Voodoo Athlete of the Week: John Curtis Relief Pitcher Evan Hileman

RIVER RIDGE, La. (WGNO) - It’s what his team needed – real relief.

In the 3a quarterfinals, John Curtis Christian School’s Evan Hileman inherited a jam and worked some magic.

Hileman was the winning pitcher, and threw 3.1 innings of hitless relief.

But he says there’s plenty of credit to go around.

“[I] can’t ask for much more. Can’t ask for much more from anybody, really. The team did good and hit, and I came in and pitched,” Hileman told WGNO.

Parkview Baptist was the defending 3a champions, and that Curtis could hold them to 3 runs in 7 innings exceeded the expectations of head coach Johnny Curtis.

“One of the things they have done the last 20 games of the season is they have put bunches of runs together. I was talking to Nick Monica at Rummel, and he said this team explodes. It is 3-1, 8-1, and 10-1 and that’s what he to do,” Curtis said. “The game plan was to make them earn one an inning and then puts some runs on the board, and it helped us.”

The Patriots reached the state tournament for the first time since 2010.

Evan Hileman of John Curtis Christian School is this week’s New Orleans Voodoo Athlete of the Week.