SULPHUR, La. – A slow start and missed opportunities cost Archbishop Rummel in a 7-1 loss to St. Paul’s in the Division I state championship game Tuesday afternoon.
St. Paul’ s (27-6) raced out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, loading the bases with no outs on a walk, single and hit batter. William Duncan singled to score Kyle McLaughlin and Nick Vitale. William Duncan scored the third run on a wild pitch.
Rummel (22-13) answered with a run in the third inning on a Logan Bertucci single to score Tyler Cook, but squandered the chance to put a big inning together by having one baserunner caught stealing and another picked off second base.
The Wolves scored a pair of runs in the third inning with Duncan reaching on an error and scoring on a grounder by Nick Wright and Matthew Russo reaching on a walk and scoring on a squeeze bunt by Connor Simon.
Kyle Conigliaro tripled and Beau Neelis doubled to start the sixth inning for St. Paul’s, extending the Wolves’ lead to 6-1. Vitale added a sacrifice fly RBI, scoring Neelis.
“I just wish we had played a better game. We came out of the gate really nervous,” said Rummel coach Nick Monica. “We let the first two runners get on without even swinging. (Relief pitcher Hayden Elwell) did a good job of letting us settle in during the middle innings, keeping us in it and giving us a chance.
“We just couldn’t string anything together. You have to give credit to (Wolves starter Jacob Boudreaux) competed out on the mound then turned it over to the Simon kid. They did what they needed to do to win.”
Boudreaux was named game Most Valuable Player. He pitched five-and-a-third innings, allowing one run and three hits. Simon struck out five of the seven batters he faced.
Chandler Fields had two hits to lead Rummel. Vitale and Russo each had a pair of hits for St. Paul’s.
The game was the last as Monica as Rummel as head coach. He is relinquishing the position with his taking over as the Raiders’ head football coach.
“I hope that I taught them something,” Monica said. “It has been a long road. I have enjoyed those guys, most of the lineup started since they were freshmen. Hopefully they learned some baseball and life lessons from me over the past nine years. If they need me, I’ll be around. I won’t be far away. It is a great group of kids and was a great group of seniors to go out with.”