Written by Corbett Smith
Wasted opportunities doom Jesuit in Class 5A Region II semifinals
WACO — It was a day of wasted opportunities for Jesuit in its Class 5A Region II semifinals against Klein Oak.
After losing Game 1, Jesuit jumped out to an early lead in the second game, stretching it to 6-1 after a sacrifice fly by Zach Reding.
But Jesuit and starter Josh Vander Heiden couldn’t keep the lead.
Klein Oak (28-12) batted around in the top of the fifth, scoring six runs to take the lead, 7-6.
When Jesuit (34-9) battled back to take a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the sixth — on a two-run double by Reding and an RBI single by Jeffers Rader — Klein Oak scored twice in the top of the seventh, to take a 10-9 lead.
Mike Savage got to third for Jesuit in the bottom of the inning, but Jeff Schoettmer struck out to end the series.
Jesuit phenom Josh Bell, who was on deck, was 2-for-3 with a home run and five walks in the series.
Jesuit was in a must-win situation after losing, 10-6, in the first game of the day.
After tying the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by Reding, Jesuit surrendered the lead right back in the bottom of the inning.
After an error let the leadoff man reach base, Travis Hennessey hit a two-run home run over the right-field wall. Klein Oak would score three more in the sixth, off a home run by Dustin Theiss.