Crabtree & Avrard Lead Jays to a 1-0 Win Over Brother Martin
Senior C.J. Avrard pitched a four-hit shutout and junior Scott Crabtree came up with a hatfull of hits, including a big RBI triple, to lead the Blue Jays to a 1-0 win over Brother Martin on Monday, March 31 at John Ryan Stadium.
Avrard survived a shaky start that included a walk, a hit, and a Crusader who was pinged by a pitch. But the Jays slipped out of the bases-loaded jam when shortstop Alex Galy made a great catch of a pop fly in shallow left-center field. Avrard pitched the entire game, finishing with a flourish by striking out all three batters in the top of the seventh inning. Up until then, he had only two strikeouts. Avrard is 5-0 on the mound so far this season with four of those wins shutouts.
Crabtree, a lefty at the plate who throws right-handed from his left field position, accounted for three of Jesuit’s seven hits. In the fourth inning, senior Spencer Miller (RF) drew a walk and junior Trent Forshag (C) hit an infield grounder. The Crusaders took Miller out on a fielder’s choice allowing Forshag to reach first base. Freshman Nick Ray was sent in as a courtesy runner for Forshag. That’s when Crabtree uncorked a fast ball deep into right center field for a triple that easily scored Ray.
Crabtree also hit two singles in his other at-bats while the team’s remaining four hits, all singles, came off the bats of Miller, senior Blake Baker (2B), junior Dan Edmund (1B), and junior Harrison Daste (CF).
“I’m very pleased with how we played tonight,” said Coach Joey Latino. “It was a great effort against a great team. Crabtree had a big hit and it held up.”
The Blue Jays (17-3 overall; 2-0 district) return to John Ryan Stadium on Tuesday, April 1 for a district game against Holy Cross. First pitch is 7 p.m.
Students and faculty from the two schools are admitted with their IDs. Season passes will be accepted. Otherwise, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children (6-11).