With just six outs left Friday night, Jesuit was on the verge of a disappointing double dip.
Two losses in one day.
But Jesuit got going in the sixth inning, scoring three runs to rally past John Curtis for a 5-4 victory at John Ryan Stadium.
The victory helped erase the disappointment of falling to Zachary 7-1 earlier in the day in the Gerald Oubre Tournament.
“We came out with no energy in the first game and coach told us to flush that one and come out and get a good win against a good team, and that’s what we did,” Jesuit senior pitcher Jack Burk said.
It was just the second loss of the season for Curtis (9-2), whose only other loss came to Live Oak. Jesuit (14-4) trailed 4-2 in the sixth inning.
Ben Hess started the inning off with an infield single, reaching first after a brilliant stop by Curtis second baseman Jordin LaBruzza. Stephen Sepeich followed it up with a single to right and Harrison Daste advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt.After Nick Ray walked, Alex Galy and Brandon Briuglio hit back-to-back RBI singles to tie it.
Scott Crabtree, a UNO signee, then hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in what proved to be the game-winning run.
“I just wanted to come up with a hit to help my team,” Crabtree said.
Crabtree also had an RBI triple in the first inning.
“The first game (against Zachary) was tough,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “We didn’t play well and it was a good team. We couldn’t get in a rhythm and we seemed to be really flat. So its gratifying to see us come out and play as well as we did against a really good team.”
Curtis scored two runs in the first. The first came on an RBI triple by LSU commit Daniel Cabrera that drove in Mason Matherne, who led the inning off with a double. A.J Huff then grounded out to drive in Cabrera.
But Jesuit answered in the bottom of the inning when Crabtree tripled to score Brandon Briuglio.
The Patriots stretched the lead to 3-1 in the second when Jacob Bordelon drew a bases loaded walk. Jesuit scored again in the second when Alex Galy belted a single to right to drive in Harrison Daste.
Both starting pitchers settled down after that.
Jesuit’s Jack Burk retired 10 consecutive Curtis batters during one stretch.
“I didn’t have my best stuff the first few innings but coach told me to keep battling,” Burk said.
Burk went five innings, allowing just three hits and striking out eight before being replaced by Myles Blunt to start the sixth.
Blunt, a 6-foot-5 right-hander whose father Micah was a standout basketball player at Tulane, earned the win and improved to 3-0. He gave up two hits and had two strikeouts.
“Jack did a good job of keeping us close and Myles did a great job coming out the bullpen and throwing strikes,” Latino said. “The defense played well behind him and we took advantage of the one opportunity they gave us.”
Myles Washington, the quarterback on the Curtis football team, doubled off Blunt in the top of the sixth. Nick Wilson followed with an RBI single to put the Patriots up 4-2 before Jesuit rallied in the bottom of the inning. Jacob Bordelon went five innings for Curtis before being replaced by Cabrera and then Hunter Bufkin.
“I thought our pitching was great,” Patriots coach Johnny Curtis said. “We have to get better defensively and we can’t swing at balls.”
Curtis will play West Ouachita and Brother Martin on Saturday in Hahnville starting at 9 a.m. Jesuit will play Hahnville at 4 p.m. looking to stay on the winning track.
Galy was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Briuglio was 2-for-3 for the Blue Jays.
“We had to just wipe out that first game and get some momentum back,” said Briuglio.