When Brother Martin found out the door was left open, the Crusaders methodically crashed through.
Word of Jesuit’s first Catholic League loss of the season (7-2 at Shaw) spread to the Crusaders before their weather-delayed game with St. Augustine got underway.
The end result was a 10-0 mercy rule victory over the Purple Knights giving Brother Martin a 20-3 overall record, and a 4-1 mark in the Catholic League tying the Blue Jays for first place.
LSU signee Gregory Deichmann paced the Crusaders at the plate going 3-4, knocking in three runs, two of those coming on a homer to right center in the third inning that went approximatley 15 feet to the left of the 370-foot sign and about ten feet over the fence.
“Gregory hit that ball…a long way,” said Brother Martin coach Mark Wisniewski with a grin.
For Deichmann, it was his area-leading 10th home run of the season.
“The wind helped it a little bit,” said Deichmann. “My first at bat (fly out to left) I was a little stiff, so I came up my second at-bat just looking for my pitch. I got it and just put a good swing on it.”
More than enough support for Brother Martin pitcher Luke Bernard who pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout.
“I thought I did well,” said Bernard. “Still didn’t really have the control that I wanted to, but I really can’t complain with a shutout.”
Brother Martin improves to 20-3 overall and is now tied with Jesuit for first place in the Catholic League with 4-1 district records.