While Shaw defeated Jesuit, the last time the two played earlier this month, Jesuit narrowly won 2-1 Wednesday at John Ryan Stadium.
Jesuit’s offense was keyed by Alex Galy who went 3-for3 and had two RBIs.
“In the fifth, Alex Galy, who had a real fine offensive night, came through with a big hit,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “We executed a bunt. Nathan Zimmer got a key bunt down, excellent job by a senior, giving himself up to push the runner in scoring position. Then Alex came through with the big hit.”
Latino said he expected a hard-fought contest from Shaw.
“Their guys did an extremely good job,” he said. “C.J. (Avarard) kept them at bay, just limiting them to one run. We were able to get that go-ahead run late, and fortunately it held up.”
C.J. Avrard pitched the complete game for Jesuit (26-5, 8-2 District 9-5A) and extended his record to 7-1. He struck out five and allowed eight hits. Jace Nini (5-4) also went the distance for Shaw. He allowed seven hits.
Shaw scored first in its half of the third, when Nini hit an RBI double that scored Brandon Guillot with one out. Guillot led off the inning with a double.
Jesuit tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third when Galy’s RBI single scored Blake Baker.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Jesuit took the lead when Galy hit an RBI single that scored Brandon Sequeira to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.
Bryce Dantin led Shaw (20-11, 5-5) as he went 2-for-4. Scott Ledet was 2-for-3.
Shaw left nine runners on base and coach Kirk Bullinger said numbers like that hurt his team.
“I thought we played a pretty good ballgame,” he said. “We kind of ran ourselves out of a couple of scoring opportunities early on.
“We couldn’t put together any big hits when we had guys on base. We got the double with Brandon to start the inning. Then we followed it up with a double. We couldn’t get a big hit to blow the game open early.
When you don’t take advantage of those opportunities, they usually come back to haunt you in the end.”
Despite the loss Bullinger said his starting pitcher played well.
“He did his job tonight. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t come up with a big inning tonight to put those guys away like we did last time.”