Retif Oil (Jesuit Blue Jays)
2013 American Legion Baseball Season
Retif Wins Two Games in Round Robin Tournament
James Licciardi ’14 throws Sunday, June 15, 2013 during the 5-0 victory against
Big Easy Sportsplex at John Ryan Stadium.
Retif Oil (11-3, 2-1) held a round robin tournament this weekend (June 15-16) featuring five different teams from across southern Louisiana. Retif kicked off the tournment with a shut out victory over Big Easy Sportsplex, 5-0. James Licciardi ’14 threw a complete game shut out only allowing five hits and striking out two batters. Offensively, Dylan Weston ’13 and Brandon Sequeira ’14 led the team with two hits each.
Game two of the Retif Round Robin did not end with the same outcome. Retif dropped its only loss of the tournament to Gauthier & Amedee, 6-3. Brett Leonhard ’13 was credited with the his second loss of the season.
In game three on Father’s Day, Retif looked to rebound from game two with a victory against Heymann Chiefs (Comeaux). Retif struck first in the bottom of the third inning by scoring three runs before the bats fell dormant until the bottom of the sixth. After allowing Heymann Chiefs to break the shut out in the top of the sixth, Retif answered with seven runs to cushion its lead in the sixth. Glynn Hyer ’14 (1-0) held the Heymann Chief batters at bay with four strike outs in the five innings pitched. Clayton Deron ’14 came in during the sixth to record the save. Mitch Alexander ’13, Dylan Weston ’13, and Clayton Deron ’14 led the offensive surge in the bottom of the third and sixth inning each tallying two hits. Brandon Sequeira ’14 also contributed with his stand-up two run double to push Retif past the Heymann Chiefs, 10-2.
Retif returns to action on Monday, June 17, 2013 to challenge the John Curtis Patriots at Kirsch-Rooney. First pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.
Retif Slips to Peake BMW, 3-2
Brandon Sequeira ’14 throws the ball to first Friday, June 7, 2013 during the 3-2 loss to Peake BMW at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Retif Oil (8-2, 2-1) was held to just one hit during the 3-2 loss to Peake BMW (Brother Martin) on Wednesday night (June 12). Retif pieced together two runs thanks to a throwing error and a sacrifice fly to left-center by Brandon Briuglio ’16 before the hit by Scott Crabtree ’15 in the bottom of the seventh inning. But this would not be enough for Retif to avoid its second loss of the season and its first loss in district play.
C.J. Avrard ’14 (2-1) picked up his first loss of the season. Avrard gave up 3 runs on 11 hits while striking out five Peake BMW batters. Retif returns to Kirsch-Rooney on Friday, June 14 to take on Deanie’s Seafood (Rummel High School). First pitch is 7 p.m.
Retif Oil Round Robin Tournament Schedule
June 15th & 16th
*All Games Held at John Ryan Stadium*
Game 1 (June 15, 10 a.m.): Retif - Big Easy Sportsplex
Game 2 (June 15, 6 p.m.): Retif - Gauthier & Amedee
Game 3 (June 16, 2 p.m.): Retif - Comeaux
Three Blue Jay Alumni Selected in 2013 Major League Baseball Draft
Mason Katz ’09 Bubby Riley ’11 Luke Voiron ’11
Three former members of the Jesuit baseball program — Mason Katz ’09, Patrick “Bubby” Riley ’11, and Luke Voiron ’11 — will have an opporunity to play professional baseball. Katz, a senior at LSU, who helped lead the Tigers to the 2013 College World Series in Omaha, was selected in the 4th round of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Voiron, a catcher, went to the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Round 38. The Chicago Cubs picked Riley in Round 40. Voiron and Riley, who played together on the 2012 American Legional World Series and 2011 state championship teams, spent the past two seasons honing their baseball skills at Delgado Community College.
Retif Wins a Trio of Games Over the Weekend
Trent Forshag’14 grounds a pitch into the gap Friday, June 7, 2013 during the 4-2 victory against Ponstein’s Grocery at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Retif Oil (8-1, 2-0) did not waste any time scoring in Friday night’s game against Ponstein’s Grocery. In the top of the first inning, Retif scored three of its four runs and the last run coming in the second inning.
