When you’re as hot as Rummel, nothing can seemingly slow you down.
Not a three-year hex against Brother Martin.
And not an early three-run deficit.
Chris Boudreaux entered in the second inning and shut Brother Martin down, then the Raiders rallied for four runs in the fourth for a 7-3 victory at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in a Catholic League (District 9-5A) opener.
It was the sixth consecutive victory for Rummel (11-9), which beat Brother Martin (12-7) for the first time since 2012.
“It’s a big win,” Boudreaux said. “It’s going to give us the confidence, and it lets us know we can take down anybody.”
Boudreaux (3-2) replaced starter Collin Ward after Ward surrendered three runs and walked four to put the Raiders in a 3-0 hole.
Boudreaux showed the same toughness on the mound as he displayed in the fall when he played linebacker for the Raiders.
He went the rest of the way, scattering three hits and striking out eight.
“It was incredible what he was able to do for us,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said. “He allowed us to settle into the game a little bit. From the beginning, we were kind of on our heels. Collin struggled to find the zone and gave up a few hits early. They hit us in the mouth and were up 3-0 before we were able to get off the bus. Kudos to the kids for keep fighting.”
Rummel took the lead for good in the fourth.
Trailing 3-1, leadoff batter Kyle Costanza belted a three-run double to left field to give Rummel a 4-3 lead.
“I knew it was a big moment,” Costanza said. “I was just trying to stay within myself and put something in play. That’s exactly what I did.”
Costanza finished 3-for-3 with two singles to go with his bases loaded double that came on a full count.
“Kyle is one of our better hitters,” Monica said. “He is one of the most consistent guys we have in our lineup. He has come up with big hits all year. It’s fitting that he was able to do that.”
Brother Martin didn’t help itself in the fourth, committing a pair of errors, including one that led to the first run.
The Raiders tacked on a run in the fifth on Tyler Neece’s RBI single, then Darren Willis drove in two more insurance runs in the sixth.
Boudreaux knew the Raiders could rally, despite entering the game in a hole.
“I was pretty relaxed because of how hot our bats have been,” Boudreaux said.
Early, it seemed as if Brother Martin would continue its recent dominance over Rummel.
The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead in their first at-bat, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Parker and taking advantage of four walks by Ward.
The Crusaders added another run in the second on Blair Frederick’s RBI single that drove in Parker Oubre.
Brother Martin could have done more damage but stranded six batters in the first two innings.
They left the bases loaded with one out in the second.
“I was real disappointed,” Brother Martin coach Mark Wisniewski said. “The effort wasn’t there. We got off to a good start and just coasted after that. You can’t do that against quality teams. We had a chance to put it away with the bases loaded and nobody out, and we strike out and pop up. That’s not acceptable.”
Blair Frederick (2-1) went five innings, allowed seven hits and struck out five for the Crusaders.
Rummel plays Jesuit on Friday, while Brother Martin plays Holy Cross.
“This is big,” Monica said. “We have played a brutal pre-district schedule and we talked about how it’s going to pay off and I think it’s starting to.
“This gives us confidence going into that (Jesuit) game, and they have some confidence as well.”