Baseball Report: St. Aug extends win streak to five, Curtis hands Jesuit first league loss

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Area Prep Baseball Report for Tuesday, April 9

While three-time defending league champion John Curtis Christian was handing Jesuit its first Catholic League loss of the season in a 2-1 victory Monday at John Ryan Stadium, another story which continues to unveil itself registered its newest chapter at RBI Field at Wesley Barrow Stadium Monday.

St. Augustine won its fifth consecutive game, whipping Archbishop Shaw 9-1 to sweep the two-game series with the Eagles.

After staring district play 0-3, the Purple Knights have now won four straight Catholic League games.

St. Aug pounded out 11 hits. Tannard Darensbourg was 3-for-4 and scored three runs while Eddie Davis had two hits and two RBI and scored a run. Blake Batiste had two hits and an RBI and Kenya Huggins tripled and scored two runs.

Freshman Ryan Stripling went five innings to pick up the win. Sophomore Kabrel Johnson pitched the final two innings. Stripling allowed just one run on two hits, walked three and struck out three. Johnson allowed just one hit and had a strikeout.

“We are playing well,” St. Aug coach Al Robinson said. “They are working hard. They are buying in to what we are telling them. It is paying off. Our players are gaining confidence that they cwan play with anyone. We have good individuals but we are putting it together and we are becoming a good team, which has always been the goal in this process.”

The five seniors for St. Augustine have stepped up in a big way with their play and leadership, including Darensbourg, Davis, Spears, Jordan Vidato and Michael Mims.

The Purple Knights (15-8, 4-3) return to action at Holy Cross this afternoon at 4 p.m. St. Aug beat the Tigers 3-1 last Saturday.

St. Augustine showed a year ago that it was closing in on its brethren in the Catholic League by posting wins over Jesuit, Rummel and Shaw before advancing for the first time ever in the playoffs with a series win over the Raiders. A year later, the Purple Knights are even better.

“This is a very good league with outstanding, tradition-rich programs,” Robinson said. “We are working on establishing this program as one that will become tradition-rich as well.”

In Metairie, Gareth LeBlanc broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning as John Curtis handed Jesuit its first district loss in a 2-1 victory.

Michael Curtis went five and one-third innings to pick up the win, allowing one run with Dax Ford coming on to get the save. The pair combined for the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when Curtis tripled and Ford singled him home to make it 1-0.

The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom of the fourth inning on a pair of errors and a wild pitch but that was all they could muster.

John Curtis (10-12, 4-4) returns to league action Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against Archbishop Shaw at Winterscheidt Stadium while Jesuit (19-7, 6-1) plays at Shaw this evening at 6:30 p.m.

Area Prep Baseball Results from Monday, April 8

New Orleans Area

Albany 8, Archbishop Hannan 7

John Curtis Christian 2, Jesuit 1

Destrehan 1, East St. John 0 (9 innings)

Grace King 6, Haynes Academy 5

Pope John Paul II 11, East Jefferson 1

St. Augustine 9, Archbishop Shaw 1

St. Martin’s Episcopal 4, Country Day 1

Baton Rouge Area

Brusly 12, West Feliciana 5

Catholic (PC) 9, The Church Academy 1

Dutchtown 5, Lutcher 2

Northeast 13, Istrouma 4

Bayou Area

E.D. White Catholic 7, South Lafourche 3

Area Prep Baseball Schedule for Tuesday, April 9

New Orleans Area

Covington at Northshore, 6:30 p.m.

Donaldsonville at Haynes, 4 p.m.

Higgins at Bonnabel, 7 p.m.

Independence at Amite, 5 p.m.

Jesuit vs. Archbishop Shaw, 6:30 p.m. at Winterscheidt Stadium

Grace King at East Jefferson, 4 p.m.

Loranger at Jewel Sumner, 6 p.m.

Lusher Charter at St. James, 4 p.m.

Mandeville at Hammond, 6:30 p.m.

McDonogh 35 vs. Carver, 4 p.m. at Val Reiss

Northlake Christian at Pine, 6:30 p.m.

Ponchatoula at Fontainebleau, 6:30 p.m.

Slidell at St. Paul’s, 6:30 p.m.

South Plaquemines at Fisher, 5 p.m.

St. Augustine at Holy Cross, 4 p.m.

Patrick Taylor at KIPP Renaissance, 3:30 p.m. at Wesley Barrow Stadium

West Jefferson at Landry-Walker, 4:30 p.m.

Baton Rouge Area

Broadmoor at Dutchtown, 4 p.m.

Brusly at West Feliciana, 6:30 p.m.

Catholic (PC) at Westminster Christian, 6 p.m.

Madison Prep at University High, 6 p.m.

Opelousas at Livonia, 4 p.m.

Scotlandville at Live Oak, 6 p.m.

Southern Lab at East Iberville, 4 p.m.

White Castle at Ascension Christian, 4 p.m.

Woodlawn (BR) at Plaquemine, 4:30 p.m.

Zachary at Walker, 6:30 p.m.

Bayou Area

Berwick at Abbeville, 6 p.m.

H.L. Bourgeois at Thibodaux, 6 p.m.

Franklin at Jeanerette, 5 p.m.

Hahnville at Terrebonne, 5:30 p.m.

KIPP-B.T. Washington at Houma Christian, 4 p.m.

Morgan City at Ellender, 4 p.m.

E.D. White Catholic at South Lafourche, 3:30 p.m.

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