Three Blue Jay Alumni Selected in 2013 Major League Baseball Draft
Mason Katz ’09 Bubby Riley ’11 Luke Voiron ’11
Three former players on Jesuit’s varsity baseball team — Mason Katz ’09, Patrick “Bubby” Riley ’11, and Luke Voiron ’11 — will have the opporunity to play professional baseball. Katz, a senior at LSU who recently helped lead the Tigers to the 2013 College World Series in Omaha, was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 4th round of Major League Baseball’s draft.
Voiron, a catcher, went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Round 38. The Chicago Cubs picked Riley in Round 40. Voiron and Riley played on Jesuit’s 2011 state championship team and have spent the past two seasons honing their game at Delgado Community College. Additionally, Voiron played on Retif Oil’s 2012 American Legion World Series team.
Unbearable! In the Second Round of State Playoffs, Blue Jays Are Mauled, 8-3, by the Bears of Catholic High
Blue Jays’ 2013 Season Ends with a 27-9 Overall Record
As the Catholic High Bears celebrate their 8-3 regional playoff win over Jesuit at
Grizzly Field on Monday, May 6, the Jays line up to pay
tribute to good sportsmanship.
The 2013 baseball season came crashing down hard on the Blue Jays who traveled to Baton Rouge on Monday, May 6 to play Catholic High in an LHSAA regional playoff game. The fifth seeded Jays started with a bang, scoring two runs in the first inning when senior first baseman Dylan Weston doubled into center field.
But Jesuit gave it right back in the bottom of the first as Catholic High, seeded 21st, took advantage of two miscues and scored a pair of runs to tie the game. The Blue Jays had only five hits to the Bears’ nine. Junior Blake Baker hit two singles. Jesuit’s senior pitcher C.J. Avrard took the loss. Also pitching were seniors Brett Leonhard and Andrew Mitchell.
“We made some costly errors and then the mental lapses set in,” said head coach Joey Latino. “Catholic High beat us, but we also gave them a big gift-wrapped package.”
Blue Jays Jam the Rams, 1-0
Andrew Mitchell Pitches a One-Hit Shutout While Blake Baker Turns in Stellar Performances on the Field and at the Plate
Junior shortstop Brandon Sequeira flies home to score Jesuit’s only run in the opening game of the state playoffs against the Acadiana Rams on Wednesday evening, May 1, at John Ryan Stadium.
Coach Joey Latino holds senior Mitch Alexander at third base.
Jesuit faced a tough team from Acadiana in the opening game of the state playoffs on Wednesday evening, May 1 at John Ryan Stadium. Senior Andrew Mitchell pitched six innings, giving up a single in the first inning before settling down to strike out 10 Rams and notch his third win of the season. Senior Brett Leonhard wrapped up the last inning in relief for the Jays and struck out two Rams.
The Blue Jay bats were noticeably quieter and accounted for only three hits, all singles by senior designated hitter Branden Munster, junior shortstop Brendon Sequeira, and junior second baseman Blake Baker. The Jays have a knack for making so few hits count. Baker’s single scored Sequeira from second base in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was only one run, but in this game, that was all the Jays needed.
Baker was equally superb on the field playing second base. In the fourth inning, Acadiana hit a sharp grounder up the middle, but Baker dove and snagged the ball, pivoting and throwing to senior first baseman Dylan Weston for the out. Baker made several spectacular catches to throw the runners out at first.
The Jays will travel to Baton Rouge and play Catholic High School on Monday, May 6. The first pitch is slated for 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at $7 for adults and $5 for students and may only be purchased at the gate. Please note that student IDs and season passes will not be accepted at the gate.
Let the Baseball Playoffs Begin: Jesuit Hosts Acadiana at John Ryan Stadium
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The Blue Jays stand along the first base line during the National Anthem at
John Ryan Stadium. Jesuit and Acadiana will open the first round
of the LHSAA playoffs this Wednesday at 6 p.m.
View the LHSAA 5A Baseball Bracket.
Good luck to the Jesuit varsity baseball squad (5th seed) when they open the 2013 LHSAA playoffs hosting Acadiana High School (28th seed) at John Ryan Stadium on Wednesday,
May 1. The first pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $5 each for adults, students, and children (ages 6-11) and will only be on sale at the gate. Student IDs and season passes will not be accepted at the gate.
Revisit the Jesuit Season at the Baseball Page.
