A pitchers’ duel for the first three innings between Rummel’s Lyall Ball and Covington’s Christian Wood, the Raiders broke through in the fourth inning with a single run and added two more in the sixth to edge the Lions 3-2 on Friday night in Covington.
Kevin Meehan led off the fourth with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
With one out, Darren Willis walked, putting runners on the corners.
Ball then deposited a 2-1 pitch from Wood just in front of left fielder Garret Jones, scoring Meehan for a 1-0 lead.
Covington (6-7) answered with a run in the fifth. Sean Cothern led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Kane Holder. After Ball retired Garrett Jones for the second out, Josh King reached on an error, scoring Cothern and tying the game 1-1.
Rummel (10-4) answered in the sixth inning. Catcher Chase Fourcade doubled and courtesy runner Keith Bender advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Wood struck out Willis, but he reached on a wild pitch which allowed Bender to score and help the Raiders regain the lead 2-1.
With the Covington infield drawn in, Charlie Beck reached on an error, scoring Willis to extend the lead to 3-1.
That’s all Ball (1-0) needed. The right-hander earned the complete-game win, scattering four hits, while striking out five and walking two.
“I haven’t been used a lot this season,” Ball said. “It has been mostly just bullpen work, so when I got the chance I wanted to show the coaches what I could do. It was just one of those games that the longer I was throwing, the better I was feeling. We fielded the ball well and the offense did their job. It was just my job to throw strikes.
“It was also fun to have to overcome the obstacle of pitching in the rain. It definitely made things interesting.”
The win was the second of the day for Rummel, which defeated Northshore 6-0 earlier.
Wood was the losing pitcher for Covington. In five-plus innings, he allowed three runs on three hits, striking out seven and walking three.
“I was feeling things out there at first,” the junior left-hander said. “All my pitches seemed to be working quite well.
“Then I got a little tired in the sixth and things got away from me. Losing a game like this stings because we were so close to pulling it out. We just have to be able to learn from it and get better because of it.”