John Curtis downs De La Salle in first game of Shaw tourney
Defending Division I state champion John Curtis Christian overcame an early deficit to down De La Salle 7-2 in the opening round of the Archbishop Shaw Tournament at Mike Miley Stadium Thursday.
The Cavaliers scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first, taking advantage of shaky defense by the Patriots, to take a 2-0 lead.
Curtis answered with a run in the bottom of the second inning and tied it with a run in the top of the third inning. The Patriots took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs to make it 5-2. They finished off the win with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
LSU signee Will Ripoll took care of business, allowing no earned runs on just one hit to pick up the win, using 97 pitches. He walked four and struck out seven. Tulane signee Logan Stevens pitched a pair of perfect innings to complete the win, striking out four.
Ripoll was the hitting star, going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI while Jordin Labruzza had two hits for the Patriots. Tennessee football signee Brandon Davis, LSU signee Cade Beloso and Mississippi Gulf Coast signee Ian Landreneau each drove in a run for Curtis (10-2).
Jarred Hirstius had the only hit for the Cavaliers. He walked five and struck out six. Stephen Klein took the loss, pitching one and two-thirds innings in relief, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked one and struck out four. Austen Daliet pitched the final inning and a third without yielding a run for the Cavaliers.
The Patriots return to action tonight at 7 p.m. against St. Martin’s Episcopal at 7 p.m. at Mike Miley Stadium while the Cavaliers (9-3), who saw their five-game win streak come to an end, will take on Northlake Christian this afternoon at 4 p.m.
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