John Curtis wins at Shaw, sets up showdown with Holy Cross

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The stage is set.

John Curtis Christian will try to clinch the District 9-5A championship Tuesday night when the Patriots host Holy Cross at Mike Miley Stadium at 7 p.m.

The Patriots overcame an early deficit remained unbeaten in Catholic League play with a 7-3 win over Archbishop Shaw Monday evening at Winterscheidt Stadium in Marrero.

The Eagles jumped on Curtis early as the visiting team, though playing at home, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning as Devin Lansing and Pete Taylor each drove in a run and Shaw added an unearned run off of Choncee Crum.

Luke Pounds kept the powerful Curtis lineup at bay until the fifth inning.

The Patriots exploded for all seven runs in that frame, all with two outs, highlighted by a three-run home run by Collin Guggenheim which tied the game 3-3. Jay Curtis added a two-run triple, LSU signee Will Ripoll had an RBI single and the Patriots added an unearned run to cap the uprising. The Patriots produced seven of their eight hits in the inning.

Junior Princeton Stevens relieved Crum and pitched five shutout innings, allowing no runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out six to pick up the victory. Tulane signee Logan Stevens pitched the final scoreless inning for the Patriots, walking two but striking out the side.

Patriots head coach Jeff Curtis was relieved to finally see the hits come.

“It was weird,” Curtis said. “We hit balls hard right at them in both games against them. They made good plays. We finally broke through. The box scores may not look like we hit well against them but we did. They did not walk guys and give us free baserunners. We found a lot of gloves but stayed with the plan and finally had some balls fall. Collin’s home run was huge. He knocks it out of the park out of the nine-hole. That was the spark. From there, we caught fire.”

The Patriots (24-4, 10-0) will host the Tigers, who have now won five straight games after an easy 9-2 victory over St. Augustine Monday at Tiger Park. Freshman Lance Lauve pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out one. Freshman John Wooton pitched the final two innings, allowing one run. Pounds took the loss, going four and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs, though no were earned. He yielded seven hits, walked one and struck out one and took the loss. Freshman Logan Pulliam pitched the final inning and a third for the Eagles (6-25, 2-8).

Senior Chris Collet was the hitting star, going 2-for-3 with a single, double, three RBI and two runs scored. Senior Alex Wiltz was 3-for-4 with three singles and two runs scored.

Holy Cross defeated John Curtis 5-3 on March 10 in tournament play.

“We are looking forward to facing them again,” Curtis said. “They are a quality team that is playing well.”

The two teams will play again on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Tiger Park. Holy Cross would have to win both games to tie Curtis for the district title.

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