Baseball: Rummel, Centanni blast St. Augustine
NEW ORLEANS – A year ago, Rhett Centanni, then a sophomore, got an opportunity to gain valuable experience when Brock Bertucci was injured.
Now a junior, Centanni is looking the part of a seasoned player.
You can add very talented as well.
Centanni was a one-man wrecking crew as Archbishop Rummel completed a District 9-5A series opening sweep of St. Augustine, winning 12-1 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule at Wesley Barrow Stadium Thursday night in a game heard live on NASH ICON 106.1 FM.
Centanni was 4 for 4 with two triple, a double, a single and six RBI in monster, recording four of the six Raider hits on the evening.
The other factor was the contrast on the mound.
Senior Cole Bordes threw strikes, pitching to contact, spinning a three-hitter without a walk or a strikeout for his second win of the season.
St. Augustine pitchers struggled mightily as starter Genesis Prosper walked eight Raiders and reliever Shannon Martin added seven walks for an astonishing 15 walks issued by the Purple Knights.
Rummel broke on top immediately, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. Giancarlo Arencibia walked and scored on a triple by Centanni to make it 1-0. Centanni then scored on a sacrifice fly by Shane Hirstius to make it 2-0.
The Raiders broke the game open in the second inning on four straight walks issued by Prosper, the fourth to Mikey Ryan made it 3-0. Arencibia singled home a run and it was 4-0 and Centanni delivered a base-clearing triple to make it 7-0.
St. Augustine got on the board in the bottom of the second on a triple by Tyrin Kirklan and a two-out, RBI single by Howard Bachus to make it 7-1.
Prosper continued to struggle in the third inning, walking three straight and exited the game in favor of Martin, who walked Evan Burg to plate a run and it was 8-1. Martin then walked Ryan to score another run to make it 9-1. Centanni followed with an RBI single to make it 10-1.
Rummel finished the scoring in the top of the fifth on a triple by Arencibia, an RBI double by Centanni and a wild pitch, scoring the final run.
Rummel (13-7-1, 2-0) returns to action Saturday at E.D. White Catholic while St. Augustine (7-13, 0-2) will host Archbishop Shaw Saturday at 1 p.m. at Wesley Barrow Stadium.
Rummel 253 02 12 6 0, 9 LOB
St. Aug 010 00 1 3 0, 1 LOB
WP—Cole Bordes (2-0)
LP—Genesis Prosper (0-1)
Time of Game: 1:39
SB—Gavin Kennedy, Ruben Ramirez, Mason Scholl
3B—Rhett Centanni-2, Tyrin Kirklin
Area Prep Baseball Results from Thursday, March 24
Archbishop Rummel 12, St. Augustine 1
Ascension Christian 22, Carver 1 (game one)
Ascension Christian 19, Carver 0 (game two)
Belle Chasse 13, Pope John Paul II 3
Brother Martin 8, Jesuit 7 (12 innings)
Chalmette 27, Grace King 0
Country Day 3, St. Martin’s Episcopal 1
Covington 21, Ponchatoula 9
Crescent City Christian 14, West St. John 8
De La Salle 11, Northlake Christian 9
Destrehan 14, Thibodaux 2
Doyle 4, Brusly 1
East Jefferson 8, John Ehret 0
Hahnville 13, H.L. Bourgeois 10
Hammond 4, Fontainebleau 3
John Curtis Christian 8, Archbishop Shaw 0
Karr 17, Landry 7
Lutcher 10, St. James 0
Northshore 8, Mandeville 2
Pine 10, Amite 0
Riverdale 14, Higgins 4
Salmen 5, Patrick Taylor 1
St. Charles Catholic 7, Holy Cross 2
St. Paul’s 6, Slidell 3
St. Thomas Aquinas 4, Vandebilt Catholic 1
Thomas Jefferson 3, Lusher Charter 2
West Feliciana 11, French Settlement 1
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