Third time no charm
Vikings upended by revenge-minded Caravan
Third time a charm? Not for St. Laurence.
With two victories already collected against Mt. Carmel this spring, the Vikings appeared to have a psychological edge over the Caravan when the two Chicago Catholic League rivals renewed acquaintances in last Thursday’s Class 4A Reavis Sectional semifinal. But coach Pete Lotus suspected the 16-5 and 7-3 conquests his squad recorded earlier would mean little.
“It’s tough to beat anybody three times, especially a good team like that,” he said.
Lotus’ words proved prophetic. Behind pitcher Nelson Munoz, Mt. Carmel squeezed out a 3-2 win that kept its hopes for a state-championship repeat intact for a couple more days and halted St. Laurence’s best campaign ever under Lotus.
“It’s hard to think like that right now,” Lotus said, when complimented for the Vikings’ 2014 season as a whole.
After a few moments of consideration, though, he felt differently.
“It’s easy to sit there and look at the last game and be disappointed, but I’m very proud [of our guys],” Lotus said. “They won a lot of games and accomplished a lot. It’s tough to see those guys go.”