St. John's Varsity Baseball throws their best effort in a 2-1 loss to Holland Hall to open up the SPC tournament. The Mavericks rally with an 8-2 win over Oakridge in game two and a 16-3 final outing against FWCD to win the consolation side of the bracket.
St. John’s Varsity Baseball went to “The Bigs” for their last practice of the season. After defeating John Cooper 4-2 in the last regular season game to clinch the 6th and final seed in the SPC playoffs, Head Coach T Riley announced to the team they would be working out at Minute Maid Park prior to heading to Fort Worth for conference.
“We waited until we got past Cooper and then told the team,” said Riley with a big grin on his face. “It was an amazing experience being on the field at a Major League ball park. I had goose bumps while we were hitting bp.”
The team was divided into two groups- one in the field and one in the locker room. The players on the field had nicknames lit up on the jumbo screen. “Mad Dog” (Matthew Davis ’15), “Big Britt” and “Little Britt” (Jack Britton ’15 and Charles Britton ’17), “QB1” (Cade Luedde ’16), The Gob Stopper (Joe Gobillot ’17), “Lonny Dollars” (Jeffrey Lonnecker ’15), “El Once” (Cameron Crain ’15), “Mo” (Michael Meaux ’18) and more.
The SPC tournament in Fort Worth was more than the Mendoza Line away from Minute Maid Park, but it was still baseball, and like the pros the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate was still 60 feet and 6 inches at Fort Worth Country Day Field. The Mavericks were the 6th seed and faced 3rd seed Holland Hall in the opening round. Carrying over from a stellar performance to get the Mavericks into the tournament, St. John’s ace Jeffrey Lonnecker got the start against the Dutch. Even with minimal rest between games, Jeffrey turned in a big league performance going 5 and 2/3 innings. After a slow start and trailing 2-0 at the end of the first inning, Evan Reynolds ’15 got the Mavericks on the board with a run in the second on a bunt down the third base line by Matthew Davis. The next five innings was all about defense with both teams going scoreless down the stretch. St. John’s left a handful of runners on base, and could not generate enough offense to turn the corner.
“Jeffrey pitched a great game today,” said Coach Riley. “He had three days rest from a complete game in our win over Cooper. He gritted it out today. Our guys gave us a chance to win.”
St. John’s started Joe Gobillot in game 2 versus Oakridge. Catching for Gobillot was Michael Meaux, a combination that brought some “Meaux-Joe” to help the Mavericks play like they’re back in “The Bigs.”
In the final game of the tournament Jack Britton saved his best for his final batting attempt. Having never recorded a home run in his Maverick career, facing a 2-1 count in the fourth with the bases loaded, Britton ripped a shot over the left field fence for a grand slam homer to put the Mavs up 7-3. St. John's cruised from there out with nine more runs. Three seniors were on base when Britton hit the "four bagger."
"It got us going," said Britton.
...Going, going, gone as the Mavericks closed out the 2015 season with a Big League W.