Crusaders put all the pieces together
Like jigsaw puzzles, baseball teams need every piece in place to make a satisfying whole.
For Brother Rice, the 2014 summer baseball season could be described as an unfinished picture. Missing was one very important part: a reliable offense.
While the Crusaders’ pitching and defense have been steady, an often-meager attack relegated Rice to more defeats than it probably deserved. Certainly, no opponent had really teed off on the Crusaders, yet their ledger entering last week was below .500.
No more, however. With a suddenly vibrant offense complementing its other two phases, Rice swept past four foes in a row. None of them got any closer than five runs.
The Crusaders’ most impressive outing came last Tuesday against Class 3A champion Lemont, which suffered a 13-3 defeat to Rice. The latter also took down Evergreen Park (9-0), Andrew (8-1) and Hinsdale Central (7-2).