Jesuit and Rummel Meet Tuesday, March 25, in District Opener at Kirsch-Rooney
Jays Hope to Expand Their Streak of Hot Hitting, Solid Pitching
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Jesuit’s varsity baseball team begins district play on Tuesday, March 25 when it meets Archbishop Rummel at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. First pitch is 7 p.m. Students and faculty are admitted free with their school ID and season passes will be acccepted at the gate. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children (6-11).
The Jays boast a 14-3 record following this past weekend’s Gerard Oubre Memorial Tournament at which Jesuit won three of their four games, including an impressive 7-0 shutout of the West Ouachita Chiefs last Friday, March 21 at John Ryan Stadium. The decisive win was sweet because a few weeks ago in the WGNO Classic, the Chiefs shutout the Jays, 1-0.
Jesuit’s other tournament wins this past weekend were against Central Lafourche, 9-3, on Saturday (March 22) and Destrehan, 7-4, in eight innings on Thursday (March 20). In the final game of the tournament on Sunday (March 23), Jesuit came up short against Hahnville, 4-1.
In the three games Jesuit won in the Gerard Oubre Tourney, Blue Jay fans were treated to awesome shows of pitching and hitting. There was also history being made: senior Stephen Sigle sent a ball over the left field fence (320 feet) at John Ryan Stadium in Friday’s game against West Ouachita. It was Sigle’s first home run and the first for a Blue Jay playing in a prep game at John Ryan Stadium, an achievement that heretofore eluded Jesuit’s baseball players in the first two seasons at their new home field.
(Blue Jay baseball fans may recall that Matt Robért ’12 hit what was the first home run over the same left field fence at John Ryan Stadium. However, Robért’s homer occurred in the regional playoffs of American Legion Baseball in the summer of 2012.)
Senior C.J. Avrard (4-0) pitched a one-hitter against the Ouachita Chiefs and struck out six batters. Several Blue Jays had a productive night at the plate, including junior catcher Trent Forshag with three hits. Four Jays each had two hits: senior third baseman Brandon Sequeira (one of his hits was a triple), junior left fielder Scott Crabtree, junior shortstop Alex Galy, and junior outfielder Harrison Daste.
In the Jays’ 9-3 win over Central Lafourche on Saturday at Destrehan’s baseball field, junior pitcher Myles Blunt (1-0) had five strikeouts in five innings. Senior Zach Jones pitched the sixth inning and junior Logan Hornung took the mound in the seventh. Junior first baseman/ designated hitter Dan Edmund whacked a grand slam and Daste was good for two RBIs when he singled.
Jesuit’s lone loss in the tourney was at the paws of the Tigers of Hahnville. Senior starter Glynn Hyer (1-3) was tagged for two runs in the first inning and ditto for senior Christian Latino, who came to the mound in the second inning and pitched through five innings. Sophomore reliever Mason Mayfield threw the final two innings. Seniors Spencer Miller, Sequeira, and Crabtree each had two hits. One of Crabtree’s hits was a double.
Looking past the Jesuit-Rummel game on Tuesday, the Blue Jays will host Brother Martin on Friday (March 28) at 7 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium. The game between the Jays and Crusaders is expected to attract one of the largest crowds to the stadium since its opening night in April 2012.