Baseball: Joliet Catholic blanks St. Rita 1-0
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media May 17, 2013 11:39PM
St. Rita's Anthony Ray (22) is tagged out by Joliet Catholic's Mitch Boe while attempting to steal second base during their semifinal baseball game in the Steve Bajenski Memorial Tournament Friday, May 17, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 20, 2013 4:15PM
St. Rita starting pitcher Mike Costanzo scattered five hits, struck out five and gave up a single run Friday night against Joliet Catholic.
And he lost.
It was that kind of night for Costanzo and the Mustangs with opposing pitcher Sam Couch stifling St. Rita’s offense.
Couch threw a five-hitter, striking out seven, as the Hilltoppers nipped St. Rita 1-0 in the semifinals of the Do It Stevie’s Way Tournament at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
Joliet Catholic (17-13) will meet Mount Carmel (27-7) for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday at Standard Bank Stadium.
St. Rita fell to 27-7.
“Couch pitched a fantastic game for us, and hopefully, he has a few more in him before the end of the year,” Joliet Catholic coach Jared Voss said. “He does a great job of changing speeds. He doesn’t necessarily throw the hardest, but he keeps hitters off balance.”
Couch retired eight consecutive batters spanning the fourth through sixth innings.
“I was hoping to go the distance,” Couch said. “I felt really good out there. I’m just trying to have fun.”
Joliet Catholic broke the scoreless tie when Chris Tschida roped an RBI single to score Mitch Boe in the sixth inning.
“(Costanzo) was a good pitcher,” said Tschida, the only Hilltopper to record two hits in the game. “He was trying to quick-pitch us and we tried to slow him down a little bit. I was just trying to advance the runners. The run came with it as a bonus.”
The game finished on a wild play as Joliet Catholic prematurely celebrated a tag of Tyler Halas (1-for-3) at third. Halas saw the distraction and ran for home but was eventually tagged in a rundown.
“It was a great baseball game,” St. Rita coach Mike Zunica said. (Costanzo) is tough. I thought everything was working for him. They just scratched across a run there.”
“You have to tip your hat to the Couch kid,” Zunica added. “He pitched a great game.”
Nate Soria led St. Rita with two hits.