Taking on a team ranked fourth in the state poses a challenge for any high school baseball team, let alone Fenwick, who hosted St. Rita in a doubleheader at Dominican Priory on Saturday, the day after prom night.

The sluggish Friars were swept, 7-2 and 10-4, dropping their record to an even 14-14 overall on the season.

In the opener, Fenwick struggled to stay alive at the plate against Steve Heaney, who finished with 10 strikeouts. Vince Dorsey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning came too late for the Friars.

“Prom isn’t an excuse, but it’s never a 100-percent team on the field the day after prom,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Hogan. “It’s typical. We were missing a step from the get-go.”

Mike Weiss took the loss for the Friars, allowing seven runs, three earned, on nine hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Fenwick didn’t break out of its slumber for the nightcap, even with most of St. Rita’s seniors leaving early for their own prom. Mark Kelty took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits, in just two innings pitched.

St. Rita’s Steve Witczak frustrated Fenwick’s pitchers the entire day, finishing 5-for-8.

“A little luck here or there wouldn’t hurt us,” mused Hogan. “We hit the ball hard, but we can’t muster up any lucky spots. If one thing goes wrong, we seem to take a nosedive the rest of the way, but I expect we’ll pull out of this before [the playoffs].”

The Friars also split a two-game series with Mt. Carmel last week. Fenwick fell 8-4 in Thursday’s game, a makeup of an earlier rainout. On May 3, the Friars edged the Caravan 7-6 in eight innings.

Carmen Curio blasted a three-run homer in the fourth inning of the first game to give Fenwick a lead, but pitching and timely hitting troubled the Friars. The team went through four pitchers in the loss and left 12 men on base.

Dorsey hit a solo homer in the extra inning of the opener.

The Friars, who were awarded the No. 2 seed in their own sectional for the state playoffs, host De La Salle today (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.) and St. Joseph on Friday (4:30 p.m.).

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...