Six-run 4th inning fuels Rummel past Jesuit, 8-2
METAIRIE – The 2022 Archbishop Rummel Raiders are a young but talented team.
Early in the season, talent rose to the top as the Raiders went unbeaten in their first nine games and ascended to the top of the Division I power rankings.
Since then, the youth set in and Rummel lost 10 of its last 14 games.
Eventually, youth matures and talent takes over.
For one night, that was the case as youth was served for the young Raiders in game one of their series against Jesuit.
The Raiders combined an outstanding pitching performance with a big inning and big hits by young players in an 8-2 victory over defending Division I state champion Jesuit at Mike Miley Stadium before a packed house Thursday night in a game aired live on NASH ICON 106.1 FM.
Sophomore Giancarlo Arencibia stymied Jesuit, pitching a complete game five-hitter. Arencibia allowed just one earned run, walked no one and struck out 10, using 101 pitches.
Sophomore Mikey Ryan, an LSU commit, had two hits and four RBI to pace the offensive attack.
Jesuit took the lead in the top of the third on a leadoff home run by Bronson Goebel to make it 1-0.
The Blue Jays extended the lead to 2-0 on an unearned run in the fourth inning on a triple by Holden Hess and a throwing error.
The Raiders finally broke out offensively, ending a recent slump, with a big six-run fourth inning.
With one out, junior Rhett Centanni reached on an infield single and with two outs, Josh Sterling walked. Sophomore Ruben Ramirez ran for Sterling and junior Anthony Mouney lined a two-run single to right, scoring Centanni and Ramirez to make it 2-2.
Freshman Gavin Nix singled before freshman Evan Burg then lined a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Mouney and Nix to make it 4-2. Ryan then lined a two-run single to left, scoring freshman Gavin Kennedy, who walked, and Burg to make it 6-2.
All six runs came with two outs as the Raiders came up with three clutch hits.
The Raiders padded the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Mouney, walks to Nix and Gavin Kennedy and a two-run double by Ryan to make it 8-2.
Rummel coach Frank Cazeaux finally saw the potential of his squad realized after a tough stretch.
“I thought Giancarlo was outstanding,” Cazeaux said. “He was hitting his spots. He was laser focused throughout. I thought he did a great job. We pick an MVP each game and he told me to pick Mouney as the MVP. That was big on his part as a 10th grader. He’s got a bright future. I thought our senior leadership was outstanding. There’s a lot tonight we’ve been waiting for. Our young players didn’t back down. We just played hard every pitch.”
Mouney had two hits, scoring a pair of runs and driving in a pair of runs.
Of Rummel’s nine starters, only Sterling is a senior.
Louisiana Tech commit Ryan Porche took the loss for Jesuit, going five innings, allowing eight earned runs on five hits. Porche uncharacteristically walked five and struck out four. Canaan Clayton pitched the final inning for the Blue Jays.
Jesuit (14-8, 2-3) will host Rummel (13-10-1, 3-0) Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Jesuit 001 100 0 — 2 5 0, 4 LOB
Rummel 000 602 X — 8 7 1, 4 LOB
WP—Giancarlo Arencibia (3-1)
LP—Ryan Porche (2-4)
Time of Game: 1:56
SB—Rhett Centanni, Ruben Ramirez, Mikey Ryan
2B—William Good, Evan Burg, Mikey Ryan
HR—Bronson Goebel (2)
Area Prep Baseball Results from Thursday, March 31
Albany 15, Bogalusa 8
Archbishop Hannan 8, Jewel Sumner 1
Archbishop Rummel 8, Jesuit 2
Belle Chasse 22, Landry 0
Berwick 3, Lutcher 2
Chalmette 1, Riverdale 0
Country Day 4, Riverside Academy 3
Ecole Classique 5, West St. John 3
Family Christian 21, Amite 3
Holy Cross 12, Archbishop Shaw 0
John Curtis Christian 15, St. Augustine 4
Loranger 6, Central Private 1
Mandeville 5, Ponchatoula 4
Northshore 11, Fontainebleau 1
Pearl River 7, Franklinton 4
Pine 18, Varnado 1 (game one)
Pine 9, Varnado 1 (game two)
Pope John Paul II 10, Northlake Christian 0
Slidell 6, Hammond 4
Springfield 2, Doyle 0
St. James 11, Donaldsonville 1
St. Martin’s Episcopal 18, Crescent City Christian 0
St. Paul’s 2, Covington 0
St. Thomas Aquinas 14, French Settlement 1
Thomas Jefferson 4, Patrick Taylor 1
Warren Easton 10, Ben Franklin 6
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