Not only was the weather sunny and warm for the Fenwick baseball team’s trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Disney Wide World of Sports Tournament over spring break last week, but the Friars halted a four-game losing streak while near the Magic Kingdom.

In the opening round, the Friars edged St. Vincent Pallotti (Md.) 9-5. Paul O’Toole drove in three runs on three hits, singling in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Tied 5-5 in the top of the sixth, Fenwick took the lead for good on a throwing error that scored Mike Atkinson from third. Another St. Vincent miscue in the frame during a double steal led to an additional run. Forde closed out the scoring in the inning and in the game with an RBI single to left field.

Pitcher Cal Laird earned the win in that game, yielding four hits but no runs in three innings of work.

Joe Patzelt tossed a complete game to help the Friars to a 9-4 win over Covenant Christian Academy (La.). The right-hander yielded four runs — three earned — on 10 hits, while fanning three and walking none.

Down four after the first inning, Fenwick scored three in the second. Johnson kicked off the comeback by driving in Forde on a line drive double to left field. The Friars trailed 4-3 by the end of the frame but took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Ainsworth.

Fenwick scored one insurance run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to seal the victory.

But not everything went according to plan for the Friars. Fenwick lost its last two games and flew home with a 9-6 overall record.

Fenwick battled Kenosha Tremper but fell short 12-10 when the team from Wisconsin scored four runs in the final inning. Down four to start the game, the Friars scored five in the bottom half of the first. After Kenosha tied it up in the second, Fenwick plated another five runs, this time in the fourth. Sam Ainsworth, Jack Forde, Mike Atkinson and Nick Johnson all drove in runs in the inning. Johnson finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Atkinson finished with three RBIs.

The Friars concluded the tournament with a 13-3 loss to New York’s Clinton High School. Up 3-2 after five innings, the Friars allowed 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Fenwick hosts St. Rita on Wednesday (April 18) and St. Francis DeSales on Thursday (both at 4:30 p.m.). They travel to Horner Park to take on Gordon Tech on Saturday (11 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...

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