Saturday, May 7, 2016

Jarvis Christian Takes Two on First Day of RRAC Baseball Championship

Carlos Andrade delivered four RBIs in JCC's triumph over LSUA
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana -- Fourth-seeded Jarvis Christian snared an opening game win and upset #1 LSU Alexandria stay in the winner's bracket of the 2016 RRAC Baseball Championship Friday. The Bulldogs will meet host LSU Shreveport -- which defeated #2 Houston-Victoria -- on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament at Pilots Field.

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JCC pounded Our Lady of the Lake, 11-6, to start the tournament and earn the reward of facing LSUA on the same day. The Bulldogs kept the momentum while building a 7-3 lead over the Generals and holding off a late charge to win, 7-6.

In its only game of the day, LSUS exacted revenge on UHV with a 14-4 battering. The Jaguars swept all four games against the Pilots during the regular season.

On Saturday, OLLU and UHV will square off in an elimination game at 11 a.m., followed by JCC against LSUS. In the late game at 7 p.m., LSUA will await the winner of the OLLU-UHV contest.

Game 1: #4 Jarvis Christian 11, #5 Our Lady of the Lake 6
Jarvis Christian used a six-run second inning to build a 10-1 lead over OLLU before holding off a late rally by the Saints. Catcher Anthony Ortiz had a double and three RBIs, while Carlos Andrade, Koby Greene, and Nico Maldonado chipped in two RBI's each for the Bulldogs. Tyler Davis and Josh Razo racked up two RBIs each for OLLU. JCC earned a second game today as they advanced to face LSU Alexandria in the late game at 7:30 p.m.

Game 2: #3 LSU Shreveport 14, #2 Houston-Victoria 4
As in the first game, the second inning set the tone for the Pilots defeat of UHV. Notching seven runs in the inning, LSUS built an 8-0 lead and never looked back. Jamal Martin homered and drove in three runs, Justin Danzer, Connor McMullin and RRAC Player of the Year Alex Montero collected two RBIs each. Robert Herrera doubled twice for the Pilots. Brandon Texiera tossed seven innings for LSUS, scattering seven hits and holding UHV to two runs. The Jaguars' Joshua Boothe racked up three hits -- including a triple, while driving in two runs. UHV had swept the season series, 4-0, over LSUS.

Game 3: Jarvis Christian 7, #1 LSU Alexandria 6
First baseman Carlos Andrade sparked the Bulldogs with a three-run homer in the first inning, and he added a run-scoring single in the fifth. JCC picked up two more runs in the sixth inning to build the 7-3 advantage that it carried into the ninth. That's when LSUA staged a rally with a two-run triple from Mark Traylor Jr. after Trace Oliva and Ziggy Sloan had back-to-back singles. Matt Telesco drove in Traylor to put the tying run on base, but JCC was able to survive with two pitching changes and a pair of fly outs. Luke Thornton picked up the win through six innings of work, while Luis Loya and Tyler Cobb helped maintain the Bulldogs' lead.


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