Left-hander Blair Frederick scattered seven hits and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth as Brother Martin edged Jesuit 2-1 in a District 9-5A game Tuesday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Locked in a pitchers’ duel with Jesuit’s Mason Mayfield (3-2), Frederick (5-1) didn’t allow a run after the first inning, striking out 11 and walking none.
Mayfield gave up just four hits, including only two after the third inning.
“I just needed to get settled in,” said Frederick, an LSU signee. “The first inning was a little rocky, but I know I had to hold them to just that one. The guys played great defense behind me.”
The win put Brother Martin (15-4) at 4-2 in district with games Friday at Shaw and a return matchup Saturday at Jesuit. The Blue Jays (17-7) fell to 3-3 in 9-5A, with all three losses by one run.
The stage was set for the win when left fielder Brady Faust walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Second baseman Joel Bergeron perfectly executed a sacrifice bunt near the first-base line, advancing Faust to second. Frederick then singled to center field on a 2-2 pitch, the second time the Crusaders scored a run with two strikes on the hitter.
“We had opportunities here and there,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “I thought the key was they executed the bunt in the sixth, and we had a chance to execute a bunt in the fifth and couldn’t do it.
“You have to tip your hat to (Frederick). He not only pitched an outstanding game, but he got the key hit as well.”
The Jays jumped on the Crusaders quickly, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Nick Ray singled to left field, but went to second when left fielder Faust missed the ball. Ray advanced to third on Brandon Briuglio’s fly to center and scored on a two-out single by third baseman Hayden Fuentes.
However, in the third, Faust made up for his fielding error. Shortstop Michael Hirsch led off the third with Brother Martin’s first hit against Mayfield and twice advanced on groundouts. Faust, a freshman, then hit a two-strike, opposite-field double down the third-base line, easily scoring Hirsch and tying the score.
After the first, Frederick shut out the Blue Jays on five hits, allowing two base runners in an inning only once — in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Chance Melancon led off with a single to right, and Ray hit a two-out base hit to center field. However, Frederick struck out Briuglio to end the inning.