To say that the Brother Rice Baseball team had a magnificent regular season is an understatement. This year’s Crusaders earned their way into the record books and still have time to improve on their already impressive statistics.
Head Coach John McCarthy led the Crusaders to an all time best school record of 32-3. Brother Rice also broke the record for consecutive wins in a season with 30, which was previously held by the 2009 team, who had 27 straight victories.
This year’s baseball team also broke the school record for most CCL wins in a season as the Crusaders swept the entire league by going 21-0. The previous record was held by the 2004 team when they racked up 18 CCL wins.
Brother Rice was honored with three major awards by the CCL coaches as our very own John McCarthy and Andrew Dyke were awarded the Tony Lawless Award, and Ryan Kutt was named the league’s player of the year. The following Crusaders also earned all Catholic League honors this season: seniors Mike Massey and Jack Nelligan, and juniors Ryan King and Jack Guzek. Joe Preusser and Brett Bagus were named honorable mentions to the all CCL team.
“The 2016 team did a fantastic job of playing together and believing in themselves throughout the season,” said Brother Rice Head Coach John McCarthy. “This group never got ahead of themselves and focused on the task at hand every day. Their ability to play collectively, have fun, and battle adversity separated them this year.”
As tremendous of a season as the Crusaders have had so far, there is a bigger prize at the end of the road that they are traveling. The IHSA state playoffs begin this week, as the Crusaders will play in the Sectional hosted by St. Rita as the #1 seed.
Their journey to Silver Cross Stadium begins on Wednesday at Reavis at 4:30 P.M. vs. the winner of the Proviso West/Kennedy game. You can find the link to the entire IHSA State Bracket on our website.
Follow alongside through in-game updates from the Brother Rice Twitter account as the Crusaders’ embark on their playoff run.Read More