Baseball: St. Rita romps past St. Laurence to win regional
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media July 18, 2013 3:48PM
Nick Goldsmith, of St. Rita, bats against St. Laurence for the Reavis Regional Summer State Tournament at Reavis High School, Thursday, July 18th, 2013, in Chicago. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 20, 2013 6:38AM
St. Rita’s Mike Costanzo was not giving up the ball.
Heat? Humidity? Pitch count?
Nah, no problems. He was finishing this one.
Costanzo took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in tossing a complete game, striking out 12, in St. Rita’s 10-3 win Thursday over St. Laurence in the Reavis Regional final of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.
The Mustangs (11-4) advance to Monday’s quarterfinals. Games will be held at Benedictine University in Lisle and North Central College in Naperville.
“We love Mike,” St. Rita coach Mike Zunica said. “When a guy tells you you’re not getting the ball from him, you don’t see many guys like that. His arm could be falling off, ask him how it is and he says, ‘Great.’ He’s a battler.”
Costanzo held St. Laurence (13-6) hitless before giving up a leadoff double to Brad Wood in the sixth. The St. Rita southpaw allowed just three hits and three walks. He struck out the side in the seventh to clinch the win.
“I was aware. I knew I had the no-hitter going,” Costanzo said with a laugh. “I tried not to let it faze me. I wasn’t holding anything back. I was raring back and throwing.”
St. Rita went ahead 2-1 in the fourth on Marty Bechina’s suicide-squeeze bunt, with Matt Murawski charging home from third for the run.
The Mustangs broke the game open in the fifth, tagging St. Laurence starter Mike Kornacker for six runs. Tony Faron’s three-run double to right-center highlighted the outburst. Jake Shepski, Jake Drada and Chris Delgadillo all had an RBI single in the frame.
“I’m just up there swinging, and I got some good pitchers,” Faron said. “Against Kornacker, I got a lucky pitch down the middle and was able to drive the ball.”
Faron drilled a home run to left to lead off the seventh, giving him four RBI on the day.
St. Rita outscored its four opponents 41-5 during the week.
“Next (spring) season we’re going to send nine guys to the plate who are hungry,” Zunica said. “The competition will be really healthy for us.”
Kornacker and Roger Wilson had RBI for St. Laurence.
“We saw some things (this summer) from younger guys we needed to see,” St. Laurence coach Pete Lotus said. “No doubt our guys will work hard. We just didn’t play our best game. Wish we would have hit more.”