St. Rita 4 16
Fenwick 0 7
Fenwick baseball skipper Dave Hogan may make a mental note now that his ballclub was swept by St. Rita in a doubleheader on Saturday. Note: Don’t schedule a ballgame for the day after prom.
The “post-prom blues,” as Hogan referred to it, plagued the Friars from the start against the eighth-ranked Mustangs (23-5, 9-3). Fenwick fell 4-0 in the opener and 16-7 in the nightcap. The team had 20 strikeouts and nine errors-eight in Game 2-on the day.
“We just couldn’t get any offense going,” said Hogan. “We were flat from the start and you don’t want to be that way when you’re taking on such a good team like St. Rita.”
Joe Sweeney took the loss in the opener, yielding four runs-three earned-on four hits. He fanned nine and didn’t yield a walk. Brian Moore generated Fenwick’s only two hits in the game.
Things didn’t look up for the Friars (14-6, 7-6 Catholic League White) in the nightcap as Cam Verbeke allowed four earned runs on six hits and the Mustangs scored a whopping nine runs in the fourth inning. Mike Falsetti led the Friars at the plate with a two-run homer.
“We were really hoping for a split with St. Rita,” said Hogan. “They are a tough team and to come away with at least one win would have been good, but we just didn’t look sharp.”
The Friars were coming off a two-game sweep of Brother Rice. Verbeke (3-2) allowed one earned run on four hits in a 12-1 Fenwick victory on April 30. He struckout five. Reid Rooney finished with three hits and an RBI, while Joe Ketcik had two RBIs.
On April 29, Mike Stephany led the Friars in an 11-1 thumping of the Crusaders. Stephany had three hits-two doubles and a two-run home run-for five RBIs.
Fenwick now turns its attention to securing village bragging rights as the Friars take on rival OPRF on Friday at UIC. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The team will host St. Ignatius on Saturday at the Priory (11 a.m.).