Too much Andrew Susac behind the plate. Too much Dan Child the final two innings and plenty of patience at the plate was the line of the evening for Jesuit High School.
The Marauders, top-ranked by The Bee the second half of the season, routed Fairfield 11-4 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North playoff game today at American River College.
Susac is a national recruit who has signed a letter of intent with Oregon State who also happens to be on every major league team's radar as one of the top defensive catchers in the country. He is projected to be drafted in the top two rounds. The senior threw out two runners and tagged out two more on relay throws from Jimmy Bosco and Chris Piwinski and had a three-run double and a bunt single in as complete an effort as one could imagine.
Oh, he also provided a calming presence to sophomore pitcher Dan Child, whose first warm up pitch hit the dirt well before the plate. Once he warmed up, Child was untouchable. He struck out five in his two innings of work (Alex Plog got the win).
Bosco had four walks from his leadoff spot and scored three runs as Fairfield walked 10 and struck out eight times.
Jesuit plays Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the winner of the late Monday game between Elk Grove-Napa. Fairfield takes on the loser of that game in a loser's bracket game Tuesday at 4.
Jesuit seeks a section title repeat and the program's fifth since 1994 under coach Joe Potulny.