It’s been a rough season for Shaw baseball team, but the Eagles edged District 9-5A rival Rummel 2-1 Tuesday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
“Any time you can get a win against any of these guys in this district, it’s a big win,” Shaw coach Kirk Bullinger said. “Bigger than that, we needed it as a confidence builder.
Shaw snapped a six-game losing streak to improve to 7-12, while Rummel fell to 13-8, snapping its two-game win streak.
Zach Autin accounted for Shaw’s lone RBI on the day. After a productive out by Matt Keller put runners on the corners in the third inning, Autin singled to right field to put the Eagles on top 1-0.
“Runners (on the corners) with one out, I had to pull it,” Autin said. “I had to get the run in. I pulled it, it got through and scored the run.”
Autin was also in the batter’s box in the seventh inning when Shaw had the bases loaded with one out. He struck out swinging, but the ball got away from catcher Chase Fourcade and allowed Devin Lansing to score what would be the game- winning run.
“I was definitely thankful we got a passed ball there,” Autin said. “Striking out (didn’t bother me); everybody’s going to strike out. I’m happy it kicked off the pad the right way. … and we got a big district ‘W.’ ”
Lansing came off the bench as a pinch hitter. He got on base with an infield single, just beating the throw.
“It’s always good when you have guys who come off the bench and produce right away,” Shaw pitcher Cory Nini said. “It got us a lot of momentum in that seventh inning.”
For his part, Nini pitched the complete game and stifled the Raiders bats. He surrendered only five hits, and Rummel’s single run came via an RBI groundout by Lyle Ball in the fourth inning.
“I started out just trying to hit spots,” Nini said. “Later on I was hitting corners. The cutter was working well today, and I was hitting spots with fastballs and relying on my defense to make plays for me, and they did.”
Rummel threatened to take the lead in the fifth inning. Kyle Costanza led off with a single that deflected off Nini. Luke LaCoste’s sacrifice moved Costanza into scoring position. Bullinger opted to intentionally walk Fourcade, and Nini induced a double play to escape the inning unscathed. Nini faced only seven batters in the final two innings.