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Trojans knocked out of 5A playoffs

NEW ORLEANS — It was a tough way to lose a tough game.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, a runner on second and the game knotted at 2-2, Archbishop Rummel's Ross Budinski hit a slow motion bouncing blooper into shallow right that caused Central Lafourche second baseman Byron Stoddard to make an off balance throw that just grazed the glove of reliever Jordan Caillouet, rushing to cover first.

Caillouet grabbed the ball and threw home to catcher Austin O'Dell, whose tag of a sliding Justin Sinibaldi was just a fraction of a second late.

And by a fraction of an inch and a fraction of a second, No. 23 seed Central Lafourche's season was over, losing 3-2 to No. 10 Rummel at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium on the campus of Delgado Community College.

"We needed to make a Sportscenter highlight play," Central Lafourche coach Scott Duplantis said. "It didn't go our way. In that situation with two outs we know they're running, they needed to gamble and try to take the plate. We made a great throw to the plate. They just beat it out."

Rummel put a baserunner on third in both the first and second inning but could not push a run across.

Central Lafourche (20-10 overall), the District 7-5A champion, drew first blood, scoring twice in the bottom of the second on three base hits off Raider starter and LSU signee Mitch Sewald.

Stephen Potter singled to right and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Trojan starter Jace Cheramie helped his own cause with an RBI single that left him on third after a Raider error at second. O'Dell singled Cheramie home, and the Trojans led 2-0 at the end of two.

Rummel (23-10), tied for second in District 9-5A, tied it in the fourth. Spencer Veit reached on an error and came home on Ross Sudinski's double down the right-field line.

Cheramie struck out Tyler Hannan for the inning's second out, but a passed third strike forced a throw to first, allowing Sudinski to reach third. Another passed ball let the run score, making it 2-2 at the end of four.

"It seems that all of our games are like this," Rummel coach Nick Monica said. "I had a guy in the dugout say that if the game wasn't close, it just wouldn't feel right."

Both starters dominated in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, with Cheramie allowing the only hit in the last three innings.

Zach Thiac took over for Sewald in the eighth, picking up the win. Caillouet took the loss for the Trojans.

Rummel will play No. 7 Fontainbleau in a Class 5A regional playoff game.