Jesuit High School took advantage of repeated opportunities to defeat South Terrebonne 9-2 Saturday at John Ryan Stadium.
The two teams will both be playing in next week’s state baseball playoffs.
The Blue Jays, ranked third in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A power rankings, finished the regular season 27-5.
South Terrebonne, a member of District 7-4A, finished 15-15. The Gators of Bourg were ranked 28th among 4A teams.
Jesuit, which played its final District 9-5A game Wednesday, wanted to get in another game before the playoffs begin next week.
“If we had not scheduled any games since the finish of district, we’d be almost a week without game action,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “A game like today is important in maintaining sharpness.
“There is no substitute for game action. I was pleased today. We continued to play at a high level.”
The Jays scored twice in the third inning with only one hit to break open a 2-2 game. A one-out walk to Scott Crabtree was followed by a Trent Forshag single.
The second out of the inning was sandwiched between two batters hit by pitches, Spencer Miller Brandon Sequeira.
Crabtree scored when Sequeira was hit. Forshag scored on a passed ball.
Wildness and mistakes by the Gators helped the Blue Jays add five more runs in the sixth.
Two walks and Nathan Zimmer’s single loaded the bases. Alex Galy then lofted a fly ball to center that easily scored Clayton Deron from third.
When the center fielder’s relay throw bounced past the shortstop, Zimmer, who moved to third on the deep fly, came home.
Crabtree’s double drove in Blake Baker. Stephen Sigle’s second hit of the game scored Crabtree.
“All in all it was good day,” Latino said. “We pitched four seniors and they each did a good job.”
Senior left-hander Zack Jones (2-0) pitched two effective innings and was the winning pitcher.
The Jays had seven hits, but also took advantage of five batters who were hit with pitches and five walks.
“I don’t always pay attention to base hits in the box score,” Latino said. “We barreled the ball up nicely and made some hard contact that became outs.”
South Terrebonne (15-15) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first.
Tyler Crochet singled and moved to third on Blake Freeman’s double into left center.
Joey Brunet’s single scored Crochet.
Jesuit scored single runs in both the first and second to take a brief 2-1 lead. Forshag’s single scored Baker, who had reached by being hit by the Gators’ first pitch of the game. Sigle opened the second with a single and eventually scored on Zimmer’s two-out single.
If Jesuit remains the No.3 seeded team for the playoffs, they will “likely play Tuesday” at Ryan, Latino said. The top four seeds will play at home until action moves to Sulphur in two weeks.
Jesuit finished second in District 9-5A with an 8-2 league mark.