Behind a solo home run from Charlie Beck and a three-run homer from shortstop Darren Willis, Rummel defeated Fontainebleau 7-4 in nondistrict baseball action Tuesday night in Mandeville.
After a pair of scoreless innings to start the game, Rummel’s (7-3) Kevin Meehan singled with one out and was balked to second base. Catcher Chase Fourcade was hit by a pitch.
Five pitches later, Willis launched a three-run homer deep over the left center field wall, giving the Raiders a 3-0 advantage.
Two batters later, Beck hit the second home run of the night, a solo shot over the left field wall to make it 4-0 Rummel.
Fontainebleau (4-6) answered with a run in the bottom of the third. Tristan Halbrook led off with a single. With one out, Cole Sisung singled. Second baseman Louis Pyle drove in Halbrook for the Bulldogs’ first run.
Pyle finished as Fontainebleau leading hitter, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI. Sisung also went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.
After Rummel answered with a run in the fourth inning, Fontainebleau cut the lead to two runs with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Austin Lamberston doubled and advanced to third on an error. Justin Cantrelle’s RBI double scored Lamberston, and on the next pitch, Halbrook singled home Cantrelle to make it 5-3.
Rummel added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning to extend its lead to 7-3.
Connor Cosse (2-1) picked up the complete-game win, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out eight and not walking a batter.
“For me it was a very nerve-wracking game,” Cosse said. “As a pitcher, you really hope for runs from your offense early in the game. We did that tonight, but then we made a couple of errors and allowed (Fontainebleau) to get back into the game. It puts more pressure on me as a pitcher.
“Credit goes to my offense for getting those runs early on. At the beginning of this season, we weren’t doing this. Now that we are starting to hit the ball well as a team, it is really starting to feel good being out there on the mound.”
Nick Grayson (2-2) took the loss.
It’s the second win of the season for the Raiders over Fontainebleau. Rummel defeated the Bulldogs 1-0 in the season opener on Feb. 25 in a tournament at Brother Martin.