Premier Pitching Carries Baseball Past Shaw to Quarters
On Saturday, May 5, Crescent City Sports will feature coverage of Game 2 of the quarterfinal series between sixth-seeded Jesuit and No. 3 seed St. Paul’s. The link to the live stream is: http://crescentcitysports.com/live-game-streams/
The Jesuit baseball team punched its ticket into the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs by defeating Shaw in the Round 2 elimination game, 2-0.
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The Blue Jays won their first game at John Ryan Stadium, lost their second (3-2), and rallied behind the arm of Andrew Cashman in the Game 3 deciding match to win (2-0). Good pitching was Jesuit’s constant throughout the series as pitchers Christian Hess, Will Moran, and Andrew Cashman combined for 23 strikeouts in three games. While Hess earned the win and allowed five hits in Game 1, and Moran took the loss and also allowed five, Cashman threw the game of his life with an impressive no-hitter that secured for the Blue Jays a win they needed the most.
“All of the credit to our pitching,” said head baseball coach Kenny Goodlett. “Andrew Cashman came out and threw a no-hitter and did an absolutely unbelievable job just pounding the zone. He had one walk and gave us a great opportunity to win in an elimination game as a senior and you could not be prouder of him. We had tough games all season with Shaw. We expected it. We tip our hat to Shaw, and we’re just happy to be moving forward to play St. Paul’s.”
Goodlett and his Jays are excited to play in the quarterfinal round, which will kick off Friday night (5:00 p.m.) at St. Paul’s (click link for series details).
Cashman Perfect Through Five
Game 3: Jesuit 2, Shaw 0
Saturday, April 28
Pitcher Andrew Cashman retired 16 batters and had a perfect game through five innings. He then walked one Eagle in the sixth, but the defense ended the top of the inning with a 6-4-3 double play (DP) that kept Cashman’s no-hitter in effect. Cashman (2-4-3) ended the game retiring 21 batters, he ended Shaw’s hopes of advancing, and he ended the home team worries by leading Jesuit to its 2-0 elimination game victory.
“I don’t think I’ve come close to throwing a no-hitter before,” Cashman said. “It feels great. We were really down after the second game so we needed to come out and get the runs early. The offense did that for us and I was able to pitch ahead throughout the game. It’s hard playing from behind in an elimination game. I really didn’t have any of my off-speed pitches consistently. I was able to throw the fastball on the first pitch and that is really what got me there.”
Jesuit scored its second run in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Parker Serio and an RBI single by Alex Watermeier, the same combo that produced the Jays’ first-inning run.
Cashman, nearly perfect, recorded five strikeouts and walked just one in his brilliant pitching performance. It was his first no-hitter at any level.
He earned his second win of the 2018 season.
Moran Perfect Through Four
Game 2: Jesuit 2, Shaw 3
Saturday, April 28
When Will Moran (5-2) records 12 strikeouts and catcher Parker Serio (27 H, 15 RBI) has two hits, Jesuit is likely in position to win. The Jays were never even able to take the lead in Game 2, however, when Will Moran’s perfect game ended in the fifth as Jesuit allowed three runs with just two innings left to rally back. Jesuit scored two runs in the last two while Moran threw a scoreless 6th, but Shaw prevailed with a 3-2 win.
Moran sat the Eagles down 1-2-3 in the first three and struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth. Shaw’s Jacob Mouriz was also steady on the mound, dualing Moran and only allowing one power hit that came from Jesuit’s Parker Serio in the third.
Serio slapped one to the wall for a double, but was left stranded. He led with two of Jesuit’s five total hits, but it was Alex Watermeier who earned the Jays’ lone RBI.
Both defenses were apparently perfect, as neither team recorded an error.
Fortunately, Hess kept doing his thing. The senior pitcher contained Shaw in the 6th and struck out the final Eagle batter in the 7th to close out his complete game. Hess finished with seven strikeouts and allowed just three hits to earn his fifth 2018 victory.