Fenwick 3 0
Loyola   2 7

Fenwick pitcher Cam Verbeke helped his team in more ways than one secure a 3-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Loyola at the Dominican Priory on Saturday.

Verbeke allowed two earned runs off five hits, while striking out 10 in a 3-2 win. He also was the first player to score for the Friars. Verbeke singled to start the second inning. After a hit by Gino Rooney and a walk by Matt Gallo, Andy Lutz drove in Verbeke with a single. Mike Loni singled in Rooney to give the Friars (14-5, 6-3 CCL White) an early 2-0 lead.

Gallo forced another walk in the fourth and Loni eventually drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

“It was a good effort on our part in the first game,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Hogan. “Cam pitched a great game, but we just didn’t have it together late in Game 2.”

The Friars fell in the nightcap 7-0. George Kinsella took the loss, yielding six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Loyola scattered three straight hits off Kinsella in the sixth, followed by Fenwick’s relief pitchers allowing five straight walks.

“No matter what we tried to do, no one was hitting the strike zone,” said Hogan. “It was really like a ‘Wow’ moment.”

On April 29th, the Friars exacted some revenge on Providence with a 6-5 win. Providence had downed Fenwick 7-5 the day before.

Kevin Sweeney pitched in the victory, allowing five runs – three earned – off nine hits. He finished with six strikeouts, two of which came in the top of the seventh with bases loaded.

Fenwick had 11 hits in the win. Sweeney went 3-for-4 on the day.

The Friars will continue to be without centerfielder Joe Horrigan for a while. Horrigan has missed the last four games after suffering a broken bone in his wrist.

“It’s quite a big blow to our batting order with having Joe out,” said Hogan. “Hopefully, he can return soon.”

Fenwick welcomes St. Rita to the Priory for a doubleheader on Saturday. Game 1 begins at 10 a.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...