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Baseball: Brother Rice outburst stings Mount Carmel

Mike Enriquez Brother Rice delivers Mount Carmel batter his way one hit five inning shutout. | JCunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Mike Enriquez of Brother Rice delivers to a Mount Carmel batter on his way to a one hit, five inning, shutout. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 24, 2014 7:34AM



Mindful of the fact it had dropped both meetings to No. 9 Mount Carmel earlier this year, Brother Rice took full advantage of its third crack.

Piecing together a 13-hit attack, eight of the nine Crusaders who started got at least one hit en route to helping them post a 10-0 five-inning victory over the Caravan Wednesday at Benedictine in Lisle as part of the Steven M. Bajenski Memorial Baseball Tournament.

Andrew Dyke, who highlighted by his bases-loaded single to center with a drawn-in infield in the fifth to end the game at 10-0, led the way with three hits.

Dyke finished 3-for-4 with two RBI while three others — Erich Lieser, Kevin Biondic and Michael Schalasky — all had two hits for Brother Rice (24-9).

Dyke, Kyle Hilliard and Schalasky all knocked in two runs for John McCarthy’s charges.

The Crusaders broke the game open by sending 10 batters to the plate in a six-run third against Caravan starting pitcher Jack Pappas.

“I think we were just looking away. (Pappas) was throwing a lot of off-speed, so we were just looking away and were lucky to get enough to barrel them up,” Dyke said.

Five consecutive one-out hits in the third off Pappas helped the Crusaders’ outburst, all the while giving pitcher Mike Enriquez all the cushion he would need.

Enriquez was just fabulous on the mound in helping Brother Rice salvage its third meeting of the year with the defending Class 4A state champions.

“Yeah, it’s awesome. We’re peaking at the right time. We didn’t play our best baseball the first two games against them and it was overall a great team win and my defense backed me up,” Enriquez said.

The right-hander faced the minimum in allowing just one hit, a Greg Ploszaj single in the third that quickly got erased by a double play off the bat of Marko Boricich. Enriquez also struck out two.

“Just pound the strike zone. They really couldn’t catch up to my fastball, so throwing that curveball the last few innings was actually really helping,” said Enriquez, who improved his record to 7-2.

Pappas went three innings and gave up eight runs on nine hits for Mount Carmel (24-7).



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