Brother Martin defeated Rummel 10-0 on Wednesday night to claim its second consecutive District 9-5A baseball title. The Crusaders have won four district titles in the past six years, also finishing first in 2008 and 2010.
The Crusaders’ Jarrett Gongora turned in a strong pitching performance, while Andrew Boucvalt hit a triple and Greg Deichman hit a towering home run to power the Brother Martin offense.
The win gave Brother Martin a 9-1 record in district play and the Crusaders upped their record to 27-3 overall. Brother Martin has had a 57-9 record over the past two seasons, representing the most wins over a two-year period in school history (including the St. Aloysius records).
The Crusaders play a nondistrict game Friday against John Curtis at UNO.
Gongora (5-0) made his second start for the Crusaders following a 2-1/2 week layoff from pitching. He went four innings, striking out four, and allowing three hits. He walked none.
Boucvalt’s triple deep in the left center-field gap was the key to the Crusaders’ 2-0 start in the second inning.
After Jonathan Parker walked, Boucvalt launched a 3-2 pitch that was high in the strike zone, easily scoring the runner from first. Boucvalt scored on a groundout by Raphael Deroche.
Three singles, a walk and a Raiders error led to the five-run third. The Crusaders loaded the bases on singles by Daniel Lahare and Gongora and a walk to Deichmann. Owen Magee’s ground ball to third hopped off the third baseman’s glove, scoring two runs.
A fielder’s choice ground ball and a sacrifice fly by Deroche made it 6-0. Blair Frederick singled home Parker for a 7-0 lead.
Deichmann’s towering home run in the fourth cleared the wall just to the right of center field. It also scored Jonathan Parker, who was running for Gongora after he had hit his second single.
The Crusaders loaded the bases with no outs in fifth, but failed to score.
Magee’s single in the seventh scored Parker Oubre, ending the game with the 10-run mercy rule.
Rummel finished 4-6 in league play and is 20-13 overall. The Raiders play Fontainebleau on Friday, also a non-district game.