Jesuit coach Richie Warren said he was a little concerned that his Tigers might come out flat in the Jesuit Easter Baseball Tournament Final against Knoxville Catholic after playing in a tough 5-1 win over Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Col.) in the semifinal, which, because of rain outs Thursday, finished 45 minutes before the nightcap.
However, Warren’s concerns dissipated in a hurry as Jesuit (21-0) led off the game with four-straight hits and plated a decisive seven runs in the bottom of the first en route to a five-inning mercy-rule 13-0 win against Knoxville Catholic.
Jesuit starter Jordan Parnell (5-0) made quick work of the Fighting Irish, allowing two hits and striking out 10.
“It doesn’t matter who we are going to play,” Parnell said. “We knew we were going to have to come out and play the same kind of baseball we’ve been playing.”
The Tigers had a leadoff double from Kennie Taylor followed immediately by an RBI single from Zach Prado for the deciding run and continuing Jesuit’s success as the team has won all five years the tournament has been held.
The semifinal had a more competitive feel as Regis Jesuit junior and Oregon commit David Peterson held the Tigers hitters at bay until the fourth when the Tigers were finally able to scratch across a run.
Spencer Trayner (6-0) struck out 11 in the win, allowing one earned run against Regis Jesuit.