In a battle between two of the better prep baseball teams in the New Orleans area, Archbishop Rummel defeated Covington 8-6 in the Mandeville/Covington tournament Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Rummel is now over .500 at 10-9 while Covington falls to 11-4.
Trailing 6-5 in the top of the seventh inning, Rummel was down to its final out. However, Kyle Costanza reached on a throwing error and Kevin Meehan reached on an error to put runners on first and second.
Chase Fourcade then reached on the third consecutive Covington error of the inning, which allowed Costanza and Fourcade to score. An RBI single by Darren Willis gave the Raiders an insurance run to make it 8-6.
“We got off to a slow start this season,” Willis said. “But we have just been grinding our way back. We are just a team that plays scrappy and puts the ball in play. We are building momentum now. We had a 5-0 week and we are going to ride that momentum into the start of district play.”
Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Covington pushed across the go-ahead runs on a pair of hits.
With one out, Kale Kililngsworth walked and advanced to third base on a single by Cole Wood.
Matt Jones gave the Lions the 6-4 lead when he lined a two-run double down the left-field line, scoring Killingsworth and Wood to give Covington the lead.
Zack Smith took the loss for the Lions, allowing four unearned runs on eight hits in four innings. He struck out one and walked two.
Zach Cook was the winning pitcher after tossing a perfect sixth inning. Kevin Meehan picked up the save with a 1-2-3 seventh.
RUMMEL 11, NORTHSHORE 4: Chase Fourcade drove in three runs and Jeremy Gaudet pitched five innings of shutout relief to lead the Raiders in the opening game of the day at the Covington/Mandeville tournament.
“We are all hitting the ball right now,” Fourcade said. “We had a tough start to the season, but now we are back to .500 and hopefully are playing our best baseball heading into district play.”
Scoring in every inning except the fourth, Rummel pushed across three runs in the second inning to take the lead. Scott Wetzel led off the inning with a double and Collin Ward walked. Ashanti Wheatley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Quinn Dantagnan drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Wetzel. Kyle Costanza drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Kevin Meehan’s RBI groundout gave the Raiders all the runs they needed.
Northshore’s highlight came in the first inning on Parker Morris’ three-run home run.
Tyler Braud picked up the win, going two-plus innings, while allowing four runs on five hits and walking three. Gaudet got the save, allowing one hit, striking out two and walking two.
JD Evans (3-1) was the losing pitcher. Evans gave up five runs on two hits in one-plus innings. He struck out one and walked two.