AURORA | It doesn’t matter the time of day, the Regis Jesuit baseball team can flat hit.
With a rare noon start time Thursday — created by a scarcity of umpires for a normal after school contest — the Raiders pounded out 16 hits en route to a 15-1, five-inning victory over Eaglecrest in a game both teams picked up after cancellations on their schedules.
Senior Finn O’Connor finished 3-for-3 with a home run and drove in four runs and fellow infielder Dallas Macias had three hits and three at-bats — including a home run of his own — to help a Regis Jesuit attack that saw 10 players collect at least one base hit.
Coach Matt Darr’s Raiders — ranked No. 2 in CHSAANow.com’s most recent Class 5A coaches poll — matched their season-high in runs scored and won their fifth straight game to improve to 12-2 on the season. Coach Tory Humphrey’s Eaglecrest team, which lost its second straight game after a six-game winning streak, fell to 9-6 on the season.
The beneficiary of Regis Jesuit’s offensive explosion was junior right-hander Hayden Moore, who started and worked four innings and allowed three hits and a single run to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Raptors starter Brayden McCullough managed to work out of trouble in the first inning, but he couldn’t avoid it in the second inning, when the Raiders took advantage of walks and some wild pitches to plate five runs.
Regis Jesuit broke it open in a four-run fourth that included back-to-back home runs from O’Connor — a three-run shot, his third of the season — and Macias (who clubbed his team-leading sixth), who both hit blasts into a whipping wind that blew out to left field.
A six-run rally in the fourth inning — which saw three reserves collect base hits against a combined three Eaglecrest pitchers — included a two-run homer by sophomore Andrew Bell.
The Raptors had a potential third-inning rally snuffed out when senior catcher Garth Morgan led off with a single, but a pinch runner got picked off by Moore.
In the fourth inning, senior Logan Glueckert doubled with one out and scored on senior Jackson Bryant’s single (for his team-leading 19th RBI) and senior Anthony Hernandez followed with a walk. Moore recorded his seventh strikeout and coaxed a foul out to end the threat.
Regis Jesuit — which had plenty of crowd support with classmates streaming in and out of the stands during their lunch hours — turns around for a 7 p.m. game against Heritage Friday, while Eaglecrest returns to Centennial League play with an April 26 contest at Grandview.
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REGIS JESUIT 15, EAGLECREST 1 (5 inn.)
Score by innings (r-h-e):
Eaglecrest 000 10 — 1 4 2
Regis Jesuit 054 6x — 15 16 0
John Rossi 3-0-1-0, Taylor Dooley 3-0-0-0, Logan Glueckert 2-1-1-0, Jackson Bryant 2-0-1-1, Anthony Hernandez 0-0-0-0, Brayden Mann 2-0-0-0, Brayden Harbin 2-0-0-0, Garth Morgan 2-0-1-0, Brayden Stufft 1-0-0-0. Totals 18-1-4-1. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Brayden McCullough (L, 3-10-11-9-1-5), Michael Comeau (1/3-5-4-4-0-1), Anthony Hernandez (2/3-1-0-0-0-0)
REGIS JESUIT (ab-r-h-rbi)
Finn O’Connor 3-2-3-4, Dallas Macias 3-2-3-1, Isaac Wachsmann 3-0-0-0, Nate McHugh 2-1-1-1, Andrew Bell 3-1-1-2, Charlie Rogan 2-1-2-0, Tony Padilla 3-0-1-0, Jack Martin 1-2-0-0, Nate Lewis 3-2-2-2, Robbie Dembeck 1-1-1-0, Brien Kenny 1-0-1-1, Christian Lopez 1-0-1-0, Dawson Schroeder 0-0-0-1, Brian Fischer 0-0-0-0, Jay Thomas 1-0-0-0. Totals 27-15-16-12. Pitching (ip-h-r-e-bb-so): Hayden Moore (4-3-1-1-2-7), Joe Riley (1-1-0-0-0-1).
2B — Eaglecrest: Logan Glueckert. Regis Jesuit: Nate Lewis, Macias, Nate McHugh. 3B — Regis Jesuit: Charlie Rogan. HR — Regis Jesuit: Finn O’Connor (2 on in 3rd), Dallas Macias (solo in 3rd), Andrew Bell (1 on in 4th)