Baseball: John Curtis, Hammond, St. Martin’s winners on Thursday

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Area Prep Baseball Report for Friday,, April 2

Having won a pair of state championships recently in Division I (2017-18), John Curtis Christian has the look of a team that can make another run at a state title in 2019.

In a battle for first place in District 9-5A, the Patriots used the big inning to whip Archbishop Rummel 9-1 Thursday evening at Segnette Field in Westwego in a District 9-5A showdown for first place.

Tied 1-1 going to the top of the fifth inning, the Patriots blew the game open, scoring eight runs.

Curtis (14-3, 5-0) took total advantage of a missed defensive play when the Raiders dropped a sure force play on a bunt which could have short-circuited the inning.

Instead, the Patriots did what outstanding teams do, taking total advantage as the floodgates opened and a close game became a rout.

After Rummel starter Ira Austin left the game, Curtis capitalized on the Raider bullpen.

In the fifth inning, Nyan Hayes put the Patriots on top with a 2-run single while Reggie Bergeron had a big two-run double. Winning pitcher Logan O’Neill added an RBI single and Richard Woodruff drew a bases loaded walk. A wild pitch scored another run for Curtis.

O’Neill went 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win, allowing just one run. Josh Lopez pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Austin took the loss for Rummel (14-4, 2-1). Delgado commit Lance Johnson had two of Rummel’s five hits. The Raiders were without first baseman Logan Bertucci, who was injured when hit in the face by a batted ball in a win over Brother Martin earlier in the week and were without third baseman Casey Avrard and left fielder Ryan Smilari.

The two teams conclude their series on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Harahan Playground.

In District 6-5A, Hammond shut out Slidell 2-0 at Slidell.

The Tornadoes broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

Senior Tylen Moore had a hit and drove in both runs for Hammond, who had just three hits overall.

Senior Scott Perise pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits. Perise walked four and struck out five, using 110 pitches.

Matthew Pagano pitched well for the Tigers but took the loss, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits. Pagano walked five and struck out eight. Holden Hebert finished up on the mound for Slidell.

Sophomore Peyton Strahan had two hits to pace the Tigers, who had six hits overall. Slidell has lost five straight games.

Both teams return to district play next Tuesday.

Hammond (5-17, 3-3) is at Covington at 6 p.m. while Slidell (9-15, 0-6) will host Ponchatoula at 6 p.m.

St. Martin’s Episcopal went west and run-ruled Kenner Discovery 14-0 in five innings.

The Saints scored a run in the top of the first inning, added three more in the second and put the game away with a 10-run third inning.

Gavin Sperandeo had a double and drove in a pair of runs, Peyton Miller had a hit and two RBI, David Helwig had two hits, including a double with an RBI and Christian Pevey added two hits to pace an 11-hit attack for St. Martin’s.

Pevey pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out seven while walking just one, using just 67 pitches.

The Saints (7-13) will host Patrick Taylor Saturday at 10 a.m. while the Swamp Owls (8-7) have dropped five straight games and will play at Patrick Taylor Monday at 2 p.m. in a District 11-3A contest.

Area Prep Baseball Results from Thursday, April 1

Archbishop Shaw 2, Jesuit 1

Belle Chasse 21, Landry 3

Ben Franklin 7, Ecole Classique 2

Bogalusa 5, Albany 4

Centerville 16, Grand Isle 1

Chalmette 17, Bonnabel 2

Covington 1, St. Paul’s 0

Destrehan 4, Thibodaux 2

Douglass 24, McMain 2

Ellender 8, Riverside Academy 6

Fisher 18, Booker T. Washington (NO) 1

Franklinton 7, Salmen 2

Hahnville 11, East St. John 2

Hammond 2, Slidell 0

Higgins 15, Grace King 3

Independence 11, Amite 4

John Curtis Christian 9, Archbishop Rummel 1

Karr 25, Helen Cox 5

Lakeshore 11, Pearl River 1

Lutcher 4, Berwick 0

Pope John Paul II 6, Country Day 5

St. Martin’s Episcopal 14, Kenner Discover 0

West Feliciana 9, French Settlement 5

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