When Rummel and Brother Martin play, you can expect a close game between the Catholic League rivals — even when it’s their American Legion teams squaring off.
But Sunday during an elimination game in the American Legion Southeast regional tournament at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, there was nothing but offense on display.
Brother Martin-based Peake BMW got the better of Rummel-based Deanie’s Seafood 17-14 in a game that lasted 3½ hours. The teams combined for 31 hits and 20 walks. There were six errors — five of them by Deanie’s.
Peake, the third-place team from the first district, stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament and next will play River Ridge at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday. Deanie’s, which was second in second district east, finished its season 7-8.
Peake blew open Sunday’s game with seven runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-1 lead, only to watch Deanie’s climb back into it in the later innings.
“That was one of those nine-inning, 105 (degree) heat index games,” Peake BMW coach Mark Wisniewski said. “We still have a couple arms left to pitch tomorrow. And I was pleased that we swung the bat well today. We also gave up a lot of runs, too. But we did what we needed to do to be able to play another day. Now we need (projected Monday starter) Cory Cook to come in and get on top, throw strikes and give us a chance.”
Peake BMW (6-5-2) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first with walks by Brady Faust and Joel Bergeron and RBI singles by Zac Repath and Dominic Robert. Brendan Brown made it a three-run lead when he brought home Repath on an infield single. Deanie’s got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Charlie Beck scored Zack Cook with a single to right-center.
Peake BMW tacked on a run in the third when Andre Roevens belted a two-out triple to center and scored on a wild pitch. Deanie’s pulled starting pitcher Luke LaCoste to start the fourth, but Peake BMW roughed up reliever Chase Cutrer. A pair of errors at shortstop and a walk set the table for an RBI single by Robert and a two-run single by Roevens. A single by Brown loaded the bases, and Robert scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-1. Ben Chaplain then hit a double to center to score two, and Ben Wisniewski blooped in a single for another run.
Deanie’s had three consecutive singles in the fifth. Lane Leblanc followed with a three-run homer to right to make it 11-5 before the offenses kept rolling through the later innings, with Peake BMW holding on.
“Our offense put us in a good position to do well tomorrow,” said Brown, who went 4-for-5 with four RBIs to lead Peake. “Yesterday, we had errors which hurt us, so we were able to eliminate some of that today. We just have to go out and make plays.”
Townsend Homes 5, Houma Pelican Waste 4: Brandon Gilberti pitched a complete game to help the St. Charles Catholic-based team advance.
Gilberti allowed nine hits in seven innings. Three of the runs came in the top of the seventh, when Houma Pelican Waste rallied. The game was shortened to seven innings after a lengthy weather delay.
Robby Gilbert had two hits to lead Townsend, which is set to play at 1:30 p.m. Monday against Southland Hogs. Vandebilt Catholic-based Pelican Waste was eliminated.
Otto Candies 7, Southland Hogs 5: Hahnville-based Otto Candies picked up its second win in as many tries at the regional tournament.
Hunter Leblanc and Dane Wise each had two hits to lead Otto Candies.
The team will next play in a winners’ bracket game at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Ponstein’s.
Covenant Christian-based Southland dropped to 1-1 and will take on St. Charles-based Townsend Homes in a 1:30 p.m. elimination game Monday at Kirsch-Rooney.
Ponstein’s beat River Ridge 10-0 in the day’s final game.