Baseball: St. Rita improves to 24-0 with win over Providence
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 30, 2014 8:16PM
Updated: June 2, 2014 1:09PM
St. Rita’s Chris Delgadillo didn’t like the idea of Providence hanging around in the teams’ Catholic League Blue tilt Wednesday.
Clinging to a 3-0 advantage entering the sixth inning, Delgadillo bade farewell with the biggest hit of the game, knocking in three runs on a double to lead St. Rita to an 8-1 victory in New Lenox.
“It gets a little frustrating after a few innings when you only have three runs,” Delgadillo said. “We always want more. We’re striving and we’re hungry.”
That’s a tough appetite to suppress for St. Rita (24-0, 9-0). In its last 15 games, the Mustangs have outscored the opposition 144-16.
“We want to prove to everyone that we’re the real deal,” Delgadillo said.
St. Rita starting pitcher Mike Costanzo (7-0) played the part, firing six scoreless innings. The Austin Peay recruit kept a good pace on the mound, fanning eight while scattering three hits. He struck out four of seven batters during a stretch in the middle innings.
“I always feel like I throw harder later in the game,” Costanzo, a left-hander, said. “My curveball eventually came in, but I felt like I was hitting spots with my fastball all game.”
Brent Villasenor (3-1) pitched welll for Providence (15-8, 6-3) in limiting St. Rita’s assault, but the Mustangs scored three unearned runs spanning the second and third innings.
“We weren’t able to put any pressure on them,” Providence coach Mark Smith said. “And because we’re down 3-0, they start getting some hits and then all the pressure is on us. We make a mistake and then boom, the floodgates open.”
Villasenor went 51/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits.
The Celtics ended the shutout in the seventh when Zack Pych (1-for-1, two walks) scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Madej.
St. Rita’s Nick Goldsmith (2-for-4) had the only two-hit game. His second hit knocked in Jake Shepski. Aaron Fuller added an RBI double and Tyler Halas chipped in a double and a run for the Mustangs.