Mound work looms large in Rice’s winning week
The baseball field at Immaculate Conception was an ideal setting for Brother Rice last week.
That’s because “immaculate” was also a pretty good adjective to describe the Crusaders’ pitching performances in four straight games.
How good was Rice’s mound work? Consider the following — the Crusaders’ offense collected just a baker’s dozen worth of hits over the first three contests played in Elmhurst, yet Rice went unbeaten. Then to conclude a productive week, Rice rode Ian McGinnis’ three-hit, seven-strikeout effort through six stanzas to an 11-2 rout of Aurora Central Catholic on Sunday at Plunkett Field.
The win was the Crusaders’ sixth in seven 2014 outings. Also pocketing victories on the hill last week were Mike Enriquez, freshman Ryan Kutt and Alex Alarcon, all of whom had their triumphs nailed down by strong relief hurling from Kevin Biondic.
“With good defense and great pitching, you give yourself a chance to win every game,” Rice coach John McCarthy said. “They [all] went out there and threw strikes, mixed speeds and hit the zone. It was fun to see.