After losing two of its first three games in Catholic League play, Rummel needed to turn things around quickly.
Six teams from District 9-5A made it into the postseason last year, and Rummel coach Nick Monica said his team needed a win just to keep themselves alive in the district race.
The Raiders (12-7, 2-2) utilized their bats to get themselves back on track with an 8-4 victory over St. Augustine in a District 9-5A game on Saturday afternoon at Barrow Stadium.
“We always tell our guys that all 12 games we play in district are going to be really important,” Monica said. “We weren’t playing that well as of late and it was good just to come out and get a team win the way we did today.”
The Raiders pounced on St. Aug (9-9-1, 0-5) in the first inning, forcing the Purple Knights into three errors and scattering four hits on the way to grabbing an early lead.
Lyle Ball started things off with a bases-loaded two-run single, which was followed two batters later by a bases-loaded walk from Daryl Deist and an error by St. Aug that allowed two more runners to score, giving the Raiders a 4-0 lead.
St. Aug pitcher Cornell Carter appeared to gain his composure from that point, but the senior fielded a bunt by Rummel’s Kyle Costanza and threw over the head of his third baseman allowing three runners to score — including Costanza — to balloon the Rummel lead to 7-1 in the fourth.
“To be honest, I can’t say I’ve scored on a bunt in a really long time,” said Costanza, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. “I actually messed up because I bunted in the wrong spot, but it felt good just to play well as a team and get that win today.
“We haven’t played really well lately and, hopefully, this win can help us get things going in Catholic League.”
The Purple Knights made an improbable late comeback attempt and got themselves back in the game in the seventh inning.
Darrell Landry kicked off the St. Aug rally with a bases-loaded walk, and, two batters later, Justice McCoy drilled a two-run single that shrunk his team’s deficit to 8-4.
The momentum swung over to St. Aug’s side, but Rummel got Dwayne McGill to strike out to end the inning and clinch the win.
Despite their late push, the Purple Knights have been outscored 46-13 in their five Catholic League losses.
“They beat us and we fought until the end, but there’s no moral victories in sports,” St. Aug coach Ryan Sims said.