Baseball: Richard Fordon helps Mount Carmel down Marian Catholic
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org March 28, 2013 6:28PM
Richard Fordon, of Mount Carmel, delivers a pitch against Marian Catholic. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 1, 2013 2:16PM
Mount Carmel’s 7-1 win Thursday over defending Class 3A state champion Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights was as dominant as the final score indicates.
Caravan coach Brian Hurry, however, saw plenty of room for improvement from his second-ranked squad.
“The scoreboard isn’t always the true indicator of how you play,” Hurry said. “We made many, many mistakes. We missed signs and made baserunning errors.
“We’ve got to play a lot better if we’re going to fulfill our goal of winning a state championship.”
Mount Carmel (4-1) jumped on Marian Catholic starting pitcher Reggie Johnson, a Missouri recruit, with three runs in the first inning.
The quick offensive outburst was a welcome sight to Mount Carmel left-hander Richard Fordon, who was making his first varsity start.
The junior, who resides in neighboring Flossmoor, allowed one run on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out five during an 87-pitch effort.
“It was definitely good getting out to that 3-0 lead,” Fordon said. “I was nervous, so that helped settle me down.”
While Fordon was taming the Spartans bats, the Caravan offense was stringing together runs. Dave Dobrinich cranked a solo home run in the second inning to extend the lead to 4-0.
The No. 9 Spartans (1-1) were able to get one of those runs back in their half of the third. A single by Erik Callaghan and double by Brad Bohlen (2-for-2, walk) put runners on second and third with one out. Pat Schmidt’s comebacker allowed Callaghan to score to cut the deficit to 4-1.
Fordon escaped further damage when shortstop Jerry Houston made his second outstanding pick of a hard one-hopper to end the inning.
“Jerry’s special,” Hurry said of his Oregon-bound infielder. “He’s the hardest-working kid on the team and a great leader.”
An RBI single by Joe Kennedy in the third and a two-run single by Marco Boricich (2-for-4, 3 RBI) in the sixth closed out the scoring for Mount Carmel.
Kennedy also provided two quality innings of relief pitching, allowing two hits to go along with two strikeouts.
Josh Stowers was 3-for-3 with a walk for the Caravan.
Marian Catholic coach Phil Wail is confident better days are ahead for his club.
“It’s only our second game,” he said. “We haven’t even been able to scrimmage outside.
“But we made it easy on them. It doesn’t matter if we played like this against a team that isn’t very good. You can’t play like this against Mount Carmel.”