Baseball: St. Rita turns on the power against Providence
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org May 3, 2014 9:04PM
St. Rita's Tyler Halas delivers the pitch against Providence Catholic at St. Rita May 3, 2014. | Curtis Lehmkuhl/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 5, 2014 5:07PM
There were about a dozen professional scouts in attendance on Saturday to watch Providence pitcher Jake Godfrey.
It was a very short viewing period.
St. Rita made certain of that.
The Mustangs touched Godfrey for nine runs over 11/3 innings and breezed to a 14-1 five-inning victory over the visiting Celtics in a Catholic League Blue mismatch.
St. Rita swatted five home runs — four off Godfrey — to improve to 25-0 overall and 10-0 in the Blue. Providence fell to 15-9, 6-4.
Nick Goldsmith, Chris Delgadillo, Shane Peisker, Tyler Halas and Nate Soria each registered a home run. The Mustangs banged out 12 hits on the day.
“We were prepared and ready to play,” Delgadillo said. “He (Godfrey) was throwing hard, but we just came out explosive.”
Godfrey hit the first two batters he faced, Danny Gleaves (2 walks, 3 runs) and Peisker, and allowed consecutive run-scoring singles to Jake Shepski (2-for-3) and Halas for a 2-0 lead.
Goldsmith then roped a first-pitch fastball over the left-field fence.
Just like that it was 5-0.
“He’s a good pitcher, so you know you can’t let good pitches go by,” Goldsmith said. “He was struggling against the first couple of hitters. I knew I was going to get a first-pitch fastball and I was all over it.”
So was Delgadillo, who crushed a first-pitch heater later in the inning for a 6-0 advantage.
“I noticed that he was throwing a lot of first-pitch fastballs,” Delgadillo said. “I saw my pitch and hit it pretty solid.”
Peisker added a two-run homer and Halas a solo shot in the second inning to put an end to Godfrey’s day.
“I was thinking fastball with the count being 3-and-2 and I got it,” Halas said. “Overall, it was a good offensive day for everybody.”
The Mustangs weren’t finished.
Goldsmith greeted reliever Justin Davis with a single and Soria followed with a two-run homer, extending the lead to 11-0.
Tony Faron added an RBI ground out and Mateo Zunica a two-run single to close out the scoring.
Providence didn’t have much luck against Halas, who improved to 6-0.
The junior right-hander allowed two hits and struck out three over four innings. Shepski struck out two in his one inning of relief.
Matt Diehl and Zack Pych had the Celtics’ only hits of the day. Mike Madej had an RBI ground out in the third that accounted for the Celtics’ lone run.
“We’re in a funk,” Providence coach Mark Smith said. “We’re struggling with our confidence. We’re going to keep working at it.”