Gators edge Jesuit in Patterson Shootout

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Dillon Morin led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to tie Jesuit Friday night.

ST. AMANT - St. Amant scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Jesuit 6-5 in the Jay Patterson Shootout at Gator Park before their final two scheduled games of the tournament set for Saturday were canceled due to the weather.

“We got two out of the four games in,” St. Amant head coach Bob Lemons said. “We would have liked to get another one in but we can’t do anything about the weather.”

Saturday’s games were initially pushed back to the afternoon before being rescheduled for Sunday. Ultimately no games were played this weekend in the 13th annual Jay Patterson Shootout.

St. Amant (9-4) dropped their opening game 6-2 to Brother Martin (8-4) Thursday night.

“Even though we didn’t play Saturday, we ended on a good note and hopefully we can carry it over to this week,” Lemons said. “It was pretty exciting to beat Jesuit and their ace. We pretty much had the game in check but just couldn’t hold the lead.”

Dillon Morin picked up the win for the Gators in one inning of relief. Dylan Delaune went four innings before Dillon Savoy pitched two innings of relief.

St. Amant led 4-2 going into the top of the seventh before Jesuit (6-5-1) posted three runs to take the lead.

Morin led off the top of the seventh with a solo home run to knot it up before Lee Elisar singled to right and scored on Caleb Templet’s double to right center to score the winning run.

St. Amant led 2-1 going into the sixth inning against Brother Martin before surrendering five runs.

“Everything just fell apart for us in one inning,” Lemons said. “We played good baseball 13 out of 14 innings this weekend and I am not disappointed in that at all.”

“It really hasn’t been one guy. That has been the story line. We have had five or six guys in our lineup produce every day. We have broken down defensively a little bit but our pitchers have kept us in games when we have been successful.”

St. Amant hosts Catholic Tuesday before hosting the Gator Invitational this weekend playing Fontainebleau, Mandeville, Assumption and Ponchatoula.

“We have had games where we have played error free, so we just have to become more consistent,” Lemons said. “You have to have different heroes every night offensively and our starting pitching has to keep giving us a chance to win like they are doing. Somewhat, all three combined have been a pleasant surprise in some areas. The kids have approached each game the same and have done an excellent job to this point.”