Updated: April 8, 2014 9:50PM
1. Richards can hit. The Bulldogs scored 30 runs in wins over Mount Carmel and Stagg on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and sport a .359 team batting average. The win over No. 1 Mount Carmel was one for the ages. The Bulldogs led 9-0 after two innings and 14-9 entering the seventh before allowing the Caravan to rally to tie the game. Mount Carmel, in fact, led 15-14 in the top of the eighth before Shawn Chiaramonte came through for Richards with a two-out, two-run walk-off double in the bottom of the inning to pull out a 16-15 win.
2. St. Rita’s pitching is better than expected. The Mustangs were supposed to be a little thin on the mound. That’s been anything but the case as Mike Costanzo, C.J. Santoyo, Tyler Halas and Jake Shepski have been pretty much dominant during the Mustangs’ run to an 11-0 record through Monday.
3. Sandburg’s bats must produce. There’s no debating the excellence of the Eagles pitching staff. The top three — Bryan Pall (Michigan), Sean Leland (Louisville) and Matthias Dietz (Logan) — boast ace-caliber stuff. However, the name of the game remains outscoring the opponent. The Eagles are 3-2 and have been struggling for runs. On Monday, they lost 2-1 to Marist. On Saturday, despite scoring a single run, the Eagles scratched out a 1-0 win over St. Charles East.