against Rummel.
“We were fortunate because three hits is not going to win a whole heck of a lot of ballgames, but today, it did,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “I’m really pleased at the performance of my two pitchers. I thought (Richard) Oubre did a nice job, and (Todd) Crabtree came in and held his own. When you can hold teams to one run, you should win your share.”
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Sam Ovella walked to start the rally. Pinch runner Jake Chanova scored from first base on Marc Theberge’s sacrifice bunt as Rummel third baseman Kevin Meehan’s throw ended up in right field. After a Nick Ray walk, Austin North grounded a two-out, two-strike single to left to make it 3-1.
“I just stayed as calm as I possibly could and got a good pitch,” said North, who also had two walks. “I just wanted to square the barrel on it. It’s a huge win. We only had three hits, but Oubre did an awesome job to keep them to one run.”
The Blue Jays (14-5, 1-1) added a run in the sixth as Connor Maginnis doubled to open the inning and scored on Jake Licciardi’s sacrifice fly.
Jesuit starter Richard Oubre went 4.1 innings, allowing one run on six hits and five strikeouts in 82 pitches. Todd Crabtree pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to get the victory.
“I felt good, and our defense played great behind me,” Oubre said. “I was just trying to spot my fastball, and let my defense made the plays behind me.
The Raiders (11-6, 1-1) pounded out seven hits, but only managed a run in the fifth inning, when Zach Cook reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Luke LaCoste’s RBI single to left.
Cook took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks in 5-plus innings. He struck out four in 97 pitches. Offensively, Chase Fourcade and Lyall Ball had two hits each.
Rummel coach Nick Monica said his team simply stranded too many runners.
“I think the big at-bat came in the second with runners on second and third and one out,” he said. “We’ve got to find a way to get those guys in, but we had two straight punchouts. When you get a chance to take the lead like that, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”
Latino said his team needs to keep plugging away at the plate.
“Right now, I think it is more of a confidence issue than anything else,” he said. “I think the guys are pressing a little bit. We’ve put in the work. This is not a group that takes shortcuts, so we just have to stay process oriented and keep working.”