Blue Jays Close Out Regular Season Play with a Sharp 6-1 Win on the Road in Baton Rouge
Jays Have a Week to Prepare for the Playoffs
As coach Joey Latino watches anxiously, junior Steven Sigle slides safely into third base after smashing a triple down the left field line in Sunday afternoon’s game in Baton Rouge against
the Warriors of St. Michael the Archangel. The Jays closed out
their regular season with a 6-1 victory
The Blue Jays ended their 2013 regular season on a cloudless Sunday afternoon (April 21) in Baton Rouge with a 6-1 win over St. Michael the Archangel. Senior pitcher Andrew Mitchell went the distance, allowing the Warriors only one run on three hits. Sophomore catcher Trent Forshag and junior second baseman Blake Baker wielded hot bats and accounted for two hits each, four of the Jays’ seven hits. Forshag had three RBIs and Baker had one RBI. The Blue Jays take a 26-8 record into the playoffs, which are scheduled to begin the week of April 29.
Senior Andrew Mitchell pitched an entire game, allowing the Warriors only one run on three hits.
Blue Jays Skin Tigers, 4-3, in Finale of Regular Season at John Ryan Stadium
Jays Shut Out Owls, 4-0, in Rematch on Friday
The Blue Jays scraped past the Holy Cross Tigers, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon,
April 20 at John Ryan Stadium. The non-district game was the last one of the
regular season at “The Ryan.” On Friday night, April 19, Jesuit swept the
Chalmette Owls, 4-0, in the final district game of the season played at
“The Ryan.” The Jays take a 24-8 record on the road when they
play one final game of the regular season on Sunday, April 21
at St. Michael’s in Baton Rouge.
Baseball Jays Leave “Da Parish” with a 4-2 Win Over the Chalmette Owls
District Rematch: Jesuit Hosts the Chalmette Owls at John Ryan Stadium Friday Night
Good Defense! Senior pitcher Cody Migliore (14) makes a play on this Owl bunt
and throws a strike to senior first baseman Dylan Weston (27) for the out.
View the Jesuit-Chalmette Baseball Photo Gallery
Jesuit’s varsity baseball team left St. Bernard parish on Tuesday night with a 4-2 win over the pesky Chalmette Owls at Noel Suarez Stadium on the campus of Chalmette High School.
Senior pitcher Cody Migliore (14) earned another win, while sophomore pitcher Jack Burke (11) chalked up a save. Offensively, sophomore Trent Forshag (11) slammed a solo home run, while senior Mitch Alexander and Benson Tucker both slapped doubles. Benson’s double scored two runs which proved to be critical in the Jays’ district road win over the Owls.
Read about the Jesuit-Chalmette game at Nola.com.
Jesuit welcomes the Chalmette Owls to John Ryan Stadium on Friday, April 19 for the second district game of the two game series. The first pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
For the Blue Jays, a Howling Good Time in Shutting Out the
Wolves of St. Paul’s, 1-0
Pegged at the Plate: Sophomore catcher Trent Forshag tags this Wolf runner at home plate
to end the game and preserve a 1-0 win by Jesuit over St. Paul’s on Saturday
afternoon, April 13 at John Ryan Stadium.
Sparks fly whenever Jesuit and St. Paul’s meet. The baseball game between the two rivals on Saturday, April 13 at John Ryan Stadium was no different. The Jays had only three hits and scored their lone run in the first inning. This time, one run was all that was needed.
When the Wolves came to bat in the top of the seventh inning, they were down to their last three outs. With a runner on second base and two outs, one of the Wolves smacked a single up the middle, straight to Jesuit centerfielder Mitch Alexander. The runner on second base was heading home, and fast. If he scored, the game would be tied at 1-1. Alexander scooped up the hit and executed a perfect “do or die” throw to home plate where catcher Trent Forshag was waiting, the Wolf runner charging fast. It wasn’t even close as Forshag stood his ground and tagged out the runner. End of game.
The winning pitcher was junior Brandon Sequeira (2-0), who struck out four batters in four and two-thirds
innings. Senior Andrew Mitchell pitched two and one-third innings in relief, striking out five Wolves and picking up a save. Jesuit plays a district game against Chalmette on Tuesday, April 16 at the Owls’ field. First pitch is 6 p.m.
Jays Sharpen Their Bats Against the Bucs
Senior southpaw Will North, along with reliever Christian Latino, pitched a
combined no-hitter Friday night, April 12 against the West Jeff Buccaneers
at John Ryan Stadium. The Jays scored nine runs in the first inning and
added another run in the third inning. With the score 10-0, the game
was halted after the fifth inning on the 10-run rule. The Blue Jays
play St. Paul’s of Covington on Saturday, April 13 at John Ryan
Stadium. First pitch for this non-district game is 6 p.m.
