Brother Martin’s baseball team isn’t usually known for showing its emotions on the diamond, but that wasn’t the case Thursday.
The Crusaders (18-6, 7-5 District 9-5A) played with passion and held a 1-0 lead over John Curtis in both teams’ regular-season finale. The game was called in the sixth inning because of rain at Mike Miley Stadium on Thursday night. The teams will pick up the game at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Mike Miley Park in the top of the sixth.
Brother Martin starting pitcher Keegan Gillies, a Tulane signee, inspired his team with several outbursts atop the mound after escaping innings and threw five innings without allowing a hit before the game was called. Curtis’ only baserunners came courtesy of a walk and two hit batsmen.
After Curtis starter Sean Bretz struck out the first two batters to start the game, the Crusaders started a two-out rally. Blair Frederick singled and scored on Kevin Stringer’s RBI double to make it 1-0.
Brother Martin had opportunities to increase its lead, but failed to come up with the big hits it needed at crucial times. The Crusaders recorded five hits and six walks, but left 10 runners on base, helping the Patriots (20-7, 9-3) to stay close.