REPLAY: Brother Martin outlasts Jesuit in extra inning thriller
Runs figured to be at a premium Thursday night as Brother Martin, as the home team, faced Jesuit at John Ryan Stadium.
That was certainly the case and in a game where the pitching and defense was superb, the defense let Jesuit down.
Colin Roussel scored on an infield pop up off the bat of Tyler Velino on a ball that was not caught as two infielders converged and neither made the catch as Brother Martin edged Jesuit 2-1 in nine innings in a game seen live at CrescentCitySports.com.
For six innings, Jesuit starting pitcher Holden Hess held the Crusaders hitless while Mayson Keene of Brother Martin allowed just one run.
It appeared that one run would be enough.
Jesuit (24-4, 4-4) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning.
William Good started the inning with a solid double to right field and advanced to third on groundout by Joel Terry. Pinch-hitter Luke Brandau followed with a single to left, scoring Good.
Ben Harris led off with a line drive double to left field, breaking up the no-hitter. Harris advanced to third on a balk and scored on an RBI single to right by Colin Roussel to tie the game, sending it to extra innings, setting the stage for Velino’s good fortune on what was ruled an infield hit.
Hess went eight strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Hess walked two and struck out eight. Sean Cashman came on in the ninth and took the tough luck loss on a ball that should have been caught.
Keene went six innings, allowing one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out four.
Alex Laiche came on after Keene walked the leadoff man in the seventh inning and was brilliant, pitching three hitless innings to pick up the win. Laiche walked one and struck out four.
Brother Martin (16-10, 3-5) had lost three straight games and five of six in Catholic League play, including a pair of extra inning games where leads disappeared in the final at-bat for opponents.
This time, the Crusaders found a way to win one.
“We’ve been on the short end the last couple of games but these kids have had faith and have kept working hard,” Brother Martin coach Jeff Lupo said. “We just kept telling them to have faith and something good has got to happen. They have such good character and their character has been revealed. They’ve been put through the fire and they needed to get one. The good Lord smiled on us tonight. We got a lucky bounce tonight.”
All four of Jesuit’s losses have come in District 9-5A.
The two teams will play the second game of the series Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
“I keep telling them let’s get hot at the right time and as we approach playoff time, let’s get hot at that time,” Lupo said.
JES 000 010 000 — 1 4 0, 6 LOB
BM 000 000 101 — 2 5 0, 5 LOB
WP—Alex Laiche (5-1)
LP—Sean Cashman (5-1)
Time of Game: 2:24
2B—William Good, Ben Harris, Colin Roussel
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