The Rummel Raiders gave up the lead late against Hahnville, but managed to pull through and defeat the Tigers 5-3 in 10 innings Tuesday afternoon at Hahnville in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The Raiders led 3-1 much of the game before singles by Hahnville catcher Matt Fontenot and pinch hitter Logan Billingsley tied the game in the sixth inning.
Both teams failed to score the next three innings. Rummel finally got something going in the top of the 10th when Ashanti Wheatley singled to lead off the inning.
Quinn Dantagnan advanced Wheatley on a sacrifice bunt before Scot Wetzel came up with a clutch RBI double to deep center field to put the Raiders up 4-3. Jeremy Sterling later singled in Wetzel for an insurance run.
Spencer Veit was the winning pitcher for Rummel, allowing the three runs over nine innings and striking out eight to outduel his counterpart Tyler Lamers.
“We came out here so eager to win, and I just wanted to give us a chance,” Veit said. “So much respect to Lamers over there, he did a great job … watching him made me want to go out and do even better.”
Veit was not fazed after giving up the lead in the sixth inning. He held Hahnville scoreless after the sixth. During that span he picked up five of his eight strikeouts.
“Short memory,” he said. “I just try to think ‘that guy got a base hit, let’s get the next guy.’ I just trie going out, throwing strikes and doing it for the team.”
Rummel will face Jesuit, a 7-4 winner over Central-BR, in the next round. Jesuit has defeated Rummel twice this season, but Raiders coach Nick Monica said he was not thinking about a rematch with the Blue Jays.
“We’ll worry about our opponent when we get there,” Monica said. “We just need to focus on ourselves. If we throw strikes and play good defense, we’ll keep ourselves in a lot of games.”