Jesuit Beats Rival Tampa Catholic 9-5

By Justin Burgess
Florida Area Scout

TAMPA -- Another chapter of the Jesuit/Tampa Catholic rivalry was opened today as the Tigers hosted the Crusaders. Jesuit was able to get the 9-5 victory that included a big sixth inning to help them pull away. The Tigers were led by 2016 LHP and Vanderbilt commit Michael Sandborn who pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out three. Offensively, 2015 OF and UNC Signee Cole Gibbs hit a three-run home run and 2015 OF and Duke Signee Kennie Taylor went 2-3 with a walk and a few runs scored. For the Crusaders, 2016 C and South Florida commit Jordan Santos went 2-4 with a home run and three RBI’s.

Jesuit wasted no time getting started as Gibbs hit his three-run home run in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. The tigers led 4-0 heading into the third after they scored one in the second, but Tampa Catholic would not go down easy. In the top of the fifth, Santos hit his two-run home run to dead center field to cut the lead in half for the Crusaders. In the bottom half of the third, however, Jesuit got one run back on an RBI infield single from 2015 INF/RHP and FSU Signee Ronnie Ramirez.

The Crusaders were able to put two more on the board in the top of the fifth, one run coming off a line drive RBI single from Santos, to come within one run and take back some of the momentum from the Tigers. Unfortunately for Tampa Catholic, Jesuit put up four runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 9-4, two runs coming off an Alex Mocny (2017 INF) single, which would be more than enough to seal the victory. The Crusaders added one run in the top of the seventh but never really threatened to come back as Jesuit rolled to the 9-5 win.

Statistical Highlights

Jesuit                                                                                            Tampa Catholic

Michael Sandborn: 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 K’s                                            Jared Cenal: 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 4 K’s

Cole Gibbs: 1-3, HBP, HR, 3 RBI’s                                                    Jordan Santos: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI’s

Kennie Taylor: 2-3, BB, 3 runs

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