Despite Senior Prom being the night before, the Fenwick baseball team continued an impressive win-streak by sweeping Gordon Tech at the Priory on Saturday.
“We had two battles today,” explained Fenwick head coach David Hogan after his team took on Gordon Tech and won the opener 6-5 and the nightcap 14-4. “The first battle was that Senior Prom was last night and the day after prom you can never be sure what team will show up. The second battle was that Gordon Tech is a good team with good pitching.”
The sleepy Fenwick bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth when senior Pat Brady blasted a three-run homer to give the Friars a 5-3 lead. The Rams tied the game in the fifth with two unearned runs but then stranded two runners in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, Jim Murphy and Joe Carlini reached base on a double and a walk, respectively, setting up Shea Roche’s game-winning, walk-off single into left field.
“It was a 2-0 fastball, and I was glad to see it coming because I was planning to swing at that one,” said Roche. “I’ve been struggling at the plate lately and that hit felt great. It was my first game-winning hit of the season.”
Earlier in the game, Roche made a critical play from right field when he threw out a runner at the plate. Gordon Tech’s John Muntis took the loss while Fenwick junior Mike Giovenco notched his fourth win against two losses.
In the nightcap, the Friars erupted in the second inning to score four runs after a lead-off single by Murphy. The Friars continued their barrage in the third, scoring six more runs with a handful of hits including a two-run homer by Carlini and a bases clearing triple by Brady.
Fenwick scored two more in the fourth while Gordon Tech finally got on the board with four runs in the fifth.
Senior Joe Vanis pitched a complete game for the Friars, boosting his record to 5-2 for the season.
“The day after prom can be tough because we want the boys to keep everything in perspective and prom is a big deal,” explained Hogan. “Today we had great games from them so we won.”
On Monday, the Friars extended their win-streak to eight games with an 8-1 pasting of St. Frances de Sales. Brady hit for the cycle, including nailing a two-run homer. Carlini went 2-for-4, and Dan Gallagher (3-0) got the win for the Friars.
Hogan and Fenwick assistant baseball coach, Pat Hayes, were recently recognized by Fenwick for their 25 years of coaching at the school and more than 550 victories.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have exceptional, close-knit players for all these years,” said Hogan. “They have always extended themselves and given their best. I look forward to every practice as much now as I did the first year.”
The Friars are 20-5 overall and 12-4 in the Catholic League with a game today (Wednesday) at home against Brother Rice. They’ll travel up the road to OPRF on Friday (4:30 p.m.).