St. Paul’s baseball team was only two days removed from delivering a shutout whipping of a district opponent.
On Thursday night against Rummel in the opening round of the Mandeville/Covington Baseball Tournament, the Wolves found themselves on the wrong side of a similar outcome.
Rummel dominated in all phases of the game and earned a 13-0 victory over the homestanding Wolves at Heap Field in Covington. The game was called after the end of the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.
Rummel (7-9) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third. Ashanti Wheatley beat out an infield hit, and was sacrificed to second by Quinn Dantagnan. After a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Kevin Meehan loped an opposite-field single to right that plated the speedy Wheatley, which made the score 1-0.
In the top of the fourth, the Raiders offense erupted. Rummel sent 12 batters to the plate, and scored seven runs on only three hits. St. Paul’s committed three errors in the fourth, which contributed to the scoring outburst.
With one out in the fourth, Tyler Neece reached on an infield single and Scott Wetzel was hit by a pitch. Ward hit a grounder to third that was booted and eventually skittered into left field. The throw home was wild, though, and a two-error play allowed Neece to score. Wheatley struck out, but the ball got past the St. Paul’s catcher and Wheatley reached first base without a throw to the bag.
An infield single by Dantagnan, a bases-loaded walk by Kyle Costanza, and an RBI fielder’s choice by Meehan increased the lead to 6-0. Darren Willis reached on another error and Chase Fourcade drove home a run with a single.
When the inning finally ended, Rummel held a commanding 8-0 lead. They tacked on five more runs in the top of the fifth on seven hits. The big blow of the inning came on a bases-clearing double by Neece.
“The main thing about offense is good quality at bats,” Neece said. “Once we get going, everyone gets in line to hit.”
Rummel outhit St. Paul’s 13-4.
Raiders starter Collin Ward (2-0) handcuffed the Wolves all evening. He allowed the four hits to four different batters, and only two came in one inning (the fourth.)
Carlo Graffeo was tagged with the loss. He was taken out so start the fifth inning with an 8-0 deficit.