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Baseball: Kravetz guides Mount Carmel past Brother Rice

Mount Carmel's Josh Stowers gets warm receptifrom his teammates after hitting home run against Brother Rice. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times

Mount Carmel's Josh Stowers gets a warm reception from his teammates after hitting a home run against Brother Rice. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 20, 2013 2:32AM



Jeremy Kravetz has been the victim of a lack of run support at times this season.

The Mount Carmel left-hander was tagged with two early defeats, falling 1-0 to Highland Park and 3-2 to Crown Point, Ind.

Run support wasn’t a problem Saturday against Brother Rice.

Mount Carmel scored five runs in the first four innings and registered a 5-2 win over the host Crusaders in a Catholic League Blue showdown.

It was hardly an offensive explosion by the No. 3 Caravan (16-3, 6-0), which benefitted from two Rice errors that led to three unearned runs.

However, it was more than enough support for the left-handed Kravetz (3-2), who scattered six hits and struck out four during a tidy 84-pitch performance.

“It felt good and I hope we can keep it up,” Kravetz said of the run support. “The most important thing is that we keep progressing and getting better.”

Rice pitcher Ian McGinnis (1-3) pitched well, but two errors with two outs in the third proved costly.

Beau Filkins and Ako Thomas (2-for-4) started the third with consecutive singles. McGinnnis bounced back to retire the next two batters and looked to be out of the inning when Jason Gasser hit a dribbler just right of the mound. McGinnis, a southpaw, fielded the ball cleanly but rushed his throw, bouncing it by first baseman Jake Barry, which allowed Filkins to score.

Malik Carpenter followed with a routine grounder that skipped under the glove of a Rice infielder, allowing two more runs to score for a 4-1 advantage.

“We preach to our guys to put the ball in play and put pressure on the defense,” Mount Carmel coach Brian Hurry said. “Anything can happen.”

Josh Stowers’ solo home run in the fourth extended the lead to 5-1.

The Crusaders, to their credit, mounted a two-out rally against Kravetz in the seventh.

Andrew Dyke, a freshman, singled up the middle and scored on a single by Luke Liebforth to cut the gap to 5-2.

Kravetz, a Kansas recruit, settled down to retire Kevin Sullivan to end the game.

“We didn’t do a good job defensively in that inning,” said Rice coach Johnny McCarthy, whose team fell to 10-6, 3-2. “I was proud of the way we battled till the end and didn’t give up. What’s most important is that we keep getting better and play our best ball at the end of the season.”

Kevin Biondic reached base three times for Rice, going 2-for-2 with a walk. Erich Lieser singled and reached on an error.

McGinnis allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one.



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