Any chance of Shaw defeating Jesuit in their District 9-5A game on Saturday at John Ryan Stadium was literally gone with the wind.
Jesuit banged out 12 hits in taking an 11-6 victory over Shaw, but Blue Jays coach Joey Latino wasn’t ready to lay claim to a spectacular performance at the plate.
“The 12 hits, you’ve probably got to take that with a grain of salt because they misplayed a few fly balls that probably should have been caught,” Latino said. “It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but I thought our last two pitchers did a good job. (Chris) Beebe (1-0) and (Richard) Oubre came in and threw strikes. And, once we got the lead, we held on to it.”
It was the second consecutive 9-5A win for Jesuit (16-6, 3-2) and third win in a row overall. Shaw (6-9) slipped to 1-3 in district play.
“I felt like we were better offensively than (the Blue Jays) were today, but they were better defensively,” Eagles coach Kirk Bullinger said. “They caught the fly balls; we didn’t catch them. There were six or seven of them. We struggled with the wind and didn’t make any adjustments.”
Shaw appeared on its way to doing just that when it scored three runs in the third inning to tie the score at 4, with catcher Matt Keller hitting an RBI double and pitcher Keith Meier an opposite-field single to left that plated another run.
Jesuit responded in the bottom half with its biggest inning of the game, getting four runs on four hits in regaining control. However, two of the hits were shortstop Marc Theberge’s bloop to left field and second baseman Brandon Bruiglio’s pop up to center field. Both came with two out. Theberge’s hit drove in Stephen Sepcich, and Bruiglio’s plated Theberge and designated hitter Nick Ray.
Theberge, batting eighth, went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Bruiglio, batting ninth, led the Blue Jays with two doubles and three RBIs, as the bottom of the batting order paved the way.
Beebe (1-0) got the final out of the third on a strikeout, then got the first out of the fourth before being relieved by Oubre with the bases loaded. Eagles shortstop Cody Sposito greeted him with an RBI single, and another run scored on Meier’s ground out to first base. Oubre got the final out, then shut out Shaw the rest of the way.
Jesuit sealed the win with three runs in the fifth, with the aid of two more shallow pop flies dropped in the outfield and an error on a grounder to second.
Jesuit has a big week coming up against Brother Martin on Tuesday, Rummel on Friday and Brother Martin on Saturday. Shaw will face Brother Martin on Monday in a makeup game of Friday’s rainout. Then it’s Rummel on Tuesday, Belle Chasse on Wednesday in a non-district game, and district games Friday and Saturday.