It was relatively warm and somewhat sunny when Fenwick baseball coach Dave Hogan took a drive out to the field at the Dominican Priory in River Forest on Easter Sunday. What the longtime coach knew for sure was that it was finally a dry day. He was encouraged that his ballclub might be able to get in a doubleheader against Gordon Tech on Monday.
It seemed like the perfect scenario. The Friars had their doubleheader against Gordon Tech on Saturday postponed due to a soggy field. Fenwick students were awarded a day off Monday due to the Junior Engineering Technical Society winning a state competition. The doubleheader was rescheduled for Monday, and the Friars were able to sneak in one game, downing Gordon Tech 12-2 in five innings.
On Monday morning before the game Hogan spoke about how the weather has contributed to his team’s rough start.
“We have had no sense of rhythm because of the washout,” he said, referring to Fenwick’s eight rainouts this season before Monday’s doubleheader was officially called. “I feel sorry for the guys. They need to play. It’s been frustrating the last couple of weeks, with getting in a game and the next game being postponed and so on and so on.”
Hogan said if the wet weather was to continue this week then he and other coaches would be forced to cancel games permanently, with no make-ups. “If this continues, we’re going to run out of time. Everyone has to make an effort to get in their league games first and foremost, so rain-outs against nonconference opponents won’t be made up.”
After battling Chicago Catholic League leader St. Rita but falling 7-5, the Friars took out some angst on St. Francis de Sales last week. Fenwick shutout the Pioneers 9-0 to break a five-game losing streak. Senior Billy Meyer pitched a gem, allowing six hits in seven innings, while striking out 10.
“Billy pitched a great game,” said Hogan. “With the rainouts he’s been pushed down the totem pole a bit as far as outings, but he went after a real solid opponent in St. Francis.”
Fenwick finished with eight hits on the day, including three by Tyler Sewall, who drove in three runs. Sewall had two doubles and a triple. Mike Trucco, Chris Celio and John Planek also had RBIs for the Friars. Planek went 1-for-2 with a double.
In the loss to St. Rita, pitcher Jack McGann yielded seven runs – six earned – on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work. Quinn Collins went 3-for-4 and Nick Johnson 2-for-4 for the Friars, who entered the week with a 7-9 record.
If weather permits, the Friars are scheduled to host St. Joseph on Saturday (11 a.m.).