Baseball: Mount Carmel gets shut down in the Do It Stevie’s Way title game
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media May 18, 2013 10:30PM
Joliet Catholic's Alex Voitik (3), Chris Tschida (6) and Ryan Peter (10) hold up the Steven M Bajenski Memorial trophy after beating Mount Carmel for the Steven M Bajenski Memorial Tournament Championship, Saturday, May 18th, 2013, in Crestwood. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 18, 2013 2:17AM
Joliet Catholic’s Cal Placher isn’t interested in flash, just wins.
Sterling pitching, clean defense and situational hitting, the Hilltoppers kept it simple Friday and Saturday.
After shutting out St. Rita 1-0 in the semifinals Friday, Joliet Catholic shut out another Catholic League Blue power, defeating Mount Carmel 3-0 Saturday at Standard Bank Stadium in the Do It Stevie’s Way title game.
“It’s an absolute positive because the last two nights we beat two of the best teams in the state,” Placher said. “It’s not easy to beat these guys, and the pitching is the most important part of the game.”
Placher got the win in relief, throwing three innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts. Placher, starter Nick Dalesandro and Kyle Polaski combined to allow just five hits to a potent Mount Carmel offense.
“We had a meeting as a team to talk about what we need to do to win in the state playoffs,” Dalesandro said. “This is such a great tournament, and our goal was to come out on top.”
The Joliet Catholic lineup managed just five hits, but the Hilltoppers (18-13) capitalized on five Caravan errors.
Mitch Boe scored in the first on a Mount Carmel error on a Chris Tschida groundout. In the second, John Kalisik ripped a single through the left side of the infield to plate Danny Weis from third.
Dalesandro’s RBI single in the fifth brought in Tschida to cap the scoring.
“It’s not like our guys are just going up there and swinging away; it’s the contact,” Placher said. “They have an idea of what they want to do with every pitch. They just execute.”
Mount Carmel (27-8) fell in the tournament’s title game for a second straight season. Malik Carpenter and Joshua Stowers managed two hits apiece for the Caravan, but the rest of the lineup could muster just one hit.
“We didn’t play our best baseball tonight, and you’ve got to give credit to Joliet Catholic,” Mount Carmel coach Brian Hurry said. “They played a complete game, pitched well and played solid defense. They deserved to win.”