John Curtis Opens NHSI With Tough Fought Win
Cary, NC - In the opening game of the 2018 National High School Invitational, John Curtis (New Orleans) won a tough fought game against Hanover (Mechanicsville, Va.) by a score of 2-0.
This contest turned out to be a defensive battle, as both starting pitchers gave quality outings. Virginia commit Jack Dragum had the strikeout pitch working in this one, delivering eight punch outs across his four innings of work. He sat 88-89 with his fastball, and worked both sides of the plate well. His changeup in the 83-84 range flashed depth, and his curve in the middle 70s kept hitters off balance throughout his start.
John Curtis starter Ian Landreneau had his A game today, firing six innings of shutout baseball. His mentality on the mound in this one was simple.
“Pound the zone, give my team a chance to win,” Landreneau said.
He did just that, working quickly and efficiently. The defense behind him — led by catcher Jay Curtis and shortstop Brandon Davis —put together a near flawless outing. John Curtis ended the game with no errors, and consistently made the tough plays look routine.
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Davis was also the key component of the John Curtis offense. He had two hits in two at bats, while also walking once. Davis created problems on the base paths with his blazing speed, and showed the ability to change a game with his speed. Davis stole two bases in this one, while constantly taking big leads and trying to get himself in scoring position.
“I’m trying to do whatever is best for the team, get the team on top, get that engine going,” Davis said.
Davis capped off his performance with a gliding 6-3 double play to end the game, firmly placing John Curtis in the winners bracket of the 2018 NHSI.