Luke LaCoste’s perfect bunt scored the winning run from third base in the top of the 10th inning and Rummel defeated Jesuit 6-5 on Friday at John Ryan Stadium.
The victory was Rummel’s seventh straight and gave the Raiders (12-9) a 2-0 record in District 9-5A play.
After Jesuit had taken a 5-4 lead in the fifth, Rummel sent the game into extra innings with an unearned run in the top of the seventh. Chase Fourcade, who went 4-for-5 with a double and triple, led off the seventh with a line-drive double down the left field line.
Courtesy runner Zach Cook scored the tying run when he moved to third on a wild pitch that bounced to the right of Jesuit catcher Trent Forshag. Forshag’s throw to third sailed into left field and Cook scored.
With one out in the 10th, Ashanti Wheatley was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single to right by Collin Ward. LaCoste then pushed a perfect bunt toward first and reached safely on a single when no one covered first base.
“The fight and resiliency in this group is unbelievable,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said. “I think we’ve been behind in each of the seven wins.”
Rummel scored three times in the top of the fifth for a 4-3 lead. Jesuit answered that with four runs in its half of the inning.
“They answered our three spot with a four spot and it would have been easy for us to lay down with just six outs left,” Monica said. “But our kids found a way to tie it and eventually take the lead.”
Jesuit (16-5, 1-1) put runners on first and second in the 10th but the game ended when Ben Hess’ line drive was snared by Rummel second baseman Kevin Meehan, who then sprinted to second and dove for the bag, doubling the runner out.
“Ben hit the ball right on the nose,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “But it was right at the guy and it was double play. That’s baseball.”
The game-ending double play set off a celebration by the Rummel team.
“We’ve been on the other end of so many of these games with Jesuit,” Monica said. “This is a confidence boost.”
Winning pitcher Darren Willis (2-2) tossed two innings in relief of starter Scott Wetzel.
“This feels pretty amazing,” Willis said. “We’re coming into district play hot. We’re a comeback team.”
“You have to give them credit. That’s a relentless group,” Latino said.
“It’s only two games (into district play) and I think you’re going to see a lot of games like this in the Catholic League this year.”