Jays and Bears Will Tangle in Baton Rouge in LHSAA Quarterfinals Playoff
Blue Jays Hope to Extend Winning Streak to #10 and #11
The Jays travel to Baton Rouge this afternoon to play Catholic High in the Division 1 quarterfinals of the LHSAA state playoffs.
Like last weekend’s Best of 3 series against Destrehan, Jesuit must win two out of three games to advance to the final four championship tournament in Sulphur on May 13-14.
First pitch is 6 p.m. for Friday’s game. The two teams play their second game on Saturday at 2 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will start 30 minutes after the second game ends.
Admission for each game is $8 each for adults and $5 each for students and children (ages 6-11). SportsNOLA will provide live video streaming of Friday’s night’s game. Additionally, Saturday’s game(s) will air on WGSO 990 AM and will also be accessible online at WGSO.com. First NBC is sponsoring Saturday’s radio broadcasts.
Friday’s webcast will begin just prior to the 6 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday’s coverage will begin just before noon. Ken Trahan and Jesuit alumnus Danny Riehm (Class of 2002), the regular broadcast team for baseball coverage on the First NBC Bank Prep Showcase, will provide commentary both days on SportsNOLA. Jude Young and Jesuit alumnus and pre-freshmen baseball coach Bill Babin (Class of 1974) will describe Saturday’s action from Baton Rouge on WGSO beginning at 2 p.m.
The fifth-seeded Jays have won their last nine games and bring a 26-7 record to the quarterfinals. Last week, the Jays shut out Destrehan, 1-0, in game one; in game two, the Jays won, 5-3, in eight innings. The fourth-seeded Bears won their district and sport a 27-6 record. After losing to Hahnville in the opening game last week, the Bears and Tigers had to wait out rain for several days. When they were finally able to play, the Bears won both games.
The Jays are likely to start right-hander Mason Mayfield (7-2) on the mound in game one. Mayfield’s ERA is 0.91 and he has the lowest on-base percentage among the Jesuit pitching staff at .231. Leading hitters for the Jays are second baseman and pitcher Brandon Briuglio (.417), shortstop Nick Ray (.349), right fielder Connor Maginnis (.286) and designated hitter Marc Theberge (.277).
Weather forecasts call for sunny skies and mild temperatures.
The winner of the series advances to the championship tournament where they will face the winner of the quarterfinals series between Barbe, the number one seed, and St. Amant, the number 24 seed.