PREP BASEBALL

Mount Carmel's Laurisch shuts out St. Laurence in baseball

2011-04-30T22:00:00Z 2012-11-29T18:40:10Z Mount Carmel's Laurisch shuts out St. Laurence in baseballBy Mike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
April 30, 2011 10:00 pm  • 

CHICAGO | T.J. Laurisch did a little extra work before his morning baseball game and it paid off.

The Mount Carmel junior pitcher said he went over each hitter in the box score from Thursday's 12-2 loss to St. Laurence. He then went out and tossed a five-hit shutout to lead Times No. 1 Mount Carmel to a 2-0 Catholic League Blue win over the Vikings on Saturday.

"I saw how they hit Johnny (Kravetz) pretty hard and I just knew I had to keep the ball down and stay ahead in the count," Laurisch said. "I got up on a few hitters so that paid off for us."

Laurisch (3-0) pitched out of a few jams, including one in the seventh. With runners on first and third and one out, he struck out the next two hitters to end the game.

"I was a little nervous because I know what a good hitting team they are," Laurisch said. "I knew I was getting the corners, so I kept trying to paint the corners. I was just hoping to get them to hit ground balls because I knew I got a good defense behind me."

With the win, and with Loyola and Providence losing, Mount Carmel (19-2, 7-1) moved to the top of the Catholic League Blue.

"This was a big win for us because we were able to bounce right back against a team that beat us," Laurisch said. "We played good team ball today."

That was evident in the bottom of the sixth when pinch-hitter Frank Kelly's sacrifice bunt set up the Caravan's two runs. Jerry Houston led off with a single and Jeff Boehm reached on an error. Kelly moved them to second and third respectively. One out later, Tom Hayes hit a grounder to third, but an errant throw brought home two runs.

"I just put that bunt down because I needed to get those guys over in scoring position," Kelly said. "I worked all winter on my bunting and I knew in a close game like this, it might be the difference.

"We are taught team ball, sacrifice yourself for the good of the team."

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