Rummel pitcher Connor Cosse faced Jesuit’s Austin North with a one-run lead and runners in scoring position with one out in the top of the seventh inning.
North had gone 3-for-3. However, this time, Cosse struck him out, then fanned Connor Maginnis, preserving a 2-1 District 9-5A victory on Friday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
“I just focused on locating my fastball well against North,” said Cosse, who had 13 strikeouts that helped nullify 10 Jesuit hits. “We didn’t get many hits, so I knew I had to keep them off them from scoring.”
Rummel (14-8), which went to 4-3 in district, won despite getting outhit 10-4.
The Raiders will face 9-5A leader John Curtis on Saturday. Jesuit (17-7) slipped to 3-4 in district, with each of the losses by one run.
“We had 10 hits and six of them were for extra bases, and we generate one run,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said.
“We just kept striking out with men in scoring position, couldn’t get the big hit it seemed.”
Rummel took a 2-0 led in the bottom of the third without getting a hit. Second baseman Kyle Costanza led off the inning with a walk, and with center fielder Luke LaCoste batting, advanced to second on a wild pitch.
When LaCoste also walked, the fourth pitch was a wild pitch, and Constanza took off for third. Jesuit catcher Chance Melancon threw over the head of third baseman Hayden Fuentes, and Constanza scored. However, Jesuit left fielder Austin North misplayed the ball, enabling LaCoste to go all the way to third. He then scored when the next hitter, catcher Chase Fourcade, lifted a high sacrifice fly to right field.
Getting a runner on in each of the first four innings, including a one-out triple by right fielder Stephen Sepcich in the fourth, Jesuit finally scored in the top of the fifth. Designated hitter Marc Theberg led off with a two-strike, opposite-field hard single to left. Shortstop Nick Ray then placed a sacrifice bunt so well that Cosse (6-1) had trouble fielding it, resulting in a bunt single.
When Rummel shortstop Darren Willis turned a double play on a grounder by Jesuit’s Brandon Briuglio, it appeared the Raiders again may get out of the inning unscathed. However,
North doubled over the head of LaCoste, scoring Theberg from third and bringing the Blue Jays to 2-1. However, Cosse fanned Connor Maginnis to get out of the inning.