MILFORD -- Fairfield Prep baseball coach Rudy Mauritz said he was looking forward to watching Law senior right-hander Kevin Johnson pitch Saturday morning.
Unfortunately for the Jesuits, Johnson pitched a beauty at home, a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 Lawmen victory.
Johnson (7-0) struck out six and didn't walk a batter, going to three balls just three times in a late-season matchup of two of the SCC's top teams. Their pregame records matched at 14-2.
"We just really wanted to beat them. We feel like everyone's taking us lightly," Johnson said. "(We want to) show people we're legit this year."
Johnson didn't give the Jesuits a sniff, retiring 13 in a row between the Jesuits' first and second hits, then the next five. A double play ended things.
"He did a great job hitting his spots, getting ahead, keeping the ball down," Mauritz said. "Next to the (John) Amendola kid from Notre Dame (of West Haven), he's definitely the best pitcher we've seen this year.
"Jonathan Law competed hard all six and a half innings," Mauritz added. "We didn't. I don't know why."
Mauritz said he'd seen that lack of focus in the Jesuits in an 11-2 loss at West Haven on April 28. They had won seven of eight since that game.
The Lawmen broke out in the bottom of the first with hits by Jake Rouse (his first hit of three) and Dillon Rocha around a two-out walk.
"I think they panicked a bit, sat back," Johnson said. "We were jumping on them."
Jesuits junior righty John Carroll, the regular closer pressed into starting duty, had two out with two on in the fourth, but Rouse and Jimmy Palmer laced back-to-back doubles to right-center. A wild pitch made it a four-run inning.
"I think for (Carroll) being consistent is the key," Mauritz said.
"For whatever reason he left a fastball a little flat. The Rouse kid can pound the baseball all around the yard."
Johnson was all set after the first inning. The game-ending double play came on his 100th pitch, and he got more efficient as the game went on. Read Full Article
"When he gets behind, Kevin knows he can just reach back and pitch to contact," Law coach Greg Simler said. "He knows the defense can make plays. The funny thing is he made plays himself. It's always nice to have good defense on the mound."
The Jesuits have three games to refocus this week before the SCC playoffs.
"We didn't get to truly measure up against a team that's good," Mauritz said. "From that standpoint, it's a disappointing game. ... (The Lawmen) are 15-2 for a reason. The Johnson kid's 7-0 for a reason. We need to make sure we do a better job."
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Records: Fairfield Prep 14-3; Law 15-2. Batteries: FP--John Carroll (L, 1-1), Chase Mascolo (5) and Jake Berry; L--Kevin Johnson (W, 7-0) and Dillon Rocha