What looked like a win for St. Augustine turned into a win for Rummel on Friday night at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium as the Raiders won 5-4 in nine innings.
Center fielder Ashanti Wheatley was looking for his first hit when he came to bat in the seventh inning with two outs and the Purple Knights leading 4-2. He then hit a two-RBI double to send the game to extra innings.
Wheatley got the game-winning hit in the ninth when he hit an RBI single that scored Jeremy Sterling. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
“I was just trying to do a job for my team,” Wheatley said. “I knew I struggled my first two at-bats.”
With the win Friday, Rummel (17-10, 2-3 District 9-5A) has a two-game win streak.
“It gives us a lot of confidence,” Wheatley said about the win. “That’s two straight games, and we’re going to go in tomorrow and play like we did tonight, just start out fast.”
Darren Willis and Jeremy Sterling also went 2-for-3.
Landix Alcorn and Brandon Watson were St. Augustine’s leading hitters, both going 2-3.
Pitcher Collin Ward started for the Raiders and went five innings. Ryan Leblanc pitched the next two. Spencer Veit finished the game.
For St. Augustine, Cornell Carter went 5.2 innings and was relieved by Blaise Brown.
“We just kept fighting,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said. “We were down to our last strike, down by two. Ashanti comes up with a big two-strike, two-out hit to tie the game. He comes up in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and nobody out and does it again, hits the ball hard on the ground. On top of that, he threw a guy out at the plate earlier in the game.”
The visiting Purple Knights (8-13, 0-4) took the lead in the first inning. Daryl Landry doubled and went to third when Toi Jackson hit into a double play. He scored when Brown got the team’s second out. A Rummel infielder threw the ball home, and Landry was called safe..
Rummel tied the game at 1-1 in the second when Scott Wetzel hit an RBI triple to left field that scored Wheatley. In his first at-bat, Wetzel took a hit to his head but was able to advance to first.
In the fourth, Landix Holland loaded the bases with a bunt. St. Augustine hurler Carter ground into a double play that scored Bryce Washington to put the Purple Knights up 2-1.
Justice McCoy hit an RBI single up the middle in the fifth inning with no outs that scored Jackson to extend the St. Augustine lead to 3-1.
Rummel’s Veit hit a single in the fifth inning that loaded the bases with one out, however, St. Augustine executed a double play that got runners out at first and second base to stop Rummel’s scoring threat.
Tekulve Williams pinch hit for Carter in the sixth inning and hit what looked to be a triple and after a throwing error, he scored to put the Purple Knights up 4-1.
In Rummel’s half of the sixth, Wheatley loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Joel Funnebaum then knocked in Tim Moffett to cut St. Aug’s lead to 4-2.
“We played real hard. They played real hard,” St. Augustine coach Ryan Sims said. “They just made one extra play more than us, and they won a game That’s basically it in a nutshell.”