After getting rained out on Monday, The Jesuit Frosh Marauders played the Bella Vista Broncos in their second league game of the year. The Marauders beat up on the Broncos in a scrimmage early in March before Jesuit had made their final cuts.
Jack started the game in centerfield and was the lead off batter.
At the plate, Jack was 1 for 3 with a double, a walk, a fielders choice, a steal and two runs scored. In his first at-bat leading off the game in the top of the first, he walked on six pitches. Jack stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored the first run of the game on Christian's single to center. With runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the third, Jack grounded a 0 and 1 pitch to the left side in his second plate appearance. The shortstop threw to third to force out Trevor. Jack went to second on Christian's walk, to third on Nick's walk and scored on Jared's sacrifice fly to left. In his third at-bat, Jack crushed a 1 and 1 pitch over the right fielder's head for a double. Unfortunately, he ended the inning there when Christian flew out to left and Jared struck out. Jack struck out swinging on a 2 and 2 pitch in his fourth plate appearance. He chased a high pitch and said after the game that he was being too aggressive.
In the field, Jack played seven innings in centerfield. He had no put-outs or assists. Bella Vista only hit three balls out of the infield: a fly ball out to right field, a blooper hit to right over the outfielder's head who was playing very, very shallow and a blooper hit in short left center.
Jesuit scored three times in the first three innings and held on to win by the score of 3 to 2. The game shouldn't have been that close. Both of the Bella Vista runs were unearned. The Marauders had four errors, including two more errors at third base. The box score is here and the scorecard is here.
Wolger (2-0, ERA 3.39, 5 starts) was the winning pitcher. Fitzsimon pitched the seventh inning and got the save; this is the first appearance that Fitzsimon has made this year.
The Bella Vista pitcher was not one of the players that the Marauders faced in the earlier scrimmage. Throwing in the high 60's and mixing in some off speed pitches, he was effective at keeping Jesuit hitters off balance. The pitching speed samples from the game include:
1st inning - 57-67-66
3rd inning - 66-68
4th inning - 68-68-68
5th inning - 66-67
6th inning - 60-60
The Jesuit Frosh baseball team now has 9 wins and 3 losses. In league, they have 2 win and 0 losses. The game log is here. The Marauders next game is Saturday, April 6 against Christian Brothers. The Christian Brothers team includes Jeremy who Jack played with off and on over the last six years and Anthony and Marcus who were in Jack's class at SEAS.