Jesuit used three big innings to defeat St. Augustine 17-7 in six innings courtesy of a 10-run rule in prep baseball action Monday afternoon at John Ryan Stadium.
Jesuit scored five runs in the first inning, seven in the fifth and sixth in the sixth.
They also put up one in the fourth.
The Blue Jays’ victory sent their record to 25-5 and 7-2 in District 9-5A and dropped St. Augustine to 9-15 and 0-8.
“It was ugly,” Jesuit coach Joseph Latino said. “Our bats were about the only positive we can take from this. We didn’t pitch it well, we didn’t play smart, but our bats were good in the right spots … we were able to get some timely hits.”
Jesuit’s five-run first inning was highlighted by a three-run inside-the-park home run by right fielder Spencer Miller. Miller hit a sharp line drive into right field that took a tricky hop past the Knights’ fielder and rolled to the wall, allowing both base runners and Miller to score.
“I got a fastball on the outer half and just took it that way,” Miller said. “Once I got to third and coach was still waving, I tried to turn on and get home.”
The Knights responded with a four-run rally in the top of the second inning to cut the Jesuit lead to one run. But Latino made an early pitching change, brining in Glynn Hyer in relief of Myles Blunt.
Hyer answered the call, shutting out St. Aug over the next three innings.
“I thought Glynn did a real nice job,” Latino said. “I thought he did a good job coming out the pen and keeping things in check.”
St. Augustine will continue their search for their first district win Tuesday against Rummel at home. Jesuit will host Shaw Wednesday at John Ryan Stadium.