Leave it to Mother Nature to temporarily sidetrack Riverside-Brookfield High School senior Owen Murphy on the pitching mound.
Horrible weather resulted in the Bulldogs’ night game at Triton against Ridgewood on May 3 being suspended with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning with RBHS ahead 9-0 as the continuous hard drizzle was angled toward the right-field line by heavy winds.
RBHS coach Dallas Till said Ridgewood has chosen not to resume the game, resulting in Murphy’s fourth no-hitter. It also was the 18th straight victory for the Bulldogs (20-3) before Monday’s 7-6 loss to St. Francis behind a four-run seventh.
“It’s brutal. It was pretty hard to grip the ball,” Murphy said in the Triton dugout afterwards. “Every ball I’d get back was soaking wet. I didn’t throw any off-speed pitches. I just stayed with my fastball. It’s just playing Midwest baseball.”
Murphy (6-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.133 WHIP) still stuck out seven with no walks and one hit batter.
The offense once again came up big with a nine-run third. Cooper Marrs hit a three-run double for a 5-0 lead and Connor Chapulis had two singles and scored twice in the inning.
Was this the worst pitching weather Murphy recalled?
“Probably. Just because I couldn’t grip and throw my off-speed stuff,” Murphy said. “We were playing at Morton (2-1 loss on March 25) and it was hailing sideways but I could feel (the ball) because it wasn’t wet. It was just hail. It was sticking to my ear and hit me in the face but I could throw the ball so it didn’t matter.”
RBHS girls soccer
The Bulldogs (10-8-2, 7-1 in Metro Suburban Conference) made it four straight victories and 10 shutouts this season by beating Hinsdale South 1-0 on May 6, St. Edward 7-0 on May 5 and Rosary 3-2 on May 2.
In its last 11 outings, RBHS is 8-2-1 with seven shutouts.
RBHS boys volleyball
The Bulldogs (11-16, 3-2 in MSC) ended their losing streak by sweeping Elmwood Park 25-14, 25-15 on May 3.
Stephen Berger (three), Kenny Fedorski (two) and Iggy Bielobradek combined for six aces, the Bulldogs’ single-match best since April 9.
Sebastian Ciszewski had six kills, Danyil Konstantynenko three and Thomas Dixon, Bielobradek and Michael Burns two each. Nate Padilla (6 assists) and Landon Harazin (5 assists) combined for 11 assists. Ricardo Ulloa and Fedorski had five and four digs, respectively.
The Bulldogs closed out their season with a fourth-place finish at the IHSA Hinsdale Central Sectional on May 6.
Seniors Claire Shanahan and Alyssa Krivak split their four singles matches in the double elimination tournament as did the doubles team of senior Zona Evans and sophomore Katie DeJesus. Seniors Claire Harrison and Alice Sylvie went 1-2 in doubles after a first-round bye.
There were 15 seniors on the 45-member team this year.
“It was a great season,” first-year RBHS coach Dan Herbeck said. “These seniors provided a great foundation on which we can keep building our program. They were leaders on the court and they were leaders in the school and I’m super proud of them.”
The Bulldogs (9-5, 5-4 in MSC) defeated Rosary 14-1 and lost to Bishop McNamara 9-3 on May 7.
RBHS water polo
The RBHS boys (12-11) are the No. 4 seed in IHSA Lyons Township Sectional and play No. 5 Lindblom on May 11. The Bulldogs probably would meet top-seeded LTHS in the semifinals on May 13.
The RBHS girls (9-18) are the No. 4 seed in the IHSA York Sectional and play No. 5 Morton on May 12. The Bulldogs probably would meet top-seeded York in the semifinals on May 13.
Bob Skolnik contributed to this report.