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Brother Rice outslugs Marian Catholic 16-12
Top-ranked Brother Rice showed Thursday afternoon that even when its pitching isn't at its best, it has enough thunder in its lineup to persevere.
In a slugfest that featured a combined 36 hits, the Crusaders prevailed 16-12 against Marion Catholic in the opening game of the inaugural South Side Conference Challenge at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
Trailing 9-6 heading into the sixth inning, Brother Rice (7-0) exploded for seven runs to take a 13-9 lead it would maintain the rest of the way. Purdue-bound ace Pat Gannon (3-0) gave up four runs (two earned) in three innings of relief but earned the victory.
Leadoff man Ricky Palmer was the sparkplug for the Crusaders, going 5-for-5 with with three doubles and driving in four runs. Kevin Callahan added a two-run home run.
In the second game, Mt. Carmel received five strong innings from ace Kevin Johnson but could not hold a late lead. Trailing 6-2, Joliet Catholic rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to escape with a 7-6 win.
St. Rita defeated Marist 6-4 in the nightcap. Joey Filomeno came in with runners on second and third with one out in the fifth inning and got out of it with two strikeouts. He then pitched two scoreless innings as St. Rita improved to 10-1.
Other Thursday games:
Addison Trail 6, Downers Grove North 5
Tyler Ramir was 3-for-4 for Addison Trail (4-6).
Ag. Science 9, Amundsen 8
Barrington 4, Cary-Grove 3
Tom Unak threw six innings, striking out six and walking one for Barrington (5-2).
Bartlett 9, Elgin 2
Crete-Monee 5, Thornwood 3
Chris Bass was 3-for-3 with three runs for Crete-Monee (3-3).
Eisenhower 3, Tinley Park 1
Rob Easton threw four innings, givin up one hit and striking out five for Eisenhower (4-6, 2-1 South Suburban).
Fenwick 12, Maine South 6
Mike Falsetti was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs for Fenwick 7-1.
Glenbard North 3, Rolling Meadows 2
Glenbard West 9, Hinsdale South 3
Glenbrook North 8, Buffalo Grove 6
Jeff Bomona had three RBI for Glenbrook North (6-1).
Hales 8, Ag. Science 4
Herscher 15, Westmont 3 (5)
Hinsdale Central 10, Proviso East 0 (5)
Rob Bellusci threw five innings and scattered three hits for Central (2-4).
Homewood-Flossmoor 2, Stagg 0
Aaron Hauge threw a no-hitter and improved to 3-0, striking out seven and walking two, as H-F improved to 7-1 overall and won its SouthWest Suburban opener.
Lake Forest 6, Niles West 0
Jake Bailey was 2-for-4 with a double and Ryan Konsler was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Jon Grum threw five innings, giving up three hits and striking out four for Lake Forest (3-2).
Lakes 4, Zion-Benton 3
Starting pitcher Tim Ryan struck out 11 in a complete game and also drove in the winning run in the top of the seventh on a sacrafice fly.
Lemont 12, Richards 1
Nick Lawrence was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI for Lemont (3-3).
Leo 7, King 0
Leo improved to 3-10.
Lincoln-Way Central 2, Bolinbgrook 1 (8)
Tom Helwich threw seven innings innings and had 14 strikeouts. Dan Murphy had a game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning for Lincoln-Way Central.
Kaneland 7, Geneva 5
Lake Zurich 12, Grayslake North 3
Tanner Witt (1-1) earned the win, giving up two runs, neither earned, on five hits in four innings for Lake Zurich (5-5).
Lockport 7, Lincoln-Way North 2
Maine West 14, Prospect 2
Montini 4, St. Francis 1
Shean Keeley struck out four and gave up three hits in the win. Colin Meister hit a home run for Montini (6-0).
Mundelein 13, Grant 0 (5)
Colton Tortorello was 3-for-3 with a home run and a double for Mundelein (8-1). Dillon Smith was 2-for-2 with a home run and a double.
Nazareth 8, Riverside-Brookfield 3
Niles North 13, Wheeling 12
Luke Menette and Andrew Bouleanu had three RBI each for North (3-8).
Oak Lawn 7, Bremen 0
Dan Pazda struck out eight in the shutourt, giving up five hits for Oak Lawn (8-2).
Payton 5, Taft 3
Payton improved to 3-4.
Plano 8, Reed-Custer 2
St. Ignatius 9, St. Patrick 3
Matt Lynch (3-0) pitched six innings of two-hit ball and struck out five, and John Reynolds went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for the winners (8-2).
St. Laurence 4, Lake View 0
Pat Ruff threw seven innings and struck out six for St. Laurence (5-3).
Sandburg 11, Bradley 0 (6)
Ryan Billo went the distance, allowing one hit and striking out three for Sandburg (4-0, 1-0). Nick Kujawa had a triple and two RBIs, Tony Stramaglia added a two-run double and Matt Mistretta hit two doubles, scored a run scored and drove in another for the winners.
Seneca 9, Manteno 4
Josh Higgins was 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and Andy Dunn threw a complete game, giving up eight hits and striking out six for Seneca (6-4).
Shepard 11, Evergreen Park 2
Brendan Sponberg (3-0) allowed two earned runs and struck out five in six inning for Shepard (5-5, 2-1 South Suburban). Eddie Jones was 2-for-5, scored three runs and drove in two for the winners.
Thornton Fractional South 11, Rich East 3
T.F. South improved to 3-4, 1-0 in the SICA South.
Yorkville 7, Glenbard South 4
Young 9, Lane 6
Jon Schreiber was 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI for Young (6-1).
Waubonsie Valley 7, St. Charles East 0
Kris Singh threw a one-hitter, striking out seven for Waubonsie Valley (1-4). Kevin Kirthner was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and Stean Smith was 3-for-3 with a double.
Wheaton North 4, Benet 1
Winning pitcher Trey Martin lowered his season ERA to 0.44 while upping his record to 3-0. Martin tossed a complete game, giving up three hits and one unearned run, while striking out nine. At the plate Martin went 2-3 with two RBI for Wheaton North (6-0). Mike Small was 3-for-3 with a double.
Willowbrook 16, Oak Park 10
Brett Buchanan was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBI for Willowbrook (5-3).
Wilmington 10, Lisle 1
Josh Bailey was 3-for-4 with three RBI for Wilmington.