Baseball: Westcott, Lakeshore blank Jesuit, 2-0
METAIRIE – Cold weather has nothing on Christian Westcott.
The Lakeshore junior was sharp from start to finish, pitching a complete game shutout as the Titans blanked Jesuit 2-0 on a windy, cold afternoon at John Ryan Stadium.
Westcott allowed just four hits. He walked none, hit a pair of batters and fanned four. Westcott was very economical, using just 81 pitches in a brilliant effort. No Jesuit player reached third base.
“Being cold, it was just a matter of how long I could take it,” Westcott said. “I had my defense behind me from the start. The wind was blowing straight in so it was just about throwing strikes, pitching to contact and letting the team behind you make plays. It worked. I had pitch command of all of my pitches.”
The Titans jumped on top against Jesuit starter Brendan Berggren. With two outs in the top of the first, Christian Westcott doubled to left and J.T. Singletary singled home courtesy runner Everette Cogan to make it 1-0.
Lakeshore added a run in the top of the fourth on a one-out triple by Singletary to right field and an RBI single to right by Devin Weilbacher, scoring Cogan to make it 2-0.
“It’s all about the mental approach,” Singletary said. “I just feel so comfortable at the plate. I was just looking for a good pitch and to just drive it. Every time we’ve got a guy like Christian pitching, there is always confidence playing behind him. This is a big win, especially for the power rankings against a really good team like Jesuit.”
Singletary was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI.
“Anytime you are playing (against) the Catholic League, you are facing a quality opponent,” Lakeshore coach Steve Ceravolo said. “We were ready for them. We’ve been preparing for this. We’ve got some players. Sometimes when we cross the pond, it doesn’t work out so well. Christian threw a great game and the defense was superb behind him. We did enough at the plate. You know it’s going to be a low scoring game. The wind is blowing in 100 miles an hour and it is cold.”
Jesuit got two runners on in the third, fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Will Moran grounded into a double play to end the threat while in the sixth inning, the Blue Jays got two on with one out but had a runner picked off to end the threat.
Berggren took the loss, allowing just two runs on four hits in a complete game effort. He walked one and struck out five but Westcott was simply a little better.
“Tip your hat to (Westcott),” Jesuit coach Kenny Goodlett said. “He did a really nice job pitching and he controlled the zone. I don’t think he had a walk all night. He got us early in the count and he had a little two-seamer running back and they made good plays. They made nice plays and we did not put enough pressure on them.
“Brendan did a great job for us. I feel bad for him.”
Lakeshore returns to action Thursday, hosting Ponchatoula in tournament play while Jesuit will entertain Belle Chasse Wednesday at 4 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
“We’ll see Jesuit again on Saturday,” Ceravolo said. “It’s at our place. It’s nice to be home.”
Westcott sees nothing but good things ahead for the Titans.
“It was a good team win,” Westcott said. “They are a quality ball club all around. We’re starting to prove a point. We’re playing together. Once we get rolling, we’ve got plenty of pitching. We’re going to be hard to beat once we get rolling.”
Lakeshore 100 100 0 2 4 1, 3 LOB
Jesuit 000 000 0 0 4 2, 5 LOB
WP—Christian Westcott (2-0)
LP—Brendan Berggren (1-1)
Time of Game: 1:28
SB—Everette Cogan, Jared Hymel, Tyler Gegenheimer
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