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St. Rita steamrolls Fenwick, remains perfect on season

04/23/2014, 9:50pm CDT
By Pat Disabato | pdisabato@southtownstar.com

St. Rita cracked 10 hits in an 11-0 Catholic League crossover win against Fenwick on Wednesday to move the top-ranked Mustangs to 21-0 on the season.

Another day, another lopsided victory for St. Rita.

The latest victim was Fenwick on Wedneday in Chicago.

St. Rita made quick work of the visiting Friars, banging out 10 hits and posting an 11-0 Catholic League crossover win in five innings.

The Mustangs (21-0, 6-0) received two hits apiece from A.J. Fuller (2-for-3, three RBI), Shane Peisker (2-for-2, two runs) and Marty Bechina (2-for-2, two runs). Nick Goldsmith and Tyler Halas drove in two runs each, while Nate Soria added an RBI double.

“It’s been a fun season,” Goldsmith said. “Everyone has been hitting well. When everyone is hitting, you’ve got to hit well to stay in the lineup.”

While the Mustang bats were knocking the ball all over the field, pitcher Mike Costanzo was keeping the Friar bats in check.

It was far from a smooth performance for Costanzo, who improved to 6-0 and saw his ERA drop below 0.50. 

Fenwick actually loaded the bases the first two innings, but came away empty-handed. Costanzo was able to get Quinn Snarskis to ground out to end the first inning and blew a fastball by Bobby Hogan to complete the second.

From there, the left-hander got stronger, at one point whiffing five consecutive batters and retiring the last nine he faced.

“My legs felt dead,” said Costanzo, who allowed two hits, walked four and struck out eight. “I haven’t had to battle this year. This was the first time I had to pitch and not just fire away. The only thing that matters is we won the game.”

Fuller, who has been in and out of the lineup, belted an RBI double in the second that extended St. Rita’s lead to 4-0 and added a two-run double in the third that made it 7-0.

“I’m just trying to have fun and do something when I get the opportunity,” Fuller said. “Try to get a good pitch and drive it somewhere.”

It’s been a brutal stretch for Fenwick (8-8, 2-4) which, in the past 10 days has suffered three 10-inning losses to Providence, Brother Rice and Clemente and blew a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning on Tuesday to Mount Carmel and lost 7-6.

Justin Rodriguez had both of the Friars hits off Costanzo.

“It’s been tough,” Fenwick coach Dave Hogan admitted. “A lot of shoulda, coulda, woulda games. Luck has got to come our way. It’s got to even out.”

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