Mount Carmel's Beau Filkins (left) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run homer against St. Laurence. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 20, 2013 4:15PM
Mount Carmel got off to a fast start Friday against St. Laurence. Jason Gasser saw to that.
Gasser pounded a first-inning triple into the left-center gap to score Ako Thomas and Jerry Houston three batters into their semifinal match-up at the 12-team Do It Stevie’s Way Tournament.
Gasser crossed home on an RBI groundout by Malik Carpenter, and those three runs proved to be enough as Jeremy Kravetz pitched a gem as the Caravan rolled to an 11-1 win over the Vikings at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
Mount Carmel (27-7) will meet either St. Rita or Joliet Catholic in the title game at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“I’m seeing the ball pretty well,” said Gasser, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI. “Just getting my pitches, getting ahead in the count and looking to drive fastballs. Getting that big lead early was big because it allowed Jeremy to pitch with confidence. He was unbelievable.”
Kravetz gave up back-to-back hits in the first inning, but a slick 6-4-3 inning-ending double play denied a run. Kravetz gave up just two hits the rest of the way.
“I pitched earlier against them this season and it was a rough outing,” Kravetz said. “I just had to go out there and throw strikes and let the defense make plays. I wanted Laurence again to show that I could beat them.”
Beau Filkins added a two-run homer in the fourth to cap another three-run inning for the Caravan (27-7). Filkins added a double, a walk and scored three times.
“We compounded things but not making plays in the field,” St. Laurence coach Pete Lotus said. “All year we’ve pitched well, played defense and got timely hitting. We didn’t do any of those things (Friday). You can’t do that against a good team.”
Mount Carmel scored four runs in the sixth on three hits and two St. Laurence errors.
The Vikings (28-8) ended Kravetz’s shutout bid on a sixth-inning single by Zack Lewis that scored Mike Kornacker.