Monday’s American Legion baseball game between Shaw-based Refuel and Rummel-based Deanie’s Seafood was a battle of pitchers.
The winner of that duel was Refuel’s Keith Meier, who pitched six innings with nine strikeouts and held Deanie’s to three hits.
That aided Refuel’s 1-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Winterscheidt Field.
Deanie’s hurler Connor Cosse threw a complete game, struck out five and allowed four hits.
Refuel won the second game against Chalmette-based Gulf Coast Bank 3-2.
“It was definitely a pitchers duel,” Refuel coach Kirk Bullinger said of the opening game of the doubleheader. “Both pitchers, I thought, threw the ball well. They both had good command of their off-speed as well as their fastball. Everybody played great defense. Rummel’s defensive plays in the fifth inning were absolutely awesome.”
Bullinger said he wanted to keep Meier within the range of 85-95 pitches. Brandon Guilliot relieved Meier in the seventh.
In the fifth inning, Caiden Reid hit a fly ball to Deanie’s shortstop Scott Wetzel, which he caught near the third base line.
The next two Refuel (12-1-1) batters struck out and hit into a double play.
“That was a backbreaker when the shortstop, Wetzel, made the diving catch down the line,” Bullinger said. “That’s a leadoff double with our two, three, and four guys coming up. That was a huge play.”
The game was a makeup game, and Deanie’s (7-5) was the home team since they were unable to play at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, their normal home field.
In the second game, Gulf Coast started the game scoring two runs in the second while Refuel rallied to get its runs in the fourth and fifth. Jace Nini led Refuel, going 2-3 with an RBI.
Brandon Wilson also went 2-3 with an RBI for Gulf Coast Bank.
DJ Alexander started for Refuel and threw for five innings, allowing three hits while striking out eight. He was relieved by Austin Jackson.
Kobe Cazes pitched a complete game for Gulf Coast Bank. He allowed five hits and struck out three.
Refuel has a non-district game against Jesuit-based Retif Oil on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
“That’s just to allow us to give our pitching staff some work, get some guys who don’t get into games a lot and get them some at bats,” Bullinger said. “In these nine-inning affairs that are coming up in the district tournament and the regional tournament, we’re going to need everybody to contribute.”
In the first inning of the first game, Cosse loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter. However, Refuel was not able to bring any runners home.
Refuel got a run in the second when Reid singled in Josh Pantoja for a 1-0 lead.
Deanie’s coach Nick Monica said what hurt his team was Refuel’s pitching.
“The guy on the mound was pretty good,” he said. “He threw a bunch of strikes and kept us off balance with his breaking ball. He limited our base running and executed pitches.”
With the end of the regular season, Monica said he’s looking toward next season.
“We’re trying to develop for next year and find out a little bit about who we are and trying to get a little confidence heading into the 2015 season,” he said.