All systems go for streaking Crusaders
Many chefs willingly cook with rice, but most area baseball chiefs are probably steamed at the reality of Rice cooking.
Brother Rice was at full boil last week as, at various times, its defense, pitching and offense all shone. Crusaders coach John McCarthy is most pleased about his team’s ongoing success in the first two areas, but he certainly wasn’t about to complain when Rice’s bats put Andrew in plenty of hot water on Saturday.
Seven players produced multiple-hit games, the Crusaders knocked out 20 hits in all, and that relentless barrage forced the Thunderbolts to absorb a 23-10 beating. The lopsided victory completed a spotless week for Rice, which also got the better of neighborhood rival Marist (3-1) and Hinsdale Central (8-3) in earlier encounters.
The Crusaders entered the current week with four consecutive triumphs and an 11-3 ledger. They were due to face Chicago Catholic League foes in their next four contests.
Ironically, it’s one of the setbacks that McCarthy credits for putting his guys on the fast track.