The streak continues.
On Saturday, Rummel collected its fourth consecutive District 9-5A victory and 11th consecutive overall victory, spraying Wesley Barrow field with 14 hits and 16 runs to topple rival St. Augustine 16-0 and remain undefeated in Catholic League play.
Left-hander Collin Ward delivered a complete-game, three-hitter. Ward struck out five and walked one, while his teammates cushioned him with three-run, four-run and seven-run inning splurges.
“The main thing our team is focused on at the plate is grinding out at-bats,” Raiders designated hitter Tyler Neece said. “If you put the ball into play, good things are going to happen, generally.”
The Raiders (16-9, 4-0) upended Brother Martin, Jesuit, Shaw and most recently the Purple Knights (7-11, 0-4), who have surrendered 57 total runs during their four-game district skid which commenced against Jesuit.
“We talk about it all the time, playing one game at a time,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said. “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. Every team in this league is a quality opponent, so you have to make sure that you show up every day or you will lose. We set the tone early scoring three in the first inning. We had focused approaches at the plate and did not give any at-bats away.”
Rummel avoided the proverbial trap game early, teeing off for three runs in the top of the first inning. With the bases loaded, Neece smacked a line drive in the hole between shortstop and third to snatch a 1-0 lead. St. Augustine right-hander Cornell Carter then hit Scott Wetzel and Ashanti Wheatley to allow two more Raiders to score.
Conversely, Ward struck out a batter then forced consecutive grounders for a quick three-and-out for the Raiders. Rummel managed only one run in the second via a fielder’s choice RBI from Chase Fourcade, but its bats pieced together another scoring binge in the top of the third to extend the lead to 8-0, and a barrage of runs in the fourth all but sealed the continuation of Rummel’s streak.
Neece, Wheatley, Charlie Buck, Kevin Meehan, Trent Tully and Lyall Ball all registered RBIs in the inning as part of a seven-run outburst that triggered the second pitching change of the afternoon for the Purple Knights.
Meehan tallied a team-high three RBIs. Neece and Wheatley chipped in two apiece.
St. Augustine’s Carter notched the first hit for his team. Blaine Derbigny and Craig Williams registered the two other hits, both of which came in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Purple Knights attempted to stave off the 10-run rule.
“We coached bad, we hit bad, we pitched bad, we played defense bad,” St. Augustine coach Ryan Sims said. “We did nothing well. When you do that in this district, you’re going to get this result. We thought we would have some positive momentum coming off the win over East Jefferson. We thought we were going to come out and play a little harder, but it didn’t work out that way.”