Having lost five of their last six games, Jesuit desperately wanted to right the ship heading toward the Division playoffs. The Blue Jays took a big step in that direction Thursday night.
Senior left-hander Davis Martin pitched a complete game and the Blue Jays used a seven-run third inning to down Brother Martin 7-1, snapping the Crusaders’ five-game win streak and splitting the series between the two teams. Brother Martin won 2-1 in nine innings on Monday night.
“Brother Martin is a great team, always has great hitters,” Martin said. “I made great pitches in the first inning, they spoiled them, battled. I just went out and competed and gave my best to my team and we were able to get a win tonight.”
Brother Martin (16-13-1, 5-7) jumped on top in the top of the first inning. Joel Bergeron hit the first pitch from Davis Martin for a double down the left field line. Mason Bonnaffons walked and both advanced on a double steal. Freshman Tre’ Morgan drove home Bergeron with a grounder to shortstop to make it 1-0.
Jesuit (21-12, 7-5)broke out the bats in the bottom of the third, scoring seven runs on seven hits to break it open.
Bryce Musso started it with a bloop single to right-center and scored on a booming triple to deep left-center by Southeastern Louisiana commit Nick Ray to tie the game 1-1.
Michael Torry singled home Ray to make it 2-1. After Tulane commit Stephen Sepich singled, Tulane commitment Marc Theberge ripped a two-run triple to increase the lead to 4-1. Sam Ovella followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 and a pair of errors scored two more and Jesuit led 7-1 after three innings.
“It’s always great to go out there and know I don’t have to strike everybody out once we got the runs,” Martin said. “I could just pitch and let the defense play and they did a great job.”
Brother Martin threatened in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with one out on singles by Dominic Robert, Brennan Stuprich and Ben Wisniewski but Martin fanned Bergeron and got Roevens to ground out to end it.
Martin scattered seven hits, allowing one run. He walked just one and struck out five, using 101 pitches.
Ray had two hits and an RBI while Conroy and Musso each had a pair of hits for the Blue Jays. Bergeron had two hits for the Crusaders.
Jesuit head coach Joey Latino was pleased to see runs finally come for the Blue Jays.
“We got the run support tonight but they all came in one inning,” Latino said. “We don’t care when they come. We’ve been struggling a little bit and I think guys were pressing a little bit tonight. I saw a little bit better approach and once Nick hit that triple, it kind of energized us and guys were looking forward to getting into the box and competing.”
Latino had special praise for Martin.
“I’m just glad the ball was in that young man’s hands,” Latino said. “Davis has meant so much to this program the last three years and he gave us another big time effort tonight.”
With the win, the Blue Jays kept their hopes alive to try to pass Rummel for the fourth spot in the power rankings in Division I. Jesuit will close out its regular season at home at John Ryan Stadium against St. Michael Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Brother Martin finished its regular season and will be either the sixth or seventh-seed in the Division I playoffs.
BM 100 000 0 — 1 7 2, 7 LOB
Jes 007 000 x — 7 10 1, 4 LOB
WP-Davis Martin (7-3)
LP–Kirk Prest (4-3)
Time of Game: 1:46
Area Prep Baseball Results from Thursday, Apr. 20
New Orleans Area
Archbishop Hannan 7, Pine 2
Bonnabel 4, Helen Cox 3
Covington 6, Mandeville 5
De La Salle 13, Lusher 0
East Jefferson 12, West Jefferson 1
Fontainebleau 7, St. Paul’s 2
Franklinton 5, Loranger 1
Haynes 11, South Plaquemines 1
Higgins 5, John Ehret 0
Holy Cross 10, St. Augustine 6
Thomas Jefferson 11, Fisher 4
Jesuit 7, Brother Martin 1
Grace King 5, Landry-Walker 3
Lake Area New Tech 4, Carver 3
McMain 6, Cohen 0
Northlake Christian 9, University Academy 3
Northshore 2, Slidell 1
Ponchatoula 17, Hammond 11
Riverdale 8, Ben Franklin 1
Salmen 8, Lakeshore 5
St. Thomas Aquinas 11, Doyle 2
Baton Rouge Area
Bogalusa 20, Independence 1
Catholic (BR) 13, McKinley 1
Christian Life 15, Port Allen 4
Denham Springs 6, Scotlandville 0
Dunham 5, Madison Prep 1
Live Oak 6, Central 4
St. John 14, East Iberville 0
Assumption 6, Morgan City 5
Centerville 11, Highland Baptist 1
Covenant Christian 3, Houma Christian 2
North Vermilion 12, Berwick 4
South Terrebonne 5, South Lafourche 0
Vandebilt Catholic 14, Ellender 0
Area Prep Baseball Schedule for Friday, Apr. 21
New Orleans Area
Carver vs. Karr, 7 p.m. at Avenger Field
Christian Life at Northlake Christian, 3 p.m.
Covenant Christian vs. John Curtis Christian, 7 p.m. at Mike Miley Stadium
East St. John vs. St. Martin’s Episcopal, 4 p.m. at Mike Miley Stadium
Grace King at Bonnabel, 6 p.m.
KIPP Renaissance vs. NOMMA, 4:30 p.m. at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium
Northlake Christian at Varnado, 4:30 p.m.
Patterson at St. James, 4 p.m.
Riverside at Northshore, 4 p.m.
Lusher vs. McMain, 3 p.m. at Joe Brown Park
Baton Rouge Area
Brusly at Parkview Baptist, 6:30 p.m.
Crescent City Christian at Mount Hermon, 5:30 p.m.
False River at Livonia, 4:30 p.m.
Southern Lab at White Castle, 4 p.m.
St. John at Plaquemine, 5 p.m.
Assumption at Morgan City, 6:30 p.m.
Ellender at Vandebilt Catholic, 6 p.m.
Maurepas at Houma Christian, 4 p.m.
South Lafourche at South Terrebonne, 4 p.m.
West St. Mary at Franklin, 4 p.m.