The John Curtis baseball team improved to 19-3 with a dominating 18-1 victory in five innings over De La Salle on Saturday afternoon at Avenger Field.
“I thought we did a good job,” Curtis coach Johnny Curtis said. “Austin (Haensel) did a good job on the mound. We made a couple of good plays on defense that helped him out. But at the plate, we swung it well again.”
Curtis struck first in the top of the second inning on a two-out double by Kyle Burns that scored Kory Shexnyder. The Patriots put up three more runs in third inning on RBI hits by Daniel Cabrera, Myles Washington and Nick Wilson.
The avalanche came in the fourth inning when Curtis sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs, with eight coming with two outs.
“If the bottom of our lineup can get on, the top can produce some runs,” Curtis said. “The first five hitters had opportunities to bust the game open ... and that’s what you saw there in the fourth inning.”
The Patriots added two more runs in the fifth before retiring De La Salle to end the game on the 10-run rule.
The Cavaliers had chances to score early. They put runners in scoring position in the first two innings, but Haensel worked out of the jams en route to a complete game.
“They got a couple of base hits. I just had to throw strikes,” Haensel said. “The defense did a good job behind me. Everything was good.”
Curtis will face McMain on Tuesday. De La Salle (7-15) will play against Country Day on Saturday.