Baseball Wins Two in Weekend Play against St. Augustine
The Blue Jay baseball team notched two more wins to their steadily improving record with a couple of weekend games against the Purple Knights of St. Augustine.
Saturday, April 1 – RBI Field
Jesuit 3 – St. Augustine 1
On Saturday at RBI Field, the Jays won a defensive battle with six scoreless inning for both teams. All runs in the contest were scored in the third inning.
In the top of the third, the Jays score three runs via stolen bases and bunts. Junior Michael Torry (21) was the first to reach the bases and advanced to second. Senior Bryce Musso (9) then laid a perfect bunt down the third baseline to advance Torry to third. When the throw to first sailed over the glove of the first baseman, Torry advanced home for the first run of the ball game. Musso advanced to second on the overthrow.
Next in the lineup was senior Nick Ray (12). His shot to left field advanced Musso to third, who then came home on a wild pitch to senior Hunt Conroy (5). Ray also advanced to third on the play.
Conroy then kept the bunt game going. Ray scored on the squeeze and Conroy advanced to second when the Purple Knights made a play for the plate. The top of the inning ended with the Blue Jays ahead 3-0.
In the bottom of the third, St. Augustine loaded the bases with only one out. Senior Chris Beebe (33) came on to relieve Cashman. One run scored for the Knights on a base hit before the Jays were able to retire the side.
Chris Beebe finished the game with three strike outs.
Friday, March 31 – John Ryan Stadium
Jesuit 10 – St. Augustine 1
On Friday, the first match-up between the Catholic league teams was an easier affair for the Jays. Scoring four runs in the first inning, the Jays went ahead to a comfortable lead that they never lost. Junior Christian Hess (14) got the nod as starting pitcher.
In the bottom of first, senior Nick Ray (12) led the charge by reaching base on a bunt. After Stephen Sepcich (12) walked on, Marc Theberge (3) lit a fire under the Jays with his two RBI triple. The Jays were composed and confident at things clicked from the get-go.
Senior Sam Ovella (18) continued the rally with a double to drive in Theberge for the third run of the inning. After Ovella advanced to third on a wild pitch, senior Mack Miller (7) completed the scoring drive with a double to drive in Ovella. The first inning concluded with the Jays ahead 4-0.
In the top of the fourth, the Jays gave up their only run of the game. Senior Collin Kulivan (25) came on with two outs to help the Jays escape to with the score at 4-1.
The Jays improved their lead by two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Nick Ray drove in Michael Torry (25) for the first run. Ray traveled to third base on a St. Augustine error. Senior Hunt Conroy (5) then hit Ray home on an infield single.
The Jays tallied up three more runs in the bottom of the sixth off the good fortune of walks and wild pitches. The final tally was 10-1, Blue Jays.
Starter Christian Hess struck out three batters, and winning pitcher Collin Kulivan struck out five. The Jays had seven hits, and St. Augustine finished with four errors on the night.
The Blue Jays are now 18-7 (5-1), gearing up for more weekend play ahead. Jesuit will face San Ignacio, the Jesuit school from Puerto Rico, on Friday at 4:00 PM at John Ryan Stadium. On Saturday, the team faces John Curtis in a big challenge at 2:00 PM at Mike Miley Playground. Both teams have demonstrated prowess in the district, each enduring only one loss in district play.