Baseball Splits Curtis Series, Sweeps Shaw

Posted April 10, 2019 / Last updated April 16, 2019

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Following its 2-1 opening win in the John Curtis series, the Jesuit baseball team improved to 5-0 in district play. In Game 2 the defending state champions were then able to snap their two-game losing streak and end Jesuit’s four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory of their own.

In the Game 1 victory, pitcher Will Hellmers added another success to his résumé, combining with Will Moran for a no-hitter in Jesuit’s 2-0 victory over John Curtis. Hellmers’s 6-inning no-hitter saw 15 of his 18 outs come from strikeouts. As a result, 18 of the 21 outs recorded by Jesuit were by strikeouts against the three-time defending 9-5A champion and two-time defending Division I state champion Patriots.

In the Jesuit-Shaw “Battle of the Birds” series, the Blue Jays prevailed with a 2-game sweep. In Game 1 the Jays captured three 1st-inning runs behind the arm of Will Hellmers and Brenden Berggren. The duo threw a combined shutout to keep Jesuit atop the Catholic League standings. The second game was led by Hellmers’s field day at the plate, which included two home runs, a double, and three RBIs. On the mound the Jays were led by Connor Sarrat’s complete game one-hitter.

Through the Lens…

View the Photo Gallery from the Jesuit-John Curtis Series (Games 1 & 2)

Both teams huddle up after Jesuit’s 2-1 series-opening victory over John Curtis at Mike Miley.

By the Numbers…

Stats from Jesuit’s 5-2 victory at Shaw (Tues., 4/9):
Player H HR RBI    
Brian Valigosky 1 0 0    
Seth Dardar 2 1 1    
Will Hellmers 3 2 3    
Zack Casebonne 2 0 0    
Tripp Haddad 1 0 1    
TOTALS 9 3 5    
Player W L SV IP SO
Connor Sarrat 1 0 0 7 9
TOTALS 1 0 0 7 9

In His Words…

“It was a big win,” head baseball coach Kenny Goodlett said after the Game 1 victory over Curtis. “Give them a lot of credit. Dax Ford did a heck of a job for them tonight on the mound. Our kids kept battling. We came up with a big hit from Joel Guerra and Will Hellmers, what else can I say? The kid was pretty good tonight. Will Moran coming in a clutch situation gave us a chance to win. Runs were at a premium tonight. We were blessed to get two and one more than them.”

On the Horizon…

Jesuit has an away district game at Holy Cross on Thursday, April 11 at 4 p.m.