Baseball Report: Beloso unleashes pair of homers as Curtis whips E.D. White
METAIRIE – Coming off of a rare loss to Holy Cross, defending Division I state champion John Curtis Christian was eager to get back on the field Monday against E.D. White Catholic. The Patriots and LSU signee Cade Beloso took out their frustration on always tough E.D. White Catholic.
Beloso belted a pair of long home runs and delivered a sacrifice fly, driving in four runs, as John Curtis downed the Cardinals 8-2 at Mike Miley Stadium.
With his big afternoon, Beloso improved his average to .500 (15-for-30) with six home runs and 13 RBI in just 11 games played.
E.D. White Catholic had a chance to break on top in the top of the first inning against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College signee Ian Landreneau.
Wes Toups singled and stole second. With two outs, Cameron Folse singled to right and Toups tried to score but Tulane signee Logan Stevens threw him out on a very close play at with Jay Curtis applying the tag.
The Patriots (9-2) jumped on top in the bottom of the first. Landon Gambill hit a pop up to shortstop which was lost in the sun, dropping for a hit. With one out, LSU signee Cade Beloso belted a two-run home run off of the scoreboard in right-center field to make it 2-0.
Shane Goins ran for Curtis and Dax Ford was hit by a pitch. Stevens followed with an RBI single to left, scoring Goins to make it 3-0 after one inning.
Curtis added to the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Landreneau singled to left. Collin Guggenheim ran for Landreneau and stole second. He scored on a double down the left field line by Jordin Labruzza to make it 4-0. Beloso followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Labruzza to make it 5-0 and Stevens drove in another run on a bases loaded walk and it was 6-0.
Ritchie Boudreaux relieved Devin Desandro and promptly uncorked a wild pitch, scoring another run and it was 7-0 after two innings.
Beloso extended the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a lone home run to right to make it 8-0.
E.D. White Catholic (8-5) broke through in the top of the sixth with three straight hits, including a single by Toups, a double to Desandro and a two-run double into the right field corner by Cameron Folse to make it 8-2.
Landreneau went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts, using 92 pitches to improve to 3-0. Beloso pitched a scoreless seventh.
Patriots head coach Jeff Curtis was eager to see how his team would respond after a loss.
“Coming off the loss on Saturday, it wasn’t so much that we lost but how we played,” Curtis said. “We didn’t give good effort and didn’t execute. We needed to play with better effort offensively, defensively and on the mound. We did so today. E.D. White handed us a loss last year so we came into the game focused and ready to play.”
Curtis is accustomed to seeing this type of performance from Beloso.
“Cade is some competitor at the plate and if he gets his pitch, he rarely misses,” Curtis said. “That’s Cade being Cade. He always does what it takes to help the team win. He slammed the door on the mound as well. He had not had a chance to pitch recently so it was good to get him out there. It was vintage Ian. He will give up hits but he always gets tough with men on base. He simply knows how to win games.”
Desandro took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits in an inning and a third. He walked four, hit a batter and struck out one. Ritchie Boudreaux pitched a third of an inning before Blair Robichaux went four innings, allowing just the home run to Beloso for the Cardinals.
Both teams return to action Thursday in tournament action. The Patriots will host De La Salle at 4 p.m. at Mike Miley Stadium in the Archbishop Shaw tournament while the Cardinals open play in their own tournament Thursday, hosting East St. John at 4 p.m.
EDW 000 002 0 2 — 7 0, 5 LOB
JCC 340 100 x — 8 9 0, 5 LOB
WP—Ian Landreneau (3-0)
Time of Game: 1:58
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