Blue Jays Defeat Purple Knights, 6-2, Sweeping All Three Games Played During Opening Weekend
at John Ryan Stadium
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Senior pitcher Nick Schiro almost threw a no-hitter against St. Augustine on Sunday (March 4). Schiro gave up a pair of runs on one hit and three walks while striking
out six Purple Knights. The Jays beat St. Augustine, 6-2, to sweep a trio of games played during Grand Opening Weekend at John Ryan Stadium.
Jesuit Baseball Games This Past Weekend on TVBlue Jay sports fans may want to set their DVRs to record for posterity two of the baseball games Jesuit played during the memorable Grand Opening Weekend at John Ryan Stadium. The games will air tonight and tomorrow night.on local TV stations. Here is the info:
The Jesuit - Archbishop Shaw game is part of the First NBC Bank Prep Baseball Showcase and will air Monday, March 5 at 8 p.m. on WHNO-TV — Cox Channel 20.
The inaugural game between Jesuit and Holy Cross will also be broadcast at 10 p.m. on Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6 on Pelican Sports TV — Cox Cable Channel 116 in New Orleans.
It was a weekend that featured a little bit of everything — pomp and circumstance, standing-room-only crowds, visits from prominent alumni, and the emergence of future stars.
On Sunday afternoon, senior right-hander Nick Schiro nearly gave the home crowd a no-hitter to add to the collection of memorable moments as the Jesuit baseball team defeated St. Augustine, 6-2, to wrap up the grand opening weekend at John Ryan Stadium.
“Today was putting the exclamation point on the sentence,” said Jesuit head coach Joey Latino. “We talked about that before we left Jesuit today. With all the other festivities and everything else that went on this weekend, it was important for us to try and win all three games and we did.”
Jays Need an Extra Inning Before Clipping the Eagles’
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Senior first baseman Michael Gogreve smacked two hits Saturday against Archbishop Shaw, including the game winning RBI in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Senior first baseman Michael Gogreve ripped an RBI-single down the left field line to plate courtesy runner Benson Tucker in the bottom of the eighth as the Jesuit Blue Jays defeated Archbishop Shaw, 4-3, on Saturday evening at John Ryan Stadium.
The Blue Jays had been stymied by Eagles’ reliever Jared Giambelluca for two straight innings, and Shaw rallied back from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. In the home half of what proved to be the final frame, senior catcher Matt Robért ripped a two-out double to right field. Tucker replaced him on the basepaths and Gogreve turned on the very next pitch to account for the final score.
“It had been a tough game all night,” Gogreve said. “He threw me a high-and-tight fastball and I just got around on it. Luckily, Matt got on second before that so it was a great team win. They had great pitching tonight and we did, too. You couldn’t ask for a better game.”
Blue Jays “Play Ball” Against Holy Cross and Record a Historic First Win, 6-1, at John Ryan Stadium
Friday, March 2, 2012
Tonight’s matchup against Archbishop Shaw High School at 5:30 p.m. will be broadcast live via a streaming feed and will also be aired on WHNO
(Channel 20, Cox Cable) at a later date. A Pre-Game Ceremony
honoring Jesuit’s 1946 and 1960 World Championship
American Legion Teams will begin at 5:10 p.m.
Opening Night Treats Blue Jay Faithful to Historic First Game and Win at John Ryan Stadium
Blue Jays line up for introductions prior to the start of the first game at John Ryan Stadium on Friday, March 2, 2012. The Jays defeated the Holy Cross Tigers, 6-1,
and will play Archbishop Shaw on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchsed
at the stadium. The Jesuit - Holy Cross game was broadcast live on WHNO
(Channel 20, Cox Cable) and will also be aired at a later date.
At precisely 7:48 p.m., Blue Jay senior picher Emerson Gibbs dug into his glove reared back, and zipped a ball toward the plate to open a new era of Jesuit baseball. One hour and 40 minutes later, the overflow crowd of 1,472, most of whom were Jesuit supporters, left for home happy as the Blue Jays defeated rival Holy Cross, 6-1, in the inaugural game at John Ryan Stadium on Friday evening (March 2, 2012).
Emerson Gibbs throws the historic first pitch
at the inaugural game between Jesuit and
Holy Cross at John Ryan Stadium.
The contest was the culmination of several years of planning, 11 months of construction, and countless hours of preparation. For the first time in Jesuit’s history, the Blue Jays have a home field to call their own. Gibbs’ complete-game effort on the hill made the wait all worthwhile.
“I tried my best to describe to (the team) what this was going to be like, but I think I fell short,” Jesuit head coach Joey Latino said of the atmosphere on Friday. “This was amazing. We talked about how there wouldn’t be an empty seat from the foul line and into the grandstand, and we kind of fed it to them all week so we would at least have some sense of preparation. Beyond that, we just talked about how it’s still baseball, it’s still seven innings. Let’s go out and pitch it, catch it, come through offensively when we need to and that’s what we did tonight.”
Patron Party at John Ryan Stadium Honors Those Who Helped Build This New Home for Blue Jays
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Janet and John Ryan ’70 were the guests of honor at a patron party held at the stadium on Thursday evening (March 1, 2012). The Ryans are in presidential company — Jesuit’s former president, Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J. ’66 (left),
and the school’s current leader, Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J. ’76.
Fr. McGinn worked tirelessly on the stadium project from its
inception until June 1, 2011, when he assumed new
responsibilities in the Jesuit’s southern province.
In a seamless transition, Fr. Fitzgerald
supervised the completion of the
$8 million stadium project.
Looking Through the Lens: New Orleans Media Are Treated to First Inspection of John Ryan Stadium
Friday, February 24, 2012
Media Day took place Friday (February 24) at John Ryan Stadium. It afforded
New Orleans area print, TV, and web media a first-hand opportunity to
photograph Jesuit’s new $8 million athletic facility and interview
some of the Jesuit people working behind-the-scenes to bring
the project to fruition. Jesuit alumnus John Ryan ’70, whose
$1 million gift was instrumental in making the project
a reality and whom the stadium is named for,
attended the informal event.