Baseball Report: Destrehan, Marceaux shut down Jesuit
DESTREHAN – It was an exciting afternoon for Kenny Goodlett. Coaching his first game in his new role as head coach of the Jesuit Blue Jays, Goodlett was eagerly anticipating his first victory, though he knew it would be very difficult against LSU signee Landon Marceaux.
The task proved too tough and Goodlett will have to wait at least another day for that magical victory.
With no fewer than scouts operating radar guns watching keenly, Marceaux pitched five and a third shutout innings, striking out nine and walking no one as the Wildcats blanked the uncharacteristically error-prone Blue Jays 5-0 Thursday afternoon on the opening day of the Gerard Oubre Memorial Tournament at Destrehan.
Marceaux was limited to 80 pitches by design.
“I always go for no walks, no free bases,” Marceaux said. “You know I don’t like errors behind me. We played clean defense and kept a zero on the board and that gave our team a chance to win.”
Marceaux got five of his strikeouts with breaking balls.
“The last start, I couldn’t really get it over for a strike but today, I got it over for a strike and got some successful swings and misses” Marceaux said.
The Blue Jays committed five errors, allowing all but one run against them to be unearned. Three Jesuit pitchers issued nine walks as well.
“We always want to start the weekend off on a high note and we were able to do that,” Destrehan head coach Chris Mire said. “It wasn’t the prettiest performance but for the most part until the last inning, our defense was solid and our pitcher was good and that’s usually a good recipe. The last inning, we missed a few plays we could have made but we controlled the game for the most part.”
Destrehan broke on top in the bottom of the third inning on an unearned run, without the benefit of a hit.
Losing pitcher Brian Valigosky walked TJ Thomas and Bryce Rochelle and balked to move the runners to second and third. Dustin Joliff hit a grounder to short that was mishandled, allowing Thomas to score to make it 1-0.
The Wildcats benefitted from Jesuit miscues again in the bottom of the fourth to expand the lead to 3-0. Avery Schexnaydre doubled to the wall in left. With one out, Brock Mire laid down a sacrifice bunt and the throw to first went into the right field corner, allowing Schexnaydre to score to make it 2-0. Thomas then reached on another error, allowing Mire to score to make it 3-0.
Destrehan put the game away in the bottom of the fifth with help from the Jesuit defense again.
Joliff singled before Zack Wild and Max Jacob drew walks to load the bases. Schexnaydre then reached on an error, scoring a run to make it 4-0 before Cole Porter drove in a run with a grounder to second to make it 5-0.
The Wildcats played ad-on in the bottom of the sixth. Bryce Rochelle walked, Joliff reached on an error and Wild doubled to deep center, scoring both to make it 7-0. Wild stole third and scored when Schexnaydre followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-0.
Jesuit broke through in the top of the seventh inning against Thomas, making it very interesting.
Matt Alexander singled, Joel Guerra reached on an error and Zack Casebonne walked to load the bases. Will Moran then doubled off the wall in left, just out of the reach of Wild, scoring a pair of runs to make it 8-2. Seth Dardar then reached on an error, scoring Casebonne to make it 8-3. Sean Seghers followed with an RBI single to center to make it 8-4.
The win is the third straight for Destrehan (7-8) while the loss is the third straight for the Blue Jays (7-6).
“You’ve got to play error-free baseball against a good team,” Goodlett said. “That kid right there (Marceaux) is a really good pitcher, a really good high school pitcher. Destrehan is a very good team. When he’s on the mound, they’re trouble. You cannot give them baserunners. Five errors, that’s historic. Against good teams, that’s not going to work.”
Goodlett’s excitement about his first game as head coach was measured.
“I’m glad we got together and it’s over,” Goodlett said. “Obviously this outcome and effort, we have a lot to work on as they continue to get better. We will. We’ll get better. We just have to clean our game up and play smarter baseball.”
Both teams return to action in the tournament Friday. Destrehan will host Brother Martin at 4 p.m. while Jesuit will host Lake Charles College Prep at 8 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
“I think our guys are starting to figure it,” Mire said. “It’s more about scoring runs and not about getting hits and we’re finding ways to get runs across the plate right now and we need to keep that up.”
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