PREP BASEBALL

Five 4-baggers give Caravan's Hurry 400th win

2013-05-11T19:00:00Z 2013-05-11T21:43:10Z Five 4-baggers give Caravan's Hurry 400th winMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com

CHICAGO | It was not typical Brian Hurry style of baseball.

It was a typical Mount Carmel and Hurry outcome.

Hurry prefers the “small ball” way of offensive production, and it has worked. On Saturday the Caravan had a different modus operandi as they hit five home runs in a 10-3 Catholic League Blue win over St. Rita at Haggerty Field. The win was also Hurry's 400th career win – all at the South Side Catholic school. Hurry, 39, is the youngest coach to win 400 games in the state.

Hurry tried to downplay his milestone, but players, fans, parents and administrators would not let him ignore it. He even took a Gatorade bath outside the clubhouse entrance.

“This was a big win because we needed a win and we needed to play well,” Hurry said. “We jumped on St. Rita early and that is what we needed to do against a god team. We usually don't hit a lot of homers, but we really hit the ball hard.

“As for the wins, everyone who ever played here and who is a part of the program, they are the reason we have been successful.”

Hurry got a hug and handshake from his dad, Dennis, who was gleaming with pride.

“I sure am proud,” Dennis Hurry said. “He's done it the right way. He's had good kids like (former Lawless Award winner Lenell McGee). They come back and will always be a part of the Mount Carmel program.”

The Mustangs previously beat the Caravan 7-6 on Wednesday and with Saturday's victory, Mount Carmel (24-6, 13-3) finished second in the Catholic League Blue.

Catcher B.J. Falkner hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his high school career. He said he took some extra hitting before the game and it paid off.

“I saw the ball pretty well today,” Falkner said. “I wasn't trying to hit it out, but both times I hit it pretty hard.”

He also reflected on Hurry.

“We needed this win real bad,” Falkner said. “For Coach Hurry, that is a tribute to what he has done and what Mount Carmel baseball is about. You think of the wins and all the people who contributed to those 400 wins and the hard work he has put into the program.”

Also homering were Ako Thomas, Josh Stowers and Jason Gasser.

On the mound, lefty Jeremy Kravetz went the distance, throwing just 85 pitches. Throwing in shirt sleeves, the Kansas recruit struck out two and faced 29 batters in seven innings.

“I just wanted to throw strikes and let them put (the ball) in play,” Kravetz said. “I knew we would make plays in the field.”

First baseman Malik Carpenter made a back-to-the-infield catch of a pop fly in the fifth, then caught a sharp, low line drive to end the inning.

Kravetz had a three-pitch third inning. The Caravan responded with a five-run fifth, which included three home runs in the inning.

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