With Brother Martin sitting at 5-3 in Catholic League play and two full games behind Jesuit in the league standings, the Crusaders will try to use Wednesday’s game against Rummel as a chance to inch closer to the Blue Jays.
Rummel sits at 2-5 in league play, so Wednesday’s focus for the Raiders is to use the final two weeks of the season to prepare for the postseason.
“We feel like we can play with all of the teams we have gone against, now it’s just a matter of getting better over the next two weeks and we are playing our best baseball when the time comes,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said.
The game, slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kirsh-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans, will be live-streamed via VSNLouisiana.com. Drew Robison will handle play-by-play duties while Lonn Ellzey will provide color commentary.
The Raiders (15-10 overall) feature a young squad that features five sophomores in the starting lineup.
Senior second baseman Ron Franklin, who bats third in the lineup, is the top hitter for the Raiders. Chandler Fields is the only other senior in the lineup.
Brother Martin, which is 20-5 overall, may feature the most talented team in the Catholic League, according to Monica.
“They have pitching depth and their lineup is very deep,” Monica said. “They have a lot of left-handed hitters that can run.
“They hit-and-run quite a bit, which is something we also like to do. After seeing them a couple of times they do a good job of not striking out and getting the ball in play. Doing that alone is enough but they also have guys that can run. They hit a bunch of ground balls with two strikes and make you make a play. In high school baseball, sometimes that’s enough.”
The Crusaders boasts a strong top of the batting order.
Joe Delaney is the leadoff hitter.
“He’s a very speedy outfielder. He’s probably the guy that probably makes them go,” Monica said of Delaney.
Brady Faust, a University of Southern Mississippi is in the second spot.
Brennan Stuprich, a junior, hits third, while the cleanup hitter is Tre Morgan.
Monica said the Raiders expect to see Stuprich on the mound for the Crusaders.
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