Blue Jays Cross the River to Play the Bucs and Keep Scoring and Scoring and Scoring...
Jesuit junior pitcher Glynn Hyer shows his stuff throwing in relief against the West Jeff Buccaneers on Tuesday afternoon, April 9. Winning pitcher was senior Brett Leonhard (5-2). Junior James Licciardi also pitched a couple of innings. The game, played on the West Bank, ended
after five innings on the 10-run rule. Jesuit won, 25-3. The two teams play again
on Friday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
C. J. Avrard Pitches a One-Hitter, Strikes Out 10, as Jays Shut Out Grace King, 10-0
Jesuit Drops Saturday Afternoon’s Road Game to St. Thomas More, 5-1
Jesuit junior pitcher C.J. Avrard was too much for Grace King, shutting out the
Irish batters and allowing just a single hit Friday evening in the second
game between the two teams. Avrard and the Jays shut out Grace
King, 10-0, and ended the game in the sixth inning at John Ryan
Stadium. Senior Branden Munster and junior Spencer Miller
had doubles to lead the Jays at the plate.
Over the weekend, the Blue Jays swept the Grace King Irish in district play on Friday with a 10-0 win at John Ryan Stadium. On Saturday, the team travelled to Lafayette to play the St. Thomas More Wildcats;
but fell short in this contest, 5-1.
Jays Whisk Irish of Grace King with 13 Runs in 5 Innings
Jesuit and Grace King Play Again on Friday, April 5 at 6 PM at John Ryan Stadium
Senior shortstop Michael Cusimano slides safely into home during Jesuit’s district game against
Grace King High School on Tuesday evening, April 2 at Bonnabel’s field. The Jays
socked it to the Irish, 13-3, in a game called after the fifth inning because
of the 10-run rule. Senior Brett Leonhard pitched five innings, striking
out six batters enroute to picking up the win.
The Jays brought some hot bats to Metairie on Tuesday evening, scattering 10 hits and scoring 13 runs, in their district game against Grace King at Bonnabel’s field. Designated hitter Trent Forshag hit a single each of the three times he came to the plate swinging. Forshag, a sophomore, knocked in three of Jesuit’s runs. Junior second baseman Blake Baker had two hits and two RBIs, and junior third baseman Brandon Sequeira had two hits and four RBIs. The game ended after five innings with the score 13-3.
Senior pitcher Brett Leonhard struck out six batters and notched another win.
Jesuit (18-7) has the home field advantage when the team plays Grace King once more on Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
Baseball Jays Sweep Rummel Raiders in District Play with an
8-4 Second Round Win
And the District Action Keeps Rolling On: Jesuit Meets Grace King Tuesday Night at Bonnabel
Senior Mitch Alexander (1) launches this Raider pitch into the outfield
for a hit. In the second round of district play, Jesuit defeated
Rummel, 8-4, to sweep the Raiders.
View the Jesuit - Rummel Baseball Photo Gallery
This district win did not come easy; but the Blue Jays remained focused through the challenges and put together an 8-4 team win over a gritty Rummel Raiders squad on Saturday, March 30 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. Although senior pitcher Andrew Mitchell (25) got the start against the Raiders, sophomore hurler Jack Burk (11) earned the win and improved his record to 4-0 for the season.
Read about the second round district game between Jesuit and Rummel on Nola.com.
Jesuit returns to district action on Tuesday when they travel to Bonnabel High School to play the Irish of Grace King High School. First pitch is 7 p.m.
Round One Won by One! Baseball Jays Defeat Rummel Raiders, 1-0
Let’s Play Another Game! Jesuit Meets Rummel This Saturday Afternoon at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium
Great Hustle... Junior third baseman Brandon Sequeira (10) hustles on this infield hit
and reaches first base on a Rummel error. More importantly, Jesuit scores
what will be the winning run on this play.
View the Jesuit-Rummel Baseball Photo Gallery
Jesuit defeated the Rummel Raiders, 1-0, Wednesday night at John Ryan Stadium when the winning run crossed the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a man at third and two outs, junior Brandon Sequeira’s infield hit seemed to spell doom for the Jays; but Brandon’s great hustle down the base line and an errant throw from a Raider infielder allowed the Jays to score and eventually to win an important district game.
