Fire remains in bats of Fenwick Friars

?Team knocks in 10 runs in two innings against Hales.

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Fenwick's hot-hitting offense led to a 12-7 win over Hales Franciscan on Saturday, positioning the Friars in a log-jam at the second place slot in the Chicago Catholic League (North).

With first place already occupied by St. Rita, Fenwick (22-7, 14-5) was vying for the runner-up position in the CCL with three other teams.

Senior Dan Gallagher earned his fifth straight win for the Friars on Saturday, allowing just two unearned runs on five hits in four innings. Mark Kielty finished the job, allowing one earned run in three innings, while striking out three.

But Fenwick's bats stole the show once again, as the Friars racked up 10 runs in just two innings. Pat Brady (2-for-3) knocked in two runs with a triple, while Jack Horrigan (2-for-4) knocked in two runs with a double. Joe Carlini (2-for-3) also notched two RBIs for the Friars, who scored three runs in the first inning and seven in the second.

After the early outburst, Fenwick's offense fizzled out.

"We kind of went on cruise-control after that second inning," said Fenwick head coach Dave Hogan. "Hales chipped away at the lead, but we managed to keep them far enough away for the win."

The Friars didn't manage to keep St. Ignatius at bay on Monday, losing 8-6 despite having a 5-0 lead after the first inning.

Fenwick takes on cross-town rival OPRF at UIC on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The game is expected to be a precursor to an Oak Park Sectional title showdown between the teams in two weeks.

"We're always looking forward to playing OPRF," said Hogan. "There's a great fan draw, and this will give us some indication of what to look for if or when we see them in the playoffs."

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