CHICAGO | For the second time in a week, St. Laurence was just too much for Times No. 1 Mount Carmel.
The Caravan fell 15-6 in Chicago Catholic League play Saturday afternoon after the Vikings used 15 hits, four home runs, and five Caravan errors to power their way to the win.
Mount Carmel's AJ Lewis was a bright spot for the Caravan, finishing the day with three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run triple in the first.
The Caravan had picked up their first conference loss earlier in the week, falling 7-3 at St. Laurence on Wednesday.
"They're a very good ball club and one of the best teams we've played all year," Lewis said. "You have to give credit where credit is due, and you can't take away from what they do."
St. Laurence jumped all over the Caravan (17-4, 8-2) with three runs in the first and one in the second off starter Marko Boricich (3-1). The Caravan was able to answer with three of their own in the bottom of the first and one in the second to tie the game heading into the top of the third.
"We did a good job of battling back when they put a couple on us in the first," Caravan coach Brian Hurry said. "Too many miscues today. The message to the guys is we have to play a little bit smarter and a little bit better defensively."
Lewis' triple capped the three-run first for Mount Carmel, and Scott Kapers solo homer in the bottom of the second helped the Caravan answer the early St. Laurence offense.
"We were very competitive towards the beginning of the game," Lewis said. "We were going back and forth, and I knew it was going to be a tough game. The errors happen. It's part of the game. I just hope we take all the errors and learn from it, and it makes us a better team come June."
After a scoreless third, St. Laurence added two in the fourth, one run in the fifth, and five runs in the sixth to take a 12-4 lead into the seventh. The Vikings then added three runs in the top of the seventh off reliever Jordan Mikolajewski.
"You can't make the miscues we made against a really good ball club," Hurry said. "They're going to take advantage of that, and that's what they did."