For a nationally ranked team powered by 11 seniors trying to become the school's first back-to-back state champions since 1990-91 it was a fitting way to play their final home game.
A 15-3 lambasting of Byrd gave top-seed John Curtis a clean two-game sweep of the quarterfinal series and propels the Patriots into the Division I State Semifinals.
“For some of these guys that were on the team as freshmen to have the opportunity to do something win three state championships in four years for the first time in school history, it's a tremendous accomplishment for those guys,” said John Curtis coach Jeff Curtis.
Also fitting that the Patriots were powered by seniors.
Center fielder Logan Stevens went 2-for-4, with a homer, double, and 4 RBI.
“We got a brotherhood, we bonded really well this off-season we've been playing with each other for a long time, just a strong chemistry,” said Stevens.
Third baseman Cade Beloso crushed a three-run home run in the second inning his 13th home run of the season. Like most of the 11 seniors on the roster, he was subbed-out in the final inning to give fans, teammates, and coaches a chance to show their appreciation.
“It was a great feeling,” said Beloso. “We have a bunch of seniors on this team senior-led but I know they have a bunch of young guys ready to step up next year. I just hope that we were good role models to them and showed them the way. It was a good feeling coming off the field and all the coaches were hugging us and the fans were clapping. I'm going to miss this place for sure.”
Senior Ian Landreneau held Byrd to two hits and one run in a stellar 6.1 innings on the mound for the win.
Catcher Jay Curtis was 4-for-4 with 2 RBI. The Patriots are now 28-4.