Pitching six-complete innings, senior Cody Migliore (14) earned the win. Senior relief pitcher Andrew Mitchell (25) chalked up a save. Offensively, sophomore Trent Forshag (33) led the Jays with two hits.
Read about Wednesday night’s game from Sportsnola.com.
Wednesday night’s game will be rebroadcasted on WHNO- TV 20 on Friday, March 29 at
The Jays and the Raiders will meet a second time on Saturday afternoon, March 30 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. First pitch is 2:30 p.m.
Jesuit Spanks Feisty Hahnville, 8-3, Avenging an Earlier Loss to the Tigers
Jesuit Plays Rummel Twice This Week: 1st Game Wednesday, March 27 at John Ryan Stadium at 7 PM; 2nd Game on Saturday, March 30 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium at 2:30 PM
Senior pinch runner Mason Koppens is airborne as he skids into a safe landing at third base during
Monday afternoon’s (March 25) game against Hahnville at John Ryan Stadium. The Jays
sprayed 12 hits all over Alumni Field in defeating the Tigers, 8-3. Junior pitcher
Brandon Sequeira pitched six innings and struck out five batters enroute to
picking up his first win of the season. Sophomore left fielder Ben Hess
wielded a hot bat, going three for four with one RBI. Junior second
baseman Blake Baker and senior center fielder Mitch Alexander
each had two hits. Additionally, Alexander had two RBIs.
Jesuit plays Archbishop Rummel twice this week. The first game is Wednesday, March 27 at John Ryan Stadium. First pitch is 7 p.m. The Jays and Raiders will meet a second time on Saturday afternoon, March 30 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. First pitch is 2:30 p.m.
Blue Jays Pepper the Patriots of John Ehret in Five Innings,
11-1, Taking Some of the Sting Out of Their Tough Second Loss to the Crusaders
Jays Return to John Ryan Stadium on Monday, March 25 to Play Hahnville in a Non-District Game at 4 PM
In last Friday night’s (March 22) game against Brother Martin, junior catcher Spencer Miller chases a wild pitch all the way to the backstop, then tosses it to pitcher Brett Leonhard,
who puts the tag on this Crusader at the plate.
Junior pitcher C.J. Avrard struck out eight batters and went the distance in five innings as the Blue Jays whalloped the John Ehret Patriots, 11-1, in a non-district game Saturday at John Ryan Stadium. Seniors Mitch Alexander and Branden Munster, and junior Nathan Zimmer each had two hits.
The Jays were coming off two consecutive losses to Brother Martin and a big win against the Patriots eased some of the bruises sustained by the Jays. Jesuit plays Hanville on Monday, March 25, at John Ryan Stadium. The non-district game begins at 4 p.m.
The Jesuit-Brother Martin game played Friday evening, March 22 at John Ryan Stadium will be replayed on Monday, March 25 at 8 p.m. on WHNO-TV (Channel 20).
Ouch! Against Brother Martin, Blue Jays Fall on Their Own Sword (Again) in 6-3 Loss
Jays Come Back on Saturday and Defeat the John Ehret Patriots in Five Innings, 11-1; The Jays Play Hahnville in a Non-District Game on Monday, March 25 at 4 PM at John Ryan Stadium
Junior Brandon Sequeira slides safely into second base in the bottom of the second
inning of the Jesuit-Brother Martin rematch played Friday evening
at John Ryan Stadium.
Two days ago, Brother Martin put the hurt on Jesuit at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. The Crusaders won, 8-1, thus setting the stage for an anticipated rematch Friday night in which the Blue Jays would avenge the loss. However, it did not work out quite that way for Jesuit.
The Jays jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning but gave back two runs in the top of the third. The Crusaders scored three more runs in the fourth inning and added one more in the sixth inning. Senior Jesuit pitcher Brett Leonhard struck out four batters and absorbed the loss. He was relieved by senior Andrew Mitchell who struck out seven Crusaders.
The Blue Jays will play the Patriots of John Ehret on Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
The second meeting between Jesuit and Brother Martin was streamed live on SportsNola.com and will be replayed Monday, March 25 at 8 p.m. on WHNO-TV (Channel 20).
Baseball Jays Fall 8-1 in District Opener Against
Blue Jays and Crusaders Meet Again on Friday Night at 7 at John Ryan Stadium
A Crusader tries to reach base on a bunt, but junior catcher Spencer Miller (15)
makes a quick play on the ball and throws to senior first baseman
Dylan Weston (27) for the out. Jesuit will attempt to rebound
from Wednesday’s 8-1 loss to Brother Martin when the
two squads play again on Friday night at John Ryan Stadium.
