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TAMPA — Jesuit (2-0) picked up its second win of the young baseball season Saturday night, following a win at Berkeley Prep on Friday by rolling over Tampa Catholic 14-0.
The Tigers drew 12 walks, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning thanks to good situational hitting in patient at-bats. Senior John Kilichowski got the start on the mound for Jesuit and was effective throwing three shutout innings while racking up six strikeouts and giving up just one hit.
“This is a good win for us against a competitive team,” Jesuit coach Richie Warren said. “You never know how games like these might go, but we knew with Kilichowski on the mound and our offensive approach that we were going to have a good chance tonight.”
At the plate, the Tigers were led by a seniors Daniel Portales and Spencer Trayner, who finished with eight RBIs between them. Portales was particularly hot, finishing 3-for-3 with four RBIs.
The Tigers next travel to Spoto before a four-game home stint. Warren has emphasized the importance of a quick start to the season before a tough game at home next weekend against Miami’s Gulliver Prep.
“Now that we got these two in-town rivalries out of the way we have to get focused and get off on the right foot in the district because everyone knows we plan on being that No. 1 seed,” Warren said. “Of course we have a tough game against Gulliver Prep next week who has been able to beat us the last few years. That game will hopefully prepare us mentally for another run at a state championship.”