Sports Wrap 4-15-17
The baseball team continued on a hot steak, completing a sweep over Jesuit to take command in the Catholic League/district 9-5A championship race. The Patriots defeated the Blue Jays, 11-2 and 8-7. That all followed an 11-1 win over St. Augustine last week, polishing off a sweep of the Purple Knights.
Coach Jeff Curtis’s team has won 12 of their last 13 games. They have lost only once in the past month, dating back to mid-March. Curtis is a sparkling 9-1 in district play with two league games remaining, both against Rummel (7 pm Tuesday at Kirsch-Rooney Park and 7 pm Wednesday at Mike Miley). Curtis needs one win to clinch the Catholic League title; Rummel is currently 7-3.
Dax Ford had a home run and three RBI’s and pitched an inning against St. Augustine as Coach Curtis gave seven different pitchers some work. Hurler Ian Landreneau kept Jesuit at bay in the 11-2 victory. Cade Beloso had two home runs and a double in that game, then he turned to the mound for the save of the season, preserving the 8-7 win by retiring the last two Jesuit batters.
The Patriots will honor the 20th anniversary of their 1997 State Champions and the 15th anniversary of their 2002 Champs at the Wednesday game against Rummel. The regular season finale will be Thursday (Apr. 21) against Covenant Christian at 7 pm at Miley. That will be senior night, when Curtis will honor Austin Haensel, who is the lone senior on the 2017 team.
The Lady Patriots finished the regular season in grand style. They defeated Ponchatoula, 7-0, behind the one-hit shutout pitching by Freshman Remi Hebert. Now the long wait begins, with a 16-day break until the LHSAA Sugar Bowl Fast Pitch 56 Tournament in Sulphur.
Coach Jerry Godfrey’s team earned the #3 seed in Select Division I and will play in the quarterfinals against #6 Chapelle on Friday, Apr. 28 at Frasch Park in Sulphur. The winner of that game moves on to the winner of the game between #2 Mt. Carmel and #6 C. E. Byrd on Saturday, and that, in turn, will be followed by the championship game, also on Saturday.
Cam Goodman had two doubles and knocked in two of the three RBIs in a 3-2 win over Lakeshore. Backing up Hebert’s heroics in the Ponchatoula win, another freshman, Whitney Wood, had a pair of hits and three runs batted in.
The boys track literally ran away with the team championship in the Strawberry Relays in Hammond Saturday. Cody Branch won the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and the Patriots won all three relay races.
Coach Preston Curtis’s team is in the final tune-up stages for the district track meet, which will be Thursday, Apr. 20, at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. That will be
followed by the Class 5A regional meet one week later in Thibodaux.
The State Championships will be staged at LSU on Saturday, May 7. Unlike baseball and softball, all of the track competition remains in classifications; it is not divided by the select/nonselect designations. Last year, the Patriots finished tied for third place in Class 5A.
Tuesday Apr. 18
Baseball vs. Rummel at Kirsch-Rooney, 7 pm
Wednesday, Apr. 19
*Baseball vs. Rummel at Mike Miley, 7 pm
–reunion of 1997 & 2002 Championship teams
Thursday, Apr. 20
District 9-5A Track Meet at Tad Gormley Stadium
Friday, Apr. 21
Baseball vs. Covenant Christian, 7 pm
*note—this game was listed on Apr. 20 on some schedules;it was moved to Wednesday to avoid conflict with the district track meet