Jesuit - Brother Martin Baseball Photo Gallery
Jesuit’s varsity baseball had a rough night against Brother Martin at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, dropping the opening night district game to the Crusaders, 8-1. The third inning proved to be
the Blue Jays undoing when the Crusaders broke a 1-1 tie by plating four runs. Later, the Crusaders would score one run in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth inning to win the first round match up.
Read about Wednesday night’s game between Jesuit and Brother Martin from Nola.com.
Jesuit and Brother Martin will meet again in another district contest this Friday night (March 22) at John Ryan Stadium. The first pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
Jesuit Goes 2 for 2 at Oubre Memorial Baseball Tournament
Blue Jays Prepare to Open District Play Against the Brother Martin Crusaders on Wednesday Night
That Looks Good! Junior left fielder Nathan Zimmer (13) takes a look at his
handy work before running and ending up on second with a stand up double.
Sunday afternoon’s final game at the Oubre Memorial Baseball Tournament between the Jesuit Blue Jays and the Hahnville Tigers proved to be just what the doctor ordered-- for the Hahnville Tigers. The Jays took one on the chin, 16-3, against a feisty Tiger club.
For more details about Sunday’s game between Jesuit and Hahnville,
read the article from Nola.com.
On Saturday, after a tough 4-3 loss to Destrehan on Friday night, Jesuit’s varsity baseball team bounced back with a 5-4 win over the West Ouachita Chiefs. Sophomore Jack Burk (11) earned the win, while junior Brandon Sequeria (10) chalked up a save. Junior Blake Baker (7) led the Jays offensively going 2 for 4. Sophomore catcher Trent Forshag (33) and junior left fielder Nathan Zimmer slammed extra base hits.
View the Jesuit-West Ouachita Photo Gallery.
For more details about Saturday’s game, read the story from Nola.com.
On Friday at the Oubre Memorial Baseball Tournament, Jesuit fell to Destrehan High School,
Read more about the Jesuit-Destrehan Game at Nola.com.
On Thursday afternoon, Jesuit’s varsity baseball team secured a 13-3 win over Central Lafourche High School at the Oubre Memorial Baseball Tournament. Senior pitcher Cody Migliore (14) earned the win and extend his season record to 5-0. Offensively, junior Blake Baker (7) slammed a solo homerun and added three RBIs in the win. Senior Dylan Weston (27) went 4 for 4 and had one RBI.
Read more about Thursday night’s game at Nola.com.
Diamond Jays Enjoy a Gem of a Weekend: Jesuit Goes 4-0 at Jay Patterson Shootout
With Wins Over East Ascension, Dutchtown, St. Amant, & Destrehan, Jesuit Rides a 7 Game Winning Streak
From a game earlier this season, senior shortstop Michael Cusimano (3) prepares
to make a long throw to first base for an out. Solid pitching, tenacious defense,
and timely offensive play prove to be the perfect recipe for a 4-0
Blue and White weekend at the Jay Patterson Shootout.
Congratulations to Jesuit’s varsity baseball team for going 4-0 to sweep the competition at the Jay Patterson Shootout this weekend. The Blue Jays are currently enjoying a seven-game winning streak.
On Saturday, the Blue Jays played two games and defeated St. Amant, 14-1, and Destrehan,
8-2, at St. Amant High School. In the St. Amant game, junior C.J. Avrard (1-1) was the winning pitcher. In the Destrehan contest, senior pitcher Cody Migliore (4-0) chalked up his fourth win this season. In both games on Saturday, junior Nathan Zimmer (13) proved to be the offensive catalyst in securing both wins by slamming a homerun against St. Amant and going 2 for 2 against Destrehan.
Read more about Saturday’s double-header at Nola.com.
On Friday afternoon, Jesuit won a tight contest over the Dutchtown Griffins, 6-5. Senior pitcher Brett Leonhard earned his second win of the season. Offensively, senior Mitch Alexander led the team going 2 for 3 and driving in one RBI.
Read more about Friday’s game against Dutchtown at Nola.com.
On Thursday night, the Blue Jays defeated the East Ascension Spartans, 6-0. in the opening round of the Jay Patterson Shootout in Gonzales, Louisiana. Sophomore pitcher Jack Burke (11) threw a complete seven-inning game, striking out 10 batters. Offensively, junior Brandon Sequiera (10) started the scoring drive with a double and then later scored on a single by Nathan Zimmer (13).