Leading the early offensive charge was Trent Forshag ’14, who went 4-4, Ben Hess ’15, went 3-4, and Mitch Alexander, went 2-5. Also, Forshag tacked on 2 RBIs to help secure the 4-2 victory against Ponsteins at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Jack Burk ’15 (2-0) got the complete game win for Retif’s second district win. Burk allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out seven Ponstein’s batters.
Coming off another district win on Friday, Retif was back on the diamond for a double-header with Big Easy Sportsplex 18 and younger at John Ryan Stadium. Retif won both of the games, 2-1 and 8-3. Retif returns to Kirsch-Rooney Stadium on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to take on district rivial Peake BMW (Brother Martin). First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
Retif Opens Slams Post 307, 13-2
Dylan Weston ’13 swings at a pitch Wednesday, June 5, 2013 during the district opener against
Post 307 (De La Salle High School) at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
C.J. Avrard ’14 (2-0) got the start for Retif Oil in Wednesday night's game against Post 307 (De La Salle High School). Avrard started slow by giving up a homerun in the bottom of the first but would quickly find his mark. Avrard pitched five innings giving up three hits and striking out five Post 307 batters.
On the offensive side, Mitch Alexander ’13 and Dylan Weston ’13 led the charge in the 13-2 victory. Alexander went 2-4 with a double and a triple that would scored two runners in the top of the second inning to take the lead. While Weston went 2-5, slamming in three runners on two stand-up doubles.
Retif returns to action on Friday, June 7, 2013 for a district battle against Ponstein’s Grocery (Holy Cross) at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium at 7 p.m.
Retif Opens District Play Tonight Against Post 307
Trent Forshag ’ 15 swings at a pitch Friday, May 24, 2013 during the season opener agaisnt Shell Motiva (Destrehan High School) at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Retif Oil (4-1) dropped its first game of the season to Otto Candies (Hahnville High School) in Hahnville on Monday, June 3. Retif looks to regain its footing tonight (June 5) in its District One opener against Post 307 (De La Salle) at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. First Pitch is for 7 p.m.
Retif Pulls Away Late Against Shell Motiva, 10-2
C.J. Avrard ’14 (2-0) threw a complete game for Retif Oil in the team’s 10-2
victory against Shell Motiva (Destrehan High School) on Friday, May 31
at Kirsch Rooney Stadium. Avrard gave up two runs on four hits and
struck out five batters. Retif travels to Hahnville on Monday,
June 3 to play Otto Candies (Hahnville High School).
First pitch is 5 p.m.
Retif Shuts Out Refuel 2-0 in Wednesday Night’s Duel
Right-handed pitcher Brett Leonhard ’13 (1-0) threw a complete game striking out eight batters and only allowing one hit in Wednesday night’s 2-0 shutout of Refuel (Archbishop Shaw
High School) at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. Retif returns to the diamond on
Friday, May 31 to take on Shell Motiva (Destrehan High School)
at 7 p.m. at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Retif Oil Opens 2013 Season with Two Victories
Catcher Trent Forshag ’15 fist bumps third baseman Spencer Miller ’14 after scoring in the
third inning of the season opener against Shell Motiva (Destrehan)
on Friday, May 24 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
The 2012 World Champions of American Legion Baseball — Retif Oil (Jesuit Blue Jays) — opened their 2013 season on Memorial Day weekend with a pair of victories.
Retif defeated Shell Motiva (Destrehan High School), 8-4, on Friday, May 24 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. After a two day rest, Retif traveled across the river on Sunday afternoon, May 26, to play Ray Brandt Automotive Group (John Ehret High School), emerging from the West Bank with a 4-2 win.
Against Shell Motiva, Retif drove through their own bullpen by cycling through six pitchers in a game that lasted only six innings because the maximum time limit was reached. Senior C.J. Avrard (1-0), who relieved senior Brandon Sequeira in the third inning, captured his first win.
In Sunday’s game, junior pitcher Jack Burk (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, almost throwing a no-hitter in the process. Burk, who pitched the first inning against Shell Motiva on Friday, threw a complete game against Ray Brandt, striking out 12 batters and helping Retif Oil pick up its second win of the season.
Retif Oil returns to action on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium against Refuel (Archbishop Shaw High School).
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