Jays Shut Out Raiders (Again), 1-0, to Advance to Quarterfinals

Posted May 3, 2014 / Last updated May 9, 2014

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Brandon Sequeira (12) and Trent Forshag celebrate Jesuit's 1-0 win over Rummel on Saturday, May 3 to advance to the quarterfinals next weekend at John Ryan Stadium.

Brandon Sequeira (12) and Trent Forshag celebrate Jesuit’s 1-0 win over Rummel on Saturday, May 3 to advance to the quarterfinals next weekend at John Ryan Stadium.

Quarterfinals on May 9 & 10 Another “Best of 3 Games” Series at John Ryan Stadium

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Jesuit defeated Archbishop Rummel, 1-0, in Game 2 of the regional playoffs, sweeping the “Best of 3” series and advancing to the quarterfinals. It was the fourth shutout of the Raiders by the Jays this season.

The Blue Jays will host the Trojans of Alexandria in the quarterfinals, another “Best of 3” series. The first game is Friday, May 9; Game 2 is Saturday, May 10. If necessary, a third game will be played Saturday night.

The Jays are seeded 3rd in Class 5A while the Trojans hold the 6th seed. View the LHSAA Class 5A brackets.

Brandon Sequeira shut out Rummel three times this season, the latest in Game 2 of the Regional Playoffs on Saturday, May 3 at John Ryan Stadium. Sequeira allowed five hits, struck out six Raiders, walked one batter, and hit one Raider in going the distance for the Jays. Sequeira's record improved to 9-1.

Brandon Sequeira shut out Rummel three times this season, the latest in Game 2 of the Regional Playoffs on Saturday, May 3 at John Ryan Stadium. Sequeira allowed five hits, struck out six Raiders, walked one batter, and hit one Raider in going the distance for the Jays. Sequeira’s record improved to 9-1.

In what might be a first in the annals of Blue Jay baseball, Jesuit has not shut out the same opponent four times in a single season. But the Jays did just that against the Raiders. In district play, the Jays won 3-0 and 6-0. After winning their bi-district playoff games, the two longtime rivals were paired against each other in the Regionals. This marks the first year that the LHSAA instituted a “Best of 3 Games” series to determine the winner of the Regional and Quarterfinals playoffs. In Game 1¬†on Friday, May 2, Jesuit duplicated the 6-0 score of the Jays and Raiders’ second district game.

In Game 2 on Saturday afternoon, the Jays and the Raiders were scoreless in the first five innings. Although both teams threatened here and there, those first five innings ended with several Jays and Raiders stranded on bases, more Jays than Raiders.

It was Jesuit’s turn to bat in the top of the sixth (the Jays were the “home” team in Game 1). With one out, Trent Forshag (C) drew a walk and courtesy runner Clayton Deron traded places with the “Shag.” With Deron on first base, the Jays pulled off a beautiful “hit and run,” with Spencer Miller (3B) hitting a single. Deron advanced to third base and designated hitter Stephen Sigle drew a walk that loaded the bases. Dan Edmund (1B) then stepped up, tapping a single to right field and notching an RBI. Deron scored standing up. But the Jays grounded out and flied out, leaving two runners on bases.

Jesuit’s winning pitcher was Brandon Sequeira, whose record improved to 9-1. It was Sequeira’s third shutout against Rummel this season. In Saturday’s game, the senior pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and striking out six Raiders. He walked one Raider and hit one batter.

Jesuit’s five hits included four singles and one double. Blake Baker (2B) hit the double in the second inning and was left stranded on third base. The singles were off the bats of Miller, Sigle, Edmund, and Nick Ray (CF).

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