Read about Thursday night’s win against East Ascension from Nola.com.
Baseball Jays Cage the Holy Cross Tigers with a 10-3 Win
Jesuit Returns to the Diamond in the Jay Patterson Shoot Out at East Ascension High on Thursday
From a game earlier this season, senior Mitch Alexander (1) makes solid contact
with this pitch. On Tuesday night against Holy Cross, Jesuit lit up the
scoreboard with 10 runs crossing the plate and giving the Jays
the win against the Tigers, 10-3.
Jesuit’s varsity baseball team took care of business Tuesday night at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium when the Blue Jays handily defeated the Holy Cross Tigers, 10-3. Senior Andrew Mitchell earned the win for the Jays. Junior catcher Spencer Miller led the team offensively going to
3 for 4.
Read more details about Tuesday night’s game at Nola.com.
Blue Jays Go 3-1 in Second Annual Jesuit Invitational Tournament
2013 Jesuit Invitational Photo Galleries
Check Out the Blue Jays’ Performance at the 2013 Jesuit Invitational.
Jesuit Invitational Game Summaries
Jesuit vs. St. Augustine, 11-0
Senior left-lander Cody Migliore (3-0) lead the Blue Jays to an 11-0 victory in a 10-run rule shortened five-inning affair over St. Augustine to close out the Second Annual Jesuit Invitational Tournament on Sunday, March 3 at John Ryan Stadium. The game was Migliore’s second consecutive five-inning no-hitter.
Sophomore catcher Trent Forshag hit a double while senior teammate Mitch Alexander went 2-for-2. The Blue Jays posted a great showing at their home tournament, getting complete game efforts from all four of their starting pitchers while remaining error free on defense. With Sunday’s win over the Purple Knights, Jesuit improved to 6-3 on the young season.
Read the Nola.com Story About the Blue Jays’ Final Game
of the 2013 Jesuit Invitational
View the Photo Gallery of the Jesuit-St. Augustine Game
Jesuit vs. Lakeshore, 7-3
Congratulations to the Jesuit varsity baseball team for their 7-3 team win over the Lakeshore Titans at the Jesuit Invitational held at John Ryan Stadium.
On a cold but sunny Saturday afternoon, sophomore Jack Burk (1-0) earns the win pitching a complete game and striking out 8 Titians. Offensively, senior Mitch Alexander had three hits (one a triple) and drove in three runs. Senior Dylan Weston drove in two runs on a double.
Jesuit vs. Shaw, 1-2
Jesuit fell on the short side of a pitching duel against the Shaw Eagles, 2-1 in the feature game of the Jesuit Invitational on Friday, March 1 at John Ryan Stadium. Junior right-hander C.J. Avrard suffered the hard luck defeat (0-1) in going the distance, scattering seven hits while notching five strikeouts. Shaw senior J.P. France, a Tulane commitment, struck out 17 Blue Jays en route to the victory.
Centerfielder senior Mitch Alexander picked up the only two Blue Jay hits on the evening and scored the only run for the home team in the first inning. After Alexander lined a hard shot to left, junior Blake Baker was hit by a pitch. After one out, the duo successfully executed a double steal placing runners at second and third. Cleanup hitter senior Dylan Weston plated Alexander with a fielder’s choice ground out to third base.
Alexander’s second hit leading off the third inning provided the Blue Jays with the only other scoring opportunity they had in the contest. After loading the bases with one out, France picked up two key strikeouts to end the possible rally. No other Blue Jay reached base in the final four frames. Following the Blue Jay threat in the bottom of the third, the Eagles’ two-run rally in the top of the fourth proved to be enough in deciding the game’s outcome.
Jesuit vs. Northshore, 2-1
Senior pitcher Brett Leonhard pitched seven full innings, surrendering only three hits and
striking out nine batters in Jesuit’s 2-1 win over Northshore in the opening game of the Jesuit Invitational on Thursday, February 28 at John Ryan Stadium.
It was a multi-hit game for junior Blake Baker, who helped the Blue Jays get on the board late in the fifth inning when he drove in junior Brandon Sequeria. Late in the seventh inning, junior Spencer Miller reached base on an infield error. With the bases loaded, clean-up hitter Dylan Weston was walked, which brought home the game-winning RBI.
With the win, Jesuit improved to 4-2.