For the second year in a row, the Patriot baseball team will play for the Division I state title in Sulphur. The Patriots routed the Holy Cross Tigers in Sulphur, Louisiana at McMurry Park, 8-0. The scoring started for the Patriots in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Logan Stevens hit a triple off the right field wall. Collin Guggenheim then drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Brandon Davis then followed that up with a base hit to score Hunter Bufkin for a 2-0 lead. After going scoreless in the third inning and fourth inning, the big blow from the Patriots came when senior second baseman Jordin Labruzza who blasted a 2-run home run over the left field wall. Ian Landreneau then stepped to the plate and ripped a 2-RBI base hit to plate Cade Beloso and courtesy runner Corey Vidrine for a 6-0 lead.
Speaking of Landreneau, he pitched brilliantly for the Patriots, yet again. Landreneau won his 10th game of the season, capping a perfect 10-0 season for him. His illustrious career for the Patriots came to an end on the mound, as he ends his career with 22 career wins in 3 seasons. His senior season ERA is a microscopic 0.96. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
The scoring wasn’t finished yet, as the Patriots plated 2 more runs on Jay Curtis’ RBI base hit, which made him 3-3 on the day. Beloso then scored on an error from Holy Cross for an 8-0 lead. After a leadoff walk in the top of the 7th, Landreneau induced a fly out to right then got a comebacker and turned a Landreneau to Davis to Beloso double play to end the game.
Now, the Patriots will play at 3:00 on Saturday on field #41 against the St. Paul’s Wolves. The Wolves defeated the Catholic High Bears 3-0 in 9 innings, in Thursday’s nightcap. The Patriots defeated the Wolves 4-3 in week 2 of the season. This game, however, is for the Division I title! All those who call themselves Patriots who can be at the game, please come support this team in their quest to win back to back state titles for the first time since 1990-91. Jay Curtis’ father and former head baseball coach Johnny Curtis was a junior and senior on the 1990 and 91 team. Jay has an opportunity to match that feat. However, Jay can one up his father as he can be the only player in school history to start on 3 state championship team. Jay started on the 3A state title team in 2015, as well.
Good luck Patriots!!