Baseball Report: Rummel outlasts Jesuit in classic pitching duel, 1-0

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Matt Villa
Matt Villa pitched a complete-game shutout on Thursday. (Photo: Bill Arthurs)

It always seems to happen when Archbishop Rummel and Jesuit get together.

The two great rivals on the diamond play low-scoring and/or extra-inning games on a regular basis.

After Jesuit scored a run in the seventh inning to edge Rummel 3-2 Wednesday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, the Raiders turned the tables on Thursday at John Ryan Stadium.

Freshman Lance Johnson drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning on a two-out, RBI single to lift Rummel to a 1-0 victory. Johnson’s hit scored sophomore Austin Blum, who led the Raiders with two hits.

The big hit made a winner out of sophomore Matt Villa, who was brilliant. Villa pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out five and walking two for the Raiders (12-9, 2-4). Villa allowed a double to Zack Casbonne in the bottom of the eighth inning but pitched around it. Michael Torry had the other hit for the Blue Jays.

Senior Christian Hess pitched outstanding for Jesuit (14-8, 4-2) as well, going the distance and taking a tough loss. Hess allowed the run on just three hits, striking out six while walking two.

Both teams were solid defensively in an errorless contest.

This was the latest of an amazing series of extra-inning games between the two rivals in recent years.

Last May, Rummel beat Jesuit 7-6 in eight innings in the first game of their best-of-three playoff series when Zach Cook hit a walk-off homer against Hess. In 2015, Rummel won 6-5 over Jesuit in 10 innings. In 2012, Rummel beat Jesuit 1-0 in eight innings. Then, there was the infamous 18-inning marathon on April 14, 2012 in which the Blue Jays outlasted the Raiders 2-1.

Rummel returns to action Saturday in a non-district contest at Covington at noon while Jesuit will also head north Saturday for a game at Ponchatoula at 11 a.m. The Raiders return to district play next Tuesday on the road at Archbishop Shaw at 6:30 p.m. while the Blue Jays will host St. Augustine next Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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