The excitement building up towards the 2018 baseball season could be considered, unprecedented. That’s difficult to believe in an athletic program that prides itself on “Building Champions for Life”. Coming off of a dominant run to the 2017 Division I state championship, the Patriots return a whole bunch of starters and pitchers from last year’s team. On paper, the Patriots look poised to have another great season. However, as we all know, the games are won on the field and not on paper.
The season officially opens today, Monday, February 19th against the Episcopal Knights from Baton Rouge at 4:30. The schedule is extremely difficult, starting with today’s opener. This weekend, the Patriots travel to the St. Charles Tournament where they will play, host, St. Charles Thursday at 3:30, then at Lutcher on Friday at 3:30. Saturday features a game that matches up last year’s state championship teams and the team that defeated the Patriot football team in the 2017 football state title game, the Catholic High Bears. That game is scheduled for . Immediately following that game, the Patriots will face Mandeville. Both games will be played at St. Charles Catholic High School. The Patriots will stick to the road as they travel to play the St. Paul’s Wolves and the St. Michael Warriors on the next two Tuesdays. The Patriot baseball team will also host an alumni game on Saturday, March 3rd at Harahan Playground that is sure to be an exciting event. In the third weekend of the season, the Patriots return to Mike Miley to play in their own tournament. The first game, on Thursday night features the Patriots against Covenant Christian School coming in from Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas. Friday night, the Patriots will face the Slidell Tigers. Both games begin at 6PM. On Saturday, the Patriots will play the Holy Cross Tigers in the second game of the day, as the Slidell Tigers will play Covenant Christian, TX in the first game. The E.D. White Cardinals will travel to Miley to face the Patriots on Monday, March 12th. The Cardinals were one of the teams to defeat the Patriots last season. Staying home at Miley, the Patriots will face DeLaSalle, St. Martin’s and Vandebilt Catholic on Thursday, Friday (both at 7PM) and Saturday at 1PM in the Pelican Cup Challenge, hosted by Archbishop Shaw. Next up is district play for the Patriots. The Patriots open district against the Rummel Raiders, who was one of two teams to defeat the Patriots during district play last season. That series is a Tuesday (at Kirsch Rooney for 4PM)/Thursday (Miley for 7PM) series. Next up is St. Aug on Saturday (noon at Miley) and Monday (6:30 at RBI Field).
The Patriot baseball team will then board a plane and head to one of the most prestigious tournaments in the nation in Cary, NC. (You can read all about it and help the team here (https://www.gofundme.com/john-curtis-patriots-baseball). Games will be played on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday against 16 of the top teams in the country at Team USA Baseball headquarters. Games will be streamed online at USABaseball.com, as well as reports and stats kept from the event.
No matter what happens in North Carolina, the Patriots return to play the rest of their district schedule starting with Brother Martin on Tuesday (at UNO) and Friday (7PM at Miley). The Friday night game will feature the return of the 1982 state championship baseball team. That was the school’s first baseball state championship team and it will be a great time to honor those men who paved the way for the success of the baseball program. The brutal stretch of schedule continues the next day as the Patriots travel to John Ryan Stadium to face the Jesuit Blue Jays at 2pm then again on Tuesday at Miley at 7PM. Rounding out the district schedule, the Patriots will face the Shaw Eagles on Friday night at Shaw for 6:30 PM then again on Saturday at 2PM at Miley. The Saturday game will feature our elementary and junior high baseball teams that will be recognized at pregame. Concluding the district schedule is a Tuesday (7PM at Miley)/Thursday (4PM at HC) series vs. the Holy Cross Tigers. Tuesday night will be our senior night, as well.
Playoff pairings will be announced that weekend. The regional playoffs are set for April 20-22, while the quarter-finals are set for April 27-29. The semi-finals and finals will once again be held at McMurry Park in Sulphur. Semi-finals are to be held on May 9th-11th while the state championship game will be held on May 12th.
See you at the ball park!