The Belle Chasse baseball team used a four-run sixth inning to pull away from Rummel Raiders en route to a 7-3 victory Wednesday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
“It feels really good,” Belle Chasse coach Josh Euper said. “We want to be playing our best baseball late in the season, and to come out and play (like this) against a good team like Rummel — it means a lot to this program.”
Belle Chasse improved to 15-11 while Rummel fell to 18-10.
“We’ve lost a bunch of close ones this year,” Belle Chasse pitcher Dell Turlich said. “It’s good to pull one out.”
Turlich was the winning pitcher for the Cardinals, giving up two runs over five innings. He also had a walk at the plate.
The Cardinals were clinging to a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth. But they had already chased Rummel ace pitcher Connor Cosse and forced another change after Darren Willis walked the first three batters of the inning.
Belle Chasse scored a run on a wild pitch, and Holden DeJean’s RBI groundout made it 5-2. DeJean’s grounder was a high chopper to the second baseman, leaving Rummel with only the play at first.
“You just put the ball in play, and good things will happen,” DeJean said. “Hit the ball hard, and they’ll make errors. And that’s what happened.”
Belle Chasse added two runs on a single to shallow center field by Jake Griffin and a bases-loaded walk by Brok D’Angelo.
Braiden Usey pitched the final two innings in relief of Turlich.
Usey labored through each inning. He allowed the first two Raiders hitters to reach in the bottom half of the sixth but settled back in after some words of encouragement from Euper. He retired three of the next four hitters to escape the inning without any damage.
Usey walked the bases loaded in the seventh, and later walked in a run. However he struck out pinch-hitter Charlie Beck and got Jake Fury to fly out softly to end the game.
“I was a little shaky,” Usey said. “But my team had my back. I just have to do a little bit better there, but I believe in my teammates.”