Fenwick  12
Maine S. 4

The Fenwick baseball team took a little frustration out on Maine South last week. Coming off a 4-0 loss to St. Joseph on the previous day when they only managed two hits, the Friars scattered 14 against Maine South en route to a 12-4 victory.

“I think the team was pretty upset over the loss to St. Joe,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Hogan. “That first loss of the season can also be a motivator.”

George Kinsella grabbed his third victory on the season by allowing four runs – two earned – on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Kevin Sweeney fanned five and yield just two hits in 3 1/3 innings for the Friars (7-1), who jumped off to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Joe Horrigan and Mike Falsetti (4-for-4) both doubled in runs in the first. Gino Rooney singled to bring in Falsetti.

Maine South responded with four runs of its own in the second inning to even things out, but Fenwick countered with another four runs in the bottom of the third. Joe Musso and Andy Lutz both singled in runs for Fenwick in that stanza.

“It was good to see us come out swinging against Maine South and not let up,” said Hogan. “We didn’t do that at all against St. Joe.”

The Friars managed just two hits and struckout 10 times in their first loss on the season. Cam Verbeke (2-1) took the loss, despite fanning eight.

Fenwick’s pitching staff was expected to be put to the test this week with games everyday during the Friars’ Spring Break. The team hosts Mt. Carmel today (Wednesday, April 15 at 11 a.m.) and Fenton on Thursday (4:30 p.m.). The team travels to Lake Zurich on Friday and Mt. Carmel on Saturday.

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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...